There is acute shortage of coins and currency notes of denominations Rs.5 to Rs.50 in commercial and service establishments in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts. The public and the business community in these districts are facing innumerable difficulties as a result of this. The Reserve Bank of India, Thiruvananthapuram, though aware of the problem, has not taken any effective steps to supply coins and currency notes of these denominations to the commercial banks under its control. It is high time that the top brass of the RBI, Thiruvananthapuram, responded to this demand by the public and the business community.
An eye opener
The care and compassion shown to an abandoned elephant calf (News item in The Hindu dated February 13, 2012) requires great appreciation. It is heartening to note the way the calf was transported with diligent care, especially at a time when care and compassion are treated as things of the past. It is with great distress that one reads about road accident victims bleeding to death, and the onlookers taking no effort to rush them to hospitals. Let such acts of compassion be an eye opener to society.
Drivers shun bus bays
Of late, many buses, including city buses and long distance buses, have started plying along the Kazhakuttam-Chakka-Eenchakkal stretch of the NH-47 bypass. The services have come as a boon to the passengers from the outskirts of the city, as they can avoid the busy Sreekaryam-Ulloor-Pattom stretch, and the employees of Technopark. However, it has been noticed that the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) drivers are reluctant to stop the buses at the scientifically designed bus bays along the stretch. The bus bays are constructed a bit away from the junctions to avoid congestion at the junctions. Stopping buses at junctions leads to traffic blocks on the stretch which always witness bumper-to-bumper traffic. The bus bays are often occupied by huge trucks carrying automobiles to various showrooms on the stretch. The authorities should take urgent steps to instruct the bus drivers to stop the buses only at bus bays, and to end unauthorised parking on the bus bays so as to avoid traffic snarls on the stretch.
Use Aadhaar data
After waiting in an endless queue for about two-and-a-half hours, I got my name entered in the National Population Register. I wonder why the authorities cannot make use of the data collected for Aadhaar for NPR as well.
The agitations by nursing staff in various private hospitals in the State and outside are fully understandable. Unendurably oppressive patient-nurse ratio, paltry wages and substandard amenities that darken their career path are likely to have a direct impact on the care they give to the sick. After all they are also human beings. Terming the agitations by the nursing community illegal and the government's plea of helplessness in interceding in their behalf would be no remedy to the malady. Private sector health care has been synonymous with profiteering and exploitation, and comprehensive legislation, if what is extant now is inadequate, is the urgent need.
We obtained our passports from the Regional Passport Officer, Chennai, in 2004 when we were residing in that city. Thereafter we have moved to Thiruvananthapuram and settled down here. My daughter's recent application inter alia for change of address in the passport supported by the residence certificate issued by the Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram was not accepted for want of proof of address. Later, when I met the Passport Officer to sort out the issue, he showed me the relevant portion of instructions wherein such residence certificate issued by the local administration was not included as acceptable documentary evidence. The residence certificate is issued by the Corporation based on the certification by the elected ward councillor, further corroborated by inquiry report by the Revenue Inspector of the ward, and the certificate is accepted by other government departments as valid documentary evidence. I think the local administration is the best suited authority to certify the residence of the people of its area. The authorities of the Ministry concerned and the City Corporation should take up the matter.
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