09052017-btd-01.qxd 5/8/2017 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 9 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Summer woes True ambassador of theatre Clear verdict Residents of various localities facing acute water shortage. City councillors flay MC in meeting. P2 Davinder Daman’s commitment to rangmanch is as palpable as when he forayed into the world of arc-lights . P3 The SC has awarded death penalty to four criminals in the Nirbhaya case. TV stars share their take. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.13 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.39 AM SNIPPETS One saved from drowning Bathinda: Passersby saved a person from drowning in the Sirhind Canal early on Monday morning. As per the information, Rajvir Singh was passing by the canal in Behman Diwana village around 7 am when he suffered a fit and lost balance and fell into the water. Hearing his cries for help, some passersby pulled him out of water and intimated volunteers of a city-based NGO, who immediately rushed Rajvir to a hospital where he underwent treatment. TNS One dies of heat stroke Bathinda: An unidentified person lost his life due to heat stroke on Monday. His body was noticed by passersby at the parcel room of the city railway junction. The Sahara Jan Sewa team was intimated about the body and volunteers Tek Chand, Sarvjit, Gagan Khanna and others reached the parcel room and informed the Government Railway Police. After GRP proceedings, the volunteers took the body to the civil hospital for postmortem. A diary was recovered from near the body in which some account details and other details had been recorded, which pointed out that the deceased could have been an migrant labourer. However, his identity could not be ascertained. TNS Motorist injured Bathinda: Balkaran Singh (42), son of Major Singh, was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car near Mehna Chowk in the city. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital by volunteers of an NGO. Doctors at the emergency ward of the hospital treated him for injuries and declared him out of danger. TNS UNIQUE PROTEST: Councillor Sanjay Biswal seeks a vigilance inquiry into various MCB irregularities during the General House meeting in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Ruckus at MC meet over water disposal project SAD-BJP votes against proposal, Cong walks out in protest Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 8 Tension prevailed in the General House meeting of Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) today over a rain water disposal scheme. SAD-BJP councillors voted against the scheme, proposed by Congress councillors, who walked out in protest of it being rejected. A proposal to construct new disposal at Alam Basti, worth Rs 64 lakh, was tabled in which it was stated that it would resolve the water logging problem of the railway line to Paras Ram Nagar area as it would pump out the water in vacant thermal land. Congress councillor Jagroop Singh Gill, who was supporting it, said the proposal should be approved and work should be initiated on it immediately. Water logging was the most important issue which should be addressed on priority as every year, rain water was doing a lot of damage, he said. Immediately, SAD councillor Nirmal Singh Sandhu stood up and opposed the proposal. He said first the ongoing work of sewerage laying should be completed. The project would affect the trans-railway line area as rain water from other areas would be pumped here. Gill remained adamant that the proposal should either be accepted or voting should be held. SAD-BJP councillors tried to avoid voting and Congress and SAD-BJP councillors enter into an argument over rain water disposal scheme proposed during the General House meeting in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA demanded that the proposal should be kept pending as they did not have much information about it. Even Mayor Balwant Rai Nath and MCB officials seemed confused over the tension prevailing in the House. Later, the Mayor said a subcommittee should be constituted to look into the viability of the project. Councillor Gill immediately interrupted the Mayor and said he must allow voting as per law. So, voting was held and SAD-BJP councillors voted against the rain water disposal proposal. Seeing this, Congress councillors staged a walk out from the meeting after which the proposal was rejected and cancelled. MCB Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg said there was a misconception as no water would be thrown in trans-railway line area. The project was a must to resolve the water logging problem in the city. “We need to reduce pressure on sullage carrier and ponds, so constructing a new disposal is of utmost importance,” he said. The proposal was designed by him in consultation with senior engineers, the Commissioner claimed. Jagroop Gill said the state government was very strict and had directed the officials to make arrangements to save people from getting affected due to rain water, but SAD-BJP councillors had rejected the proposal just because they did not want Congress government to get credit of resolving the water logging problem within three months while the SAD-BJP government had failed to do so in 10 years. He also claimed that the SAD-BJP councillors had deliberately tried to delay CROP ROTATION