Mega blocks a mega torture
The mega block exercise by the suburban services for several years now spells a torturous Sunday for commuters (Five-hour mega block hassles Central Railway commuters, April 2). It results in inordinate delays and cancellations, and the train schedule goes for a toss. Making matters worse, trains do not halt at certain stations such as Kopar, Nahur and Kanjurmarg, forcing people to take complicated detours. In a city like Mumbai, you can’t expect people to remain indoors on Sundays. What’s shocking is that despite such routine mega blocks, no improvement can be seen in services. It’s high time the railways stopped this torture. At the very least, let them decrease the frequency to once a month, or to once a fortnight.
— Krishna S Kumar
We should join forces against stealthy RTI amendment
Activists talk of sending long protest letters to the chief minister and RTI authorities at the Centre (Amendments to RTI rules arbitrary, say activists, April 2). But let’s not live in a fool's paradise. What purpose will they serve when the amendments have already become law? They may have had an effect, if any, before the law came into force. Now, only the court can declare it as ‘unlawful', and direct the government to follow due process of law before making any new rule. Therefore, we should now join hands to file a PIL in high court.
— Mohan Siroya
Make autorickshaws part of state transport
The state government should think of making autorickshaws a wing of government transport and frame necessary rules and amendments (Auto unions threaten strike from April 16, April 2). Since the transport generates enough revenue, but is only lacking in discipline, this would be a welcome move. The fare collected would be deposited with the state. This would ensure that meters are not tampered as there will be nothing to be gained from doing it. The drivers can be put in a suitable salary scale, and treated like state government employees. Gas would be provided from BEST depots. This would streamline the sector.
— PRV Raghavan
Cricket team selectors are being myopic
The most lucrative job in this country is that of the Indian cricket team selector — a hefty pay packet (Rs40 lakh a year) without any accountability, and minimum work. It seems that whenever they sit for selection meetings, they open the old list of players like a religious book and recite the names of the same set of players. Otherwise, how come quicker bowlers like Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, S Sreesanth, etc, and batsmen like Manoj Tiwari, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are cooling their heels while players with lesser talent are regularly finding place in the playing eleven?
— Sanjiv Nigam
ATMs in post offices are welcome, but first improve services
I find it amusing that post offices are planning to install ATM machines on their premises to increase footfalls (Money spinners: postal department plans 1,000 ATMs in 6 states, April 2). While the move is welcome, why can’t they also do something to improve the basic services? People have to stand is long queues, stamps are not available, postal deliveries are bad and the list of troubles goes on. It’s more important for the department to take these issues up on a priority basis.