The Public Distribution System in Tamil Nadu (TNPDS), perceived as a boon to citizens from low income groups has many issues. Its nodal agency, the Civil Supplies department, has failed at various levels of operations
Once, cities could not do without them. Today, with branded showrooms mushrooming and the ubiquitous mobile phone replacing watches, it is only their passion that keeps a few watch repairmen at their trade.
For the second year in a row, a bare-bones statement of accounts was passed through a secretive exercise. While the figures themselves raise many questions, more alarming is the fact that there is no elected body of representatives for citizens to approach.
Their handlooms, made from completely natural fibre and dyes, have found takers across the world, but the traditional weaving community has been in deep economic distress since the 2015 Chennai floods.
It’s a ‘fair’ with a difference. Kasim Basith’s initiative, ‘We Are Your Voice’ organises an annual job fair for persons with disability and has successfully placed many of them in reputed organisations.