17042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/17/2017 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 17 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE REGIME CHANGE: LUXURY BUS SERVICE YET TO HIT ROAD Þ PAGE 2 DRUG MENACE: GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS TO HOLD CONTESTS Þ PAGE 2 PAGE 3 Þ SUNNY 40°C MAXIMUM One killed, two hurt at ‘shagun’ ceremony A ROOM FOR MY DOG! After MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Jackie Chan starrer Kung Fu Yoga, Disha Patani is clearly on a roll. 19°C MINIMUM RECEDING GROUNDWATER Eight blocks critical in district Soil & water conservation dept to set up water recharge units across affected blocks Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 The perpetual water crisis and the continuous lowering of groundwater in the district has rendered eight blocks in the district critical due to the over-exploitation of this precious natural resource. To fix the problem of the constantly receding groundwater, the Soil and Water Conservation Department shall be setting up rooftop recharging units across the government schools and other buildings of these blocks to address this crisis. The injured being treated at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar on Sunday night. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH OLD RIVALRY Gagandeep Singh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 A 30-year-old youth from Labour Colony here was killed, while two others were injured after some unidentified persons attacked them at a “sha- gun” ceremony in the same locality late tonight. The deceased was identified as Raj Kumar. The identity of the injured was yet to be established. It was stated to be a case of an old rivalry between two groups of people. The attackers used sharp-edged weapons to kill Raj Kumar and quickly ran away from the spot. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital. Raj Kumar died on way to the hospital. Police officials, including ADCP-2 RPS Sandhu and SHO Kanwar Vijay Paul, rushed to the spot to initiate investigation in the matter. Of 10 blocks, eight in crisis Notably, while the crisis and receding of groundwater levels first started about four years ago, the crisis first hit about three to four blocks, eventually rising in other blocks. The problem has escalated to a level that of the total 10 blocks in the district, water levels in as many as eight are critical. In each of these blocks, the groundwater levels have receded by at least one to 1.25 m (approximately 4 feet) in the past four years. The affected blocks include Adampur, Phillaur, Nurmahal, Rurka Kalan, Shahkot, Nakodar and Lohian. The remaining two blocks of Jalandhar are Jalandhar East and Jalandhar West. Overexploitation main cause for crisis Sources said the prime causes for the reduction in the groundwater levels in these blocks were its overexploitation and the lack of any effective groundwater recharging schemes which might make up for the loss of water. There was also lack of check on irrigation, lack of checks on the bores being made for the installation of submersible pumps and indiscriminate utilisa- OFFICIALSPEAK ❝ Even though we have started effective irrigation schemes for farmers under which the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (underground pipeline laying) is being adopted by many farmers, it is true that there has been a relative dearth of water recharging schemes. However, plans are under way to set up rooftop recharging units across eight blocks. These shall primarily be set up at government schools. While two of the units have already been set up at Bajuha Khurd village (at a gurdwara) and at Government Senior Secondary School, Malsian, we are shortly expecting funds for the installation of such units at 30 more buildings across affected blocks❞ — Lupinder Kumar, District Soil Conservation Officer tion of water. In addition, the lack of the adoption of crop diversification and sticking to monoculture by farmers is another cause for the excessive use of water. Fix-up measures not adequate While the government has introduced schemes for irrigation efficiency among farmers which ensure a more efficient use of water, a similar plan in groundwater recharging is missing due to which only about 1 per cent of the farmers in the district have any groundwater units. Of the irrigation efficiency schemes introduced by the government, the laying of underground pipelines and drip/sprinkler irrigation schemes have been adopted by as many as 278 farmers in the district. While 216 farmers have received underground pipelines under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), 66 have got dip/sprinkler irrigation systems installed under the Micro Irrigation module. Groundwater recharging Started initially in the Kandi areas to address the dearth of water, the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) was also started across four Punjab districts – Jalandhar, Faridkot, Tarn Taran and Ludhiana in 2010-11, to address the crisis of receding groundwater levels.The department shall introduce rooftop recharging units across 30 government establishments across the eight critical blocks of the district where rooftop water recharging units shall be set up. Unique idea Sans salaries for five months, teachers meet Cong MLAs Memorandum submitted to Dasuya MLA Arun Dogra Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 Employees of the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union have been without salary for the past five months. Teachers of the union have started a statewide campaign wherein they are submitting memoranda to Congress MLAs of their respective constituencies across districts. Accordingly, they met the MLA of the Dasuya constituency Arun Dogra on the issue today. Teachers also submitted a memorandum to him in this regard. In total, 12,000 employees, teachers, headmasters and lab attendants of the SSA/RMSA Union haven’t received their salaries for the past five months. So far, the union members have submitted memoranda to five MLAs across districts. Along with the