12102017-JTR-01.qxd 10/12/2017 12:21 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 12 OCTOBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Diwali at Pingla Ghar It’s fine, let’s dine A date with lawyers Pingla Ghar, a home for the destitute, organised a function for inmates to celebrate Diwali. P2 There is something about food that is ever-so-exciting, especially if served in an ambience... P3 Nikita Dutta will be next seen as the lead in Haasil… P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 36°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.03 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.31 AM Crackers sale may dip 25% this season Traders say demonetisation, GST & SC order for Delhi-NCR have cast a shadow Misconceptions Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 11 The firecrackers market in the city is likely to witness around 25 per cent dip in sales this Diwali. While as many as 100 shops of firecrackers have been set up at Burlton Park, as many as 20 shopkeepers, who had put up shops until last year, haven’t set them up this year. Traders said initially demonetisation and GST and then the Supreme Court’s order in Delhi-NCR had cast shadow on the firecracker market. All these factors, collectively, including a thrust for clean and green Diwali, have played dampener to the sale of crackers. While some vehicles remained parked on the Burlton Park premises, the number of customers remained less. However, traders said they were still waiting for sales to pick up and the last three days would see a substantial rise in shopping. Traders said with the implementation of taxes, the total taxes levied on firecrackers almost ■ Traders said with the implementation of taxes, the total taxes levied on firecrackers almost equalled those of last year’s. However, with fear and misconceptions regarding GST, people think the prices may shoot, they said. . The firecrackers market at Burlton Park in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH equalled those of last year’s, however, with fear and misconceptions regarding GST, people thought the prices might shoot. Baldev Raj, who heads the Wholesale Fireworks Association, said, “Petitions and anti-pollution guidelines have taken the steam off Diwali. It’s a festival that has been celebrated for hundreds of years, but now, everyone is SNIPPETS too wary of pollution. Numerous crackers burst during inauguration and conclusion of sports events in India, at New Year celebrations, Gurpurb and Christmas. Why then such a hue and cry is created ahead of Diwali. Our sales have dipped and many traders have also opted out. If the government is so scared about pollution, they should regulate the manufacturing of crackers rather than the sale. I appeal to the government to consider the livelihood of lakhs of labourers and traders engaged in this business.” Speaking about GST, traders said, “Taxation hasn’t been much affected by GST. It almost amounts to the same as last year. People’s perceptions have largely been affected. Formalities too have been taking a toll on the sales. When we have to prepare a bill of sales, we have to add the dedicated HSN codes of all products on the bill, which is a tedious process. The customers don’t want to wait that long. We can’t remember the codes of 8,000 products.” Trader Vikas Bhandari said, “The SC order for Delhi-NCR also has a bearing in the region. With crackers banned there, the quantum of the unsold crackers in Delhi has shifted to neighbouring states, including Punjab and Haryana among others, which has affected the business to some extent.” Amir Luthra, another trader, is of the opinion that firecrackers sale hasn’t been affected at all by GST. No bursting of firecrackers after 10 pm on Diwali Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 11 The Punjab Pollution Control Board has issued directions to all districts to observe a clean Diwali. Deputy Commissioners have been requested to convene a meeting with all school principals and heads to ensure sensitisation regarding Diwali. Instructions have also been issued to traders/sellers not to sell firecrackers that generate noise exceeding 125 db. Orders have also been issued that prohibit bursting of firecrackers after 10 pm. PCR vehicles will keep an eye to see that the instructions are observed. The PPCB will also set up three ambient air quality monitoring stations at different places in the district to monitor the air quality. These stations will be operated one week before Diwali — October 12 from 6 am to next day 6 am and on October 19 (Diwali Day) from 6 am to 6 am. NGOs have also been directed to ensure sensitisation regarding clean Diwali. As per the guidelines, Of sales & hope ■ The Punjab Pollution Control Board has issued directions to all districts to observe a clean Diwali. ■ Instructions have also been issued to traders/sellers not to sell firecrackers that generate noise exceeding 125 db. ■ PCR vehicles will keep an eye to see that the instructions are observed. ■ The PPCB will also set up three ambient air quality monitoring stations. . school heads must sensitise students of the ill-effects of bursting firecrackers and exhort them to celebrate ‘Green Diwali’. Noise measuring devices are available at the regional office of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. NGOs have also been requested to organise activities, including marches, in collaboration with educational institutions, for creating awareness among people. The NCC/NSS in charges of schools/colleges/ITIs and universities have also been requested to mobilise volunteers to spread the message of ‘Green Diwali’. The three ambient air quality monitoring stations set up by the PPCB at different locations in Jalandhar include Guru Tegh Bhadur Nagar, Jalandhar, residential area, ESI Hospital silence zone, Municipal Corporation office, commercial zone. The Punjab Pollution Control Board has also constituted teams consisting technical and scientific staff to monitor noise levels from firecrackers. The monitoring of noise will be carried out by the team on October 12 (normal day) and on Diwali from 6.00 pm to 12.00 midnight. Sandeep Bahl, senior environmental engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said, “People are requested to comply with the orders. Our teams shall also be keeping checks in various areas as well as monitoring ambient air quality. The guidelines were also issued last year, as per the orders of the Supreme Court.” Kapurthala SDM raids hotels, sweet shops One killed in accident Mahilpur: In an accident that occurred on the ChandigarhHoshiarpur main road on Wednesday evening, a person was killed when a scooter and a car collided near Tutomjara village. Sucha Singh (60), son of Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Tutomjara, was going on his scooter. A speeding car coming from behind hit him. Sucha Singh died on the spot. The car driver escaped from the spot, leaving the vehicle there. The