12042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/12/2017 12:30 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 12 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE NIFT: AFTER EIGHT YEARS, HOPE SHINES AGAIN Þ PAGE 2 FB HACKING: ALLEGATION LEVELLED BY MAKE-UP ARTIST Þ PAGE 2 TERRIFIC TATTOO Selena Gomez will forever live with a black semicolon on her forearms. PAGE 4 Þ SUNNY 34°C MAXIMUM 15°C MINIMUM RE-AUCTION OF PARKING LOTS AND CANTEEN CONTRACTS Admn suffers loss of ~15.53 lakh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 As the Operation and Maintenance Society of the District Administrative Complex (DAC) conducted the re-auction of parking lots and canteen contracts, it suffered a loss of Rs 15.53 lakh this year. While the parking lot contract went for Rs 52.01 lakh last time, it remained much low at Rs 40.34 lakh this time. The canteen contract, which was given out at Rs 14.5 lakh last year, fetched the administration just an amount of Rs 10.64 lakh. The auction for giving out both contracts was earlier held on March 29, but there were no bidders then. The last year’s auction amount had been kept as reserve price this time, but the contractors claimed that their business had suffered badly last year. As a result, the reserve price of both contracts was slashed by 20 per cent so as to invite bidders – Rs 4.33 lakh for parking and Rs 10.63 lakh for canteen. The contracts were given out at a marginally higher amount. “Ever since the Suwidha Centre was replaced by segregated Sewa Kendras and the work of issuing licences went to a centre outside the complex, the number of visitors has come down. There are very few visitors at the tehsil as the number of registries has fallen and some works like the availability of fard etc can now be done online. So the walk-in has practically come to nearly half,” said the old canteen contractor Amritpal Singh. “We could not even recover the amount at which we took the contract. We were here just because there was no other avocation,” he lamented. The auction of the parking lot at the District Administrative Complex being held in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Rachna Khaira Dist sets target of 5.40 lakh mt for wheat procurement Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Parents, children seek amicable solution FEE ROW Jalandhar, April 11 Following the constitution of the regulatory body under the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutes Act, 2016, the Divisional Commissioner’s office is flooded with complaints from various parent organisations. Though earlier found unaware of the Act and the regulatory body constituted to address their concerns, the parents had approached Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma’s office, but later when informed about the Act had shared their concern with Divisional Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary, the chairman of the regulatory body. Parents seek waiving of annual charges Amongst other concerns, parents today requested Chaudhary to get the annual charges waived off. The parents association of British Olivia School alleged that the annual charges had been increased to Rs 12 per cent, an increase of 10 per cent as compared to last year. Also, parents alleged that the schools had refused to accept their quarterly tuition fee without the annual charges. Many even alleged that some schools had held up the report card and the certificates of their children of last year due to the non-payment of the annual charges. The parents have urged Chaudhary to put a stay on the payment of the annual charges till the regulatory body formed under his chairmanship took the final call over the issue and should direct the school authorities to accept the tuition fee for this quarter with the annual charges. DC to hold meeting with schools on Wednesday Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma will hold a meeting with the private school associations today and is expected to discuss the issue of annual charges demanded by them every year from the parents. Also, amongst other issues, Sharma is expected to raise the issue of overcharging of books and uniform by the agents “commissioned” by some schools. The Deputy Commissioner is also expected to take up the matter of Parents’ associations of various schools meet Divisional Commissionar Raj Kamal Chaudhary, urging him to get the annual charges waived from the school fee with immediate effect. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH prescribing NCERT books by these unaided schools. The schools may also be asked to elaborate the charges covered under the annul charges that may include sports fund, cultural fund and other student welfare charges. Major guidelines of the Act Though the Act has provided them much respite from the overcharging by private schools, it has also provided them guidelines by which they can even assess the monthly fee of their children. The regulatory body Divisional Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary is the chairperson of the regulatory body. The other members include circle education officer Jaspal Singh as member Secretary, District Education Officer (Secondary) Harinder Singh and Ram Pal Singh, District Education Officer (Elementary) as members. Also, two members were to be nominated by the government, while one member was to be nominated by the Divisional Commissioner but the appointments are yet to be made by the authorities concerned. Guidelines for educational institutes on fee structure The Act has clearly specified the guidelines for fixing the fee structure of schools. It states that schools should keep in view the infrastructure and facilities provided by them, the investment made and salaries paid to the teachers and also about the future plan of expansion and betterment of the institution, but it should be subject to the restrictions of non-profiteering and non-charging of the capitation fee. The Act also made it mandatory for private schools to display the fee structure at a conspicuous place on the school premises. Also, the school should not increase the fee more than 8 per cent without the consent of the parents’ organisations. Schools cannot divert funds Making a major breakthrough, the Act has directed the private schools being run by various trusts and societies that they cannot divert the fee or funds charges by parents to such trusts and societies. Responsibilities of the regulatory body The major job of the regulatory body is to hear complaints from the students and parents with regard to the charging of excessive fee or doing any other activity with a motive to gain financial benefit or profit in contravention of the provisions of the Act. The Act has also directed the regulatory body to ensure that private schools should not indulge in commercialisation of the education. Regulatory