13012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/13/2018 12:51 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 13 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Stress on water conservation Woman power to the fore Warmth of festivity NABARD was lauded in Jalandhar on Friday for its role in water conservation in this area. P2 At the Critics`Choice Awards while womencentric films won accolades, the issue of sexual harassment also took centrestage. P3 It’s time for a bonfire! Here is how actors from Punjab celebrate Lohri. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.21 AM End-of-term transfers hit teacher-student ratio RURAL AREAS Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Dressed in traditional costumes, students and teachers of SD College celebrate Lohri in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Residents pledge not to use sharp kite strings Jalandhar, January 12 As the city is sinking into the joyful celebrations of Lohri, a girl dressed as a bird entangled in sharp kite-flying string (manja) caught the attention of every person crossing her at a mall here this afternoon. Coated with blood this ‘People for The Ethical Treatment (PETA)’ activist was holding a signage in the shape of a kite that read, “Cut out glass-coated manja, not wings,” clearly indicating how a number of birds were caught under these dangerous flying threads and got killed. To bring an empathy and conscience among the city residents about the issue, the PETA, in collaboration with Pahal, a city-based NGO, organised this campaign and urged passers-by to use manja-free ‘kind kites’. The initiative turned out to be an effective emotional drive and people after learning about the cause pledged not to use such strings. “These deadly and fatal strings hurt and kill both humans and birds”, said Ayushi Sharma, campaign assistant. “Many birds and humans are reported to have PETA activists protest against the glass-coated manjha being used in kites that causes many accidents every year. TRIBUNE PHOTO developed serious injuries by these strings. Therefore people should neither use synthetic manjas nor glass-coated cotton manjas that are available in the market as they are equally dangerous,” she added and alarmed the crowd present there. Lately, the PETA has also submitted a petition in the Supreme Court against the issue and are in the process of banning these manjas. Meanwhile, Sandeep Rawat, the mall manager, also expressed concern about the birds. Besides, he urged the youngsters present there to spread the message in social media so as to render this effort a widespread reach. Residents after confronting the issue and realising that thousands of birds are killed every year when they are cut or trapped by kite strings expressed worries. Kasak, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony, said the data presented by the PETA was shocking. Deepa, another volunteer said, “We should support this demonstration and authorities should take strict action against those selling the strings.” Jalandhar, January 12 Despite instructions from the government that no teacher would be transferred during mid-terms, except the formal lists, which were released in the months of June and July, the Education Department, in violation of the government guidelines, has been transferring teachers with impunity across government schools in the district. Teachers argued there was no valid requirement of endof-session transfers, which were being carried out in complete violation of the guidelines of the state government. They said the teachers had been left high and dry, especially in many of the rural schools from where a number of teachers had In many rural schools, a number of teachers had been transferred, leaving single teachers to grapple with the students. been transferred, leaving single teachers to grapple with the students. A teacher in the district said, “A number of schools in the district have been left with only one teacher because the rest have been transferred. While the transfer policy should ideally be aimed at facilitating education and rendering teaching at schools effective, it is rather done haphazardly, clearly to favour teachers, who are seeking transfers.” Another teacher said, “Around hundred of teachers were transferred from the department in the month of December alone. There is no point emptying out rural schools. The transfers are a clear violation of department’s guidelines and are aimed at facilitating the chosen ones. With months to go for exams, where is the need for the transfers.” Schools which were cases in point where such transfers – leaving a couple or lesser teachers at a single school include – primary schools Kalyanpur (one teacher left), Haripur Khalsa (one left) and Bhaini. Notably, the urban to rural student-teacher ratio in government schools is already skewed, with majority of the teachers in rural areas seeking transfers in to urban areas. Aadhaar operator found charging 100% GST on services Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service (Bhogpur) Jalandhar, Jan 12 An Aadhaar operator was found charging 100 per cent GST on the services without putting it on the official records at a market in Bhogpur. Despite strict directions issued by the UIDAI that the Aadhaar machines could only run from government offices, the machine was found being operated from a booth. As per the government notification, the new enrolment and any upgrade for children from the age of 5 to 15 will be done free of cost. Will get the matter investigated soon, says DC AADHAAR JOBS AND CHARGES The list of rates prescribed by the UIDAI for various Aadhaar-related services: ■ New Aadhaar enrolment: Free ■ Biometric updation (fingerprint/Iris (after attaining 5 & 15 years of age)): Free ■ Demographic/biometric updation of name, address etc: Rs 25 ■ Aadhaar search and printout on A4 sheet: Rs 20 for colour and Rs 10 for black and white Also, the upgrade of any biometric data (in case of children) was to be charged at the rate of Rs 25 and the printout of the card at Rs 20. However, the operator was found charging Rs 100 for every new enrolment at the Child rights commission notice to school Jalandhar, January 12 Three days after its Class X student Khushi (15) had jumped off the fourth floor of the school building, the Punjab State Child Rights Commission issued a notice to the principal of Cambridge International School, Chhoti Baradari. Through the notice issued today, the school principal has been told that a hearing in the matter will be taken up on January 18 at 11 am. The principal and the school man- c m y b agement committee chairman have been asked to appear during the hearing. Taking a suo motu notice based on newspaper reports, the commission has called for a complete report and the CCTV footage of the incident. The commission has also directed the school to inform the parents of the girl about the incident so that they too can represent their opinion in the case if they so desire. — TNS spot. Also, she was found charging between Rs 50 and Rs 100 for the biometric upgrade and the printout of the Aadhaar card. Refusing to reveal her name, the operator said though the fee for the new enrolment was Rs 25, she was charging Rs 25 as the GST. “Apart from charging Rs 25 as fee, I am charging rest of the money as the GST charges,” said the operator, adding that she had to bear the cost of the printing as well. Despite the UIDAI recently issuing a notification that the Aadhaar machines could only run from government offices, including post offices and banks, many operators could be seen flouting norms and running these from private places. Sources claimed that since the machines could run without the GPS devices for up to 8 hours, the operators were even taking these to other districts to enroll new members. However, the District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC) Narinder continued on page 2
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