LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Goa Needs To decrease Positivity Rate

The rate at which the number of people testing Covid positive daily in Goa and those dying, is far from encouraging, and a sad reflection of the Goa govt’s poor handling of the second wave of the pandemic. It is more than a month since curfew was imposed in the state, with restrictions on people’s  movement and  the opening of shops and restaurants. Yet, the Covid positivity rate in Goa stands at an alarming rate of 12%. with around 450 persons testing positive daily. This by any reckoning is high, given that Goa is a tiny state and the country’s positivity average today stands at 4.5%. Mumbai , Pune and Delhi have achieved excellent results after being among the few hotspots in the country with very high rate of infections. In such a bleak scenario how can we in Goa ever think of opening up tourism and the hospitality industry and other crowd pulling places early, unless we achieve a target of a positivity rate below 5% and those testing positive, around 5-10 daily. We need to learn from past mistakes.

A  F Nazareth, Alto Porvorim

Empowering LPG Consumers

It is laudable that the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has taken the step of allowing LPG customers to choose which distributor they want to refill their gas from. This one-of-a-kind service will be trialed in Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Gurugram, Pune, and Ranchi. The consumer will be provided a list of delivering distributors along with their performance rating when scheduling an LPG refill through the mobile app/customer portal using their registered login. To receive an LPG refill, the customer can choose from any of the distributors on the list that are available in his or her area. Hope that the service not only empowers clients by expanding their options, but also encourages healthy competition among distributors to give best-in-class services to clients and improve their performance ratings. Customers can also use the website and mobile app to access all LPG-related services such as connection portability, refill booking, and contactless payments. This is a right move that contributes to Digital India by increasing transparency and delivering LGP at people’s doorsteps.

Amit Singh Kushwaha, Satna, MP