13042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/13/2017 1:18 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 13 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE PROTEST: STUDENT UNION DEMANDS FEE HIKE ROLLBACK IN PU Þ PAGE 2 ADMINISTRATION: CONFUSION PREVAILS IN TRANSPORT OFFICE Þ PAGE 2 EVERYTHING IS FAIR IN WORD WAR… Actor-producer Abhay Deol has slammed fairness cream advertisements, featuring celebrities, in “reference to a comment made by a politician on TV”. SUNNY 41°C MAXIMUM 22°C PAGE 3 MINIMUM Þ Miraculous save for rider as train hits motorbike Phagwara, april 12 A major tragedy was averted and down line rail traffic between Phagwara and Goraya remained disrupted for 45 minutes when 3050 DN Howrah Express hit a motorcycle on Kherra Road railway crossing on Tuesday night. Fortunately, the youth riding the vehicle saved himself by jumping over the motorcycle which was crushed under the train. It took over 40 minutes for the railway staff to pull out the vehicle’s parts, said station superintendent Gyan Chand. —OC BHANGRA ON BAISAKHI: Students celebrate Baisakhi at a wheat field in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH DC calls for strict implementation of Act Funds flow for Phillaur, FEE REGULATION Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 12 Following pressure by parents on widespread fee hike across educational institutions, the district administration finally held a meeting with all unaided schools today, ordering the district implementation of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Bill, 2016. The Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, said the bill would be implemented across the district strictly. He also said that every unaided educational institution would prepare its annual report by a qualified charted accountant giving full account of its fees received during the previous academic year, and forward a copy thereof to the regulatory body. However, given the fact that there is no punitive action to any school even as the regulatory committee of the district held checks at various schools twice in the week, parents still take the meeting and the edicts issued during it with a pinch of salt. Parents of students studying in DIPS School also met the Deputy Commissioner today with complaints of unusually high fee structure at the school. Notably, while the teams lead by Chief Education Officer Jalandhar had raided several educational institutions a few days ago amidst complaints against Deputy Commssioner Varinder Sharma (centre) during a meeting with representatives of unaided or private schools in Jalandhar on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ❝ We were waiting for the administration to hold aggressive checks seeking records of bills, but despite the instructions having been issued to DEOs, the orders were abruptly withdrawn.❞ Kamaldeep Singh, PRESIDENT, Parents accuse admn of inaction ■ Presiding over the meeting of unaided or private school principles, the DC said as per the Act, schools can raise fee only up to eight per cent annually. He said the Act would be implemented strictly in district and the copies of the Act had been provided to all institutions ■ However, parents allege that under the pressure of lobby by private institutions, the administration is going slow against offenders. They said no punitive action has been initiated against schools with charges of fee hike. PUNJAB PARENTS ASSOCIATION them, despite parents having alleged serious discrepancies, punitive action hasn’t been initiated against any school facing charges of fee hike. Parents also allege that under the pressure of lobby by private institutions, the administration is going slow against offenders. “We are waiting for raids on schools which are clearly fleecing parents with high fee structures in violation of the fee regulation Bill. We were waiting for the administration to hold aggressive checks seeking records of bills, but despite the instructions having been issued to District Education Officers the orders were abruptly withdrawn last evening,” said Kamaldeep Singh, President, Punjab Parents Association. “We shall not relent until schools’ records are checked and offenders are punished and until schools which are making exorbitant hikes reduce them. We Residents rue lack of facilities Tribune News Service may also hold a statewide protest on the issue if the government doesn’t act soon,” he added. Presiding over the meeting of all unaided or private school principles from the district, the Deputy Commissioner said as per the Act, schools would be eligible for fee hike up to eight per cent annually, but only with solid reasons prescribed in the Act with an aim of welfare of students. He also said while fixing increas- Gold bracelet snatched ing fee, institutions cannot indulge in profiteering and cannot charge capitation fee. Besides that, all schools would have to display fee structure on the school premises as well as on their websites as per the Act. “The institutions would also ensure that the fee or funds charged from parents are not to be diverted from the institution to the society or the Trust,” said the DC, adding the copies of the fee regulatiion Act had already been provided to all institutions in the district. He also made it clear that schools would not be allowed to press students to purchase syllabus books and uniforms from specific sellers and that the books must be according to the PSEB/ICSE and CBSE norms. He said any complaint received under the Act, would be scrutinised by the regulatory body within a period of 15 days from the date of its receipt in accordance with the prescribed procedure, and it shall be finally decided within 60 days. If any un-aided educational institution contravenes the provisions of the fee regulation Act, it shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to withdraw