30082017-JTR-01.qxd 8/30/2017 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 30 AUGUST 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Environment matters New kids on the block Feel of character DC Varinder K Sharma on Tuesday asked residents to make the district clean and green. P2 Panjab University’s newly formed student parties address issues that are left out. P3 Yashashri Masurkar will play the negative lead in Star Plus’ magnum opus Aarambh. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM Linking of Aadhaar card with PAN set to begin Tribune News Service The District Programme Officer shows a digital tablet to Aadhaar card operators at his office in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Dera properties worth ~77.7 lakh attached Jalandhar, August 29 Following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the district administration has begun the exercise of attaching the properties of Dera Sacha Sauda in Jalandhar too. The cumulative registered value of the three properties of Naam Charcha centres in Jalandhar has been found to be of Rs 77.7 lakh. The property at Phillaur is worth Rs 43.2 lakh. The one at Jandu Singha is to the tune of Rs 22 lakh and that at Nurmahal is of Rs 12.5 lakh. Revenue officials said orders had been passed to ensure that no further sale of these properties could be done by the dera. — TNS Jalandhar, August 29 The district banks are all set to link Aadhaar cards with the customers’ accounts as the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has designated over 56 branches as authorised UID centres. With the recent Supreme Court’s verdict on privacy being a fundamental right, many were thinking that the Union Government might scrap the project. However, the district administration is all set to begin the UID enrolment by September 1. Wattan Singh, lead bank manager for the district, said these branches would not only allot the UID numbers to their own customers but also to the clients of other banks. The UID machines have been installed at these centres and customers can walk into any of these branches to Remembering the wizard get their UID card made and even get these linked to their respective bank account. “While the UIDAI has identified over 56 branches in Jalandhar, it has selected over 32 branches in Kapurthala. We are holding a special awareness-cum-training session for them on Thursday, following which the enrolment will begin in the district from September 1,” said Wattan Singh. By linking the Aadhaar with PAN, the government is trying to put a check on people having multiple PAN cards and filing tax returns with different numbers. Since Aadhaar is based on biometrics, the chances of duplication are much less compared to PAN, which is not based on biometrics. The government has also made it mandatory to link the bank accounts with Aadhaar but the deadline for this is December 31, 2017. JAC of national trade unions holds dharna The National Sports Day was celebrated in memory of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand by St Soldier Divine Public School at Nakodar in Jalandhar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH (SEE ALSO P2) Jalandhar, August 29 The joint action committee (JAC) of national trade unions here today held a protest outside the district administrative complex (DAC) and raised slogans against the government for not listening to the demands of labourers. They termed the state and Central government antilabourers and also said that the governments were adopting policies against them. Rajesh Thapa, convener of the committee, said there must be the registration of the labourers in the factories where they work. “If they are not registered, how will the labour laws be implemented for them?” he asked. The members also demanded that the workers also be given EPF They said . the labourers should be given salaries through their bank accounts. Teachers see ray of hope in ACP cases Jalandhar, August 29 With the Education Department telling the district education officers (DEOs) to send the assured career progression (ACP) cases till August 31, the teachers are hopeful now that with their long-pending cases will finally get cleared. Officials told that, on an average, a school had 15-20 ACP cases that were lying pending for long. With the department also giving the power of clearance of the ACP cases to the DDOs, the chances of corruption will become nil as the teachers alleged that earlier whenever they would go to a DEO to ask to clear their cases, he/she would always ask for money to clear the case. For primary schools, block education primary officers (BPEOs) and in case of sec- ondary schools, head masters and principals (DDO) have been authorised to clear the cases. The teachers said that this was for the first time that the DDOs (drawing and disbursing officers) were delegated with the task to address queries and applications regarding the ACP cases. Earlier these were being sent directly to the DEOs. District Education Officer (Secondary) Neelam Kumari said the department had invited the cases till August 31, but it will not be possible till then as there were many cases and the procedure was still going on. “Even the department today has again released a letter as a reminder that the cases are needed till August 31, which has been forwarded