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The most common disgusting sight in MTC buses that are plying in Chennai is the disgusting advertisements that are struck in most of the windows. We submitted a petition to Government of Tamil Nadu (GOVTN/E/2016/03014) on the same as below on 22nd December 2016.

Dear Team, MTC has a very good quality buses compared to any other transport corporation in the country. However a lot of buses are suffering from unauthorized bill sticking like 100% job assurance, medicines for private illness etc. There is a good way to solve this. 1) Only if there is an empty slot, these unruly people will try to take advantage of it. How about leasing those spaces to advertisers. For example, if you look BMTC Bangalore they have good painting advertisements from Telangana tourism which makes the bus beautiful and free of such advertisements. 2) Most of the advertisements have phone numbers mentioned and it should not be very difficult to narrow down on the culprits and file a heavy penalty on them for defacing the buses. Kindly look into the same and save our valuable MTC assets. Thanks, Deepak

The response from Metropolitan Transport Corporation on 25th January 2017 is as below.

With reference to the above, it is informed that already MTC prohibited unauthorized pasting of hand bills/ stickers on buses. In this regard, warning stickers as stated below is pasted in all MTC buses to prevent unauthorized pasting of stickers. ” MTC பேருந்தில் துண்டு பிரசுரங்கள்/நோட்டீஸ் ஒட்ட தடை விதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. மீறுவோர் மோ.வ.ச.1988, பிரிவு 182-A மற்றும் (109)-ன் படி ரூ.1,000/- முதல் ரூ.5,000/- வரை அபராதம் செலுத்த நேரிடும்” MTC is removing then there if any hand bills/stickers pasted on buses and also taking legal action against them and collected penalty. Inspite of that some unidentified persons are continuing to deface the buses. Moreover, the display of advertisement on the buses is being done according to the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Rules 1989. Vide Lr.No.39011/A2/Advt.Rev/MTC/10, Dated.18.01.2017.

During our recent dine in at a Dominos Pizza stores in the IT corridor of Chennai we found that a duplicate service tax entry is being added. Though it a zero amount the billing line items are very ambiguous. The tellers were not able to justify the same. Hence have raised this issue to Department of Sales Tax via PMO, Dominos Social Media team for their comments as well dropping a note to their corporate house.

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We forwarded the following suggestion to NHAI on 21st December 2016 vide CpGrams MORTH/E/2016/03975

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Dear Team,
I was browsing through Automated Toll Collection and found out that ICICI is offering a service called FastTag which emits RFID at toll plazas and automatically pays the toll without the vehicle need to stop over.
I would like to recommend this to NHAI to give it more publicity and perhaps you can make it ad supported in order to remove the initial fee which will further incentive and make more people adopt it.
That way vehicles will go non-stop, toll plazas will become no-cash and payment will be all-automatic.
For the benefits mentioned in the previous paragraph, I would like to submit this suggestion.
Thanks and Regards,
Deepak Vasudevan
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The response that came today from the ministry is found attached.
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Tamil Nadu is going for elections today. V&R takes this opportunity to remind everyone to head on to their designated polling station (aka) voting booths and exercise your franchise.

Election Commission of India has a free SMS number called 1950 to which if you send your voter id, it will give you the designated polling booth.

Some points to note:

  1. Your vote is not for sale. If a party offers something bribe or tries to ferry you to a polling booth, report them to the election commission. Reporting to law enforcement is of no use because most police folks work hand-in-hand with corrupt politicians.
  2. If you are not satisfied with any of the candidates, choose NOTA in the polling machine.
  3. If your organization is not giving you time and/or holiday to exercise your franchise report to Labor Department and to Election Commission. It may be that your manager/supervisor has an unholy nexus with politicians making you to boycott the election and use your name to cast bogus votes. Stop them from doing that.

Let us give 100% voting. Even if candidates are unfit in the constituency, there is the most fitting candidate in every constituency. NOTA.

I reported the following on 21 May 2014 to Ministry of Information Broadcasting via CpGrams (MOIAB/E/2014/00554):

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Dear Team,

We would need you to look into some of the unethical business practices of Videocon Cable. Currently our guest house is serviced by Videocon cable. I have the following complaints on Videocon cable. Calling the customer is no use and there are no attendants at any point of time. Emailing them some junk dumbass would call you after two days but just bluntly disconnect the call and after halfa day another dumbass would appear in person just to shake the STB box up and down once and then asking 150 to 200 rs. as a visiting service charge.

The visiting person would not even have the ID card and even will not give a proper receipt of the same. The channel numbers also keep changing frequently without any proper reasoning and/or announcement. Since the caretaker of the guest house is not tech-savvy, it becomes easy for those conmen to mischievously con them.

Thanks and Regards,

Deepak

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Response from Bharat Business Channel of Videocon D2H on 7th April 2016 is enclosed below:

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On 15th September 2014 I reported the following issue to Ministry of Internal Security via CpGrams regarding callous behavior of Pune Police Control Room.
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Team, I had to call 100 (Police Control Room) on Saturday because my wallet was apparently pocket-picked and I had to locate a nearest police station to file a complaint on the same and furnish the copies to my banker, credit card institution, IT department (For PAN Card etc). First for two to three calls, no one picked up calls in the Control Room. Then some one called me. She could not converse in English or Hindi and could talk in vernacular Marathi only. When I managed to convey her I needed the nearest police station she told that she does not have info and I need to check with a local autorickshawwala and they would guide to the nearest police chowki. Shame on these people and control room. Thanks and Regards, Deepak Vasudevan
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And today (14th April 2016), I got the following response from them:
The grievance pertains to omission/ commission by police, which are self explanatory in nature as action on the same is to be taken by the State Government. Forwarded to Secretary (Home), Maharashtra.
Number of days taken to attend to the Grievance: 577 days (1 years and 7 months)
CpGrams:

MHAIS/E/2014/00095

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