21032017-JTR-01.qxd 3/21/2017 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 21 MARCH 2017| jalandhar NEW JOURNEY Playing the lead in Star Plus’ new show Ek Aastha Aisi Bhee is newcomer Tina Philip. JALANDHARTRIBUNE PROMISE: EX-SERVICEMEN ASSURE CAPTAIN OF COOPERATION Þ PAGE 2 27°C MAXIMUM PIDB GRANTS Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 20 The reports of the new Congress government halting civic works and beginning to collect all unspent funds of the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has sent the AkaliBJP MLAs into a tizzy. Newly appointed chief whip of the SAD and Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu said, “We already were scep- tical of this move of the Congress. The funds had come to the panchayats after due resolutions passed by them and proper costs had been worked out by the officials concerned. Now at a stage when the development works are half-done, there was no point in recalling the already released funds. Sewage work worth Rs 23 crore is being laid down in the Adampur MC area. If funds go back, it will lead to pendency of work and harassment of the pub- lic too.” BJP Phagwara MLA Som Parkash too said, “It is unfortunate that instead of giving us more funds, the Congress government is recalling these funds and getting the audits done. This will create a lot of hue and cry from the public as well. An amount of nearly Rs 50 crore had come to us via the PIDB for roads as well as sewage work and as of now, many areas are lying dug up in the city.” Likewise, second time Þ PARTLY CLOUDY FUNCTION: WORLD ORAL HEALTH DAY OBSERVED Þ PAGE 2 Reports on recall of released funds worry SAD-BJP PAGE 3 13°C MINIMUM Cabinet decision creates confusion at the District Transport Office in city Nakodar Akali MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala said, “I have learnt it from the government departments that the officials have been asked to send back the unutilised PIDB grants. It will send a very wrong signal across Punjab. The Congress will set a very wrong precedent by doing so. The contractors have been after my life since morning as they are worried about their payments. They have even refused working further on the ongoing projects.” People with documents at the driving test track in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Gagandeep Singh Tribune News Service CENTRE OF ATTRACTION: People at the annual art exhibition organised by Apeejay College in collaboration with the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi at Virsa Vihar in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH see also p2 Society residents seek action against developers PARKING SPACE ISSUE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 20 The Silver Oak Residents Welfare Society today approached the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, seeking action against the developer for using almost all parking space of the apartment for commercial purposes. In a complaint to the MCJ MY MLA MY AGENDA Commissioner, Dr Amita Saini and Raman Kumar, along with other apartment residents, alleged that they had suffered because of the “dubious deeds and malpractices of the developers of the apartments”. “The developers got the site of the aforementioned apartments approved from the JMC despite a certain portion of the land being the property of the Punjab Financial Corporation. An FIR in this connection was lodged in December 2014,” they said in the complaint to JMC Commissioner. In the complaint, the residents also accused the MCJ of not taking appropriate action in this regard. “Despite a lot of hue and cry, your department has till date not initiated any action against the accused since they are perhaps influential people,” they said. One killed in mishap Phagwara, March 20 A motorcyclist, identified as Gurmail Chand, of Phagwara village Barna was killed on the spot, while another person sustained injuries when a speeding truck hit their motorcycle near Chiherru on the national highway between Phagwara and Jalandhar today. The injured was admitted to the local Civil Hospital. The police have registered a case against the truck driver who managed to flee from the spot. — OC Jalandhar, March 20 High drama prevailed at Automated Driving Test Track near the bus stand here this morning when the visitors found the test track closed following the uncertainty created by the Punjab Government’s decision to abolish the post of the District Transport Officer (DTO). People had gathered at the spot in the morning to collect their licences and take practice tests for the driving license, but they were confused on what to do next when they discovered that the main gate of the track was closed with a notice. However, Gurmeet Singh, Addition Deputy Commissioner, who also had additional charges of Jalandhar DTO intervened in the matter and got the test track functional at around 12:30 pm. The confusion was created after the decision was taken at the Cabinet Meeting to abolish the office of the DTO and to distribute its work to sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) and sub-divisional officers (SDOs) for their respective jurisdiction in the state. However, no notification has been issued in this regard so far. Speaking to media on the occasion, Hardev Singh, a visitor at Automated Driving Test Track from Guru Nanakpura, said, “As per the recommendations, I visited the place to collect my driving licence in the