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Crossing rail tracks

It is generally construed that crossing a railway track is an offence. But the travellers are made to cross the tracks to board the train or exit the station. Though the earnings from Coimbatore Junction are so huge that it almost meets the entire establishment expenses of the division, yet no basic necessities are provided at the station. The entry passages to platforms 3, 4, 5 and 6 are very narrow and the travellers find it difficult to go to these platforms or get down. Many a time there is a near stampede. To avoid this, people take the risk of crossing the railway lines to go to the next platform to catch a train or to leave the station. Else you miss the train. Will the people's representatives address this issue?

Dominic David

Coimbatore.

A disheartening step

It is disheartening to know that the State Government has stopped the system of entrance examinations for professional courses to discourage the growth of private study centres as well as to give a fair chance for students in rural areas.

Study centres develop the child's IQ as well as widen his thought process. Instead of stopping entrance examinations, it would be good if the Government started more study centres.

Sheila Joshua,

Coimbatore.

No level-playing field

The Chief Minister was right when she said that children were traumatised by the Common Entrance Test. Furthermore, no real credit is given to the hard work put in during the two years.

However, the Government must also look into the various systems of education prevalent here such as State Plus Two, CBSE and ICSE XII where the standard of syllabi, coaching, question papers and finally the evaluation of answer papers are totally different. There has to be a level-playing field for students of various systems.

Unni,

Coimbatore

Waive collection charge

A sum of Rs. 70 is being deducted from all pensioners by the State Government every month as `Family Security Fund" from their pension. On the death of the pensioner, Rs.25,000 is paid to the spouse or the heir.

This is paid by cheque drawn on a bank in Chennai. When the recipient of the cheque sends it for clearance, over Rs. 100 is deducted towards collection charge. Why cannot the bank be instructed to waive the collection charge since it is a Government transaction?

P. Swaminathan,

Tirupur.

Customer bondage

The news `A friend indeed' ( The Hindu , June 7) comes as a pleasant surprise. After nationalisation, banks have become less customer-friendly. Senior customers recall with nostalgia the prompt service rendered by the banks decades back. In this connection `Grahak Mitra' (Ungal Nanban) scheme launched by State Bank of India to help customers with the motto `Customer is king', renews the customer bondage in the banking system.

Other banks can also follow suit.

A. Ranganathan,

Coimbatore.

Avoiding accidents

This has reference to the article `Fixing accountability for accidents' in The Hindu dated May 28. Most accidents occur due to negligence of drivers, corruption in the Regional Transport Offices and drunken driving. Tourist cab owners compelling drivers to drive long distances continuously, not using helmets and poor road condition also should be the focus.

Dr. J. Vijay Venkatraman,

Coimbatore.

Jobs for the disabled

March 15 is the World Disabled Day. On March 16, the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, announced in the Assembly that Government vacancies marked for the physically challenged would be filled.

The photo of a physically challenged person going to the Collectorate to submit application for a job was heartrending. The Press should give more importance to the employment issue of the physically challenged.

R. Sahul Ameed

Mettupalayam

Coimbatore.

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