Sir — Retail chains like Big Bazaar and Reliance Trends have adopted the ‘Bring Your Bag’ policy to rid the planet of the hazards of plastic. This eco-friendly step has undoubtedly helped reduce the use of plastic as most shoppers bring their own bags while visiting these retail stores. The neighbourhood kirana stores should be encouraged to adopt a similar policy. That way, the use of plastic will be minimized and the environment can be kept safe from this menace.
Niamul Hossain Mallick, Katwa, Burdwan
Sir — Two snakebite deaths were reported to me recently. A 50-year-old man from Dihi Gobindapur, Baruipur, was admitted to the Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. He was first treated at a hospital in Baruipur. Later, he was transferred to the CNMC. He died at the SSKM hospital.
In another incident, a 12-year-old boy was admitted to Sambhunath Pandit hospital. He had been treated at a health centre in Singur first. The boy was administered five vials of anti-venom serum in a slow drip. Five more vials were added later, but the boy died. What is distressing is that the two districts from where the victims hail have reportedly completed a course in “Modular Training on Snakebite Management for Medical Officers”.
Dayal Bandhu Majumdar, Calcutta
Suffering in silence
Sir — The renowned film director, Anurag Basu, recently made a film called Barfi. The film revolved around a character who has hearing and speech impairments. For the title role,Basu selected a young actor who is not differently abled. Basu’s choice left a number of gifted actors suffering from the same condition utterly dejected.
In our country, there are a number of artists who are afflicted with various forms of disability. They would have essayed this role perfectly. I am an actor, who is differently abled. I have trained as a mime artist at several renowned institutes. I have performed in many parts of the country and received several accolades for my performances. I have even acted in two bit roles on television.
But I must admit that disabled actors suffer on account of the lack of opportunity. Perhaps it will be a good idea if Basu were to come forward and make a film highlighting the challenges faced by the disabled community.
Amit Halder, Calcutta
Sir — It is a matter of great concern that private airlines are taking full advantage of the prevailing shortage of seats in certain sectors and charging exorbitant fares (“Airfares rocket before Diwali”, Nov 11). The aviation ministry must intervene and ensure that the tickets are not sold at such high prices. Ideally, the excess fare being charged ought to be refunded to the passengers.
It is a big relief that the Indian Railways have not been privatized yet. Or else, railway passengers would have to shell out higher sums of money while buying tickets.
In this context, one must hope that the government will take steps to ensure that Air India operates efficiently and without any political interference. That would be the only way to safeguard the interests of domestic air travellers.
A.S. Mehta, Calcutta