recognition or affiliation of such un-aided or private educational institution. Assistant Commissioner (G) Dr Ankur Mahindru and District Education Officers (S) Harinderpal Singh were also present during the meeting in city. MP’s favourite child Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 12 This father did whatever best he could for his dear son, politically, socially and even financially. Jalandhar Lok Sabha MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh spent 40 per cent of his discretionary MPLADS funds allocation in the last three years for the Phillaur Assembly constituency, from where his son Vikramjit Chaudhary was in fray in the recently concluded Assembly polls. In the process, he largely ignored most of the other eight Assembly segments and earned the wrath of other party leaders. However, his attempts did not prove much fruitful and his son lost against SAD candidate Baldev Khaira. The latest data available from the district administration clearly shows that Chaudhary pumped in Rs 2.66 crore for the two blocks of Phillaur and Rurka Kalan, both falling in the Assembly segment Phillaur. This is 40.5 per cent of Rs 6.58 crore that the MP spent in two of 11 blocks falling in the district. In contrast, some of the blocks including Lohian Khas got just peanuts with just Rs 1.5 lakh going for development works here. Its neighbouring blocks, including Nurmahal and Mehatpur, also got nearly Rs 19 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively. Also, spending on education was not likely a priority for the MP who shelled out Block Amount sanctioned (IN LAKHS) Adampur Bhogpur Jalandhar West Jalandhar East Lohian Khas Mehatpur Nurmahal Phillaur Rurka Kalan Shahkot Nakodar Total 45.95 70.48 88.83 86.87 1.50 20.00 19.00 209.35 57.20 35.88 23.00 658.06 FUNDS RELEASED THROUGH OTHER OFFICES Department Amount (IN LAKHS) Regional Deputy 234.92 Director Local Govt DEO (secondary) 9.99 Director PEDA 8.77 SDM-1 40.59 SDM-2 3.2 DEO (elementary) 2.00 ❝ Bound by love for his son, the Jalandhar MP seems to have forgotten that he represents the entire Jalandhar parliamentary constituency and not just Phillaur. As an MP, he must now ensure that he corrects his role and remains impartial in fund allocation.❞ Gurmeet Monty Sehgal, SPOKESPERSON, YOUTH AKALI DAL just Rs 10 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively for the DEO (elementary) and DEO (secondary). In contrast, Rs 2.35 crore was spent for civic works through Regional Deputy Director, Local Bodies. Gurmeet Monty Sehgal, Spokesperson, Youth Akali Dal, said, “Tied in putarmoh (love for his son), the Jalandhar MP seems to have forgotten that he represents the entire Jalandhar parliamentary constituency and not just Phillaur. The inequitable fund allocation clearly shows that he wanted to take his son to the victory stand, in which he remained a failure. As an MP he must now ensure , that he corrects his role and remains impartial in fund allocation”. Even as Chaudhary Santokh Singh could not be contacted, Vikramjit said, "My father has always wanted equal distribution in all areas. It is just that some local political leaders did not want the funds to be used because of which some areas could not draw the benefit of the scheme. Even some government officials played truant and did not let funds to be used especially in Municipal Corporation and Committees. Now that our government is in power, all such officials will surely face the heat." Capital comes calling to city Our Correspondent Jalandhar, April 12 Residents of Surya Enclave Extension Welfare Society have approached Jalandhar Improvement Trust authorities and Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation to complain over the lack of facilities in the colony that came up about six years ago. Society president ML Sehgal said, “The scheme was launched in 2011 and almost all allottees had made full payment but still there is no development in the area. Some allottees have had to go to the court and the consumer forum to seek compensation for incomplete works. Even those who had gone to the State Consumer Commission are willing to take possession of their plots if they are assured of time bound development,” A file photo of Surya Enclave in Jalandhar. he has written in a communiqué sent to Improvement Trust officials. Sehgal has also demanded waiving off/refund of the interest and penal interest charged from old allottees (prior to 2016) and fresh allottees of 2016 who had made full advance payments. In another communication to MC Jalandhar, residents have said the area earmarked for 100 sq yard plots was being used as garbage dump by some people who collect garbage from hotels and universities as trucks load with filth are daily dumped here. They have said that this area which falls near Qazi Mandi is also being used to run an illegal slaughter house. They complained that even the debris from construction work was being dumped in some plots of the colony, making the lives of the residents miserable. Phagwara, april 12 Some unidentified carborne robbers snatched a gold bracelet from the arm of Mandeep Kaur, a resident of New Fateh Singh Nagar on Wednesday. The victim told the police that she went to a health care lab on Banga Road for her blood test but as soon as she came out from the lab, a car stopped there in which three persons, including a woman were sitting. They requested her to get their empty bottle filled with drinking water. Mandeep Kaur said when she handed over the bottle to the woman they snatched her gold bracelet worth Rs 50,000. The police has registered a case and is investigating the matter. c m y b The newly erected landmark at a roundabout on the Mall Road at Jalandhar Cantonment resembles a mini replica of the India Gate in the Capital. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH
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