The Taqwa market is the main marketplace located in the heart of Adirampattinam town. Mutton and chicken stalls, fish tables and vegetable shops are clubbed together besides other petty shops. In this market, there is no proper drainage facility for waste and dirty water. Rotten fruits and vegetables and plantain leaves are heaped in the way. Garbage and cow-dung lie everywhere. This causes germ-infested environment in and around the area. Most shops have thatched roofs and those of others are in a dangerous condition. Vendors from adjoining villages are unable to maintain their workplace. The authorities and officials concerned to should take appropriate steps to improve the sanitary condition and enhance the basic infrastructure of the market.

A.Haja Abdul Khader,


Health scheme

Members of Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme are given out-patient treatment at ECHS centres in selected stations all over India.

When they require impatient treatment or are recommended bypass surgery, they are referred to empanelled hospitals by ECHS authorities and the cost of treatment is reimbursed to such hospitals by ECHS at CGHS rates fixed by the government from time to time. Now it is learnt that CGHS rates are slashed by 30 to 40 per cent by the government. Therefore, the empanelled hospitals are reluctant or even refuse admission of ECHS members for treatment, causing hardship to them. It is requested that the authorities look into this sorry state of affairs and do the needful.

R. Jambunathan,


More trains needed

Despite plying a number of buses by State Transport Corporation and private operators in the Thanjavur-Tiruchi section, there is a crowd waiting for the buses in Thanjavur bus stand from afternoon till late night every Sunday for catching Tiruchi-bound buses. I request the Railways to operate a couple of special trains on Sunday evenings from Mayiladuturai to Tiruchi Junction, which will be of immense help to the commuters.

Mohamed Ali,


Patients disturbed

Recently, my relative was admitted to a private hospital on Pudukottai Road in Thanjavur town. A public meeting in connection with the Pongal festival was held in the nearby ground for two days.

On both days, various speeches and cultural programmes were conducted through the public address system which was causing much disturbance to the patients. I request the police to ensure that the venues of such functions are not situated near hospitals, places of worship and educational institutions.

V. Murugesan,


Complaint boxes

All rural and urban local bodies in our country should be required to provide necessary complaint-cum-suggestion boxes in all streets.

The public should be asked to furnish petitions representing their genuine grievances. They should be periodically opened in the presence of RDOs and brought to the notice of district administration for ascertaining the “genuine needs” of general public and civil works.

All educational institutions should be supplied with the formats of consumer disputes petitions and the RTI act matters and necessary magazines supplied for creating awareness among students for necessary propagation in their native towns and villages during summer vacation.

R.S. Moorthy,