Indians are obsessed with frugality, but unfortunately we don't realise when we overdo it. One such example is the way Indian Railways use only two scanners at one of India's most crowded stations, New Delhi. Despite large crowds of passengers all the year round and an increasing number of trains, just two scanners for screening of luggage spell chaos. It may also jeopardise public safety if the security personnel are suddenly faced with a heavy rush.

The station definitely needs more scanners. Hopefully the authorities will pay heed before it's too late.

Mohd. Afzal,

D-2/4 SDV, Surajkund, P/O NHPC,

Faridabad (Haryana).

A daily nightmare

For nearly 30,000 residents of Chittaranjan Park, Alaknanda and Kalkaji DDA flats in the Capital, there are no public transport facilities available. The situation became alarming when several bus services were withdrawn recently leaving commuters at the mercy of autos/taxis. Letters have been sent to the authorities concerned but in vain.

Towards the end of 2010, Ajay Maken, the M.P. from New Delhi, inaugurated DTC bus services along routes 445 and 724C. Although the buses had a low frequency, they served commuters well.

Presently, there is only one bus service, 490, available in the morning. There are no services the rest of the day. There is also no public transport available for getting to the nearest metro rail stations at Nehru Place/Govindpuri, which are at a distance of 3 km. Hundreds of residents have to travel by autos to Kalkaji/Nehru Place or Outer Ring Road for onward travel.

We request the DTC authorities to restore the bus services immediately to mitigate the hardship suffered by thousands daily.

Tapan Bhattacharya,

G-1377, 2nd Floor, Chittaranjan Park,

New Delhi – 110 019.

Left in the dark

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) provides for 84 lakh consumers across the State. But alas, the future of its own employees, especially the new recruits, seems to have plunged into darkness. This is evident from the response by the WBSEDCL Public Information Officer to an RTI query. It revealed a seemingly unending list of recruits who are yet to be confirmed in service due to pending Police Verification Reports. The list dates back to 2007 and encompasses hundreds of officials.

This systemic delay not only dents their zeal to work but also affects the company's performance and jeopardizes Bengal's already grim power situation. Their probation periods have not been waived, increments have been stopped. WBSEDCL's polite reminders to the police establishments can hardly crack the nut. Proactive intervention by the appropriate authorities of the State Home and Power Departments is needed.

Prasanta Basu Ray,

Deziray Complex,

Barabazar, Chandannagar – 712 -136,

(District Hooghly).

Budget blues

The Union Budget is round the corner and the Finance Minister is probably busy readying for his role. Let the fear (False Evidences Appearing Real) of the so-called global economic crisis be right on top of his list of priorities. Let him accept the limited capacities and capabilities of human beings to understand Arth (money or meaning) and Parmarth . There is a strong case for balancing expenditure with income at all levels of operation of the economy.

To reduce the worries of the middle class, there is a strong case for exempting dearness allowance (DA) from income tax as compensation for inflation. Alternatively, there is a strong case for enhancement of income-tax exemption limit as envisioned in the Direct Tax Code.

Dr. M. M. Goel,

Professor of Economics & Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences,

Kurukshetra University,

Kurukshetra (Haryana).

Water woes

I submitted a complaint to the Zonal Revenue Officer of Delhi Jal Board at Ashok Vihar on November 1, 2011, about incorrect water readings in my bills received for the period May 25 to August 24. I have three water meters installed in my building, all of which are in working condition. They record water supply to the ground, first and second floors.

The bills show readings that are completely incorrect, and it is clear that the Jal Board meter reader has wrongly entered the readings to harass me. The Zonal Revenue Officer was requested to rectify the readings. Since then a couple of Jal Board personnel have inspected the site and agreed to comply but no action has been taken so far.

N. S. Kapur,

K (U)-6, Pitampura,

Delhi – 110 034