RASIPURAM: Coin shortage has resurfaced. It is not only acute but also has become chronic.

Usually, shortage of one and two rupee coins would be felt and now it is five rupee coins.

There are unpleasant exchanges of words and loss of money on account of shortage of coins in day-to-day life in buses, shops and offices.

When contacted, the officials in banks express their helplessness and inability to supply coins.

One way to combat shortage is to supply coins of denominations one, two and five with immediate effect.

Another way is to dispense with Re. 1 coins in telephone boxes, the largest user of these coins, and devise an alternative.

N. P. Ramaswamy,

Rasipuram.

Exorbitant bus fare

I had travelled from Salem to Dharmapuri by bus paying ticket fare of Rs. 18.50.

When I returned again by bus, I had to pay Rs. 22, i.e. Rs. 3.50 more for the same distance.

When I asked about the extra fare, the bus conductor told me that it was a ‘point-to-point’ bus.

But to my dismay the bus stopped at all stops.

The State Transport Corporation is cheating commuters in a unique way by collecting more charges by naming the buses Point to Point, Express and Super Express.

But the Corporation runs them like ordinary passenger buses halting at all stops.

Private operators do not charge such exorbitant fares at least for shorter distances.

The Corporation should display bus fares.

Will the Corporation authorities look into it?

K. C. Gopikumar,

CITU Joint Secretary, Salem.

ST status for Badagas

Badaga community’s demand for its inclusion in the scheduled tribes list has been pending with the Central Government for a long period of time.

Both Jayalalithaa, when she was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, and the present Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had endorsed the demand.

Badagas have been trying to get a tribal status for the last 40 years.

Many members of the Badaga community are socially, educationally and economically backward.

According to records available at the District Collectorate, Badagas were in the tribal list many decades ago.

Sentiments of the Badagas should be respected and they should be given reservation in education and government jobs.

B. Bellukutty,

Nilgiris. (Readers can mail to cbereaders@thehindu.co.in with address and phone number)

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