morning, but it bothered me when I found that the Digi Dhan Mela to be opened today Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 20 Union State Minister for External Affairs VK Singh will inaugurate the Digi Dhan Mela here tomorrow to promote the digital payment methods among consumers and merchants for the higher usage of digital transactions through the offer of incentives. Congress MLA Pargat Singh will be the guest of honour at the event. The event will be organised on the CT institute campus Shahpur, said ADC (D) Girish Dayalan. He added that banks SBI, IDBI, Central Bank, HDFC, Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Union Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, financial institutions, telecom companies, mobile associations, accessory store houses, Khadi Board, Markfed, Verka and other departments would set up their stalls and provide their products on discounts to the visitors. He also said that the par- Kartarpur Commuters on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road near Kartarpur are a harassed lot as the stretch where six-lane road is to come up has turned extremely dusty. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 20 Carrying on the legacy of his late father and five-time Kartarpur MLA Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Chaudhary Surinder Singh aims to take some big steps for the Dalit, poor community of his reserved constituency. While he too is repeating the same promises including drug elimination and creation of job avenues, the first-time MLA says his two ticipants could interact with banks and other stakeholders to learn digital transaction methods and about the required app downloads and technical advancements. Dayalan also said that telecom companies Airtel and Reliance would provide free WiFi facility to all visitors at the venue. With new government taking oath, Jalandhar Tribune speaks to newly elected MLAs Want to make Kartarpur sub-division: Chaudhary Surinder Singh Deepkamal Kaur gate had been closed. I had no idea what to do next. However, the gate was opened later.” Officials said the process of transferring the paperwork to the official concerned would only be done once the notification in this regard was issued. The changes will happen after a notification in a phased manner in this regard so that people do not suffer. The functioning of the DTO office in Kapurthala also suffered due to the same reason. bigger issues will be providing land to the landless, Dalits in his constituency and raising his voice for making Kartarpur a new sub-division. Jalandhar as of now has five sub-divisions, including Jalandhar-1, Jalandhar-2, Nakodar, Shahkot and Phillaur. Kartarpur is part of Jalandhar-2 subdivision. “People here have to travel more than 20 km to meet the SDM in Jalandhar City regarding their problems, court cases and other issues. If we have our own SDM in Kartarpur, which is now a big town, it will be a huge relief for them,” said Chaudhary Surinder Singh. He added, “I will put this demand of the people before Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and try to push the case.” Land for poor Dalits Chaudhary Surinder Singh says during his election campaign, he was touched by the living conditions of poor, Dalit families. “Since our government has already promised providing land to the landless SCs, I have started preparing a list of village common lands available with various panchayats. I will moot a proposal before the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats to use some 5-10 acres of land available with panchayats for making small dwelling c m y b units and providing shelter to them,” he said. Will get STP for Kartarpur Peeved over no sewage disposal for the entire town, Chaudhary Surinder Singh said it was an immediate need for the constituency. “The sullage is being discharged in vacant spaces and village ponds in the vicinity of residential areas. The life of the people in some areas is hellish and they are prone to diseases. Getting a proper sewage disposal and a treatment plant within the town will remain high on my agenda,” he said. Creating industrial land Chaudhary Surinder Singh also has plans to carve out a chunk for creating an industrial hub in Kartarpur. “There is an open space on the Kartarpur-Bhogpur road in Jande Sarai village. This land belongs to Amarjit Singh Sodhi, who was ❝ Since our government has already promised providing land to the landless SCs, I have started preparing a list of village common lands available with various panchayats. I will moot a proposal before the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats to use some 5-10 acres of land available with panchayats for making small dwelling units and providing shelter to them❞ CHAUDHARY SURINDER SINGH, CONGRESS MLA the 12th direct descendent of Guru Arjan Dev (the fifth Sikh Guru). He has proposed to the government to acquire this land for industrial use. If the proposal gets through, Kartarpur youth can get various employment opportunities too,” he said. FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. Faith intact amidst misgivings Volunteers from across Punjab gathered outside the residence of AAP Jalandhar Cantt candidate HS Walia during the party’s meeting to introspect on its triumphs and follies following the Assembly elections. The reigning message remained of hope and faith towards the party. P2
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