police reached the spot and took possession of both vehicles. OC Woman assaulted over dowry Phagwara: A resident of CRPF Colony, Rinki, was admitted to the Civil Hospital with serious injuries after she was allegedly beaten up by her inlaws in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday. The Victim and her parents alleged that she was being tortured for the past seven months over dowry. She was married to Subhash Kumar on March 4. Her husband is an employee in a private factory. Her neighbours helped her reach Phagwara. The police have registered a case and are investigating the matter. OC Two killed in road mishaps Phagwara: A person identified as Kamaljit of Hadiabad (Phagwara) was killed after being hit by a speeding vehicle near Chiherru village on the national highway on Wednesday. The police have registered a case against unknown vehicle driver. In another incident, a motorcyclist identified as Inderjit of Mehaliana village was killed when his bike collided with an unknown vehicle near Khatti village on the PhagwaraHoshiarpur road on Tuesday night. The injured was admitted to a Jalandhar hospital where he breathed his last on Wednesday. OC PPCB issues instructions A potter displays his clay articles ahead of Diwali in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, October 11 Following the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Tayyab to ensure quality of food items during the festival season, Kapurthala SDM Nayan Bhullar, along with food safety officers, today conducted raids at hotels and sweet shops. The main establishments where raids were conducted include London Hotel, Ramneek Hotel, Basant Hotel, Ahuja Sweets and Sham Sweets among others. The officials checked the kitchens of various hotels. Samples of food items and sweets were also collected. Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety, Dr Harjot Pal and food safety officer Satnam Singh were also present on the occasion. The officials instructed the hotels and sweet shop owners to sell only those items, which cleared all purity tests. They told the owners to be especially careful regarding food items made from milk. The officials also told the owners to ensure that the employees preparing the food were healthy and the place where the food is being prepared was clean. They instructed that the oil and ghee used for the preparation of sweets and snacks, along with other food items, should be of good quality. They said if there was any complaint regarding adulteration of food, the Civil Surgeon’s office must be informed immediately. Dr Harjot Pal said only permitted food colours be used in sweets. He said in 100 kg of sweets, only 20 gm food colour could be used. Dr Pal added that so far, as many as 32 sweet samples had been collected in the district, which had been sent for testing at a lab in Kharar. — TNS One arrested for Atta-Dal Scheme: 86,563 beneficiaries found bogus in district Benefit raping sister-in-law Avneet Kaur Our Correspondent Garhshankar, October 11 The police have booked a man for allegedly raping his sister-in-law for a year by threatening to kill her and her sister. The victim is now pregnant for seven months. The matter surfaced when the victim went to the Civil Hospital for treatment. The police have arrested the accused. The victim, from Madhya Pradesh, lives with her two brothers and father near the petrol pump at the Nawanshahr road. Her sister Chanda was married to Rajesh alias Raju, a resident of Harkama Matter surfaces The matter surfaced when the victim went to the Civil Hospital for treatment. The police have arrested the accused. . village, Bihar, who lives in the slums near the Chandigarh road. Chanda gave birth to a child a year ago. Later, she went to live with in her inlaws in Harkama. The victim said in her statement that after her sister left for Bihar, Raju often came to her house and raped her by threatening her. SHO Harvinder Kumar Jaura said further proceedings were on in the case. Jalandhar, October 11 A revision of the list of the Atta Dal Scheme beneficiaries ordered by the Congress government has led to the deletion of names of as many as 86,563 beneficiaries in the district. As many as 23,002 Blue Card holder families for the Atta-Dal Scheme have been found bogus after verification, which was concluded recently. Earlier, the district had 9,33,039 beneficiaries of the scheme. The number has now come down to 8,46,476. The total number of Blue Cards meant for the scheme were 2,46,788 in the district, which have now come down to 2,23,786 after the verification process. A perusal of data procured from the District Food and Civil Supplies office reveals that in the Nakodar subdivision, as many as 12,652 Blue Card beneficiaries were found ineligible out of 1,10,081 beneficiaries. Similarly, in Jalandhar city, the total number of Blue Cards families was 65,723 and the number of beneficiaries was 2,47,723. Among these, 5,808 families and 22,321 beneficiaries have been found to be invalid, respectively. A Blue Card is issued to one household, listing the total number of family members as beneficiaries. Narinder Marwaha, District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC), Jalandhar, said, “The verification process was recently com- c m y b As per the scheme, each beneficiary is entitled to 5-kg wheat and 500-gm pulses per month, with 2.5-kg pulses fixed as the higher limit per family per month. There is no upper cap in case of the wheat distribution. . Blue Card families In Jalandhar city, the total number of Blue Cards families was 65,723 and the number of beneficiaries was 2,47,723. Among these, 5,808 families and 22,321 beneficiaries have been found to be invalid. Foodgrains arrive for distribution among residents in Jalandhar. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH pleted. It was done with utmost care. Still, if any genuine beneficiary has been removed from the list, he/she may approach us.” The verification was oper- . ational since March and went up to September end. “Still we are approaching families and if any genuine applicant is found, we add the person to the list. The grounds on which we deleted the families and beneficiaries included their annual income above Rs 60,000 or land holding above 2.5 acres or house above 100 sq yards and if the family had a four wheeler. On proper on-thespot verification of these things, the families from the list had been deducted,” he added. Notably, after the Congress came to power, it ordered a verification of the authenticity of the beneficiaries of the Blue Cards to make sure that the funds were being used judiciously and that the schemes had not been misused by SADBJP leaders. It has been alleged that the previous government, in the fag end, had allowed any user to apply for the scheme and take the benefit, taking the onus on him of making any false claim. This had led to the number of beneficiaries swelling up all of a sudden.
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