06112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/6/2017 12:42 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 6 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Farming techniques Flying high on humanity Shutting the rumour mill... Mechanisation to help check pollution from stubble burning; farmers told to adopt techniques P2 Amarpreet Singh, Khalsa Aid’s new Asia-Pacific director, was trained to be a commercial pilot. P3 Fans began thinking that TV actress Caitlyn Jenner was dating transgender model Sophia Hutchins. P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.42 AM FORECAST Visual delight AFTER GURBAKSH KAUR’S RETURN Onkar Singh’s kin too pin hopes on Sushma Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 The return of Gurbaksh Kaur, the Nawanshahr woman who was stuck in Saudi Arabia after being offered to work in a factory in Malaysia, has delighted the people of Garhi Fateh Khan village. With her return, the family of Onkar Singh, who is from Malpur village and has also been struck in Saudi Arabia, has pinned hopes on Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, hoping that Onkar Singh too returns home. “We had spoken to him today and he was crying, saying he is in pain in Saudi Arabia,” said Kiran Jit Kaur, a relative of Onkar Singh. “He was asking us if the authorities were doing some- As temperature dipped in Jalandhar at night, smog engulfed the city, making visibility poor on roads. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH PM Modi makes brief stopover at Adampur REGULARISATION OF JOBS MHWs to hold dharna on Nov 14 Tribune News Service District civil and police officials welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi who stopped at the Adampur airport on way to Himachal Pradesh on Sunday morning. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, November 5 A meeting of the Multi-purpose Health Employees Union was held at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here today. The union decided to hold a dharna outside the office of the Director (Health) on November 14 regarding its demands. Heading the meeting, Kulbir Singh Dhillon said a notice regarding the dharna had been sent to the Director’s office via email. He said the union held various meetings with the Punjab Government employees from time to time, but the approach of officials was different during the meeting and after it. The Director, Health, also did not pay heed to the demands of the union and instead, the promotions of the employees of the union had been stopped by the director health, they said. They said the approach of the Director, Health, towards the demands of the employees was negative. They said the union had, hence, decided to hold a dharna outside the Director’s office on November 14. They said the union shall also march towards the house of the Health Minister for his refusal to take up the issues of the union and for shielding the Director time and again despite the submission of repeated demand letters to the director. Gulzar Khan from Sangrur, while speaking of the approach of the Director towards the union, exhorted union members to participate in the upcoming dharna and meeting in huge numbers. The demands of the union included the promotions of multi-purpose supervisors, filling of all posts of multipurpose health workers with regular posts, regularisation of contractual workers in the department, promotion of all C-category employees, promotions of all multipurpose male and female employees who have done courses, ending of corruption in the department, among other demands. Sukhwinder Singh Muktsar, Gagandeep Singh Bathinda, Jaranail Singh Barnala, among others, was present on the occasion. thing to rescue him, but we are not getting any reply from them,” she added. “Now, we are hopeful that our plight will get noticed by the minister and we will get him back,” Kiran Jit Kaur said. The family has met Deputy Minister Sonali Giri and the Nawanshahr MLA and sought their help too. Onkar Singh, along with his friend Sunil Rana, sent two videos. In the video, forwarded to his family, Onkar Singh’s friend was seen requesting Sushma Swaraj to take action as they were suffering a lot. “We have been unemployed for the past nine months and have no money,” said Rana with Onkar Singh sitting beside him. Onkar had left for Saudi Arabia five years ago to earn a living and help his family overcome financial problems. He had started earning well, but when he asked for leave to visit his family, his employer, a private company owner, refused. Around a year ago, his younger brother Jaspreet died. Onkar had then also sought leave, but failed to get it. Resham Kaur is now living with her widow daughter-inlaw Kiranjit Kaur. Kiranjit Kaur said it was becoming difficult as Onkar Singh was the only bread-winner of the family. Resham Kaur said the company had not paid her son for the past two years. “After the company denied him leave and stopped payment, my son filed a case in a labour court. Later, the company fired him and his friend Rana,” she added. Riding high Jalandhar, November 5 The district civil and police administration today extended a hearty welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who stopped for a while at the Adampur airport on his way to Himachal Pradesh. Divisional Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma, Inspector-General of Police Arpit Shukla, Deputy Inspector General of Police Jaskaran Singh and Senior Superintendent of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar received the Prime Minister here during his brief stay at the airport. They welcomed the Prime Minister by offering him a bouquet of flowers. On the Three held for smuggling drugs Regularisation of staff sought by Punjab State Subordinate Services Union Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 5 The Rural police today arrested three persons for allegedly smuggling drugs and recovered 100 intoxicant injections, 10 kg of poppy husk, four mobile phones and a weapon from them. The accused were identified as Daljit Singh (35), Amandeep Singh (31) and Balbir Singh (30). The police have registered cases against them. Civil Hospitals of two districts inspected See P2 Jalandhar, November 5 A state convention of the Punjab State Subordinate Services Union, under Kulwant Singh Gill, state president, was held at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here today. At the convention, state general secretary Sukhdev Singh Saini, presented a resolution as per which he presented the demands and problems of the employees. He said notebandi and the GST had blocked the progress of the country. He said reforms were being made with the moneyed on mind. Their debts and taxes were being par- occasion, several officials of the district and police administration, besides the officials of the Indian Air Force were also present. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Jasbir Singh, Superintendent of Police RS Cheema, Sub Divisional Magistrate Rajiv Verma and tehsildar Harminder Singh were also present on the occasion. Major demands ■ Suspension of new pension scheme and implementation of old one ■ Allocation of pension benefits to all ■ Implementation of pay commission report after due consultation with all employees ■ Payment of pending DA instalments to employees ■ Doubling of all allowances ■ Raising of medical allowance to Rs 1,000 per member per month ■ Increase in village allowance to 10 per cent ■ Task of handling pre-primary classes should be given to anganwari workers and helpers and they should be declared government employees doned. New-liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation policies were snatching employment opportunities rather than providing these. He said farmers were committing suicide, while the Punjab Government wasn’t even paying salaries to its employees on time. In the resolution passed on the occasion, it was demanded that the state government should make regular recruitment on vacant posts. They also demanded that c m y b the services of employees recruited in various projects and schemes on a contractual basis should be regularised, adding that that the Act recommending the regularisation of services of 27,000 employees be implemented in the state. The other demands included the suspension of the new pension scheme and implementation of the old one as well as the allocation of pension benefits to all, pay commission report to be implemented after due consultation with all employees, the pending DA instalments to be paid to employees, all allowances be doubled, medical allowance Continued on page 2 A child enjoys horse riding during y the weekend of wellness (WOW) programme organised in Jalandhar on Sunday morning. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH (See also P2) Activists of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation hold state-level convention in Jalandhar on Sunday. Photo: Sarabjit Singh
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