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Amid much fanfare Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit introduced e-stamping in the Capital to curb malpractices in sale of stamp papers for payment of non-judicial stamp duty to the Delhi Government.

The stamp vendors hoarded the stamp papers and sold them in black market at a hefty premium, charging Rs.12 for a stamp paper of Rs.10. E-stamping has worsened the situation. The 2,000-odd authorised collection centres designated by the Delhi Government for issuing e-stamp papers of denominations below Rs.500 are one up on the stamp vendors of yore. They charge Rs.20 for an e-stamp paper of Rs.10. Take it or leave it!

I complained via e-mail to the Deputy Commissioners of Delhi and via Aap Ki Sunwai to the Lieutenant-Governor, but to no avail. The authorised collection centres continue to charge double the price of e-stamp papers. Long live the incorrigible bureaucracy!

Tekchand Hingorani,

Lajpat Nagar-III, New Delhi.

PMO’s ways

Between October 2012 and March 2013 I have written five letters to the Prime Minister’s Office about harassment and extra recovery of money by bankers on Kisan Credit Card from my father, a farmer in Buxar district of Bihar.

To this day I have not received any word from the PMO but one day around a month ago I got a call from Indian Overseas Bank asking me against which bank I had complained to the PMO because the letter mentions the problem is with a branch of the Bank of India but the PMO has forwarded my letter to them. I replied that I had complained against the Bank of India only but by mistake the PMO seemed to have sent it to IOB so could they please return it to the PMO?

Again after a few days I got a call from NABARD and the question was the same!

In this way my problem, pertaining to the much talked abut loan waiver scheme of 2008, is moving from one office to another but not getting solved. I now have more than ten letters from NABARD and RBI but the only thing mentioned in all of them is that my letter is being forwarded to this office or that!

Rakesh Kumar,

Village Pokharaha Tola, District Buxar (Bihar).

Postal pangs

In England, over four years in the 1970s, I often had reason to go to the post office. I do not remember a single occasion when I faced rudeness there. Indeed post office staff were often helpful, telling me how better to do something or how I might save money.

In contrast, at several of Delhi's post offices I have routinely encountered clerks and postmasters who are not merely unhelpful but actually obstructionist. It is a major effort to get them to do anything.

The latest example is a parcel to the U.S. whose label clearly asked for “REGISTERED” but which was sent by the more expensive Speed Post (or Priority). The surly and unyielding clerk at the Connaught Place post office insisted that what he had done was correct. He seemed not to know that the identifiers of registered articles begin with the letter “R” and that CP226814541IN cannot be anything but Speed Post. The very cost of postage is another clear indicator.

Shall I ever get back the money I was overcharged? How many hapless citizens are ripped off in this way each day?

Mukul Dube,

Mayur Vihar 1, Delhi.

Less equal

Students of I P University in the Capital face a lot of problems purchasing DTC bus tickets daily during their internship period from May to August. Quite often the DTC conductors pocket the money but don’t issue the tickets.

While Delhi University students enjoy the facility of bus pass for at least ten months in a year, we get it only for eight months as our passes are not renewable after April 30. Also we have to pay Rs.465 for a three-month pass while it is available to DU students for Rs.300. When our fees are more than ten times the DU fees, why don’t we get the same facilities?

Gourav Garg,

Khanpur, New Delhi.

Hello, Prasar Bharti…..

The date of examination for the post of Engineering Assistant, Prasar Bharti, is May 26, 2013. On this very date the Union Public Service Commission will be conducting its Civil Services Prelims/Indian Forest Service Prelims-2013 examinations across India.

I request Prasar Bharti to change the date for its written examination in the interest of countless candidates who will be appearing for the UPSC exams that day. One small change will go a long way for so many.

Saumitra Shukla,

Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.


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