15042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/15/2017 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 15 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE NCC: THREE-DAY COURSE FOR PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT Þ PAGE 2 HEALTH: ARMY COLLEGE OF NURSING HOLDS CAMP ON DEPRESSION Þ PAGE 2 AVIKA GOES INTERNATIONAL Lawrence in David O Russell's upcoming film, Joy. PAGE 4 Þ SUNNY 37°C MAXIMUM 18°C MINIMUM Parents want admn to regulate fee Aparna Banerji ❝So far our demands have not been met. Schools have Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 A Chandigarh-based parent rants on a news channel that his children were asked to buy even hand sanitiser from their school. A few parents in Jalandhar deliberate on dilemma of affording proper education for their wards even as private schools get out of reach with each passing year. In some city-based schools, collective building and annual charges (excluding transportation, tuition, stationary and books among others) are Rs 10,000 while at others yearly amount ranges between Rs 10,000 to Rs 14,000. The Deputy Commission- Members of parents associations of various schools met Divisional Commissioner and urged him to get annual charges waived off from the school fee. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH er (DC) met representatives of unaided schools on April 12. The district education officer (DEO) and DC have repeated time and again that all guidelines of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Bill Act (2016) have to be abided at all costs. Meanwhile, a look at book sets being given to children regulatory act lists, but unless there is reduction in charges, there is no respite for us. Parents plan to take up the issue with the DC on Monday. We need punitive action against erring schools and a proper audit of their accounts.❞ KAMALDEEP SINGH, PRESIDENT, PUNJAB PARENTS ASSOCIATION by various schools is enough to tell how seriously these guidelines are being implemented. Along with books and notebooks, students have to compulsorily buy stationary, besides paying binding charges. The cost of package, including prescribed books, varies between Rs 1,500 to over Rs 4,000, in different schools. Seasonal book shops do brisk business A city parent alleged, “There is an outlet, two shops away from the school, which sells school books and stationary. It opened 10 days ago and will close within the next few days because its sole purpose is to sell school books and stationary. It is not an independent shop.” “Can’t the administration see this? We have complained numerous times, but till date these shops haven’t closed. They even ask us to buy shoes and boots from these outlets,” he added. Allegations of balance sheets being fudged Another parent said, “If a school is spending Rs 10 lakh on various expenses they balloon it to Rs 15 lakh in balance sheets. CAs are hired by all schools. Many show such inflated expenditures. At the end of the day schools tell us they will keep charging us in the name of new facilities. There is a proposal to charge gym fee s from fifth standard students. What use do they have for a gym? Beri comes to rescue of Madrasi Mohalla residents A MONTH LATER Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 A month after Rajinder Beri got elected for the first time as Jalandhar Central MLA, an otherwise reserved, mild leader has begun taking big steps for residents of his area. Beri has prepared a case in favour of residents of Madrasi Mohalla falling in Ward No. 17 of his constituency wherein he claims that actual owners of the 45-marla land acquired in 2010-11 for developing Surya Enclave Extension scheme did not receive the land acquisition amount. “Instead, some big fish allegedly in connivance with Legitimate owners of land in Surya Enclave (above) in Jalandhar were deprived of land acquisition compensation. the administration and authorities of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) had pocketed the government compensation. These people had already sold their properties to some poor people from South India, who had come to settle at the locality in Jalandhar. In the process, they earned double the amount for their land while the Madrasi community faced a double trouble,” he said. Beri with assistance with the Congress councillor of the area, Palani Swami, has prepared a set of documents to be handed over to Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu as well as secretary and director of the department. “These poor people had agreements, which corroborate that they had purchased the land. They also have power of attorneys, but unluckily, their entries could not be done in the revenue record. They did not have enough money to move to the court. Our party leaders held protests in their favour, but the ruling government failed to listen to their MLA Rajinder Beri voices” he said. “We are set to raise this issue in a big way. We will not spare those officials, who colluded with the wrong people,” he added. Contractors leave work midway The MLA is upset as most works of his constituency are left halfway by contractors of the Municipal Corporation. “Almost all contractors have abandoned the ongoing projects, which has annoyed people in my area. For instance, in ACP falls from terrace, sustains injuries Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 14 In a bizarre incident, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Central, Manpreet Dhillon, sustained several injuries after he fell from the terrace of his house in Choti Baradari today. Sources claimed that he was watering plants when he suddenly lost balance and fell down from the terrace of his house situated on the first floor. Dhillon sustained injuries on his face and even broke his bones in legs, arms and jaws. He was taken to John Hospital for treatment where his condition is stated to be stable. However, he is still admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. Dal Khalsa slams Capt’s stance on Canadian minister Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 14 A radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa has slammed Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, for issuing a statement wherein he said that he would not meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan as he was a “Khalistani sympathiser”. Harjit Sajjan is scheduled to visit India, including Punjab, later this month. HS Cheema, who heads Dal Khalsa, said, “If Harjit Sajjan is a Khalistani sympathiser, why has India decided to hold talks with him?” He said, “I wonder if the Indian leadership is naive and less patriotic than Amarinder Singh, who is displaying a holierthan-thou attitude by publicly announcing that he will not welcome the state guest.” Another leader of Dal Khalsa, HS Dhami, said people of Punjab would welcome Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to the state. Kanwar Pal Singh, another leader of the radical Sikh organisation, said, “Captain’s statement shows a typical Maharaja’s attitude.” c m y b Guru Gobind Singh Avenue, roads in front of four and eight-marla houses have been re-laid while those in front of 10-marla houses have not been touched,” fumed Beri. “Now, contractors are not turning up for work. This project was a part of PIDB works, but remains undone even as 25 per cent payment has been made,” he added. He said he would also approach the government for re-laying the road from the city railway station to the post office. Not convinced with police drive against drugs Even as his government and police officials claim they are doing their best to eradicate drug addiction, Beri is not convinced. “All big peddlers in Qazi Mandi, the main hub of drugs, which falls in my constituency, continue to flourish. The police have only nabbed those found with some 10 tablets of banned drugs,” maintains Beri. Tenders for NIIFT to be finalised on Monday Beri is happy for another reason. He pushed for a pending Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), the tenders for which are set to be open on Monday. Meanwhile, Rajan Gupta, president, Guru Gobind Singh Avenue Welfare Society, said, “So far, we are happy with the way our new MLA as he has been dealing with problems of our area.” He said “Besides re-starting the NIIFT, he has also got the pending acquisition matter for removing encroachments on 120-Foot Road resolved. The JIT is now set to release Rs 4.5 crore acquisition amount to free this land.” Lakhvir Kaur, a resident of Guru Nanakpura, said, “It is too early for me to comment on performance of the new MLA. There are many civic issues to be dealt with. Only time will tell if he is a better legislator than the previous one.” Dr Ambedkar’s statue inaugurated Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, MP Santokh Singh and other leaders during the inauguration of Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Jalandhar, April 14 Even as a Congress minister got embroiled in a controversy over his name appearing at the third place on a plaque at a Nabha school, another party minister set an example by not getting his name imprinted on the pedestal of Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue that was unveiled during a function held to mark 126th Ambedkar Jayanti today .The statue was unveiled by Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh at the District Administrative Complex. During other function at Nakodar Chowk, two SAD leaders had a little tiff as they were going ahead to garland the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar. Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu was shovelled a bit by ex-MLA Sarabjeet Makkar. The two showed an aggressive body language. — TNS
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