The author has done a commendable job in explaining the situation being faced by the old people in the article “Economy leaps, but the old limp” (Business Line, July 20). The plight of the old in the unorganised sector is pitiable compared to those who receive pension. Even the latter group often need physical help. The plight of those suffering from physical and mental stress beggars description.
The Government must set up a commission of older citizens, which should elicit the views of the elder citizens, prepare a chart of the minimum facilities to be provided to the old, and create a trust with sufficient funds to provide minimum needs for the needy. There are umpteen ways to garner the needed funds.
T. R. Anandan
Solar power concerns
This refers to “Local solar panel-makers facing the heat” (Business Line, July 20). Due to lack of rains and shortage of coal, the power sector is affected. Though the Government has constituted the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to provide the necessary solar power, it is unable to meet the demand. The import restriction policy on the solar products for the benefit of the local vendors is good, but is practically unviable, as our products are not able to meet quality standards.
The Government should take steps to impart training to private manufacturers so that they are able to make products that meet global standards. Export of solar products should also be encouraged to bring in revenues.