Showing the way with diversification Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 8 Issar Singh is busy picking ripe ladyfingers in his fields. He is helped in this task by two labourers. After spending a couple of hours in his one-acre land, Issar is ready with baskets full of the vegetable to be sent to the commission agents in the Bathinda wholesale vegetable market. Before he plans to embark on the task of picking bottle gourds, he takes a little rest. He says “Me and my brother Binder Singh don’t own any land and we have taken land on contract from big landlords and have grown vegetables, such as ladyfinger, pumpkin and beans. We are joined by some more farmers who also grow vegetables. We have been trying to convince other farmers as well to grow vegetables to get out of the rut of sowing only wheat and paddy in their fields as crop rotation makes the land more fertile.” He accepts the fact that if he had a big land holding of his own, he could well have been stuck in the cyclical pattern of growing crops. “Initially, when I started growing vegetables, other farmers would question my decision and even tried to change my mind. They asked me to sow wheat and paddy to get good returns, but after about 15-20 years of growing only vegetables, I can vouch for the fact Farm workers pluck ladyfingers at a field in Nehianwala village of Bathinda district. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR that vegetables get better returns than the cyclical crops,” he says. Another farmer, Makkhan Singh of the same village, who has also grown vegetables on the land which he has also taken on contract, says “If the vegetables from other cities reach the local market, they will either be injected with or sprayed with chemicals to increase their shelf life. Since we consume the vegetables that we grow and it takes us hardly half an hour to reach the local vegetable market, we pick the produce early morning and it reaches the market within half and hour. It is as fresh as it can be.” Other farmers, Manda Singh and Kridhan Singh, say the quality of their vegetables is better than what is being brought from neighbouring states. “The pumpkin which we grow is bought by the agents at the rate of Rs 10 per kg and that which comes from Rajasthan is bought at Rs 5 per kg. Cluster beans or Guar ki fallian are the real lucrative vegetable to be grown in the fields, the farmers say. “While the current rate of desi variety of the cluster beans is about Rs 120-130 per kg, that of the other variant is Rs 8090 per kg. Their demand has risen in the recent past which is another reason for the farmers considering the c m y b option of growing vegetables,” says Jasvir Singh of Nehianwala village. These vegetables farmers, however, maintain that the traditional way of farming is still the preferred way in the state since the farmers don’t want to experiment despite the recent cases of crop failure. “It will be good for the future of not only the farmers but also the state resources if crop rotation is undertaken,” they add. Tongue-tied Mayor Mayor Balwant Rai Nath had to face another embarrassing moment in the General House meeting when Congress councillor Jagroop Gill questioned as to how the Mayor had issued appointment letters to regularised sanitation workers as he cannot issue the letters to anyone as per law. Caught on the back foot, the Mayor remained tight-lipped and the proposal was kept pending and sent for legal opinion. Taking a jibe at the Mayor, Gill said he should not misuse his position as ahead of the implementation of model code of conduct before elections, the Mayor had hurriedly issued appointment letters on his own. Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal also supported Jagroop Gill and said the Mayor is not an authority to issue appointment letters. the proposal, so that people are affected in the rain and they protest against the state government. Councillors seek probe into scams Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 8 City councillors have demanded a vigilance inquiry into the alleged irregularities of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) in the General House meeting of the body here today. Independent-turned-Congress councillor Sanjay Biswal came for the meeting wearing a flex sheet asking for a vigilance probe into the illegal building scam, recruitment scam and other regularities. He demanded that Mayor Balwant Rai Nath and MCB officials should get these scams probed by Vigilance Bureau as the inquiry committees formed for the same were not doing anything. Another councillor, Pardeep Gola, said he was supporting the demand raised by Sanjay Biswal as councillors were public representatives and it was their right to raise public issues or whatever wrongdoings came to their notice. He did not have any personal agenda behind raising the issues, but as a councillor it was his duty to do so. Issues raised in the House should be taken seriously and legal action should be taken against officials concerned after probe, he said. Gola also raised the issue of parking contractors fleecing residents in various markets. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath directed officials to probe the allegations and if any parking contractor is overcharging residents, strict action should be taken against him.
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