07092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/7/2017 1:33 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 7 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Sodal Mela Buddies in a cell Ready to binge-watch? The Sidh Babba Sodal Mela being organised with fanfare at the historic shrine of Baba Sodal. P2 Lucknow Central brings Farhan Akhtar to town, where he is welcomed by Gippy Grewal — his co-star. P3 The Emmy awards will be telecast on September 18 from 8 pm onwards on Star channels. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.41 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.01 AM MC signs off with ~3,500-cr projects Last General House meet witnesses no shedding of tears, no farewell speeches, no emotional goodbyes Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 There were no tear shedding, no farewell speech and no emotional goodbyes. After completing one of the most controversial five-year tenures as the city’s first resident, Mayor Sunil Jyoti finally held the last General House meeting today. However, before hanging his boots, he cleared proposals for development works worth Rs 3,500 crore. House approves ~2,860 crore under ADP project Apart from clearing a budget of Rs 537 crore, the House also cleared the Rs 2,000-crores project under which fresh water from Beas River will be directly supplied to the city. This will help in improve the groundwater table in the city. Besides, Rs 800 crore has been earmarked for the laying of storm water sewerage connection to prevent waterlogging during rain. Rs 60 crore has been earmarked to set up a sewage treatment plant (STP) of 50 million litre per day (MLD) at Basti Peer Daad. Though the Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar had installed an STP there, it was reportedly overloaded for the past one year. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to grant a financial aid for all three projects. The House also has approved Rs 35 crore of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Of which, Rs 1 25 crores will be spent on setting up a biomethanation plant to generate energy from the biodegrad- New Election Commissioner’s Doaba connect (Clockwise from left) Sanitation workers hold a protest; sanitation workers’ union president Chandan Grewal enters the meeting hall; Congress councillors argue with the Mayor; Deputy Mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberai, along with Senior Deputy Mayor, at the General House meeting in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH SNIPPETS Health Dept checks larvae Jalandhar: To check larvae, teams of the Health Department on Wednesday inspected MET Colony in Jalandhar Cantonment here and checked 50 coolers. The department has also been carrying Friday Dry Day drives to rein in dengue and malaria larvae in the district. On September 1, teams of the Health Department also raided the Deep Nagar and Raseela Nagar areas as most of the dengue and swine flu cases are being reported from these two areas. While a team led by Civil Surgeon Dr Randhawa had visited the Deep Nagar area, the team identified six spots in the area where dengue and chikungunya larvae were found. TNS Two-day stir ends able waste. The Ministry of Urban development (MoUD) will share 35 per cent of the project cost. The plant will be set up near the Maqsudan wholesale vegetable market. Though this kind of plant will be the first one to come up in Punjab, it is already running successfully in cities like Chennai and Chandigarh. The House also gave its nod to set up a biomining plant worth Rs 16 crore at the Wariana dump. The concept has been taken from the path-breaking bio-mining concept, which has helped the Kumbakonam Municipality in Tamil Naidu reclaim a vast area that was used as a garbage dump on the outskirts of the temple town. The concept is a simple, low-tech, quick and environmental friendly measure which is a remedy for old open waste dumps to achieve near zero emission of landfill gases and leach. Loose layers of old waste are sprayed with composting bio cultures and Continued on page 2 Phagwara: The two-day stir by members of the Punjab State District DC Office Employees Union ended here today. Union leaders Narinder Kumar and Purshotam Dass said employees wore black badges on Tuesday and took out gate rallies on Wednesday. Their major demands are the implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission Report, solution to staff shortage in government offices, release of DA installments, reintroduction of cashless health care schemes and better pay scales. They announced to decide further course of action at a state-level meeting of the union to be held on September 12. OC State awardees: Politics dictated Money changers urged to play their role with responsibility process, allege city teachers Tribune News Service Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 It is not only new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India Achal Kumar Jyoti who has a Jalandhar connection. His one of the team members Sunil Arora, who has taken over as Election Commissioner about five days ago, has also a Doaba link. Sharing about his Doaba connect, principal Deshvir Singh, who is his close acquaintance, said, “Arora’s father Naseeb Arora was an accounts officer in the Railways at Jalandhar while his mother Pushap Lata served at DAV College Hoshiarpur. Residing at a small house in Premgarh Colony in Hoshiarpir, Arora had his entire education from the city that included his matriculation in 1970 from Vidya Mandir and MA English from Government College in 1976.” A retired Rajasthan cadre 1979-batch IAS officer, Arora, had also served as Assistant Professor at DAV College Jalandhar before he joined civil services. While one of the brothers of the new Election Commissioner is a foreign diplomat, the other is an IAS officer in Haryana. Jalandhar, September 6 Six teachers from the district have been awarded on Teacher’s Day this year but the choice has not been without its share of controversy with charges being levelled that the selection had an urban bias and took into consideration only the underperformers. On the department’s list this year, teachers from senior secondary schools — Government Senior Secondary School Gandhi Camp, Devi Shahay SD High School, Basti Nau; and Government Girls Senior Secondary School Nehru Garden — have been awarded. Among primary schools, teachers