payment of their salaries, employees have also demanded the withdrawal of police cases registered against the teachers of the union as well as the regularisation of services of the teachers of the union. State president of the SSA/RMSA Teachers Union, Ram Bhajan Chaudhary, said, “While the non-payment of our salaries has been a problem since the time of the Akali government, even after the coming of the Congress government, our salaries have still not been given. While the last time our (three months’) salaries came in, was in November, after that our salaries haven’t come in for five months. If the government doesn’t respond to our demands, the next course of action shall be taken after our state committee meets on April 23.” A farmer uses a tractor-mounted double-nozzle spray machine for evenly fertilising his maize crop at Udhopur village near Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH After 40 thefts, free run ends for burglars ~10 thali for city residents: Not much on admn’s plate Kumar, her accomplice, and also seized 250 intoxicant capsules from his possession. Saroj revealed that her husband Raj Kumar was also involved in the trade and used to bring the supply from Haridwar. In another case, police station No. 5 arrested Ashok Kumar, alias Happy, a resident of Valmiki Mohalla, near Basti Danishmanda and recovered 133 gm of intoxicant powder, 3 gm of heroin and a small weiging scale from him. 1 held with illegal weapon Cops of the Jalandhar Rural Police along with thieves and recovered vehicles, currency, computers and electronics goods in Jalandhar on Sunday; and (right) the man who was arrested with an illegal weapon from Lohiyan in Jalandhar. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 The Jalandhar rural police today claimed to have arrested two thieves, who had orchestrated more than 40 thefts. Apart from electronic goods, the police also recovered old currency notes, fixed deposits in lakhs besides an auto-rickshaw. The accused have been identified as Dilip Kumar (39) alias Deepa, a resident of Mehru and Satpal (48), a resident of village Runka. Addressing the media persons here today, SP (Investigation) Wazir Singh said working on the basis of secret information, the police nabbed the accused from Bholath Road, Kartarpur. The SP (Investigation) said the accused had been indulging in theft for many years and had been facing around 40 cases in areas including Nakodar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar. Speaking about the modus operandi of the thieves, the SP (I) said they used to target the locked houses and transport the stolen goods on an auto-rickshaw. Both the accused have been disowned by their families and they have rented an accommodation at Kazi Mandi locality in Jalandhar. 3 arrested for drug peddling The city police today arrested three persons and recovered a large quantity of intoxicant powder and capsules from them. While police station division No. 3 arrested a woman Saroj Kumari (45), a resident of Khodiyaan Mohalla, and recovered 230 intoxicant capsules, 10 injections and Rs 2.45 lakh from her possession, it also arrested Sushil c m y b The Jalandhar Rural police have claimed to have arrested an accused for possessing an illegal weapon from Lohiyan. However, it is yet to be ascertained from where he got hold of the weapon. The police recovered a piston and four live cartridges from his possession. The accused has been identified as Sabi, a resident of Raiwal Bet. The police said here today that the accused had been arrested based on secret information. After getting his remand, the police would further investigate the matter, officials said. Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 16 If you are dreaming of savouring a thali for the ‘princely’ sum of Rs 10— on offer by the Red Cross Society in three districts of the state— you may have to wait a bit longer as there seems to be many a slip between the cup and the lip when it comes to implementing the scheme in Jalandhar district. The project seems to have hit a roadblock in Jalandhar that has a population of over 21 lakh (2011 census). Though the district administration is making all out efforts to turn the project into reality, it is expected to hit the financial hurdle due to the ever increasing population which has crossed 25 lakh recently. Already, around 50 per cent of the people in the district are covered under the Atta-Dal scheme, and it will further become difficult for the district administration to bring more people under the scheme. Calculation that may concern the dist admn ■ Let’s assume that the district administration provides a Rs 10 thali to around 1,000 people everyday which is a mere 0.04 per cent of the total 25 lakh population. ■ Expense on a single day: 1,000x10 = Rs 10,000 ■ Expense in a month: 10,000x30 = Rs 3,00,000 ■ Expense during the whole year: 3,00,000x12 = 36 lakh ■ The administration spending Rs 36 lakh to cater to 0.04 per cent of the population in the district doesn’t make much sense. For the administration to ruin the scheme, it needs a well planned policy to sustain the scheme in the longer run. Fact file ■ The project seems to have hit a roadblock in Jalandhar that has a population of over 21 lakh (2011 census). Though the district administration is making all out efforts to turn the project into reality, it is expected to hit the financial hurdle due to the ever increasing population which has crossed 25 lakh recently. ■ Already, around 50 per cent of the people in the district are covered under the Atta-Dal scheme, and it will further become difficult for the district administration to bring more people under the scheme. Officialspeak the modalities ❝ We are working on Though we canto launch the scheme in a big district like Jalandhar. launch the scheme in the district, it would not be a success if we cannot cater to a major part of the population. We will soon find way to sustain the scheme in the long run and will launch it in a full-fledged way❞ VARINDER SHARMA, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
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