26012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/26/2018 12:58 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 26 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE R-Day functions Haryana Hurricane strikes again Huge transformation R-Day functions bring to light patriotic spirit among students, staff in schools. P2 Kapil Dev reminisces good old days in Chandigarh. P3 Shweta Rohira has had quite a makeover recently. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 20°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.53 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.17 AM Jagdish Raja elected civic body chief EDU DEPT ORDER TO DEOs Don’t put teachers on other jobs Tribune News Service FACT FILE Jagdish Raja (right), along with his family, in a cheerful mood after being elected the sixth Mayor of Jalandhar on Thursday; and (right) newly elected councillors take oath at the MC office. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 25 Jagdish Raja of the Congress here today scored a decisive victory to secure a five-year term as the Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ). With a cent per cent voting support of the newly elected 65 Congress councillors out of the 80 seats, Raja, 63, won all over his opponent Balraj Thakur, known to be a close aide of Congress MLA Pargat Singh and Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu. Along with him, Surinder Kaur, a close confidant of former Cabinet minister and former PPCC president Mohinder Kaypee, was elected the senior deputy mayor, while Harsimranjit Bunty, known to be a shadow of Congress MLA Sushil Rinku, was elected deputy mayor in the new general house. Raja, who held a comfortable lead in opinion polls leading up to the election day, had been widely expected to cruise to victory in a city of 12.5 lakh people spread in 80 wards. The Congress has won over 65 wards this time, leaving only five for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and eight for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The remaining two seats were won by independent candidates. A progressive worker, Raja is known to be a councillor who is always attached to his roots. Despite winning councillor election five times, Raja could be seen driving his old scooter in every nook and corner of his ward, holding quick meetings with area residents to know their problems. The new mayor, in the last five years as the leader of the Opposition, has also positioned himself as one of the most vocal critics of the controversial road sweeping project which was allotted by the earlier house at a whooping cost of Rs 1 lakh a km. He had even lodged a huge protest over the use of inter-locking tiles on city roads. The veteran leader though was criticised for openly accusing former Municipal Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khehra of corruption, following which Khehra was moved to Patiala as the new MC Commissioner. Irrespective of his age-related compulsions, Raja was seen as quite active in both words and action during the general house meetings and many a time, he was even seen holding the fort by standing up on the central table of the town hall during many general house meetings. Political drain reported from Jalandhar (North) Call it a political drain, the Congress party could not find any suitable candidate from the Jalandhar cantonment and Jalandhar (North) constituencies. While sources in the party have claimed that Jalandhar cantonment, led by MLA Pargat Singh, was left behind due to Singh’s close proximity with Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who has crossed swords with Punjab Chief Minister over the election of mayors in the three cities of Punjab, the party has also left two potential contenders Gyan Chand and Bal Kishen Bali from Jalandhar (North) constituencies led by Bawa Henry. The two have the unique distinction of being elected five-time councillors from the area. More challenges for Raja In the last general house, Congress had 22 councillors, out of which five of the councilors, headed by the incumbent MLA Sushil Rinku, made a separate dynamic group. Now with over 65 Congress councillors this time, the party seems to be heading towards another split, where the dynamic group is now being led by Rinku ’ s wife Sunita Rinku. The group is all set to pose a stiff opposition ahead of the newly elected mayor. Development works As the state is facing A severe fund crunch, a majority of the development projects of the Local Bodies Department are dependent on the funds released by the Central Government led by the BJP . Out of the Rs 364 crore funds announced by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh ahead of the municipal polls, Rs 81 crore was already approved by the BJP government and released to the Punjab Infrastructure and Development Board ahead of the Assembly elections held last year. The remaining 190 crores under the AMRUT scheme too were sanctioned by the Central Government last year. The new house also has to struggle against the low percentage of arrears recovery, as only 35 per cent of the public is paying arrears pertaining to the house and property tax on a regular basis. Major highlights of Raja