to the schools,” she said. — TNS Raksha Mantri award for Cantonment Board Jalandhar: The Jalandhar Cantonment Board has been selected for the Raksha Mantri Award 2017 for being the first cantonment in the country to be declared open defecation free (ODF). The 100-year-old cantonment was declared the first local body in Punjab and first cantonment in the country to be accorded ODF status. P2 Cops lift wrongly Male SHO posted in all-woman police station! ❝ parked vehicles of students Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, August 29 The Traffic Police personnel this afternoon lifted scores of scooters parked by students of Apeejay School and College outside the campus. As students started getting off for the day, the traffic police, armed with trolleys, came around the campus and started lifting scooters of the students which had been wrongly parked. Residents of the New Jawahar Nagar area had been reportedly lodging a complaint with the traffic police, terming the parking of scooters outside the campus a menace. Even commuters had been alleging that the passage near the campus often remained clogged owing to the parking of vehicles the day through. Jalandhar, August 29 Even as the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate has appointed a woman ACP (crime against women) Deepika Singh exclusively to handle cases pertaining to women, it has strangely appointed a male inspector as the SHO of the Women’s Police Station in Jalandhar. While all first six appointees on the post since October 1, 2010, have been women, Jarnail Singh has become the first male SHO here. The move of senior officials to appoint an SHO on a post that deals with only womenrelated cases such as sexual harassment, stalking, dowry, domestic violence, rape, abduction etc has drawn sharp reactions. BJP leader Urmil Vaid said, “It is rather surprising to hear that a man has been posted as SHO at the women’s police station. How will a woman discuss her issues openly with a man? How do senior police officials think that a woman will be able to express her problems related to sexual harassment with a man? For being on this post, one requires to have a woman’s mindset and level Women ASIs and SIs will be given experience of other cases also, which will help them in investigating cases properly. For long, the police station was getting women SHOs. I tried to break it and appointed a male SHO. But this doesn’t mean that from now, only male SHOs will be posted. If a woman feels uncomfortable, there is adequate women staff too in the police station. PRAVEEN KUMAR SINHA, POLICE COMMISSIONER ❞ of sensitivity. If a woman is a chairperson of a woman commission and an SC is a chairperson of an SC commission, a woman SHO, likewise, is expected to head a women’s police station.” Kittu Grewal, former Punjab Mahila Congress chief, said, Rush again at tehsils after stamp duty cut Tribune News Service Traffic cops take away vehicles of school students for various violations in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, August 29 Following the stamp duty cut from 9 to 6 per cent with effect from today, rush began again at the tehsil complex which had seen little activity for the past nearly three months since the announcement had been made. While 35 registries had been done in Jalandhar-2 tehsil, 25 applicants got their work done in Jalandhar-1 tehsil. This was unusual as the tehsils had been getting very few applications since the declaration made in the Punjab budget. All those who had been turning up were those involved in deals with blood relations wherein no stamp duty was being levied. c m y b Today, however, there was power failure at the complex owing to which the prints of the digitally clicked pictures could not be taken for long. The applicants had to wait for long to get their work completed. Rush at a tehsil office in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH “There is a possibility that the police could not have found an able women SHO for the post.” Senior cops, however, termed it a bid “to break gender stereotype”. The reason they cited was “to sensitise male police officials about women-related issues and also to break gender stereotypes”. They added that another reason behind this posting was that the women SHOs were not “experienced enough” in other areas which was also the need of the hour. Police Commissioner Praveen Kumar Sinha said women ASIs and SIs would be given experience of other cases also, which would help them in investigating cases properly. “For long, the police station was getting women SHOs. I tried to break it and appointed a male SHO. But this doesn’t mean that from now, only male SHOs will be posted,” he said, adding that if a woman felt uncomfortable, there is adequate women staff too in the police station. There is a total of 47 women staff in the women police station, of which 38 are constables, four sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors and two head constables. Manjit Kaur was the first SHO at the women’s station and had joined on October 1, 2010. She remained there until August 3, 2011, after which Parveen Kumari got appointed thrice. Paramjit Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur, Avtar Kaur and Parveen Sharma have been the other women SHOs.
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