The online passport application form introduced recently by Passport Seva Kendra has no space to write the post office details in the address column, except a space for the pin-code. There is no doubt that passports cannot be delivered on time to the applicants without this provision. Pin-codes of all post office branch under the jurisdiction of a particular sub post-office are the same and it will be a Herculean task for both the post master and the postman of the sub post-offices concerned to locate the exact place and address, if the post office name is not mentioned. The authorities should take urgent steps to rectify this anomaly and restore the provision in the online applications forms.
The State government cannot wash its hands of the power crisis faced by the Kerala State Electricity Board. It seems water stored during the monsoon months in major reservoirs at Idukki and Edamalayar were indiscriminately used in the last couple of months on political considerations arising out of the Mullaperiyar dam safety issue.
However, the KSEB too is not without faults. Unscheduled load-shedding has become its hallmark. At times, power supply is not restored even after 18 hours in Kozhikode.
Defective streetlights are not replaced even after months. Its SMS-based complaint system seems to be a non-starter.
An effective repair system should be put in place where local faults will be repaired within two hours in city limits and in four hours at other centres.