05092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/5/2017 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Health matters Learning at each step Lessons in life The sub-national pulse polio campaign will be held from September 17 to 19 in the district. Here are some eminent principals from the tricity who recollect their own growing-up days. P3 In the classroom called life, we sometimes turn to our on-screen heroes for some inspiration. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.41 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.01 AM Lights beckon FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. CVO visits Improvement Trust, seizes accounts A day ahead of Sodal Mela, an illuminated sight of swings and stalls outside Sodal Temple in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service 6-day-old child kidnapped from rly station Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 4 A six-day-old male child was allegedly kidnapped from the city railway station today. The incident took place when a Lucknow-based family, travelling in Katihar Express, got down at the city railway station. Kishan Lal, along with his wife and three sons including the sixday-old child, sat on a bench on a platform. Poonam, who was not feeling well, kept her new-born son towards a side on a bench on platform. She did not know when someone picked up the child and disappeared. Since his wife Poonam was not feeling well, she kept her new-born son towards a side on the bench. However, she did not know when someone picked up the child and went away. Though the family tried to locate the child, it could not find him. The GRP too failed to identify the kidnapper as none of the CCTV cameras on the railway station was found working. Soon after the incident, the condition of Poonam deteriorated and her husband had to call an ambulance to take her to the Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, the GRP has lodged a complaint and begun investigation into the matter. Child protection services suffer in Jalandhar In absence of district Child Welfare Committee, charge given to Tarn Taran Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 4 As per a letter released by the Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development on August 18, the whole Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Tarn Taran has been given the charge of the CWC Jalandhar in the district CWC’s absence. Intriguingly, while many of the CWCs of districts around Jalandhar have also got the CWCs – Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur among other districts – the state department has ironically chosen a district which is not even in the Doaba region to oversee the cases of Jalandhar. Sans a CWC for the past five months, scores of child protection cases in the district have been in a limbo for the past five months. The lack of the CWC has directly impacted the two child adoption agencies and 11 child care institutions in the district. Across the district, the lack of the CWC has affected as many as 34 cases of children needing some or the other kind of help and four cases of adoption have also been affected by the delays. Sarita, coordinator of the 1098 Childline in the district, The Child Helpline number being displayed in Jalandar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Fact file Sans a CWC for the past five months, scores of child protection cases in the district have been in a limbo for the past five months. The lack of the CWC has directly impacted the two child adoption agencies and 11 child care institutions in the district said, “We get 25 to 30 calls regarding children in distress of some or the other kind in a month. These include missing children, those who have suffered abuse or injuries, beggars, child labour requiring medical help, those seeking sponsorship for education, among other cases. All cases of children needing shelter as well as missing cases have to be produced before the CWC. But in its absence, we are forced to take either the police help in cases of abuse or the children have to be presented all the way to the CWC at Tarn Taran. Clearly, this causes the cases to face delays and proves a considerably tedious procedure.” District Programme Officer Amarjit Bhullar said, “The lack of a CWC has massively impacted the district. While there is a provision for a 24hour shelter for children – for children up for shelter under the child protection pro- gramme — when the district does not have a CWC, within a 14-hour period, the CWC given the charge of the issue, has to be intimated. However, for children needing a permanent shelter, these cases have to be presented in front of the Tarn Taran CWC.” While the letter of the charge being handed to the Tarn Taran CWC getting the charge of Jalandhar was received in various Jalandhar departments and the Childline only about a week ago, before this, the District Programme Officer had arranged the presentation of children on a case to case basis (with permission from Continued on page 2 Jalandhar, September 4 The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for the Local Bodies Government Sudeep Singh Manik today visited the office of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) and seized all its accounts records. The visit was conducted after a financial scam was unearthed in the Amritsar Improvement Trust where the Deputy Finance and Audit Controller Daman Bhalla was found to have transferred Rs 21 crore to one of his relatives’s accounts. Sources at the JIT said since Bhalla was also transferred here and had worked in the JIT for over one and a half months, the CVO, along with his team, had scrutinised the records to explore any discrepancies, if any, caused by Bhalla Visit fallout of scam in Amritsar The visit was conducted after a financial scam was