from Government Primary School Chachrari, Goraya; Government Primary School, Goraya; and Government Primary School, Miewal Arayian have got the award, all three are from urban areas. While some of the rare teachers like a teacher of Government Primary School Chachrari, Goraya, are being appreciated for taking their schools to greater heights, a majority of the rest of the award winners from the district lack any major achievement, which puts them above the rest of teachers. Interestingly, one of the primary teachers from a Goraya school had also bagged a consolation prize last year. The teacher has again been chosen for an award this year. A list of former awardees from Jalandhar includes all sorts of second grade under- Schools of awardee teachers On the department’s list this year, teachers from senior secondary schools — Government Senior Secondary School Gandhi Camp, Devi Shahay SD High School, Basti Nau; and Government Girls Senior Secondary School Nehru Garden — have been awarded. Among the primary schools, teachers from Government Primary School Chachrari, Goraya; Government Primary School, Goraya and Government Primary School, Miewal Arayian, have got the award. All the three are from urban areas. . achievers and those embroiled in the worst of controversies of the Education Department. A former Block Primary Education Officer, who had faced various corruption charges in the department, was also awarded the state award. “Seeing the skewed and distorted process, as per which teachers are chosen, many genuine teachers and principals have stopped applying for the process as they know the teachers will be chosen as per political will not genuinely. There are some families of politically connected teachers, whose whole families have received awards. Urban schools are given a clear preference and rural schools are left out despite the rural schools far outnumber the urban schools in the district,” said a teacher of a senior secondary school in Jalandhar. “Some of the teachers who arranged NRI help and run their schools brilliantly have been left out of the process year after year. Hence, good teachers think if the department is not interested to seek them out, it is better not to apply because their applications would be rejected in any case,” the teacher added. A primary school teacher said, “The Education Secretary had issued a special statement this year that justice would prevail while selecting teachers for the award. However, applications of those teachers were accepted by the department, who forwarded their applications on their own. A slew of contractual as well as other teachers, who have been working for over past 10 years in the department, is present but every year, the awards go only to permanent teachers. While the Education Secretary had said committees would be formed to check the merit of schools and teachers who had applied, these committees had also visited only those schools from where applications have been forwarded.” DEO (S) Neelam Kumari said, “We had received 12 files of teachers willing to apply and these cases were sent forward. We can only recommend teachers who apply. However, those who got the award were selected through a foolproof process. All criteria were considered and teachers were visited by teams from the Education Department. All aspects were checked. There is no scope of political interference in the matter.” c m y b Slew of cuts may give fillip to real estate business, say experts Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 6 The Foreign Exchange Department of the Reserve Bank of India, Chandigarh, organised a one-day workshop for full-fledged money changers (FFMCs) here today. Around 50 persons participated in the workshop. Nirmal Chand, Regional Director, RBI, Chandigarh, emphasised the importance of the role played by the FFMCs in the market. He exhorted them to play their role with more responsibility and caution in respect of adherence to customer service norms. A session on the documents required for the renewal of the FFMC licence was organised on the occasion. The money changers were advised to submit all requisite documents with their applications. The participants were told to respond to RBI letters within the stipu- Representatives of the Reserve Bank of India, Chandigarh, at a oneday workshop in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Session on FFMC licence A session on the documents required for the renewal of the FFMC licence was organised on the occasion. The money changers were advised to submit all requisite documents with their applications. . lated time, viz. submission of additional documents required for the renewal of FFMC license and compliance to inspection irregularities, etc. Officials of the Foreign Exchange Department sensitised the participants to various common irregularities observed during their inspections. They also explained the steps to avoid such irregularities in future. An interactive open house session was also organised in which various queries raised by the participants were suitably addressed. Participants listen to representatives of the RBI at a one-day workshop in Jalandhar on Wednesday . Jalandhar, September 6 Experts say a slew of cuts may give a fillip to the real estate business. Though the 3 per cent cut in stamp duty that was implemented about 10 days ago did not evoke much response from the real estate market, the state government hopes to garner some quick results. The state government today reduced the collector rates to 5 per cent in urban areas and 10 per cent in rural areas. Divulging the details, Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner Sonali Giri said the move would immensely benefit residents of urban and rural areas of the state, besides giving a boost to the real estate business. A formal notification in this regard was issued today by Special Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner of the Revenue and Rehabilitation Department Karanbir Singh Sidhu, she added. As per the notification, all district collectors have been asked to implement the decreased collector rates with immediate effect as the right of fixing of collector rates is vested with them in their respective districts. She, however, clarified that the reduction would be applicable only on the basic land rates. She said it would not apply on the rates of the super structure.
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