02102017-JTR-01.qxd 10/2/2017 12:45 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 2 OCTOBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Paddy procurement Yayy! It’s bhangra today Margot’s creative streak The government is committed to ensuring smooth procurement of paddy to facilitate farmers: DC P2 That’s the reaction that fitness trainers get from students when they announce a bhangra session. P3 Margot Robbie showed off her tattooing skills as she inked a crew member on TV show. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.06 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.17 AM SNIPPETS Remembering Bapu Senior Citizens Day celebrated District Congress commitee members honour senior party members to celebrate Senior Citizens Day at Congress Bhawan in Jalandhar on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar: The District Congress Committee Jalandhar celebrated Senior Citizens Day on Sunday. President of the committee Daljit Singh Ahluwalia honoured senior citizens on the occasion. A medical camp was also organised for them. Senior citizens shared their problems with the Congress committee. Ahluwalia said he would urge PPCC president Sunil Jakhar to make sure that the senior citizens became an integral part of the advisory committee of different departments in municipal corporations. TNS Two held with intoxicants Students of Innocent Heart School dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate his 148th birth anniversary in Jalandhar on Sunday Evening. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH COMPUTER BOOKS Edu dept uploads PDF versions on website Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 Even though none of the computer books prescribed to students reached schools all through this session, an order by the Education Department to upload the PDF versions of computer books to schools has added to the dilemma of computer teachers. While the directions from the department say that for the convenience of students and teachers, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is uploading computer books on the Education Department web portal, staff is not too confident that it shall yield results. The board is converting computer books into PDF Fact file ■ Teachers face new dilemma ■ Say who shall incur the cost of copying e-books for students ■ Students haven’t received books all this session files, which are being uploaded onto the board website. While computer education is being provided to students from classes VI to XII, per class, one computer book is being prescribed to students. However, teachers say while earlier the responsibility to provide these books lay with the Education Department, now the same is being shifted onto teachers, who shall have to incur the cost of getting JOBS ABROAD Scrutiny of ads by travel agents sought Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 1 The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) here today sought the scrutiny of advertisements published by travel agents in India for jobs in foreign countries. NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal said such a scrutiny was essential to check whether the agent had valid authorisation to advertise the employment opportunities or skills and whether these were still valid in that country. “Such scrutiny should be undertaken by the protector of emigrants’ offices and police separately,” NAPA said in a statement. The statement came in view of the latest incident of over 2,032 Indians, most of whom are Punjabi youths, being detained in several prisons, including Imperial Regional Adult Detention FAC 1,018, San Luis Regional Detention Centre 227, SND District Staging- 85, Ottey Mesa Detention Centre 194, Northwest Detention Centre 82, according to the information received under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).” “The rampant violation of human rights of irregular migrants in transit and destination countries is a cause for concern and requires action on part of the transit and destination countries,” NAPA said. “There is a need to create a database which can be helpful in making assessments about irregular migration, a network of intermediaries, modus operandi, the profile of victims and other such aspects,” it said. Hundreds of youths from Continued on page2 these Xeroxed or copied as well, which will be a very costly affair. While computer teachers have already been burdened with many clerical works, they said this additional burden shall take a toll on their health. Teachers and staff have been directed to download e-books from the board website www.pseb.ac.in where they have been uploaded by the department. Pawan Sharma, president of the Computer Teachers Union, said, “The computer teachers have already been tasked with too much clerical work. For the entire session, none of the schools received any of the computer books and students have been studying without them. The books might have been received in PDF versions, but we shall have to make sure that they are printed or photostat copies are made. Even if there are 50 students in a class, how can we make so many copies of a book by paying from our own pockets? We need to have books for students because eventually this is not feasible.” DEO, Neelam Kumari, said, “For the moment, the teachers will have to do with the PDF files. This is a temporary arrangement. The instruction doesn’t say teachers have to make copies. Students