Kudos to prison authorities who have successfully carried out the plan to cook food within the jail walls for distribution outside. They have channeled into socially productive areas the efficiency and skills of those condemned to incarceration. The people stand to gain by getting good quality food at reasonable cost.
There is huge demand for the food cooked in jails, which justifies the opening of more retail outlets in the city and its suburbs. With the projected large turnover, prices can be raised marginally considering factors of logistics. The revenue can be utilised either to raise the remuneration of the individual prisoner-workers involved or scaling up their general welfare measures.
Telephone bill payment
The last date for payment of telephone bills is most often in the last week of the month. Government employees form the majority of subscribers. They are put to much difficulty by having to make the payment at the end of the month. The Telecommunication Department earns revenue by levying fine from subscribers who fail to pay their bills in time.
As such, it is suspected that the date fixed for payment is deliberate and intentional. Besides, there is widespread resentment among subscribers over poor customer service by the Telecommunications Department.
I request the authorities concerned to make arrangements to change the payment date to the first week of the month.
The decision of the city Corporation to enforce a ban on plastic carry bags and instead encourage the use of cloth, paper bags is welcome. However, quite a few edible food and liquid substances are packaged in plastic. One wonders how the sale of these items are permitted while the ban on plastic is in force.
The city Corporation should come up with a solution to this before enforcing the ban on plastic.
Ajay S. Kumar
Lack of passenger amenities
I wish to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the lack of passenger amenities at the Central railway station in Thiruvananthapuram. Three pedestal fans have been installed in the computerised reservation hall at the station, but none of these work. Complaints in this regard have been sent to the railway board, but to no avail. I request the authorities concerned to look into the matter in the interests of the comfort of rail passengers.
Flex boards put up by various political parties and services organisations in front of the Secretariat mar the scenic beauty of the building. The authorities concerned should take necessary action to remove these boards or allot an alternative site for putting up the boards.
K. Sivankutty Nair
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