unearthed in the Amritsar Improvement Trust where the Deputy Finance and Audit Controller Daman Bhalla was found to have transferred Rs 21 crore to one of his relatives’s accounts. Sources at the JIT said since Bhalla was also transferred here and had worked in the JIT for over one and a half months, the CVO, along with his team, had scrutinised the records to explore any discrepancies, if any, caused by Bhalla here at the JIT. here at the JIT. Manak visited the office in the morning and went directly to the accounts department. Sources said after having a brief meeting with the XEN Raj Kumar, Superintending Engineer and other officials of the JIT, Manak took away the records. Notably, the JIT has been going through a severe fiscal crisis for the past few years. Its properties too were mired in controversy. Surprisingly, while the Trust authorities are finding it difficult to repay its loan of Rs 175 crore it took to develop Surya Enclave Extension in 2011, its properties situated in prime locations and worth crores were given on lease for Rs 1 and Rs 60 annually. While the Surya Enclave residents have accused the Trust officials of not providing them possession, the flat owners of JIT’s Bibi Bhani Complex, too, have accused the Trust officials of forgery by constructing less flats as against the allotments done. Book dwells on concept of GST Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 4 A book on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) written by tax expert V Vashist was unveiled by Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Paramjit Singh here today. The book has been written for traders and entrepreneurs so they can understand the concept of GST. Unveiling the book, the AETC said the author of the book was an authority indirect taxation system in the state. He said Vashisht had already authored a book on Punjab VAT and allied taxes in the state. The AETC added that the book would prove to be an asset for the taxpayers in the state. He said Vashist was also accredited with imparting GST practitioners and certification training to over 5,000 torch-bearers in major cities of the country during 2017. Paramjit Singh described the GST regime as the simplest tax mechanism, which is expected to give a big boost to the economy of the country in general and Punjab in particular. He said the GST regime had ended the existing multi- tax and multi-authority system, thereby giving a big relief to the traders and entrepreneurs. Paramjeet Singh said it would further accelerate the economy by introducing a system of one nation, one tax and one market, thereby eliminating physical barriers in the country. The AETC added that with the introduction of the GST, the traders, industrialists and consumers were going to be immensely benefitted as it would reduce the cost and travelling time of transportation of goods in the country. Marriage palaces: Owners say CLU, EDC rates higher compared to other cities Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service A view of a marriage palace near Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, September 4 Even as the marriage palace owners have got big relaxations in the new policy for the regularisation of the palaces, the owners of Jalandhar are still not satisfied. Claiming that the change of land use (CLU) and external development charges (EDC) were still very high for Jalandhar compared to other cities, including Amritsar and Patiala, the association members from the district are planning to meet Finance Minister Manpreet Badal in this regard in a week or so. Members of the Marriage Total marriage palaces in JDA Applications received for regularisation Palaces for which applications not received Palaces declared authorised Palaces for which CLU has been issued Demand notices issued Building plans approved Applications rejected/withdrawn Palaces sealed Cases under process CLU received Building plan approval fee collected Permission fee received Palace Owners Association from Jalandhar are ruing that while the total charges (including CLU, and EDC c m y b 193 180 13 10 41 68 18 11 22 50 ~4.74 cr ~35.51 lakh ~28.99 lakh and permission fee) being levied from the owners in Jalandhar are Rs 40 lakh per acre on a scheduled road, the same are half at Rs 20 lakh per acre in Amritsar and Patiala. Even on unscheduled roads, the charges in Jalandhar are Rs 28 lakh per acre, while in Amritsar and Patiala the owners have to pay just Rs 15 lakh. The president of the association Ranbir Tutt said, “The charges are far too high. How can the rates be double in Jalandhar compared to Amritsar? The palace owners here are upset as the long fight over the matter has again landed us nowhere. A person who owns a palace on Talhan Road in Jalandhar will have to pay Rs 28 lakh per acre for the regularisation of his palace, which is quite an unreasonable amount going by the land prices there.” As per the break-up, the EDC charges are Rs 9 lakh in Jalandhar and Rs 3.75 lakh in Amritsar and Patiala. The CLU charges in Jalandhar for a palace on scheduled rate are Rs 28 lakh, while the corresponding charges in Amritsar and Patiala are Rs 15 lakh. The same charges on unscheduled road in Jalandhar are Rs 16 lakh vis-a-vis Rs 10 lakh in Amritsar and Patiala. The big relaxations given are: There shall be 100 per cent exemption of the CLU, EDC, PF etc on the entire parking area of the marriage palaces. Earlier, the charges were also levied on the entire area of the marriage palace. The upfront payment of charges has been reduced from 25 to 15 per cent and the balance payment is to be made in six equal monthly instalments without any interest. The condition of the minimum road width within the master plan areas has also been slashed depending on the total area of the marriage palaces.
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