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This is with reference to the opposition by small industries and many others against power cuts. Population is increasing astronomically.

Hundreds of TV channels operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Millions of computers are kept “on” whether in use or not.

Power situation will become even worse with so many people demanding the limited resource.

No amount of protest is going to solve the problem. People should reduce their needs and also learn to recycle things and not to waste—as everything under the Sun needs power to produce.

Again when one plans to have new power houses to alleviate the shortage, it works somewhat in a negative way.

Power stations also need a large amount of power to construct in the first instance and will reduce the power available for distribution.

It will be a never ending story—power shortage forcing the need to produce more power which will again reduce the power available for public distribution, particularly when the deficit is large.

V.S. Venkatavaradan,

Salem.

Retrograde step

The Medical Council of India (MCI) proposes to reduce the importance of forensic medicine in the M.B.B.S. syllabus.

This is a retrograde step. An M.B.B.S. doctor should have basic training in forensic medicine.

I am of the opinion that abasic doctor should have a good training in forensic medicine.

In taluk and district headquarters, all doctors are expected to treat medic-legal cases and have to conduct post-mortem examinations due to very acute shortage of doctors with forensic medicine post graduate qualification.

Even in medical college hospitals, there are very few forensic medicine doctors.

In these circumstances, the teaching and training in forensic medicine for M.B.B.S. students should continue.

Dr. B.R. Ramasubramanian,

Salem.

Laudable effort

This has reference to the news item, “Programme to promote use of renewable energy” (February 11). At a time when power shortage is staring the State in the face, it is heartening to note that the Rotary Club of Kotagiri and the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency have embarked on a programme to promote the use of renewable energy, primarily to create awareness among students so that future generations would be saved from a possible crisis. Very correctly, the organisations have emphasised the need for relying on solar energy.

P.U. Krishnan,

Udhagamandalam.

Expedite road bridge construction

The railway bridge work across the Cauvery between Mohanur in Namakkal District and Vangal in Karur District has been completed. However, the road bridge across the river is unfinished. Daily, thousands of vehicles pass between Namakkal and Karur (via, Velur). Its distance is 54 km. If the work is completed in Mohanur andVangal, at least the time to travel the 20 km distance will be saved.

Particularly, this delay causes a lot of inconvenience and they may be spared from extra bus fare andd etour as well.

M.R. Lakshiminarayanan

Rasipuram.

Bus conductors need

a lesson in courtesy

On February 5, I travelled from Boys Company to Mettupalayam. The State-owned bus conductor did not inform me whether seats would be available when the bus reached Coonoor. After the bus reached Coonoor no one alighted. I had to travel standing up to Mettupalayam. The conductor also did not bother to return the balance amount of Rs.4 to me. The bus conductors should be advised by the officials to inform the travelling public about the services and also teach a thing or two about being courteous to passengers.

G.N. Devaraj,

Bhavanisagar.

Underpayment of monthly pension

A case of underpayment of monthly pension relating to the month of November 2011 was reported to the State Bank of India, Coonoor, the pension disbursing authority, by the aggrieved pensioner (Savings Bank account number 10947058938) during the close of November 2011.

A meagre amount of Rs. 3,972 only was found credited to his account as against his eligible pension of Rs.10,226 or a short payment of Rs. 6,254.

The said bank branch ought to have taken up the matter with the Centralised Pension Processing Centre, Chennai, for settlement of the discrepancy. But the branch did not appear to have done so, since the pensioner to his dismay found that for the month of December 2011 too a pension of Rs.3,972 only was credited to his account against Rs. 10,226.

At the request of the pensioner, who is a member of our association, the matter was taken up by us with the CPPC under intimation to the bank branch on 2.1.2012 requesting to settle the discrepancy without any delay.

But the CPPC taking no cognizance of our letter continued to credit to the pensioner's account only Rs. 3,972 for the month of January 2012 also.

Thus consecutively for three months, pension to the above pensioner has been paid only at lesser rate totalling to short payment of Rs. 18,762. From the above it is evident that the grievance redressal machinery of CPPC, Chennai, is not functioning effectively. In view of the above, it is necessary that the grievance redressal system in CPPC, Chennai, is streamlined to mitigate the sufferings of the pensioners.

P. Nanjan,

Secretary,

All-IndiaAssociation of Central Govt. Pensioners, Nilgiris, Aruvankadu.

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