18052017-JTR-01.qxd 5/18/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 18 MAY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Account woes for poor Keeping heritage alive Katy to judge American Idol Bank asks parents for minimum balance of ~ 2,000 in students’ accounts for scholarship. P2 These are the places that house relics of our rich past. They need upkeep at all costs. P3 Singer Katy Perry has joined American Idol reboot as a judge, and she is thrilled. FORECAST P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7:18 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.30 AM BJP mocks Sanjhi Rasoi Street vending project yet to take off Tribune News Service extortion racket’ and harassment by the traffic police. Rachna Khaira Jalandhar, May 17 Taking a dig at the newly launched Sanjhi Rasoi project by the state government, the district unit of the BJP today claimed it to be a futile effort and termed it a mere publicity stunt. District BJP president Ramesh Sharma said the project did not hold any meaning as many street vendors in the city were already offering such meals at Rs 10 at various places in the city. Sharma also shared a picture of a street vendor selling a thali at Rs 10 near Sheetla Mandir. Sharma also slammed MP Chaudhary Santokh for giving credit to the Punjab government. “Majority of the support is being provided by social welfare organisations and city residents. Where is the contribution of the state government?” Sharma said. He said the government should rather motivate people like street vendors who were already offering such affordable meals to the people. The BJP also slammed the district administration for offering a VIP menu on the day of launch and later changing items in the menu from ‘puri’ to ‘chapatti’. Leaders said the VIPs should also be served the same menu that would be served daily to the common man. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 17 The much awaited street vending project is expected to get delayed by few months as the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar is yet to confirm the sites for relocating vendors in the city. It is pertinent to mention here that Darashaw and Company, the consultants for the project, had completed the survey in March last year. It had identified more than eight sites to relocate and rehabilitate over 12,014 vendors in all 60 wards. However, even though a year has passed, the MCJ has not been able to approve the sites proposed in the survey. Earlier too, the survey got delayed as the MCJ was unable to provide information and documents related to the proposed land parcels to the consultants. When contacted, Superintending Engineer B&R Kulvinder Singh said the proposed sites were facing some technical glitches which the department was trying to remove at the earliest. “Once begun, it will be a massive exercise to relocate street vendors at various places. To carry out the relocation smoothly, it is necessary that sites should be free from any controversy and so the delay has occurred,” said Singh. Treasury offices asked for notices on corruption Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 17 Those faced with corruption in the treasury office can now lodge a direct complaint with the Secretary, Finance, Punjab. A notice board, which the government has asked all district treasury offices to put up at their offices, empowers the common man to do just that. In view of the reports of harassment and corruption faced by the public at treasury offices, the government has henceforth instructed all treasury offices to put up notices regarding zero tolerance to corruption. In these notices, those facing harassment have been encouraged to contact the Secretary, Finance, directly in case they face any problem. The letter issued to all district treasury offices in the state reads: "It has been observed that the common public/senior citizens keep complaining against the employees of the treasury department that they do not operate without bribes. The state government has adopted a 'zero tolerance' policy against corruption. To encourage people's visits to the district treasury offices, a notice on the issue be put up at these offices." The notice the offices have been asked to put up reads: "The state government has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards corruption. The public and senior citizens are hereby informed that if any official at a treasury office seeks bribe from a person or is a person unnecessarily harassed, then they can directly inform the Secretary, Treasury Department, on the given number: Dr. S Karuna Raju, Secretary, Financecum-Director, Finance Department, Chandigarh. The number of the secretary has also been provided to those facing difficulties: 94467-70294. Survey observations Vendors to be relocated Proposed sites Opposite bus stand Transport Nagar Maqsudan Chowk DAV College Domoria Bridge Kapurthala road No. of planned vending spaces 404 390 124 404 230 890 He, however, said the consultants were arriving on Friday and they would soon be given approval to carry out the relocation of street vendors in a phased manner. Benefits