14092017-JTR-01.qxd 9/13/2017 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE 3 drug peddlers held DC South Asia Film Fest A script to remember... Poppy husk, Rs 5.25 lakh seized, two of them from J-K had been supplying drugs. P2 Zeenat felicitated with lifetime achievement award for her immense contribution to cinema. P3 On Hindi Diwas, TV celebrities share how the language must be respected and taught to the coming gen. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 32.8°C MIN 23.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.37 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.12 AM Financial anomalies in sports tournament of Education Dept Despite no notification issued by govt, participants being charged match fee Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 In what may turn out to be a scam that could run in crores, financial irregularities were today reported during the inter-zonal-cum-district level tournament by the district Education Department. To begin with, officials of the department were found to have charged match fee and the referee fee from the schools who participated in the tournament. Though when asked, officials failed to produce any notification or order by the state government that has made it mandatory for the players, including those who are poor and are studying in government schools, to deposit the fee. The district is presently divided into 16 zones, both for the girls and the boys categories. While there are over 100 schools in each zone, around 25 to 30 schools participate actively in various sports tournaments many a times in a year at the zonal, district as well as the state level. The collection of participation fee from so many institutions for many years means that the collection fund runs in crores. collection of match fee and referee fee from ❝The and players is not something that has been schools started recently. The tradition is on for years. The nonavailability of the record or any notification with us does not mean that the officials are doing it on their own. I will probe the matter thoroughly. NEELAM KUMARI, DEO (Secondary) Shoddy receipts raise suspicion Shockingly, when this correspondent checked the records, huge financial anomalies were found. While it is the District Tournament Committee that actually exists on record who would conduct the tournament organised by the Education Department, the receipts for both the entry fee as well as the referee fee were issued by the ‘Distt Elementary and Secondary Schools’. When asked, Assistant Education Officer Harbinder Singh could not give a favourable reply as to why the names written in the official record and the one written on the printed receipts were different. Also some of the original receipts in possession of The Tribune did not mention whether the organisation is a private organisation or a wing ❞ of the district Education Department. Also, at many places, the officials though have collected up to Rs 800 from the participating school, it has issued a receipt of Rs 600 only. The receipts also failed to mention the name and designation of the signing authority. No refreshments, fare As per the sSports policy of the Education Department, though it is mandatory to provide daily refreshment and to and fro fare to all the participants of various tournaments conducted by the Punjab government, many coaches and children have claimed that they were not provided so by the department. When asked, Singh informed that it is the duty of the respective schools to provide both the facilities to students. He said that since The Tribune has highlighted the Though District Tournament Committee, according to records, holds the tournaments, such fee receipts are issued on the name of District Elementary and Secondary Schools. matter, he will seek report from all the schools. Players of private schools steal the show Even though the tournament was reported to have been conducted by the Punjab State Education Board, it turned out to a private show completely. From the participants to the winners and even coaches and selection panels too were found to have been formed from the staff members of private schools. Despite the availability of state-of-the-art sports facilities of various games at sports excellence centres run by the Sports Department, the Education Department could not make use of it. When asked, AEO (Sports) Harbinder Singh informed that since the private schools do not charge anything for providing coach and play- A memorable click ground facilities as against the Sports Department which charges over Rs 5,000 for a place, the department prefers to take support from the former for government tournaments. Interestingly, some players while claiming partial treatment, also alleged that majority of the winners are the same school which either held the tournament at their venue or had provided coaches in the selection panel. When contacted, DEO (Secondary) Neelam Kumari said, “The collection of match fee and referee fee from schools and players is not something that has started recently. The tradition is on for the last many years. The non-availability of the record or any notification with us does not mean that the officials are doing it of their own. I will probe the matter thoroughly.” 14-year-old rapes minor Femina Miss India World 2017 Manushi Chillar clicks her pics with girls at a mall near Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH Garhshankar, September 13 The Garhshankar police have registered a case against a 14year-old boy for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl. The victim’s mother complained that on September 12 her husband Kulvir Singh was in Patiala for some work and she had gone to Nawanshehr. When she returned, she saw blood stains on her daughter’s shorts. On being asked, the girl told that she was playing near the house of one Daljit Kaur when the accused, a resident of nearby slums, took her to his shanty and “raped” her. The girl was admitted to a hospital for treatment as she had sustained severe injuries. The police have lodged an FIR under Section 376 and POCSO Act. — OC Cops caught taking drugs Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 The city police today caught two cops consuming drugs at a rest house next to the milk plant. They were consuming heroin. Sources said the Division 1 police had got a tip-off that some people were consuming drugs at the venue, following which a raid was conducted. One of the cop is an ex-gunman of a senior police official. After conducting the preliminary investigation, both were sent to a de-addiction centre. When contacted, DCP Rajinder Singh said an inquiry had been ordered into the case and only