13082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/13/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 13 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Security beefed up Snip shot When Kim shoplifted lipstick! Ahead of the 71st Independence Day, the city railway station has turned into a fortress. P2 Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani is history while lyricist Prasoon Joshi takes over the mantle. P3 Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she was always interested in beauty products. FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.08 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.47 AM A double tragedy for PSCPL told to send them since 1947 GOVT SCHOOLS’ ELECTRICITY CHARGES bills to Finance Dept Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 12 A slight knock at the door breaks the sleep of Banso Devi, 78. The hope of seeing someone from her family emerges for her, but gets dashed in a second on seeing someone else. She gets up and is ready to eat the lunch that has been served to her by one of the attendants at the Vridh Ashram here. This is what life has for her and for another elderly, Prakash Rani, 90, who has been living in the adjacent ward. They both don’t know each other but have the same fate. Their journeys that started from Pakistan have ended here at this ashram. Both have seen their life’s biggest tragedies. In 1947, they had to leave their homes in Pakistan and now they were turned out of their homes by their own kin. Banso Devi, a hollowcheeked elderly, who has extremely low vision, said she had never understood the concept of Independence. She was almost 8 when she came here with her parents from Sialkot and other family members. “Pehle 1947 vich main apne PSPCL instructed not to cut school power connection Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Banso Rani (75) and Prakash Rani (90) at Apahaj Ashram in Jalandhar . A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH. Both have seen their life’s biggest tragedies. In 1947, they had to leave their homes in Pakistan and now they were turned out of their homes by their own kin. Banso Devi, who has extremely low vision, said she had never understood the concept of Independence. She was almost 8 when she came here with her parents from Sialkot and other family members. ghardeya naal apne ghar chhadke ethe aae, odo mushkil naal jaan bachai, te hun aapneya ne ghar to kadd ditta,” she said trying not to cry. After adjusting her dupatta, and making sure that the stick is lying beside her which she would need to walk properly, she again started the conversation. She said, “During Partition, such was the terror among the parents for their girls that when I would sleep, one male continued on page 2 Jalandhar, August 12 Taking the burden and harassment faced by government schools in the payment of electricity bills off the shoulders of the schools, the Education Department has told Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to route these bills straight to the government rather than troubling the schools for their payment. The directions were issued in a letter released a few days ago. The department has told the PSCPCL to send claims regarding the payment of electricity bills straight to the finance department of the state government so that the amount for the electricity bills be released directly by the government to the PSCPCL. The department has also been told not to cut electricity connections of schools, based on the non-payment of the bimonthly bills. c m y b Notably, many schools were at the receiving end, facing harassment in this regard. Many schools in Jalandhar had also complained regarding the nonrelease of electricity bill grants by their respective BPEOs and some had also seen visits by the PSPCL employees, threatening cutting of the electrcity connections due to the nonpayment of the bills. The state has sought claims regarding the bills from the Power Department. The letter instructs that the PSPCL should take all school readings quarterly and claims regarding these should be sent to the Finance Department. So far, the readings are being taken every two months and a surcharge is put while depositing the bills. Now, when the readings of the bills shall be taken after three months, and the consolidated amount of the schools, which has to be released by the schools, if there is a delay in its payment, the surcharge of the same will not be put to government schools and neither the connection of any government school will be cut. The letter says after deliberations, it was decided that Principal Secretary, Finance, shall release a lumpsum amount on every quarter, directly to the PSPCL, on the basis of last year’s average bills of electricity, pertaining to all government schools in the state, from out of the budgeted allocation of the Department of School Education. The lump sum payments shall be reconciled with the aggregate of the actual meter bills twice in a financial year, preferably at the end of the second and fourth quarter. It is further decided that the electricity connections of these schools shall not be disconnected in the case of nonpayment, as it is being experienced sometimes in certain cases for one reason or another. SNIPPETS ASI held taking bribe Phagwara: An Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Sadar Police here, Jagtar Singh, was arrested on Saturday by the local Vigilance Bureau while taking Rs 3,000 bribe from Khangurra village resident Gagan Kumar regarding alteration of a criminal case. The accused was caught red handed while accepting the money in the denomination of Rs 500 notes. The complainant said a dispute had been going on between him and a financier and a complaint was lodged with the police, but the Assistant Sub-Inspector wanted bribe to add a criminal section against the other party. The arrest was made under Sections 7, 13 and 2 the Prevention of Corruption Act in the presence of Sectional Officer Inderpreet Singh and Agriculture Officer Amrik Singh. OC
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