body given civil court powers In order to implement the guidelines in true spirit, the regulatory body has been given powers of a civil court by which it can summon witnesses and take evi- dence also. Also, it can impose fine up to Rs 2 lakh and even direct the authority concerned to withdraw the recognition of the affiliation of such unaided private institutes. Regulatory body remained a one-man army Despite the appointments of over three officials from the Department of School Education, including the Circle education officer and the DEOs of elementary and secondary education, it was Divisional Commissioner Chaudhary only who is facing the wrath of overanxious, angry and frustrated parents. Though he is the chairperson of the regulatory body and should be the last appellant authority in the regulatory body, his office is flooded by the members of the parents associations of various schools for the past three days. Parents during their meeting with Chaudhary on Wednesday alleged that though they had approached the DEO (Secondary) and the CEO at various occasions, they were not allowed to enter their office by the staff. Following this, Chaudhary has called a meeting of all DEOs falling in his jurisdiction comprising seven districts. Chaudhary is expected to streamline the functioning of the regulatory body and may assign DEOs of districts concerned as the first appellant authority of the body. While speaking to The Tribune, Chaudhary said the move was necessary as the parents living in districts like Pathankot and c m y b Gurdaspur might find it difficult to visit his office in Jalandhar. Children made to beg for fetes Slamming various school authorities for forcing their children to beg and collect funds for fetes, a parent alleged that the school had asked his child, studying in class IV, to collect funds for the school fete. “Why are they holding fete if they do not have funds to organise them? Why are our children made scapegoat every time to collect funds for their farewell party, fete and even for their annual function? The government should stop this with immediate effect,” said one parent. Jalandhar, April 11 Jalandhar district has set a target to procure 5.40 lakh mt wheat during the ongoing season. After initiating the procurement process at Bhogpur and Adampur grain markets, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma has said that the estimate production of wheat in this season is all set to cross the last year’s figure of 4.60 lakh mt as the Food and Civil Supplies Department has set the target to purchase 5.40 lakh mt. Besides, even the per hectare yield is likely to increase from 4,456 kg to 4,950 kg per hectare from the last season. The Deputy Commissioner also said that 79 procurement centres had been set up across the district, out of which 13 had witnessed wheat procurement today. Wheat procurement was likely to attain pace in the coming week due to expected temperature Officials and political leaders at the grain market in Phillaur in Jalandhar district on Tueday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH increase. He also made it clear that the payments against the procured wheat would be made in 48 hours with the online system. Besides, all SDMs had been deputed as nodal officers for smooth procurement in their respective jurisdictions, he added. Meanwhile, PPCC leader Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary today visited grain market at Phillaur. Speaking on the occasion, he said the state government was committed to providing smooth and hassle-free procurement of the wheat crop. “The Chief Minister has directed the authorities for timely and full procurement of every single grain of wheat from farmers who had seen a harrowing time last year as a result of the ill-conceived agricultural policy of the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime,” added Chaudhary. The rate was fixed at Rs 1,625 per quintal. He was accompanied by SDM Phillaur. Girl gets life from Dubai Given stem cells by a donor to cure thalassaemia Children suffer mental trauma In the ongoing fight between schools and parents, it is the children who are facing the maximum harassment. Jalandhar Tribune spoke to some students who came along with their parents to Divisional Commissioner Chaudhary’s office and they said that they were attending the school in fear and trauma. “We are being mocked at by the students from high-profile families and also by teachers. Also, the school management has not given us our report cards of last year. Also, we are not been taken in any of the literary and cultural groups,” said a student. The children have appealed to the regulatory authority to find an amicable solution to this deadlock between their parents and various school authorities. Gauri Madaan with her father (pink shirt), Dr Joseph John from the CMCH and her donor Mahesh Kumar from Dubai (brown T-shirt). TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 11 While Mahesh Kumar Nagdev was in Dubai, he was able to save the life of eightyear-old Gauri Madaan from Zirakpur. Today, they both met for the first time and her innocent smile stole Nagdev's heart. He was contented to see a life blooming out of his stem cells. Gauri was three months old when she was diagnosed with thalassaemia major and since then she had required regular blood transfusions, till she met a life-saving blood stem cell donor. Sharing her experience, Nidhi, Gauri's mother, said she was required to get blood transfused every fortnight till they came to know about Christian Medical College and Hospital. "We came here and Dr Joseph John, Professor and head of clinical haematology at CMC, made us acquainted with stem cell transplant. We got a match in the first attempt and her treatment for transplant started in 2014. Two months before the transplant and month after the treatment, Gauri was in the hospital fighting every odd with bravery," shares Nidhi. Showing satisfaction, Mahesh said he got himself registered with the NGO during an awareness session conducted by a hospital in Dubai. Within a year, he received a call from the NGO, informing him that he was a perfect match for a child with a serious blood disorder. “I was very happy to hear that I was a potential match for someone. The fact that my little effort could save a life felt like I was the chosen one,” he smiles. Mahesh, who has two sons and is happily living in Dubai, says he can actually imagine how difficult it is to see kids in pain and he is blessed that he was able to save the life of Gauri. Mahesh got himself registered with an NGO, Datri, and Gauri’s parents approached the NGO for stem cells. As per the registry protocol, the identity of donors and recipients is kept anonymous for a year. If both express their desire to meet each other, the NGO holds their meeting.
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