of plan ■ Registration and licensing of street vendors will ensure proper placement of street vendors in the city and ease out traffic snarls and block- Area 1.86 acres 1.54 acres 0.49 acres 2 acres 0.91 acres 1.71 acres Wards to cater 14, 30, 31, 33 3, 5, 21, 9 & 4 1, 2 & 39 23, 25, 20, 22, 4, 2, & 39 19, 16, 18, 27, & 7 24, 26, 41, 40, 28, 43, 36, 39 age of roads and parking bays in the city. ■ Will ensure equal distribution of vendors in each ward. Presently, Ward No. 39 has the highest number of vendors at the Focal Point while some wards have less than 50 vendors. ■ Vendors will be issued GPRS-enabled biometric identity cards that would ensure safety of city resi- dents and felicitate home delivery of over 120 products which are presently being sold by street vendors in the city. ■ The vendors being registered with the MC will become eligible for getting loans under the micro financing schemes, including MUDRA. ■ The vendors will be relieved from the ‘Sarkari As 12,014 street vendors were surveyed in 60 vending zones, many observations were made under the project. ■ Seven of 60 wards comprise more than 50 per cent of street vendors while more than half the wards (with street vending stretches/ existing markets) have less than 100 street vendors. ■ More than 90 per cent of the vendors are in the age-group of 15 to 59 years and more than 60 per cent of these are aged below 36 years. ■ More than 75 per cent of vendor population has not been able to complete the high school education; this group also consists of vendors who are illiterate. Also, approximately less than 5 per cent of female participation is there in the overall vending activity. ■ More than 60 per cent of migrant population is involved in street vending activity. ■ 48 per cent of the total population studied consists of movable vendors. More than 100 types of goods being sold by vendors across the city, catering to various needs of diverse sections ■ Almost half of the total vendors are earning from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per month School timings change today Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 17 The Jalandhar DC has announced a change in school timings in the district. All government, aided and private schools will now open at 7:30 am in the morning and close at 12 noon, starting from tomorrow till May 31. The orders released by the District Commssioner say, “Since there is a danger of deterioration of children’s health due to heat, caution needs to be observed to ensure that incidents which imperil the health of children don’t take place. A committee constituted to look into these issues has sought a change in the timings of schools.” Notably, the chairman of the State Child Rights Protection had on Monday written to the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare and Social Security, regarding the change in school timings across schools in the state. Ready for market Children drink water at a government school in a Jalandhar village. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Step taken for children’s health ■ The schools shall open at 7.30 am in the morning and the time of the closure shall be 12.00 noon. This shall be applicable from May 18 to May 31. ■ Since there is a danger of deterioration of children’s health due to heat, caution needs to be observed to ensure that incidents which imperil the health of children don’t take place, the Deputy Commssioner said while releasing the order. . The commission’s letter had cited repeated warnings from weather experts regarding intense heat wave expected in the coming days. It also cited a recent incident Anti-larvae drive: Areas surveyed Tribune News Service Workers fill sacks with wheat at the Grain Market in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH in Jalandhar wherein a seven-year-old child lost his life due to heat. While in the wake of such instructions, school timings across the state were ordered to be changed this morning, the DC also issued instructions to this effect here today. “The DC, under Section 144 of the CrPC, has ordered a change of timings of all government, private and aided schools in the Jalandhar district. The schools shall be open at 7.30 am in the morning and the time of the closure of schools shall be 12.00 noon. This shall be applicable from May 18 to May 31,” the notice said. The DC has also instructed that the message be spread through various mediums and be propagated through official vehicles. The District Education Officers (secondary and elementary) would be responsible to implement these orders in all schools in true spirit and manner. It was also made it clear that if any school opened before 7.30 am, in that case, there will be no change in the school timing in morning but the closing of schools at 12 noon would remain same in all cases. Jalandhar, May 17 District epidemiologist Dr Satish and Dr Preetkamal Singh, along with teams of anti-larvae drive of the Health Department, today surveyed various areas of the city in view of the ongoing dengue prevention drives being carried out in Jalandhar. Some blood samples were also taken in areas where cases