08112017-JTR-01.qxd 11/8/2017 12:29 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 8 NOVEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Complaint against Khaira Parody, the only remedy? Shine & succeed Chairman of Sarv Sukh Seva Mission on Thursday moved a complaint to Enforcement Directorate P2 Mumbai-based band is going viral for their parody on the first anniversary of note ban. P3 Television personalities share their skin care routine. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.29 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.44 AM Starting of pre-primary classes takes ugly turn Winter woes Anganwadi workers announce Jail Bharo Andolan Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service A train chugs into the Jalandhar City railway station amidst dense fog on Tuesday morning. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Ticketing irregularities: Science ASI held taking City suspends two employees ~1.5 lakh bribe Exact loss yet to be determined, estimated in lakhs Tribune News Service Kapurthala, November 7 Nearly four months after the matter pertaining to two tickets with same bar code came to light at Pushpa Gujral Science City and an inquiry committee was set up, the management today placed two employees under suspension and got lodged an FIR against the duo. The Science City authorities revealed that a departmental inquiry committee, in its report, had prima facie found two ticket issuing clerks Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Khanna involved in the irregularities by tampering with the hardware, especially the printer. The five-member committee had been set up on the orders of Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala-cumDirector General of the Science City. As per the inquiry, the modus operandi of the two was to generate two tickets in one command. They levied charges for both tickets from the visitors, putting the amount of one in the chest and siphoning off the charges of the second ticket themselves. It is being estimated that Fact file ■ Science City had found same bar code on two tickets in June this year ■ Employees had been issuing two tickets on a single command to printer ■ The amount of one ticket was being put in account, the second in pocket ■ CCTV cameras to be installed in the ticketing zone ■ Security staff told to be more vigilant ■ Tamper-proof ticketing system planned the loss to the institute could run in lakhs since the two employees were posted here for the past three years. But the committee has reportedly expressed its inability to assess the actual quantum of financial loss or to when these irregularities started on the basis of the available records. The PGSC management has, therefore, lodged an FIR with the Sadar Kapurthala police station for further investigation in the case. An official said, “The police should be able to extract the exact information from the two clerks.” The employees were working on a fiveyear contract with the institute. The Science City officials are also taking up the matter with the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) separately to bring lapses of security, if any, to the notice of the management and actions required at their end to bring improvement in their working of security deputed at ticket checking counters of the Science City. Besides, a roster of senior officials has been prepared for periodic inspection of the ticketing system and ticket counters to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. Also, the suggestions made by the committee, including the installation of bar code machines at strategic locations of Science City to avoid such irregularities, will be implemented, the officials said. The DG said, “We are also in the process of installing CCTV cameras at the ticketing kiosks. Though as of date we are maintaining a separate register for keeping a manual record of tickets issued, we are going for a tamper-free hi-tech ticketing system soon.” Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 7 The Vigilance Bureau, Jalandhar Range, caught ASI Ramesh Chander, working in the office of Secretary, Regional Transport Office, Hoshiarpur, red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a Khannabased complainant Sukhminder Singh. Sukhminder has 30 transport vehicles attached with his private company Sukhi Transport at Mandi Gobindgarh. His vehicles are used for loading iron rods, scrap and other items in the state. He had alleged that Ramesh Chander, who had remained attached with the DTO and now Secretary, RTA, for long, had been known for accepting bribe on a monthly basis. The complainant alleged that the ASI had been seeking Rs 50,000 from him per month for allowing his vehicles to pass through various places without being challaned. Since he did not pay the amount, his vehicles were challaned recently in quick succession. The complainant’s two vehicles, PB-23-T-7677 and continued on p2 Jalandhar, November 7 The decision to start pre-primary schools in the state has taken an ugly turn, with the anganwadi workers announcing Jail Bharo Andolan on November 15 if their problems are not heard. The anganwadi workers and helpers are saying that they are at the receiving end and the government’s policy to start the pre-primary classes in the government schools will rob them of their jobs due to which teachers were having a hard time in getting students admitted to their schools. Teachers are saying that the anganwadi workers were not allowing them to take the children studying in their centers and admit them in the schools. Harjit Kaur, state president of the Anganwadi Mulazim Union, said if the classes start in the government school, what job they will do? “We run centres in which children up to the age of 5 Fact file Anganwadi workers and helpers are saying that they are at the receiving end and the government’s policy to start the pre-primary classes in the government schools will rob them of their jobs due to which teachers were having a hard time