I'm the co-founder of Bhumi <a href="http://bhumi.org.in/" rel="nofollow">www.bhumi.org.in</a> - one of India's best, largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi is involved in supplementary education for under-privileged children in Tamil nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, New Delhi and other parts of the country. I'm also, a doctor in Ophthalmology at a leading Eye Hospital in Chennai, India.
Fix Auto Rickshaw fares in Tamilnadu #TNAuto
Recently the auto-rickshaw fares have been fixed in Chennai and enforced well, but there is no such respite for commuters in other parts of Tamilnadu. The auto-rickshaw fares here haven’t been revised . This is causing considerable inconvenience for commuters who depend on autorickshaws for their transport needs as well to the auto rickshaw drivers. Most auto drivers never go by the meter and demand exorbitant fares. This unfair pricing affects the commuters who, end up being harassed. The auto-drivers too face a number of hardships and this has resulted in a number of social issues as well. We therefore request the Chief Minister to ensure that the fares are revised across Tamilnadu.
REMOVE THE #5SMS A DAY LIMIT
The home ministry has asked department of telecommunications to implement an order through the telecom operators to restrict the sending of more than 5 sms at one go from the same source. However, various telecom operators have used this as a reason to implement unreasonable discriminatory restrictions on SMS usage including. - Pre-paid users are being allowed to send only 5 SMSs per day - There is no option to send more text messages even for a cost - Only pre-paid users are being discriminated against, Post paid users are not being restricted While most users have already paid for booster packs, rate cutters there is no effort from the operators to compensate users. There is no formal notification on the DOT or the TRAI website which is adding to the confusion. For many consumers, who depend on SMSes for regular communication, the ban has come as a blow, crippling normal communication. We therefore are asking you to immediately lift the 5 SMS a day ban; We are equally concerned about national security, we request you to implement alternate methods of blocking only those spreading rumors irrespective of whether they are prepaid or postpaid users.
Rationalise Auto Rickshaw fares in Chennai #ChennaiAuto
Auto rickshaw drivers in Chennai are fleecing passengers at rates close to Rs.25 per km. The auto-rickshaw fares haven’t been revised in the last five years, even though fuel prices have been hiked frequently. This has resulted in considerable inconvenience for commuters who depend on autorickshaws for their transport needs as well to the auto rickshaw drivers. Most auto drivers never go by the meter and demand exorbitant fares. This unfair pricing affects the commuters who, end up being harassed. Since 2007, neither has the fare structure been revised nor has action been taken against those who don't use the meter. The auto-drivers too face a number of hardships and this has resulted in a number of social issues as well. Many auto drivers don’t have an insurance. Since it is difficult for them to secure loans, they turn to private moneylenders and hence overcharge. We therefore request the transport department to 1. Regulate the fares of auto rickshaws and create a system for updating fare structures. 2. Implement alternate methods like rate card which will benefit the commuters as well as the auto drivers even during fluctuating fuel prices. 3. Establish a helpline to report violations and ensure strict enforcement.