19042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/19/2017 12:28 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 19 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE CANTONMENT: STATE’S FIRST OPEN DEFECATION FREE LOCAL BODY Þ PAGE 2 CONCOCTION DRUGS: PRODUCTION RAMPANT IN CITY, SAYS EX-DGP Þ PAGE 2 TRIP TO REMEMBER Elarica Johnson to host Bieber’s India tour PAGE 3 Þ SUNNY 41°C MAXIMUM 23°C MINIMUM Panchayats still not willing to be in MC area Villagers fear more taxes, withdrawal of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 Even as Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh is strongly pushing the case for the inclusion of about 15 villages of his constituency in the Municipal Corporation (MC) area, the move has somehow not found many supporters in these villages. Villagers have apprehensions that once their areas would go to the MC, they would be burdened with more taxes. Since the MGNREGA scheme is providing employment to the lower strata, many sarpanches are wary that their residents would no longer be entitled to the scheme meant only for rural areas. One of the biggest reasons why they are not ready for the conversion is the fact that they would have to do away with their milch cattle they have been rearing for years because as city residents, they would not be allowed to keep animals at their places. For the same reason, the panchayats of most villages are not even ready to A view of the Jamsher dairy complex in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH get a resolution regarding the proposed move passed. Says Malkiat Singh, sarpanch of Subhana village, “Our village is already developed as we have all the facilities, including good roads, drainage system and streetlight provision. Just one of the many lanes in the village does not have sewer connection that too because the stretch falls just next to the Army land. Pargat Singh had called me and asked me to get a resolution passed, but I cannot force upon the residents who voted for me. The villagers are not willing to part with their dairy animals, which they will have to do once the area falls in the Municipal Corporation limits. Also, when the MC has done nothing for Mithapur village which got added up some years ago, we too do not expect any good for us through this move. We somehow apprehend that an old resolution of the panchayat passed by my predecessor could be used for implementing the move.” Likewise, Alipur village sarpanch Kashmir Singh is also a bit sceptical about the move. “There is complete division in the village over the issue, with most people, especially in commercial works, not interested in the switchover as they fear the imposition of more taxes, CLU charges etc. The labour class engaged in MGNREGA work does not want the government employment scheme for them to go. The villagers also believe that any development in their village would be withheld for five-six years or so. The rural grants will not come to us and the Municipal Corporation area already being too huge will not consider our problems on priority. Also there will be a long time getting lost in handover-takeover between the two civic bodies. So, we are not going for any fresh resolution. The Congress leadership has, however, called for an old resolution passed by the previous panchayat to the same effect.” Henry Jr for beautifying city with more plantations A MONTH LATER Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 Having made his presence felt in the budget session of the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, the first-time Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry claims to have begun taking small steps for the welfare of his constituency. Son of Congress stalwart and former minister Avtar Henry, Bawa shows some similarities as well as some differences in his working style. The junior Henry is more refined in his dealing and more communicative than his father who, had a rather robust style of working. “Like dad, I too have begun meeting people at my place in the morning from 9 to 10. Prior to that, I play badminton daily. Then on, I am at my office or in the constituency for the next 12 hours. I have stopped attending to the family transport business, which is now being taken care of my younger brother Zorawar Sanghera Henry. Henry junior says that he as well as residents of his area are now out of the euphoria of having won the elections and had begun work on ground. “I am going around taking feedback from people of my area about the ongoing anti-drug RESIDENTS SPEAK Shaheed locality ❝Residents of the problemsBhagat Singh Nagarstray where I reside have of sewer drainage, dogs and cows. We had invited the new MLA to our locality for a programme sometime back to share the problems, but he got stuck up in some work at Chandigarh and could not make it. Since he is a first-timer and it is just his beginning, we will invite him again and try to get the issues resolved.❞ — PANKAJ MEHTA, RTI ACTIVIST ❝ Our biggest problem is that we live in a city which has the least green cover, especially in the Jalandhar North constituency. The total forest cover of Jalandhar is only 0.38 per cent. The MLA must work on this front as a priority. Also there are issues of clean drinking water which need to be looked into.❞ Bawa Henry — LAKHBIR SINGH, ENVIRONMENTALIST addiction drive. So far, they are satisfied, but they want the action to be persistent and more effective. The qazi mandi nexus which is the root to the problem is yet to be broken,” he claimed. As of now, the MLA claims to have met some corporates, saying, “I have started public-private partnership programmes in my constituency, the first one being in beautifying the city with more plan- Chassis scam: MC to lodge FIR against dealer Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 MC Joint Commissioner Dr Jai Inder Singh today submitted a report to Municipal Corporation Commissioner Gurpreet Khehra in the chassis scam reported last month in which he has recommended lodging an FIR against the dealer who delivered an old chassis body and also the suspension of two officials, including city bus manager Sushil Rana, and Sanjeev Kalra. Khehra said the civic body would also write to Ashok Leyland to cancel the dealership of Global Auto for cheating a government body by supplying the old chassis in place of the new ordered a few months ago. He added that the two officials would also be suspended as they had kept the fact hidden for over two months despite knowing about it. c m y b tations. With just a little being spent from the government funds, most greenery projects will be taken up by business houses and the city will surely wear a greener look by the coming monsoons.” FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from readers on issues of concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and nearby areas. Readers can write at jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com Amarjit Singh Samra is Markfed chairman Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 18 Having not been able to contest polls owing to illhealth, the Congress high command today rewarded four-time MLA Amarjit Singh Samra with the post of Markfed chairman. Samra chose not to contest from his seat Nakodar and instead had supported party leaders, including former MLA Jagbir Brar from the seat and Pargat Singh from Jalandhar Cantonment. Quite happy with his new assignment, Samra said he was in Chandigarh today to thank CM Capt Amarinder Singh for his gesture. Jalandhar, which does not have any minister this time, is awaiting elevation of other party leaders as well, including Jagbir Brar, who had been coaxed to leave his Jalandhar Cantonment seat for Amarjit Singh Samra FACT FILE Jalandhar, which does not have any minister this time, is awaiting elevation of other party leaders as well, including Jagbir Brar, who had been coaxed to leave his Jalandhar Cantonment seat for Pargat to move to Nakodar. He had lost from Nakodar to Akali MLA Gurpartap Wadala Pargat to move to Nakodar. He had lost from Nakodar to Akali MLA Gurpartap Wadala.
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