of temperature were being reported. Teams from the Health Department surveyed areas like Kabir Nagar, Ram Nagar, Gazigullah and other areas. Dengue larvae were found at many homes in c m y b Kabir Nagar which were destroyed. Medicines were sprayed at spots where water gets accumulated at homes and streets among other places. Blood samples were also taken at the Gazi Gullah area among other areas to check temperature. District epidemiologist Dr Satish said due to the rise in temperature, coolers were being used by most people which become breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. Apart from this, vases, pots, broken utensils among other spots also become breeding places for denguecausing mosquitoes. Dr Satish said the Health Department, to spread awareness regarding dengue among people, had started a Friday Dry Day drive as per which every Friday awareness drives were held for the local populace to keep their coolers, vases among other damp or wet spots at home, clean. Dr Preetkamal Singh said teams of the Health Department had regularly been destroying mosquito larvae, but people should also be aware and not let water accumulate at their dwellings. SI Kulwant Singh Tandi among other employees of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project branch was also present on the occasion. SNIPPETS No clue of missing girl Jalandhar: Even after the Jalandhar police lodged a case regarding the missing Class XII fresher student from HMV College, there has been no clue about her whereabouts so far. The girl is missing since Saturday afternoon after reportedly having a fight at the campus. Her father, Yashpal, said, “Having searched for her everywhere in Jalandhar, we have again come to Beas today to check if she was here.” The family had gone to Beas and the girl was to follow them later in the day, but did not. TNS ~740 cr paid to farmers: DC Jalandhar: The district administration on Wednesday claimed that it had made Rs 740.69 crore as payment to farmers against wheat procurement. Various agencies this season have procured 4,63,922 metric ton of wheat. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the government was commited to making payment against wheat procurement within 24 hours of the purchase, therefore, a payment of Rs 740.69 crore has been made. He said of total procurement, most of the wheat i.e 94,898 metric ton had been procured by the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Rest of the wheat has been procured by Markfed, PUNSUP, Punjab State Warehouse Corporation, Punjab Agro and Pungrain. TNS 3 booked in suicide case Kartarpur: The police on Wednesday booked three members of a family after a mother of two daughters is suspected to have committed suicide. The victim has been identified as Parveen Kumari (36) who had got married to Mangat Ram of Kala Wahian village near Kartarpur more than a decade ago. As per her relative, her husband had migrated to Doha Qatar for employment and the deceased was being harassed by her in-laws for long time. Kartarpur Additional SHO Pritam Singh said that the police had registered an FIR under Section 306 of the IPC as per the complaint of the victim’s family against the victim’s brother in-law, wife of brother in-law and sister in-law. Prima facie it looks a case of suicide, though the exact reason of death can only be ascertained after the post-mortem report. The investigation has been launched, yet no arrest has been made.”TNS Meal delight for govt staff Jalandhar: It is yet to be seen if the Sanjhi Rasoi project is able to satiate the hunger of the poor in the district, but the first two days of the launch has proved to be a hit amongst government employees. Instead of the poor and the needy, medical and non-medical staff including assistants of senior doctors working in the Civil Hospital here were seen enjoying the meal offered at concessional rates. As there is no ban put on government employees to avail the service, the dream project of Punjab Chief Minister A government employee carries a Capt Amarinder Singh may Rs 10 thali from Sanjhi Rasoi for a soon become unfeasible senior doctor at the Civil Hospital. for the district TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH administration to run consistently. Amid criticism and apprehensions over the drive, the government staff seems to be having a delightful time over the Rs 10 meal. TNS Boost for vocational courses Jalandhar: As per the instructions of the state government, the district administration and the guidance bureau has started making efforts to encourage students to opt for occupational courses. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said career counselling posters had been issued for 274 higher and senior secondary schools in the district. He said that these posters would be pasted in these schools so that the students could take guidance to choose the career of their interest. The administration has also established a career counselling help desk at the District Welfare Office. Mobile vans have also been launched to make students aware of the same.TNS
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