05072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/5/2017 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 5 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Fourth day of GST Game of royalty Clear take Trade logistics stand still. Industry transport hit as confusion prevails over new tax. P2 After the movie The Black Prince on Maharaja Duleep Singh, now there is an X-box digital game on him. P3 Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar has requested authorities to ban reality TV shows that have the little ones as participants. P4 FORECAST RAINY | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.25 AM 68,000 soil health cards to be issued Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 4 To bring scientific expertise pertaining to soil health for better yield, the Agriculture Department will issue 68,000 soil health cards (SHCs) to the farmers in Jalandhar district. These cards will be provided under the landmark project of the department for creating a database of health standards of land under cultivation in Punjab. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said for issuing these 68,000 cards to the farmers for net sowing area of 2.42 lakh hectares agricultural land in the district, the block level teams formed by the department were on task to collect 26,000 soil samples from the fields during 2017-18 on the basis of harvesting seasons. “Out of the target, nearly 50 per cent soil samples have already been sent to the designated labs for testing,” he said. As per information, the farmers will get information regarding the presence of soil nutrients, including nitrogen, potash, zinc, iron, sulphur etc, so that they could remove soil deficiencies after assessing these scientific results. POOR CONDITION OF CITY ROADS IN MONSOON SEASON Rise in number of road mishap victims reported in Civil Hospital Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, July 4 With the monsoon season having set in and city roads getting inundated, the number of road accidents has seen a spurt. As many as 141 road accident cases have been reported in the city’s Civil Hospital alone in the past one month. The trauma centre at the Civil Hospital has been daily getting around 20 patients, among whom 15 cases are of road accidents and other snake bite or poison-related incidents. Though the centre has doctors available 24X7 to check the admitted patients, the state of affairs at the hospital’s entrance and trauma centre ward presents a sorry picture. The Civil Hospital being the only government hospital in the city, it caters not only to patients from the city but also those belonging to adjoining towns and villages. Even as it should have been an epitome of cleanliness and hygiene, the situation here is different. The rooms on the ground floor and the first floor of the Man commits suicide in K’thala Hospital too needs better facilities Patients at the trauma centre of the Civil Hospital face a tough time in hot and humid weather as fans and ACs go out of order in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH trauma centre which remain occupied by the patients and their attendants do not even have a proper cooling system. Air-conditioners have been installed in the wards on the first floor but these are not in working condition. Even those air-conditioners that are installed are unable to cool the wards. As a result, patients are sweating it out in hot and humid weather and the entire trauma centre emits a foul smell. The visit to the hospital shows that a lot needs to be done at the hospi- tal to make it a place for providing health care facilities. Patients under treatment demand that the government should plan to incorporate safety features on roads for the two-wheeler drivers. “The person driving SUV or other big vehicles, usually due to a blind u-turn, do not see the vehicles parked near the roadside shops and ram into them,” said Jaswinder Singh, who had an accident last night while a driving bike and is under treatment at the Civil Hospital. In another accident, two persons were badly injured after a head-on collision between two bikes. Among them one is Meenu, who is 42year-old and got severe injuries on his right leg. He was taken to the hospital while he was unconscious. As per the information received from his family members, he was given treatment on time by the doctors and also proper check-up is being done on time by the hospital staff. Civil Hospital SMO, surgery department, Dr Trilochan Singh, while talk- Though the Civil Hospital has doctors available 24X7 to check the admitted patients, the state of affairs at the hospital’s entrance and trauma centre ward presents a sorry picture. The Civil Hospital being the only government hospital in the city, it caters not only to patients from the city but also those belonging to adjoining towns and villages. Even as it should have been an epitome of cleanliness and hygiene, the situation here is different ing to The Tribune said, “During monsoons, road accident cases usually witness an increase due to poor road conditions and water blockages on every street. A team of doctors is always available for patients here.” About the poor hygienic condition of the trauma centre and the air conditioners not working, he said the work was under process. The problem of air conditioners in the wards is under the notice of the higher authorities. The work will be completed soon, he said. Tough road to GST Jalandhar: PCS officer Paramjit Singh has assumed the charge of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Jalandhar-2. Earlier, he was serving as AETC, Kapurthala. Paramjit Singh, who is also GST Master Trainer for the Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, said the main focus of the department was to facilitate the industrialists, traders and others concerned for better compliance of the new tax regime. He said the thrust area would be to provide best possible services to solve the problems being faced by the GST subscribers during this transitional period of shifting from the old tax system to the new tax regime. On the occasion, Avneet Bhogal, Anjali Sekhri, Randhir Singh, Sandeep Gupta, Manjeet Singh, Sunil Kumar and Dr Kanwarveer Singh (all ETOs) were present. TNS Jalandhar: The city police on Tuesday arrested Pawan Kumar, alias Lota, a resident of Santokh Pura, with 22 boxes of illicit liquor from the Aman Nagar area. A police team outside the Aman Nagar T-point saw him driving his car in a suspicious manner. When asked to stop, the man tried to flee from the place, but the cops nabbed him there. When they searched the vehicle, the policemen found 22 cases of illicit liquor from the car