after the report, suitable action would be taken against the accused. Meet Mr. Jason Price Director, Admissions(ATMC & AUPP) Finally, ‘Mahan Kosh’ to be reprinted after six years Language dept in city has only one copy of encyclopedia Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 After years of wait, ‘Mahan Kosh’, an encyclopedia of Punjabi language, will be printed again and it has brought cheers among the literature lovers. The dictionary was written by Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha. As per the officials of the department, more than 10,000 copies will get printed. ‘Mahan Kosh’, one of the prominent Punjabi language encyclopedias, is in demand for long but the officials concerned have been maintaining that the Language Department has only one copy of this encyclopedia, leaving writers and literature-lovers infuriated. The Language Department got the encyclopedia reprinted in 2011 for the eighth time, printing over 5,000 copies. The book has around 1,250 pages and is considered the best guide to the Punjabi language as it has old maps of India, Lahore, pictures related to history that is otherwise hard to find. According to writers and officials of the department, one can find every possible Punjabi word and its meaning in this book. Gurusharan Kaur, director, Language Department, said the government had given the approval to reprint the An employee of the Language Department thumbs through Mahan Kosh in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ❝The government has given the approval to reprint the ‘Mahan Kosh’. Around 10,000 copies will come this year. Everything has been completed and sent to the Printing and Stationery Department for printing. ❞ GURUSHARAN KAUR, director, Language Department ‘Mahan Kosh’ and around 10,000 copies would come this year. “Everything has been completed and for printing, it has been sent to Printing and Stationery Department of the state,” said Kaur. “It is valuable for us as we have only one copy left with us in Jalandhar. No other district has the Mahan Kosh,” said employees of the department. If we have 10 visitors on an average, five of them ask for ‘Mahan Kosh’, they added. It is worth mentioning here that the Language Department of Punjab is also lying torpid. Some of the districts like Jalandhar and Kapurthala do not even have district language officers and the work the department is supposed to undertake, like organising activities related to the Punjabi language in schools, are not being done on regular basis. 200 slum dwellers booked for protesting demolition campaign Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 13 As many as 200 dwellers of the Kang Sabo slum, situated near Chitti Bein, have been booked for opposing the razing of their shanties by the administration. They were lathi-charged when they began protest on the Jalandhar-Nakodar Highway on September 11. Over 300 people living in the slum at Kang Sabo village alongside the JalandharNakodar highway, face immediate displacement due to the construction of a highway stretch on the site of their shanties by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). About five kanal land has temporarily been allocated to them to shift their shanties, right at the back of the pres- ent settlement. This too comes without a written declaration and makes them more susceptible to floods and overflowing of the river due to the increased proximity to Chitti Bein. While the settlement has votes of as many as 300 people, these people are peeved at their abrupt displacement as they had been moved to the current spot on the administration’s insistence in 1999. The occupation of dwellers, who include the poorest of the poor, includes boot polishing, begging, scrap dealing among other menial jobs. Sans electricity, BPL cards or health cards under the Bhagat Puran Insurance Scheme, they rued while politicians made a beeline to their settlements during elections, all promises made get an audience with him.” School faces razing The shanties at Kang Sabo village, which have been shifted near Chitti Bein. TRIBUNE PHOTO to them were quickly forgotten later. Nand Lal (40), the head of the village who was himself a part of the protest, said, “During elections, politi- cians get pictures clicked with us. We are tricked into voting for them. And the moment elections get over, they refuse to even recognise us. When the word got c m y b out regarding the construction of the road, a delegation of villagers visited MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala. We were told he was outside. So far we haven’t been able to Pastor Sudhir, who runs a church in the area and has also opened a school where he teaches as many as 70 children of the slum, says, “Since all the shanties on this land are about to go, the administration is also about to rob the children of the only source of education they have got. The school as well as the church are going to be razed. And while we built them with a substantial amount of money which came from donations from do-gooders, so far there is no promise from the administration to build new buildings on the new land.” Residents in no man’s land Sunita, a resident of the area, said, “In 1999, we were shifted from the Rama Mandi area and settled here. Now we are being asked to shift to the back of this land. We have no written declaration, no promise from the administration. While as per the scheme initiated by the Centre to ensure 5 marla plots to us, we had been told that we would get the land in the Kang Sabo village. However, since the villagers aren’t even willing to accommodate us, that project also stays in limbo.” Electricity and BPL cards Residents said on an assurance from a political leader in 2015 they had been promised electricity, for which each family paid an amount of Rs 1,400 to the local SDO. Nand Lal said, “Till date, we haven’t received electricity, nor have we been returned the amount. We are from poor families and earning merely Rs 250 per day. Is it fair for the administration to dupe us like this?” None of the dwellers have a BPL card either even though they claim to have requested for several times. Pendu Mazdoor Union Activist Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, whose Pendu Mazdoor Union (PMU) expressed solidarity to the protest regarding the said land on September 11, said, “The cases against the dwellers should be immediately dismissed. Since the new land does not come with any guarantee, they should be rehabilitated at the Kang Sabo village as per the Central scheme. We shall also take up the issue of the land at the PMU protest for land rights on September 15.”
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