ANDHRA PRADESH

Readers' Mail

Broker system

Sir, — It is very difficult to get good service from any Government department within a reasonable time. As the Minister for Transport, S. Santosh Reddy, is thinking of reviving the brokers system in RTA offices, I suggest that the Government introduce brokers system in all the other departments for public convenience!

B. Rama Krishna Rao,

Machilipatnam

Surcharge on

rail tickets

Sir, — The season ticket holders seldom purchase surcharge tickets. Even the TTEs whenever they come across season ticket holders adopt a lenient approach and collect a token Rs. 10 per head from them. Instead, I feel that the railways include the super fast surcharge in the season tickets so that such passengers are made to pay at the time of obtaining tickets. A slab rate of Rs. 50-75 can be fixed for such surcharge. Such a system is bound to increase the revenue of the railways.

M.S.R.A. Srihari,

Khammam

Improve fire station

Sir, — The Fire Services Department is located in a very old shed in Eluru. The present premises was constructed decades ago and is in a dilapidated condition. The station has only one vehicle as against the mandatory two. The ambulance vehicle is also in a state of disuse. I request the District Collector to bestow his attention on this neglected department.

The Government can explore the possibility of involving business houses in providing the necessary infrastructure. Also the Government can impose cess on industries, business houses, theatres and other such buildings to raise funds.

Mohd. Nazeeruddin,

Eluru

Star's `special treatment'

Sir, — The State Government's talk of putting down crime with an iron hand has lost all its moral weight after the way in which the Telugu actor, Balakrishna, was given `special treatment' by the Government doctors and official machinery to prevent his arrest.

T. S. Rao,

Vijayawada

Laudable move

Sir, — It is heartening to know that the School Education Minister, N. Rajyalakshmi, has come forward with a pragmatic proposal to start English medium teaching in all the schools in the State. In an era of computers, it is the expertise in English language, which can help people find suitable jobs. Only one language can save the world and unite it.

J. J. Shankar,

Khammam

Hindi nomenclature

Sir, — It is regrettable that Nehru's assurances that English would be continued as official language as long as people from non-Hindu areas want it, is being given a quiet burial. Of late the nomenclature of various Central organisations are in Hindi only. For example --Ayakar Bhavan, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Nirvachan Sadan, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited, Valmiki Ambedkar Awas Yojana -- etc. The DMK, which was earlier in the forefront to oppose imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speaking people, is surprisingly silent. I request the MPs from south India to look into this.

V. V. Ramanaiah,

Vijayawada

Ghastly tragedy

Sir, — A photograph speaks a thousand words. Explaining the intensity of the ghastly tragedy in words cannot be the substitute for photos. The Kumbakonam devastation has left none without tears.

N. S. R. Murthy,

Vijayawada

Ridiculous decision

Sir, — Following the killing of the MCA student, Sri Lakshmi, Nagarjuna University has decided to shift all the senior students of the college to other colleges. The Vice-Chancellor's assertion that the college had not got the approval from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) is ridiculous. Because it is the duty of the university to disaffiliate or

derecognise any college, which fails to fulfil the prescribed norms.

I. Subash Samuel,

Ulavapadu

Postal life insurance

Sir, — Postal life insurance, which is highly beneficial to subscribers has not become popular for want of adequate number of agents, publicity etc. It has only one agent to cover three districts. The agent may not be able to visit all the villages and towns even once during his five-year tenure. They are also not given TA or DA and even the commission due to them is delayed.

The LIC on the other hand pays commission within a month after the business is generated. The postal authorities should look into this to remain competitive.

H. Kalyan Rao,

Guntur

Padma Shri

for Suseela

Sir, — The veteran female playback singer, P. Suseela, has enthralled millions of listeners particularly Telugus with her mellifluous voice. She has so far rendered 40,000 film songs in various South Indian languages besides Hindi. It will be a fitting tribute to the great singer, if the State Government recommends her for the prestigious Padma Shri award.

Surya Narayana,

Krishna district

Free power scheme

Sir, — One wonders as to how far it is justified on the part of the State Government to dole out free power to farmers. How is the State going to develop if resources are lost due to such populist schemes?

Free power supply is bound to result in wastage. Giving anything free of cost tantamount to abetting slothfulness. It would be wise to at least collect user charges from farmers by fixing a slab.

K. Kameswara Rao,

Mortha

Machilipatnam

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