03102017-JTR-01.qxd 10/3/2017 12:33 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Cleanliness Live it up, virtually Real Housewives of Atlanta Not a priority for railways, civic body. Railway park shabby; MC parking strewn with garbage P2 There is something charming about getting live with your family, ask these avid users of Facebook live feature. Eva Marcille to join 10th season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. P4 FORECAST P3 SUNNY | MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.05 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.18 AM CITY RLY STATION Water-vending machines functional again Avneet Kaur The overturned PRTC bus near Phagwara. PHOTO: ASHOK KAURA One killed, 25 hurt in road mishap Our Correspondent Phagwara, October 2 A man was killed while 25 others sustained injuries when a Bhatinda-bound PRTC bus overturned near Jamalpur village between Phagwara and Goraya on the national highway today morning. The bus driver has been arrested. Four of them, identified as Kulwinder Singh from Tanda, Nisha Sharma from Ludhiana, Raj Kumar from Jalandhar and Jaswant Singh from Gurdaspur, are critical. They are under treatment at the Phagwara Civil Hospital. Others with minor injuries were discharged after being administered first aid. The deceased has been identified as Harpreet Singh of Bhagwanpur near Gurdaspur. Sadar SHO Lakhbir Singh said the accident occurred when the bus driver lost control over the wheels while overtaking a truck. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against bus driver Parveij Kumar for negligent driving. Jalandhar, October 2 Following a news report carried in Jalandhar Tribune, water-vending machines, which were lying non-functional due to the non-payment of the rent at the city railway station, have now been made usable. Passengers are now easily availing potable water at a low price from these machines. The machines had been installed at other railway stations in the region too and these had been reportedly lying non-functional due to the non-payment of the rent. However, at the city railway station, these machines have been restored and the provision of filtered drinking water has now been made. At the Jalandhar railway station, all five water-vending machines are now functional and two staff members with each machine have been appointed to serve the passengers. As a result, various vendors, who own kiosks at platforms who were making a good business by selling sealed water bottles, are not much happy with the resuming of these machines. Passengers can get a litre of water for Rs 5 from these machines, whereas the cost A water-vending machine being used by commuters at the Jalandhar railway Station on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH About water-vending machines Charges applied for passengers ■ To provide potable water to passengers and make it affordable for everyone, the Ministry of Railways formulated a comprehensive uniform policy for the installation of water-vending machines at all railway stations across the country last year in October. ■ These machines dispense potable water that is purified by reverse osmosis, UV sterilised and a seven-stage filtration process. The LED display screens on the machine show the cost and quality of water. Refill 300 ml. glass Half Litre Bottle 1 Litre Bottle 2 Litre Bottle 5 Litre Bottle of a water bottle available at different kiosks at the platform is Rs 20. One of the passengers at the railway station, who was found fetching water from a machine, said, “At many railway stations, these machines are working and get water at nominal price.” Another passenger Amarjeet Singh (54) said, “Water from taps and from shops in bottles is not good. These machines have the reverse osmosis (RO) technology or alternative superior technology. These provide 100 per providing potable water. I don’t know why the machine was lying non-functional here. It is a good initiative of the Railways as anyone can get potable water at Re 1. I am extremely happy as these machines are now working and we can easily without container Re 1 Rs 3 Rs 5 Rs 8 Rs 20 Dangerous move With Container Rs 2 Rs 5 Rs 8 Rs 12 Rs 25 cent potable water. Every railway station should have these machines even these should be installed at bus stands too as it is a very good and affordable initiative for the public.” One of the staff persons who was looking after the machines said, “Passengers are really happy with the restoring of these machines as many people come to us and ask for the reason why it was closed. Even the response is too good. One machine earns Rs 1,500 each day and serves water to thousands of passengers.” Ashwani, Commercial Inspector, Railways, said, “The Ferozepur Division earlier did not pay the rent and had not fulfilled the conditions under which these machines were installed, therefore due to non-payment, these watervending machines were closed. Now when the condition has been fulfilled and rent has been paid by the division, the service has been restored.” Monu Luthra, Senior Division Commercial Manager, said, “The machines were installed by the IRCTC in the Ferozepur division. We earlier received the notice that these machines have been switched off and will be functional after the rent is paid. After the news appeared for the same in the newspaper, the matter was sent to the higher authorities and we received the letter recently that machines should now resume as the rent and license fees for them had been paid.” Toilet leakage a nuisance at DAC Divers look for the body at Devi Talab Mandir Sarovar in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Youth’s body found in temple pond Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 A youth died under mysterious circumstances at the Devi Talab temple here today. The deceased was identified as Nurmeet, a resident of the Preet Nagar area. According to police sources, the youth had gone to the temple in the morning but did not return home. Following this, the family lodged a complaint with the police and urged them to check the pond inside the temple. The police later called divers and retrieved the body from the pond. The police have registered a case and are also checking the CCTV footage to identify the nature of the crime. A motorcyclist uses an illegal breach on the Jalandhar-Phagwara national highway. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH (REPORT P2) ‘Privatisation not panacea but neo-liberalist plan of imperialism’ Fact file Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, October 2 “Privatisation is not a panacea but a neo-liberalist plan of imperialism. You can’t privatise anything just because it’s not working properly in the public sector. If only privatisation is the solution, can you privatise justice? Where’s the concept of the welfare state when the government shuns its primary responsibility of even health and education even?” former Solicitor General of India and MP Rajya Sabha, , KTS Tulsi, said at a seminar organised on the subject ‘Privatisation: Not A Panacea’. The event was organised in the DAV College auditorium by Dr Ajay Bagga, Civil Surgeon of SBS Nagar, on the occasion of his retirement. Tulsi, who was born in Hoshiarpur and stayed here during the early years of his childhood, said in India, ■ Governments running away from responsibility of healthcare and education ■ Half the budget is allocated to both sectors against Planning Commission’s recommendations Dr Ajay Bagga and others honour Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi and his wife at a seminar in Hoshiarpur. during the last five years, the investment in the health sector was 80 per cent in the private sector, while a meagre 20 per cent in the public sector, which should have been reverse. He said, “It’s shocking to have this situation in India which is directly opposite to countries like the USA where private sector has just 21 per cent share in healthcare, in Canada it’s 27.6 per cent, while in France the private sector has just 18 per cent share in healthcare.” He said education was the only way out of underdevelopment, but in India, it too was neglected by the government. He praised the role of DAV educational institutions in providing education to the underprivileged and said that this zeal was needed in the public sector too. “In India, the government seems to be running away from its responsibility towards education. It is extortionist that even government medical colleges are charging Rs 30 lakh fee from stu- c m y b dents. Then which place is there for the children of the poor common man? In India, the private sector was largely increasing its share in education too and they keep on opening not institutions but bigger or smaller shops. In India, the private sector has 29 percent share in education sector, while in the US, it’s just 10 per cent and in UK it’s just 7 per cent.” Earlier, president of the DAV College Managing Committee Dr Anoop Kumar welcomed all and opened the subject for discussion. The seminar was also attended by retired Civil Surgeon and senior PCMS leader MS Randhawa. He said any welfare state had two basic responsibilities and these were education and healthcare. “Now, if the state was giving it up to the private sector, where was the welfare and what was the use of the state? It has given birth to the problem of lawlessness as nobody was afraid of law these days and privatisation was adding to the problem of inequality by widening the gap between haves and haves not,” he said. The speakers were honoured by the secretary of the DAV College Managing Committee principal DL Anand, MLA Sunder Sham Arora, vice-president BJP Avinash Rai Khanna, former ministers Mohinder Kaur Josh, Tikshan Sud, socialist leader Balwant Singh Kheda, Mayor Shiv Sud, Kamal Chaowdhary and others. Kapurthala, October 2 Despite spending over Rs 63 crore on the construction of the District Administrative Complex (DAC) last year, the leakage in all toilets is causing a great harassment to daily visitors at the place. Surprisingly, the water pipes connected to all two toilets on this newly constructed building on each of the four floors have been leaking for the past many months. Despite this, the pipe has not been repaired and the water can be seen gushing out of the toilets to the court rooms situated nearby. An official said a complaint pertaining to the leakage of toilets had been lodged with the department concerned and soon it would be taken care of. 5178 MASTER CADRE UNION Regularisation notification soon, says minister Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 Members of the 5178 Master Cadre Union held a meeting with Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary in Gurdaspur yesterday where the minister assured them that soon the notification of their regularisation would be released. The members said they were posted as masters in government schools and were earning a meagre salary of Rs 6,000 per month are also suffering a lot. The teachers said they had also cleared the teacher eligibility test (TET) after which they got recruited as masters. “Till now no notification has come regarding the same, we are mentally disturbed,” said one of the Members said they were posted as masters in government schools and were earning a meagre salary of Rs 6,000 per month and suffering a lot. members. Rahul Sharma, president of the union from the Jalandhar district who has been teaching at government high school Daulatpura said, “Everyday, I have to travel a distance of 55 km to one side, our half of the expenses get spent on travelling only. Moreover, I have a family to look after. Is Rs 6000 enough at present time?” “The CM and the Education Minister should listen to our demands first,” he said. Rahul Sharma said even Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had given them assurance that the process would be completed soon.
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