Approach roads in bad condition
The busy approach road to the New Bus Stand from Pudukottai Main Road is full of potholes. During the rains, buses and the two-wheelers nearly sink in the potholes. The residents of the New Housing Unit suffer a lot since it is the only road to reach the new bus stand. It is also very difficult to reach the State Bank of India situated on the road.
The State Bank of India, Karanthattankudi branch, is one of the busiest places near new bus stand. All the buses plying towards Kumbakonam, Pattukottai, Nagapattinam and the city buses to old bus stand go through this street. Road accidents occur frequently in this area because of the unnecessary parking of vehicles in front of the bank and the sand and jelly stones spread about by the adjacent hotel and other construction work by nearby buildings. If the municipal authorities frequently monitor the dumping and spreading of sand and other construction materials without disturbing the public, road accidents can be avoided. R.Satyanarayana,
The pre-2006 Central government pensioners and their unions had filed writ petitions in the CAT to issue pensions recommended by the VI Pay Commission. The Centre did not implement this in 2008. The CAT recently pronounced the judgement directing the Central government to implement orders and pay arrears to pre-2006 pensioners within three months. The Finance Ministry should pay the arrears as early as possible.
C. S. Krishnamurthy,
Pat to postal departments
Four counters are accepting all transactions at the head post office in Thanjavur town through token system. The services are quick, customer friendly and smooth. Thanks to the HPO staff.
T. S. S. Mani,
Reintroduce bonus on MIS
It is happy news that the interest on post office savings will be increased. At the same time it is also sad that bonus on MIS has been discontinued. The bonus acted as an incentive for senior citizens, farmers and small traders. Investors in the postal scheme are not adequately protected or compensated due to the increase in cost of living. They do not get any additional amount for investing in the postal scheme. The bonus, to some extent, compensates the cost of living when the scheme matures. Hence, it is strongly recommended to re-introduce bonus on the MIS to its original of 10%, atleast for senior citizens.
Mali & Mani,
Plea for train
The news item ‘Plea for daily train to Chennai' (Nov 01, 2011) is a worthy read. It is a matter of surprise that Karur which alone fetches around Rs. 4400 crore to the exchequer in foreign currency by way of textile exports, does not have a day time train to Chennai. Introduction of a day time train to Chennai will, no doubt, generate sound revenue from the vicinity of Karur.
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation has been operating ‘Express' service between Tiruchi and Chidambaram. The passengers are more disappointed as the duration of the journey is longer than expected. Mainly, between Thanjavur and Kumbakonam, the bus stops at various stages, delaying the travel.
End stray dog menace
Plenty of stray dogs have been roaming in the residential colonies of Narikkattiyur, Thillainagar, Angunagar and Tamilnagar. The students of Child Jesus School are the affected lot. The authorities should take immediate steps for putting an end to stray dog menace.
R. S. Moorthy,
Extend laptop scheme
The Free Laptop Schemes launched recently by the Tamil Nadu Government might be extended to include the self-financing students of government and government aided colleges.
A.Haja Abdul Khader,
Ensure supply in ration shops
Essential commodities are not being issued to consumers at one stretch in ration shops. People have to go to the ration shops more than once for getting all the commodities to which they are entitled to. I request the civil supplies authorities to ensure the availability of ration items in the shops on all the days of the month.
Increase frequency of train to Velankanni
A large number of devotees are expected to visit Velankkani on the eve of Christmas and New Year. I request the Railways to increase the frequency of the weekly Goa-Vascodagama train to at least thrice a week.