boot. The accused was arrested and a case was registered in police station No. 8. TNS India’s new CEC’s Jalandhar connect Navdeep Verma Aakanksha N Bhardwaj dent, the girl got her medical done and further verification on the issue was on during the course of which, Boney committed suicide.” The police have booked the girl, her mother, sister and sister’s husband under Section 306 of the IPC. Meanwhile, relatives of Boney held a dharna outside the Civil Hospital today, demanding action against the girl’s family. — TNS Tribune News Service The dilapidated condition of the approach road to the newly opened GST office in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Rural Rejuvenation Mission moves at slow pace Rachna Khaira Constituency-wise status of works Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 4 The highly ambitious Rural and Urban Rejuvenation project of the former SAD-BJP alliance government, launched in December 2015, has hit a major roadblock in the district. While a majority of the development works allocated under the Urban Mission to the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) are lying suspended due to the non release of funds and holding of the annual budget by the state government, only 38 per cent of the works were completed under the rural mission. Out of the total 4,625 works worth Rs 134.82 crore sanctioned under the mission, only 1,728 works worth Rs 39.50 crore have been completed so Paramjit Singh is AETC One held with illicit liquor Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 4 A 29-year-old man Boney allegedly committed suicide at Kapurthala today during the course of the verification of a case against him. The police have booked four persons, including a girl with whom he formerly had an affair before his marriage, in this regard. SHO, Kapurthala city police station, Jatinderjit Singh, said, “While currently married, Boney had a relationship with a woman, whose engagement was recently broken after someone called her in-laws about her previous relationship. Alleging the call had been made by Boney, the girl and her mother came to him where the girl was beaten by Boney.” “Following the inci- SNIPPETS District Shahkot Kartarpur Adampur Nakodar Phillaur Jalandhar cantt Works Completed 869 565 475 70 591 195 1503 585 952 298 236 15 Labourers work on a street development project at a village near Jalandhar. far in rural area. Also, the state government has held up around 303 works worth Rs 8.32 crore for an indefinite period. According to sources, the district administration was to receive the grants for the mission under two different com- ponents. While it was to receive Rs 31.60 crore in three installments from the 14th Finance Commission, around Rs 133.40 crore were to come from the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB). Though the district adminis- tration has received two installments of Rs 13.92 crore each from the 14th Finance Commission, it has also received Rs 85 crore from the PIDB and has disbursed it already. Among various reasons for the delay in the work was the c m y b implementation of the code of conduct during the Assembly elections held in February this year. Due to this, the works of over 47 roads in Shahkot, Kartarpur, Adampur and Nakodar got delayed. As the order for these roads were issued late, the PIDB could not release money (around Rs 9.75 crore) for these roads as its accounts got frozen during the code of conduct. Another reason is the mismatch grant reported between PIDB and the 14th Finance Commission. Due to the overlapping of the projects, grants of some projects were refused by the Finance Commission due to which an additional burden of Rs 10 crore (for roads) was put on the PIDB. Though the district administration had written to the state government to release grant for the same, it is yet to hear from it. As of now, though 90 per cent of the work is near completion, the state government is yet to take a call to release Rs 4 crore for the construction of the roads. Due to the non-release of payments, the contractors have even threatened to halt the work in near future. However, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said that around 75 per cent of the works under the rural rejuvenation mission were already completed. “It is just that the recently completed works are not reflecting in our papers as we are yet to receive utilisation certificates from a majority of the gram panchayats,” said Sharma. He said panchayat secretaries were given two weeks time to get the UCs collected from the gram panchayats. Jalandhar, July 4 The appointment of India’s new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Achal Kumar Jyoti has a Jalandhar connect. A festival-like environment has been prevailing in Mittha Bazar here since morning where Abhay Jyoti (74), elder brother of Achal Kumar Jyoti, lives. Talking to The Tribune, an euphoric Abhay Jyoti, a retired gazetted officer, said it was a moment of great happiness not only for his family but for everyone here. Achal Jyoti, who was born and brought up in Delhi, would often visit Jalandhar because his grandparents lived here. Also, the CEC’s in-laws are from Jalandhar. He, along with his brother Abhay, would enjoy coming to Jalandhar and after 1970, the elder brother Abhay shifted here permanently. “We congratulated him the moment we came to know about his appointment. However, he is so humble to talk about his achievements,” said the brother, his voice filled with pride. Talking about his younger brother, Jyoti said he was always studious and would come first in class. “My father wanted to him to be a big-rank officer. He guided him to give the Civil Services exam and my brother cleared the exam in his first attempt. He was Newly appointed CEC Achal Kumar Jyoti only 22 then, and since then, he has served in the Gujarat cadre,” the elder brother said. Jyoti revealed the funny side of his younger brother, saying Achal was not naughty but would indulge in small mischiefs while studying when we used to study together. He would always take our note books and continue studying himself,” Talking about preparations at home, he said the family had been celebrating since morning as everyone was coming and congratulating them. “What else can we ask from the almighty? We can only say that we are so thankful to God. He had visited Jalandhar last year, hopefully now he will visit soon,” the elder Jyoti signed off. Bharat Bhushan Jyoti, president of the Jyoti Parivar Sangh who knows the family very well, said Achal Jyoti always had a clean and pure image which is why he has attained such heights in his life.
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