LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Vaccinate All People

COVID  cases have been rising at an alarming rate in the country, especially in Maharashtra, forcing the government there to ask officials to prepare a plan for imposing lockdown. Lockdown has a negative impact on the state’s economy, besides throwing lives of citizens off gear. The best way to combat the COVID surge is to give a big-push to vaccination against the pandemic. The vaccination drive commenced with  inoculation of healthcare and  frontline workers. This was followed by those above 60  and those between the age of 45 to 59 and with comorbidities receiving the jab. Now from April 1, those above the age of 45 will be able to receive the vaccine. Those of lesser age do have better immunity. However, it must be said that young people have also been infected by the virus and many have lost their lives. It is pertinent to note that the Goan Seaman Association of India has urged the government to vaccinate sailors on priority basis without considering any age limit. Given the fact that COVID positivity rate has been rising at an alarming rate, it would be desirable, at least now, for the vaccine to be made available to all citizens irrespective of the age group they belong to.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

The Plight Of Pedestrians

TIME and again the RTO has been tinkering with  metal dividers on CHOGM Road, causing a lot of problems for pedestrians to cross the road. The metal dividers, which had been placed earlier in front of Sapana Gardens and Prudential Palms housing societies, brought a lot of relief to the people in the area, enabling residents, especially the senior citizens, to cross the road without the fear of being knocked down by speeding vehicles. Vehicles were also moving in their respective lanes. However, to the surprise of many, these dividers were removed three months ago making it difficult once again for people to cross the road. Similarly, a week back at the start of CHOGM Road, in front of the PWD water tank, the pedestrian crossing has also been blocked with  metal dividers. So, where do pedestrians cross to get to the other side of the road? The  pothole-ridden CHOGM Road makes it even more difficult and dangerous for pedestrians and motorists. Will the RTO please take note of this?

A   F NAZARETH, ALTO PORVORIM     

 Govt Pampers Tourists

CONSIDERING the rising number of COVID cases,  the state government has banned public celebrations of Holi, Eid-ul-Fitr, Shab-e-Baraat and Easter. Unfortunately, the same government has refused to put any restrictions on tourists thronging into Goa, risking  the lives of Goans. The worse thing is that it has  mischievously allowed stakeholders in the hospitality industry to host parties and other events where a large number of revellers gather. Why the government is not allowing the people of Goa to celebrate their festivals in small numbers?  Why  is it  allowing the tourists to have a whale of a time in the state: these visitors  are notorious for flouting the COVID norms. I am of the strong  opinion that the government wants to generate revenue through the tourism industry jeopardising the safety of local residents.  Sorry to say that our ‘Bhangarachem Goem’ is slowly, but definitely, being turned into badlands of north India.

JERRY FERNANDES, SALIGAO