On October 7 my wife and I, both over 70 years, had an appointment at 9 a.m. with the Regional Passport Office, Coimbatore, for renewal of our passports. A very large queue had already formed even by 8.45 a.m. that day when we reported at the office. Right from the security staff, every official dealing with various aspects of issue of passports was courteous, patient and helpful, especially to senior citizens and first time applicants, though they themselves were under tremendous pressure of work. Non-compliance of their requirements was explained to the applicants and proper guidance was also given to them as to what they should do to rectify them. The service was commendable indeed and we hope the staff maintains the same standard in future too.

K.G. Ramakrishnan,

Sivananda Colony.

Railway station

Coimbatore has been making rapid strides in the field of engineering, health care, education and industries, big and small. Work on Tidel Park is being expedited. The IT park will be situated at the Hopes College junction and the government estimates around one lack people will be employed, both direct and indirect. Avanashi Road has so many corporate institutions and colleges and work on a six-lane road is in progress. Hence if a railway station is built at the Hope College area it will benefit a number of people.

The railway station may be built adjacent to the Tidel Park.

V. Balasubramanian,

Coimbatore.

Bus service

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation should introduce a town bus with the board ‘Ukkadam to Ukkadam. This bus should be run in the morning and the evening on an experimental basis.

G. Radhakrishnan,

Pachapalayam.

Ticket reservation

Whenever a new train is introduced all seats are found to be booked on the same day itself. Travel agents book tickets in bulk. Tickets are also booked in benami names. These ‘benami’ passengers travel on the tickets obtained from the agents and not on those with their actual names.

Tickets are also booked through Internet by way of I-ticketing and E- ticketing by travellers from their own place, through selective petrol bunks, cell phones etc. As a result, only very few tickets are booked at the booking counters and they are unconfirmed tickets. There should be a proportionate distribution of tickets among E-ticketing, I-tickets, petrol bunk booking and ticket counters so that a specified percentage of tickets will be available at the booking counters. About 10 per cent of the total tickets may be earmarked for the ‘Tatkal’ scheme and it should be confirmed only 24 hours before the date of journey and not five days in advance as is being done now.

C.M. Jeyaraam,

Coimbatore.

Pay panel recommendations

The Government of India has issued a memorandum on 1-9-2008 for implementing the Sixth Central Pay Commission’s recommendations for all Central Government pensioners/family pensioners with effect from 1-1-2006.

The salient features of the memorandum are: (1) Public sector banks and post offices from where the Central Government pensioners are drawing their pension have been authorised to pay the revised pension/family pension and 40 per cent of the arrears within two months from the date of issue of orders. (2) They need not wait for authorisation from their respective accounts officers. The basic pension/family pension will be revised based on the consolidated basic pension/family pension of 1996 with a fitment weightage of 40 per cent. (3) The new revised pension with revised dearness relief of 0 per cent, 2 per cent, 6 per cent, 9 per cent, 12 per cent and 16 per cent from 1-1-2006 will be worked out every six months to arrive at the take-home pension. (4) The quantum of pension/family pension will be enhanced to the pensioners’ family/pensioners by 20 per cent, 30 per cent, 40 per cent, 50 per cent and 100 per cent of the revised basic pension/family pension when the pensioner/family pensioner dearness relief is admissible for the additional pension also. (5) The revised Pension Payment Order (PPO) will be issued suo motu by the head of the department where the pensioner last worked before retirement.

S. Gopalan,

Secretary, All India Central Govt. Pensioners’ Association Coimbatore. (Readers can mail to cbereaders@thehindu.co.in with address and phone number)

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