in getting students admitted to their schools. are admitted and they study there only. Now that the government has planned to start the classes in the government schools, we fear for our jobs,” said the president of the union. Recently, a video of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had come where he was heard saying that the anganwadi workers should not worry about their jobs, as they would not be ousted from their work. To this, the workers said they were not government employees so that they would be shifted to another department, but they work under a particular scheme and they know this work, and if the students will be taken away from them, they will be left with no work. They say that there was no guarantee for them. The anganwadi workers said they were scheduled to meet Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on November 14, and they would be discussing the matter with him and if their problem did not get solved, they would start a Jail Bharo Andolan. Viral audio The vice-president of the union, Krishna Kumari, has addressed a message to anganwadi workers and helpers and has circulated a voice message on social networking sites in which she has said that if any teacher forcibly takes away a student from their centre, the workers will move the High Court against the teacher. “No one will allow any school teacher to give the students studying in anganwadi centres until November 14,” the voice note said. FEEDBACK Efforts on to rescue Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to firstname.lastname@example.org They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Rousing welcome Indian hockey star Gurjit Kaur being welcomed in the Khalsa College for Women during her visit to Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH REPORT P2 Onkar, says Embassy Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 7 The Embassy of India in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today said that efforts were being made to rescue both Onkar Singh and Reena Rani of Nawanshahr district. The families of Onkar Singh (29), who has been stuck in Saudi Arabia for the past two years and Reena Rani (23), whose mother Gurbaksh Kaur had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, had met Nawanshahr MLA Angad Singh and requested him to approach the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The MLA, through an email, had approached the Embassy, to which the Embassy today replied: “The Embassy is closely working on the case of Onkar Singh and he will be back to India soon and we will also get success in Reena’s case too.” The family of Reena said she had shared her location on WhatsApp around 10 days ago. The location is Unayzah city in Al Qassim province in Saudi Arabia. Reena’s mother Gurbaksh Kaur had arrived in Nawanshahr three days ago, while Reena is yet to return. Onkar’s case 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, who owns a private company, refused. Around a year ago, his younger brother Jaspreet died. Onkar again sought leave, but failed to get it. Resham Kaur is now living with her widowed daughterin-law Kiranjit Kaur. Kiran said it was becoming difficult to live as Onkar Singh was the only bread winner of the family. Resham Kaur, his mother had said the company had continued on p2 MLA Makkar declared defaulter Matter of pride Jalandhar Development Authority tells him to clear ~69 lakh dues Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 7 The Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) has told former SAD MLA Sarabjit Singh Makkar to clear his pending arrears worth Rs 69 lakh for his plot purchased in 2001. The arrears include the interest amount of the pending money and also the nonconstruction charges of the commercial plot. After losing the case in the State Consumer Disputes Forum, Makkar got an arbitrator appointed in the case to waive off the non-construction charges. The JDA today cancelled the appointment of the arbitrator and remanded the ■ After losing the case in the State Consumer Disputes Forum, Makkar got an arbitrator appointed in the case to waive the non-construction charges. The JDA on Thursday cancelled the appointment of the arbitrator and remanded the file back to the Estate Officer. file back to the Estate Officer. Girish Dayalan, Chief Administrator, JDA, said the arbitrator was only to be appointed in the case of the dispute arising out of the terms of the allotment. “The levy of the non-construction charges, extension fee and interest etc are policy matters and the decision with regard to this will be taken by the Estate Officer and subsequent appeal, if any, against the said decision may be made to the Additional Chief Administrator,” said Dayalan, adding that the Estate Officer could not be appointed as an arbitrator. Makkar bought the property for Rs 45 lakh through an open auction held in 2001. Though it deposited Rs 4.5 lakh on the day of the auction, it later deposited Rs 6.87 lakh in March 2001 and got the possession of the plot. However, later in August 2001, it sought waiver on the interest, complaining that he could not carry out the construction due to the presence of an electric transformer on the site. Even though a report submitted by the Electricity Department in 2001 confirmed that there was no electric transformer at the site and the nearest one was almost 6 feet away, a report submitted by the same department later in 2007 confirmed that the transformer was there and it was uprooted. While the JDA is left with no option but to waive off the interest and the non-construction charges until 2007 by giving the benefit of the doubt, it has now demanded Makkar to clear his arrears at the earliest. Makkar, on the contrary, denied getting any notice from the JDA and said that he would act accordingly. c m y b Students of Lyallpur Khalsa College in a jubilant mood after the convocation held in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH
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