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`Bus services need to be improved'

Udhagamandalam: Problems that have been confronting the Nilgiris for long would be addressed in a phased manner, assured the State Khadi Board Minister, K. Ramachandran, at a meeting organised by the Badagas Welfare Associatiion in Coonoor on Saturday.

Neglected

Stating that the bus services here needed to be improved, he alleged that the sector had been neglected by the previous Government.

Adverting to the complaints on the functioning of the Nilgiris hospitals, he said that in all the hospitals the number of vacancies vis-à-vis doctors and staff was very high.

Reluctant

Since the doctors were reluctant to serve here, the Government would be requested to offer special incentives.

Pointing out that high priority would be accorded to promoting tourism here, he said that an ad hoc committee comprising officials and others concerned would be constituted to develop the sector. The Coonoor MLA, A. Soundarapandian, said that efforts would be made to increase the allocation of funds to the municipalities in order to improve the standard of sanitation and roads.

The president, Young Badagas Association, T. Rangaiah, presided. The Joint Secretary of the Association, Kennedy Krishnan, welcomed the gathering.

The president, Coonoor Merchants Association, Parameshwaran, also spoke.

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