On International Day of Older Persons observed on October 1, we should have thought of the miserable life being led by a large number of the elderly, especially those belonging to poorer sections of society.
Older people, especially those above the age of 75, lack care and amiable company. A considerable section of the elderly are abandoned by their children and consigned to old-age homes where freedom is limited.
Many are mentally and physically fit and will greatly appreciate remunerative jobs. The old-age pension available for below poverty line (BPL) categories should be enhanced to cover all the elderly.
Repair ghat road
The condition of National Highway 212 between Adivaram in Kozhikode district and Lakkidi in Wayanad is deplorable. It is the only road which connects Wayanad with the mainland and requires immediate attention, full-fledged repair, and re-tarring.
Recently, just before the Chief Minister's visit to the district, the district machinery filled potholes throughout the highway. Now, this is posing problems for road users as the stretch has become a dustbowl and is not fit for driving vehicles. Hairpin bends also need repairs.
It is learnt from the media that funds have been allotted for road work on the ghat section since last year. It is not known why no work has been started even though there has been a respite from rain.
I would request the National Highway Authority of India, people's representatives, including MLAs and MPs, and the district machinery to initiate speedy action for the repair of the Wayanad ghat road.
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