18072017-JTR-01.qxd 7/18/2017 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 18 JULY 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Health concerns Notes of a poet Fresh start The epidemic of diarrhoea is now under control at different places in Phillaur. P2 Charan Likhari, Punjabi writer, poet and lyricist is rooted to the soil. P3 Supergirl’s actress Brit Morgan is all set to be seen in the second season of the series Riverdale. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.32 AM SULTANPUR LODHI RAILWAY STATION Police resort to mild lathicharge FCI union members were protesting against getting work done by pvt contractor Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 17 The agitation by the FCI Labour Union against the loading of wheat by private contractors took an ugly turn at the Sultanpur Lodhi railway station this morning. To check any untoward incident, the police had gheraoed the railway station since 5 am. A conflict-like situation got created between the police and the FCI Labour Union when the union members turned out in huge numbers against the move to deploy private labourers. The police had to resort to a mild lathicharge as the union members began pelting stones at the cops. The police reportedly detained eight union leaders, including secretary Jarnail Singh, Buta Ram and Surinder Singh. Prior to 1993, various procurement agencies used to rope in private contractors for providing labourers for loading and unloading of grains. Then on, after a pact signed during the tenure of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, the FCI began making its own arrangements for labour. The union members said they had also been promised regular jobs which, they claimed, remained unful- Labourers pelt stones at the police near the godown at the Sultanpur Lodhi railway station on Monday; and (below) cops take away some stone pelters with them. TRIBUNE PHOTOS filled. Now again with work going to private contractors, they said they are worried over getting unemployed. The FCI, however, has been vouching for getting the work done from the contractor owing to cost factors. As loading by the FCI was scheduled at Sultanpur Lodhi today and the work had been allotted to a contractor Roshan Lal, the state FCI Labourer Union president Tara Singh had already announced to lodge a protest. Sensing trouble, as many as 300 cops and SHOs of three police stations had been deployed at the railway station since morning. SDM Sultanpur Lodhi Dr Charumita and tehsildar Mela Singh also reached the spot and talked to the union leaders. Later, the contractors’ labour resumed work in the presence of the police force. DSP Sultanpur Lodhi Waryam Singh said there had been orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to provide police protection during the loading work to be done through private contractor. Anti-larval raids in city areas Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 17 Anti-larval activities were carried out by six teams of the Health Department and the Municipal Corporation in six areas here today. The areas covered by the teams included Mohalla Santokhpura (ward 6), Bhargo Camp (ward 52), Babu Labh Singh Nagar (ward 39), Master Tara Singh Nagar, Model House (ward 48), Basti Mithu (Guru Arjan Nagar) (ward 43). Seven challans were issued for the breeding of dengue mosquitoes in houses and people were made aware about the breeding of these mosquitoes. SNIPPETS General House can 2 held for drug be held without peddling Mayor: Cong Phagwara: The police here arrested two persons for allegedly indulging in drug trade. They were identified as Armanjit Singh, alias Lally, of Satnampura and Manpreet Ram of Chack Mai Dass village. Cops recovered 330 intoxicant tablets from their possession. The police said 150 tablets were recovered from Armanjit and 180 from Manpreet Ram at different check-points in Phagwara on Monday. OC GIS survey teams Watch out face abuse from city residents Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 17 In many untoward incidents, teams conducting the survey for the Geographic Information System (GIS) in the city are facing continuous abuse and manhandling by residents. The Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar has decided to take up GIS mapping of the capital to improve the municipal tax collection and to identify municipal tax defaulters. The entire exercise of municipal tax and fee improvement was taken up to “increase the coverage of under assessed and unassessed properties by 90%”. Without any increase in taxes, it is expected that the current revenue of the MC will increase multifold. However, it seems that the plans of the civic body have hit a major roadblock. Sources in the civic body said that the teams sent by the consultants were facing physical and verbal abuse everyday. In Sector 7 of Hardyal Nagar, a resident tore apart the survey form and the team was thrashed and sent back after the interference of a local leader. Also, the team faced opposition and was told to produce the authorisation letter by area residents. A majority of the shopkeepers at Rainak Bazaar too refused to provide property details to the team for the GIS mapping. The teams are also facing problems on a daily basis in areas like Rishi Nagar, Urban Estate, Model Town and old city areas. The problem has not only affected the morale of the survey team but also caused a long delay in the completion of the projects. Despite informing the civic body about the resistance being faced by the consultant, the survey teams were not provided any security by the civic body. Also, no efforts were made to inform and make