The State Government has announced that cement bags will be sold at Rs.200 a bag through Tamil Nadu Civil supplies Corporation against permit issued by the tahsildar.

It will not be an easy task to get a permit from the tahsildar, who will direct the applicant to produce documents such as blue print, house tax receipt and copy of family card.

After scrutinising these records, the application will be forwarded to the concerned Revenue Inspector or Village Administrative Officer for inspection and report. The process will surely take at least 10 to 15 days.

In the process, the applicant will be made to run from pillor to post.

After getting the allotment order, the applicant has to lift the consignment from the TNCSC godown on payment of not less than Rs.100 towards transport charges. Hence cement thus bought will work out costlier than the open market price, after all the difficulties.

Therefore, the existing cement dealers can be entrusted with the task with strict guidelines and supervision.

G. Nagasamy


Tsunami warning centre

The Government plans to start a tsunami warning centre at Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Kanyakumari. Ramanathauram district has a long coast, vulnerable to tsunami. I appeal to the authorities to start such as facility at Rameswaram which receives pilgrims from all over the country all year round.

K. Rajendran,


Underground sewerage system

Underground sewerage system is being established in Sivaganga. It is a welcome move. For, it will put an end to the present open drains where the dirty water stagnates all the time unless flushed out on to the streets by occasional rains, as the channels are blocked by silt, plastic materials, other types of domestic waste and debris. The mosquito nuisance will become a thing of the past.

But the underground drainage work is proceeding at a snail’s pace. In some parts, roads have been dug and pipes laid. The trenches have been closed in a haphazard manner, leaving stones and heaps of earth on all sides of roads, compelling pedestrians and vehicle-users to manoeuvre their move sagaciously to save their life and limb. The passing vehicles kick up thick columns of dust which leave several layers inside houses. Judging by the slow progress of work, it looks it may be years before the scheme completed and roads laid. The authorities are requested to expedite the work and give Sivaganga a new look in keeping with its status as district headquarters.

G.K.S. Kandasubramanian,


Dynasty rule

Hereditary succession to power and party is a curse on democracy. It is negation of democracy. The argument projected by ‘vested interests’ as successor is more fit than any other is false and purposeful. Whatever said against hereditary succession to power will not be followed. Only an amendment to constitution to ban such hereditary succession on any projected merit will terminate it.