13072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/13/2017 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 13 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Terror attack on pilgrims Brides, are you listening? In keeping with traditions Activists of the Shiv Sena and other Hindu organisations hold a protest in Jalandhar. P2 How often does a bride get taught about the right attitude and that smile? P3 Model-turned-actress ShivaniTomar is all-excited to essay the role P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 32.0°C MIN 26.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.0°C MIN 25.0°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.34 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.33 AM Sewa Kendra staff stop work for few hours Protest over non-payment of salaries for the past three months inconveniences public Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 12 People from different walks of lives were engaged in discussion outside the Sewa Kendras on Domoria Bridge and at Lamma Pind Chowk. They were criticising the government for opening so called ‘Sewa Kendras’, which they said did not provide any sewa (service) to them in reality. Although none of them was known to each other, a similar problem made them stand united. The problem was the absence of the staff from most Sewa Kendras in the city today. Employees of Sewa Kendras stopped the work and gathered at the district administration complex. Most kendras reportedly remained without work till afternoon. Even the work at the main Sewa Kendra in the administrative complex was stopped in the morning for a few hours. Afterwards applicants, who had come there for their work, met Deputy Commissioner and complained to him, following which the work resumed. Vacant seats at a Sewa Kendra after employees strike; and (right) the staff of Sewa Kendras holds protest in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Workers, who are working under a private company BLS e-Solutions, which runs Sewa Kendras in the city, alleged that they had not been paid salaries for the past three months. “The people here abuse us as we cannot even work properly due to shortage of the UID machine. In reality the company and the government should look after it,” said an employee working at the administrative complex. One of the coordinators said there were no runners, who could issue documents for respective designation. “Shortage of the staff is another problem,” said an operator in the district administrative complex (DAC). While applicants, who had come for their work at other Sewa Kendras in the city said, “Servers don’t work most of the time, which is why our work gets delayed.” Sudarshan, one of the applicants, said he had been com- ing here since the past 20 days, but still his work had not been done. “I had taken an off today just to come here and get the work done, but nobody is here. The name of these centres should not be ‘Sewa Kendra’,” he complained. He said the staff does not take more than 40 applications in a single day at the main centre in the DAC due to which it became difficult to get the work done. Rajesh Sharma, while showing papers, said he was assured that his work would be done by June 21. “But even after so many days nothing has been done. Today is July 12, and you can see at what capacity they work. Now, they have gone on strike,” said an enraged Sharma. Mukesh Kumar (50), who had come to the kendra for his residence certificate, had to face disappointment. “I had to take off from my work, which will also lead to a cut in my pay for today, but who listens to us,” he said showing anger. When contacted, the BLS e-Solutions CEO, Nikhil Gupta, said that he felt for employees. Salaries for the past two months were pending, he added. “We are working closely with the government to solve this issue. Everything will be sorted out soon,” said Gupta. He further added that employees had stopped work for some time, but then were back on their duty. Youth booked on charge of abduction Bizmen asked to put forth queries on GST Our Correspondent Jalandhar, July 12 A conference on Goods and Services Tax (GST) was organised by the GST and Taxation Bar, Jalandhar, and the Excise and Taxation Bar where Anurag Aggarwal, Financial Commissioner, Taxation, Punjab, was the chief guest. BK Virdi, Deputy Excise Taxation Commissioner, was also present on the occasion. Since the GST has created confusion in the minds of the people, traders, industrialists and dealers were also called and asked to put forth their queries in case of any confusion. Members of the Federa- Mishap victim’s kin block Nakodar Road Phagwara, July 12 Following a complaint by Asha Rani, a resident of Bhularai Colony, the police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 366A of the Indian Penal Code against a youth identified as Manjit Singh. The accused is a resident of Amrik Nagari. He has been charged by the police for abducting minor girl of the complainant on the pretext of marrying her. No arrest has been made in this connection so far. Tribune News Service Anurag Aggarwal, Financial Commissioner (Taxation), addresses traders and industrialists at the GST conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH tion of Jalandhar Industrial and Traders Association also handed over the memorandum to Aggarwal and said there were discrepancies in the GST. It was mentioned in the memorandum that hardware like iron and steel, hand tools, sports industry, electrical accessories, switchgear, raw hide, skin industry, footwear and hawai chappal have been affected by the tax. Anurag Aggarwal, while addressing the traders, said he has been visiting the districts to address the queries related to GST. He volunteered help saying if the people came forth with their problems, he would try to answer them