people aware so that they could cooperate with the team members. Presently, there are around 2.25 lakh houses in the city for which the consultant has to conduct the survey. However, with construction going in full bloom nowadays, the number of houses is expected to increase up to 3 lakhs. According to sources in Darashaw and Company, the company conducting the GIS survey in the city, over 60 to 65 per cent houses have been covered in the survey. “We humbly request and fervently hope to seek everyone’s support to allow us to conduct the GIS survey. As we are pursuing the mandate of the MCJ which is in the larger interest of the city and each one it hosts, once implemented, every reisdent will reap its benefits,” said officials at Darashaw. He further added that after the completion of the GIS survey, the residents could enjoy long-term benefits that include sustainable planning, coordination, development, monitoring, spontaneity in service and most importantly Internet and intranet connectivity. A board put up by the district administration in Jalandhar warns people against falling in the trap of unauthorised travel agents. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service No action Jalandhar, July 17 Condemning Mayor Sunil Jyoti for “causing unnecessary delay” in calling the Municipal Corporation (MC) House meeting and, hence, holding development works in the city for many months, Jagdish Raja, Leader of the Opposition, said according to the Municipal Act, the general House could be called by Senior Deputy Mayor and even by the Deputy Mayor. “The Mayor, riding high on his dictatorial attitude, believes that only he can call the general House meeting and, hence, keep us all waiting for him to hold the session. According to the Municipal Act, a Senior Deputy Mayor, a Deputy Mayor or even any councilor, chosen by us as a Mayor, can call the House meet,” said Raja. He said despite giving a written request to the Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg to facilitate a general House meeting in consultation with the Mayor, nothing had been done so far. “We will just wait for another two days. Our patience is running out. If the Mayor will not call the general House, we will take the matter at higher party level and may ask the MC Commissioner Dr Garg to call it,” said Raja. Meanwhile, the Mayor has Jagdish Raja said despite giving a written request to the Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg to facilitate a general House meeting in consultation with the Mayor, nothing had been done so far. kept up the suspense over the holding of the general body meeting despite the interest of the BJP and the Congress party in view of the forthcoming elections in December. When asked about the delay in holding the meeting, the Mayor said that though Congress councillors had agreed to allow the budget to get passed in the house, they have to behave as well during the session. To this, Raja said the Mayor due to his “dictatorial attitude” is facing a lot of criticism amongst his party as well. “His party councillors are not supporting him. Due to this, he is causing delay in the holding of the meeting. Also, because of this, he is asking a surity from us not to create any ruckus in the House meeting,” said Raja. However, the Mayor said that the general House session would be called soon. The delay in holding the House meeting has left major development projects stranded in the city. 47 kids sit in unsafe rooms of primary school Tribune News Service Risky proposition Jalandhar, July 17 As many as 47 students of Government Primary School, Mianwal, have been sitting in unsafe classrooms as the school is unable to get the “unsafe certificate” from the Public Works Department (PWD) despite repeated requests to it. Two rooms and a staircase of the school – which was built 45 years ago - are unsafe, and pose a threat to students of classes III and IV, who sit in these rooms. While the school has five rooms in all, the building’s roof, despite having been repaired several times, has not been reconstructed. Two rooms, a staircase and A senior teacher of the school said, “We are always scared during the morning assembly and when students are passing through the verandah regarding the possible collapse of the staircase. We have only managed to keep it together with occasional repairs. The roof is also very weak despite many repairs having been carried out in the wooden planks. The wall is made of mud, hence the weak roof further renders the rooms unsafe.” The staff said, “We had asked the PWD to issue an unsafe certificate for the building, but officials, instead, asked us to give water reports and fire safety certificates. Due to the department’s inability to issue a certificate, we are not able to garner the grants to get the given areas reconstructed.” Aparna Banerji The unsafe building of Government Primary School, Mianwal, in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS the verandah roof of the schools are presently unsafe. Staff said while the school had mud walls, the roof could not be reconstructed nor a new roof be laid due to the c m y b mud walls of the building. A picture of apathy, the ceiling of the rooms, which are supported by wooden planks, are in a dilapidated condition due to the rotting of the planks which have weathered with time and have weakened the ceiling which threatens to give way at places. These unkempt loose wooden planks in both rooms cause the rooms to drip in the rains and the weakened ceiling poses an additional threat to the children in the school. Contuned on page 2
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