Though the Government is prodding nationalised and scheduled banks to sanction educational loans to needy parents to facilitate them to provide better education to their wards, yet some scheduled banks based in rural and semi-urban areas are so demanding that they are shirking their responsibility, with the result the parents are constrained to run from pillar to post to obtain loans.

Employees even after complying with all the documents like pay certificate and property document are asked to submit signature from a surety too. If this is the condition set for employees, it is next to impossible to get educational loan for the poor and the downtrodden. Hence, the Finance Ministry should give directions to all the banks in clear terms.

V. Kumar

Thekkurichy, Kanyakumari district.

Bus-stop needed

There is a big junction on the Tuticorin-Tiruchendur national highway on the outskirts of Tuticorin. One road from the junction is leading to Tuticorin Harbour. Most commuters working in the port area are used to wait for buses at the junction. But on many occasions, buses do not halt here, putting waiting passengers to inconvenience.

The idea of establishing a scheduled bus stop at this junction-cum-big traffic island has been neglected for a long time now.

I request the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to establish a bus stop at the junction and also instruct all buses to halt.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai,

Vazhavallan, Tuticorin district.

Huge potholes

A section of Papanasam road from Vickramasingapuram is in a bad shape. This main road is always busy as it is on the way to the major tourist attractions like Agathiar falls, Banatheertham, besides Courtallam and pilgrim centres at Papanasam and Kanikudiiruppu. Owing to the recent incessant rain, huge potholes have been formed at two places, one near St. Mary’s school bus stop and another near Maruthamnagar bus stop, causing discomfort to the passersby.

Being a narrow road and with no alternative route this stretch gets damaged frequently. It is to be noted that only recently the road was laid and still drainage system works are not over.

M. Muralidharan,

Alwarkurichi, Tirunelveli district.

Shelters leaking

The newly constructed first platform at the Tirunelveli Junction Railway Platform after the Broad Guage line conversion is very convenient to the passengers since most of the superfast express trains arrive and depart here only and the passengers are free from the strain of climbing up the overbridge to reach other platforms. But I had a bitter experience the other day on the same platform when it was raining and the shelters up there were heavily leaking. The shelters are newly built and I request the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to set it right.

E. Rajakumar Arulanandham,

Palayamkottai.

Announce local holiday

The annual Dasara festival at Kulasekhara Pattinam has passed off peacefully despite heavy rush of devotees to the tune of ten lakh. Kudos to the Collector and Superintendent of Police for the arrangements made in connection with the celebrations. The Collector visited the village thrice within a span of 10 days to look after the facilities made to accommodate the multitude in this coastal village. However, the feasibility of declaring local holiday on the day after Vijayadhasami day in Tuticorin district may kindly be considered as the devotees are expected to perform certain rites on the evening of this day to fulfil their obligations.

Mahalingam Yaman,

Tuticorin.

Peculiar opinion

This refers to the report ‘Retired civil servants should not join political parties (From the south page, October 21).

Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswamy has conveyed this suggestion while delivering a lecture on ‘Election Management – New Paradigm,’ at the SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad on October 20.

When the associations of government servants and teachers demand political rights for them on a par with citizens of India who are conferred political rights according to the Constitution of India, the CEC’s opinion on retired civil servants not to enter politics seems peculiar.

G. Purushothman,

Tirunelveli.

Fee concession

Bharathiar University has decided to waive course and examination fees for physically challenged students in regular stream and distance mode.

The university is already giving course fee concession of 10 per cent for women students and 25 per cent for defence personnel of distance education, which is welcome. I suggest those who are below poverty line studying University Course should be given 50 per cent fee concession.

V. Natarajan,

Tirunelveli.

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