can read directly from computers, there are ample of them in schools. However, eventually the government shall certainly be arranging books.” Jalandhar: The Rural police today arrested two persons, including a 50-year-old woman, with intoxicant material from Bhogpur. The accused have been identified as Lakhbir Singh, alias Lakha (32), and Paramjeet, alias Pammo, both residents of Bhogpur. A total of 65 gm of intoxicant material was recovered from their possession. A case has been registered. — TNS Good show Bollywood actor Vibha Chibber (blue dress) performs the play “Shriman Chor” by Funtoosh Group, Mumbai, at KL Saigal Memorial Hall in Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH ‘Low turnout of Permanent Lok Adalats a cause of concern’ Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Kapurthala, October 1 The recent summoning of the Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mahindra and Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on October 4 by the Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA) of Kapurthala in the dengue death cases has brought forth the constructive role of the PLAs set up in each district by the Punjab Legal Services Authority (PLSA). Though the PLAs were introduced to the Indian judicial system through an amendment of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 in 2002, a few people are aware about its functioning and the matter of its jurisdiction. The flow of litigants is not quite encouraging in a majority of the districts in Punjab. The Tribune brings to you a special report on the constitution and areas of concern being dealt by the PLAs. services Education or educational institutions; or housing and real estate service ■ Any other services included through a notification by the state government from time to time. Benefits of the Permanent Lok Adalat ❝ ❞ — MANJU RANA, CHAIRPERSON, PERMANENT LOK ADALAT (PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES), K’THALA Area of jurisdiction A permanent lok adalat deals majorly with issues related to Public Utility Services pertaining to civic amenities, including sanitation, supply of water and electricity. Also, it deals with insurance services and postal and telephone services. The PLA also deals with all issues related to the common man on a daily basis. Some of the major issues are as follows: ■ Transport services for the carriage of passengers or goods by air, road or water ■ Postal, telegraph or telephone service c m y b vice to be nominated by the Central Government on the recommendations of the Central Authority and by the State Government on the recommendation of the State Authority can become its members. Who all can seek justice at PLA The best part of the PLA is that anyone can file it for free. There is no litigation cost or court fee. The award of the PLA is deemed to be the decree of the Civil Court. There is a speedy disposal of cases and the decisions are final. No appeal can be filed against the award of the PLA. A member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe ■ A person whose annual income is not more than Rs 50,000 for cases before Supreme Court and Rs 25,000 in other courts ■ A person victim of trafficking in human beings or beggar ■ Disabled, including mentally disabled ■ A woman or child ■ A victim of mass disaster, ethnic violence, caste atrocities, flood, drought, earth quake, industrial disaster ■ An industrial workman ■ A person in custody, including protective custody ■ A person facing charge which might result in his ■ IT IS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT DESPITE CREATING MUCH AWARENESS THROUGH VARIOUS MEANS, A MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE ARE STILL KEEPING THEMSELVES AWAY FROM THE PLAs. EVEN THOUGH WE DELIVER SPEEDY JUSTICE WITHOUT CHARGING ANY LITIGATION FEE, THE LITIGANT FLOW AT THE PLA COURTS IS NOT VERY ENCOURAGING. ■ Supply of power, light or water to the public by any establishment ■ System of public conservancy or sanitation ■ Service in hospital or dispensary ■ Insurance services ■ Banking services ■ Finance services ■ Immigration, LPG connection their supply and refill ■ Aadhaar card, ration card, voter identity card and BPL card ■ Old age and widow pension ■ Shagun scheme and unemployment allowance ■ Public distribution system Organisational structure of the Permanent Lok Adalat A person who is or has been a District Judge or Additional District Judge or has held a judicial office higher in rank than that of a District Judge shall be the Chairman. Two other persons having adequate experience in Public Utility Ser- imprisonment ■ A person unable to engage a lawyer and secure legal services on account of reasons such as poverty indigence. Constitution of PLAs in Punjab As per the Legal Services Authority Act, (Amendment Act), 2002, Permanent Lok Adalats (Public Utility Services) have been constituted at the district level. Pre-litigative cases relating to the Public Utility Services are decided in these lok adalats. The Punjab Legal Services Authority has established 22 Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) in districts of Amritsar, Bathinda, Barnala, Ferozpur, Faridkot, Fazilka, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Mansa, Moga, Patiala, Pathankot, Ropar, SAS Nagar (Mohali), Sangrur, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Sri Mukatsar Sahib and Tarn Taran Sahib.
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