then or in writing later. Family members of the youth, who was killed in an accident, hold a protest dharna at Buta Mandi in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 12 Demanding police action, kin of a 27-year-old youth, who had died following an accident today, held a protest at Buta Mandi, partly blocking Nakodar Road this afternoon. Bharat, son of Ashok Kumar, died in a road accident while he was driving his bike near Model House on July 7. Having been hit by a car, family members of the deceased were demanding action against the driver. Family members said the police was pressurising them to reach a compromise instead. Later in the evening, policemen arrested Manu, son of Raj Kumar, a political worker. Meanwhile, SHO, Bhargo Camp, denied having pressurised the family for any patch-up with the accused driver. ‘A jolt to armed forces personnel’ Leakage of water from railway Railways prints a message on their tickets offered on concession Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 12 The Central government has found another way to give a ‘humiliating jolt’ to the serving defence personnel back home as the Indian Army is locked in a tense face-off with the Chinese army along the Sikkim border in the Doka La region on the SikkimBhutan-Tibet tri-junction after the latter intruded into the Indian territory while also safeguarding the annual Amarnath Yatra in the J&K. The Ministry in travel tickets issued to serving defence personnel against Form D (railway concessional forms for armed forces personnel) has begun to write – “Do you know that 43 per cent of your concession will be borne by the common man of India?” This has infuriated serving as well as retired forces personnel across the country. Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, fighting the One Rank One Pension (OROP) battle, has called it a humiliating move to disgrace serving offi- A rail ticket with a printed message “Are you aware that 43% of your fare is borne by common citizens of the country”. cers, who are posted in dangerous terrains. “Earlier, too, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the credit for implementation of the OROP to the poor of the nation. And now, he is humiliating defenders of the nation by printing on their tickets that their concession will be borne by the common man? What is the government trying to prove by this move except humiliating our armed forces,” the Major Gen said. When contacted, Anil Kumar Saxena, Director General (PR), Indian Railways, claimed that the message was not only being printed on tickets of armed forces personnel, but also on tickets of all the 53 categories, which were given concession by the Railways. “We just want to inform about the subsidy and its source to the people who are availing it,” said Saxena while speaking to The Tribune. He also added that the message was printed on all tickets available at those railway stations, where new stationery had arrived. However, Major Gen Satbir refused to accept his claim. “I avail Railways concession under the senior citizen cate- gory and have travelled to Punjab and other places recently. While the ticket issued to serving armed forces personnel from the New Delhi railway station has a message, it was not printed on any tickets issued to me,” the Major Gen said while adding that it was just another lie made by ministry officials. The Central government grants concession to various categories, including sportspersons, artists, youths, women, disabled and defence personnel as a mark of respect to their profession and other capabilities. However, printing such kind of message has left a bad taste for such people, who till date considered the concession as facility and an acknowledgement to their achievements. The move has not only infuriated ex-servicemen, but also serving personnel. When The Tribune spoke to some of the serving officials, they expressed anger and frustration over the step. They termed it as disrespect to their uniform and their job. c m y b underbridge irks commuters Our Correspondent Jalandhar, July 12 The Chandan Nagar Railway Underbridge (RUB), which was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore, is inconveniencing commuters within less than a year of its opening to the public. The newly constructed RUB remains inundated with rainwater. Besides, water also seeps from its roof. Despite repeated complaints regarding the overflowing sewerage water and the rainwater leakage, the civic authorities have turned a blind eye towards the problem. Besides raising the issue of leakage of the RUB roof with the Municipal Corporation authorities and the Jalandhar North MLA, Bawa Henry, by commuters, no action has been taken in this regard. The bridge was constructed to provide a respite to residents of Shiv Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, Gopal Nagar, Gazi Gulla, Deen Dayal Upadhaya The Chandan Nagar railway underbridge in Jalandhar has many flaws. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Nagar and the Sodal area from regular traffic jams. Over 240 trains pass over the RUB everyday. Meanwhile, the people are forced to go through the closed railway crossings to reach their destinations on time. “Even a short spell of rain causes lots of problems. We are made to wade through knee-deep dirty water to reach our shops,” a businessman said. “With children along, it becomes a challenging task to cross the stretch. We are forced to commute on the railway crossing stretch to reach our homes,” he added. Ghanwant Singh, a shopkeeper, said, “The road is under dirty water. There is much stench in the area. Moreover, due to leakage in some pipes in the roof dirty water falls on commuters. Apart from the railway crossing, this underbridge is the Continued on Page 2
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