as Leader of Opposition In his five-year tenure as the Leader of the Opposition, Raja has proven to be a highly vocal leader to raise various issues. From lodg- Three suicides reported in city 94 to be honoured on R-Day Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 25 Three suicides were reported in the city today. In the first incident, a 22-year-old youth from the Gujja Peer road allegedly committed suicide. The deceased was identified as Kanwardeep Singh who was doing BSc in agriculture from a university in Jalandhar. He used to live in a rented room along with his friends. According to reports, Singh, accompanied by his friends, had come from his hostel and they were partying together, when Singh at around 12 in the night, said that he was going to sleep in the room. After sometime, his another friend came in the room and found his body hanging there. Singh was declared brought dead at a private hospital. The police initiated an inquiry under Section 174 of the CrPC. In another incident, a man allegedly committed suicide as he was under depression due to his ill health. A suicide note was also found in which it was written that he had committed suicide due to his poor health. The deceased was identified as Shyam Sarup of Kamal Park. Another man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. The body was unidentified and it seemed the deceased was a migrant resident here. Jalandhar, January 25 The district administration has shortlisted the names of 94 prominent officials and persons from various walks of life who will be felicitated by the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Rana KP Singh during the Republic Day function tomorrow. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today said that they would be felicitated by the chief guest during Republic Day function at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. The personalities include cricketer Damanpreet Singh, district public relations officer Manvinder Singh, naib tehsildar Manohar Lal, Surinder Kumar Midha of DAV College Youth Club Jalandhar, advocate Sanjeet Kumar, Dr Ramgopal, Dr Chetna Mehta, driver Jagpal Singh, APRO Kashmir Singh press relations photographer Rakesh Passi, Dr Charnjeet Sarangal, Gurcharan Singh (junior assistant), Principal Kuldeep Kaur, lecturer music Vandhana Sharma, Nek Ram from District Red Cross Office, Harbinder Pal (AEO), Madan Gopal Singh, Dr Gurpreet Singh, Bhupinder Singh (Adampur), Rohtas Kumar Arora, Ashok Kumar, Parveen Singh Sandhu, Kaushalya Joshi, Krishan Chand (administrative officer), GD Singh (law officer JDA), Mohan Lal (Nakodar), Gurdeep Singh Bolina, PRESIDENT’S POLICE MEDAL IG PS Bains of the BSF Training Centre, Hoshiarpur Balvinder Singh (Bhogpur), Makhan Singh, Mahindher Singh, Satpal Singh, Major Singh ETT, Jatinder Soni, Amanjeet Singh (patwari), Akash Mahira, sub-inspector Narinder Singh, ASI Balwinder Singh, Ashwani (fire- PS Bains, IG, BSF Training Centre, Hoshiarpur, has been chosen for the President’s Police Medal for distinguished services on the occasion of Republic Day. Bains is a 1984 batch officer of the BSF. He has experience of both field and staff establishments. He has the distinction of commanding the prestigious tactical wing of the BSF Academy for four years. He also received Union Home Minister’s medal for excellence in police training last year, besides President’s Police Medal for meritorious services in 2011. man), inspector Ajay Singh, inspector Rajesh Kumar, ASI Sukhjinder Singh, constable Dilpreet Singh, inspector Nirmal Singh, inspector Omkar Singh, inspector Omkar Singh, head constable Ranjeet Singh, constable Gagan- c m y b deep Singh, gram panchayat Alipur, Dr Gursharanjeet Singh Bedi (veterinary officer), Agambir Singh Bhatia, Mansi Mattu, Amandeep Singh (players), Pawan Kumar Varma (junior assistant), Jagjeet Singh Kanugo, Gurpreet Kaur (sub district education officer), Anil Kumar (sub district education officer), Dinesh Kumar (principal Dhadda), Kumad Sharma (principal Gandhi Camp), Gurjeet Singh (maths master), Ram Lubhaiya BDPO Bhogpur, Buta Ram (senior teacher), Mahesh Kumar (senior assistant), Harcharanpreet Singh (senior assistant), sub-inspector Surinder Singh, ASI Puran Singh, ASI Narinder Singh, ASI Bhawandeep Singh, HC Desh Raj, HC Jaswant Singh, constable Jaspreet Singh, head constable Parsotam Lal, constable Harjinder Singh, principal HMV College Dr Ajay Sareen, Amandeep (ADC General), Lakhwinder (driver), Rajinder driver DC, Surjit Singh Saini (supdt grade), Anudeep Kaur (house allotment), Ranjeet Kaur (EA), ASI Rampal, Munish Kumar, Ankit (steno), Satwinder Singh, Krishan Singh (NRI clerk), Shubinder Kaur (clerk PGA branch), Nupinder Pal Singh, Vijay Kumar Kanungo (SK branch), Deepak Mohindru, Gurmeet Kaur, Lt-Col Manmohan Singh, Surjit Lal, Captain IS Dhami and AETC Hardeep Kaur Bhawra. ing strong protests against the commissioning of the road sweeping project to calling the former Municipal Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khehra a “corrupt officer” in the full quorum, Raja has proved himself to be a blunt politician unlike his predecessors. Contrary to the Smart City mission launched recently by the Prime Minister, Raja had launched the mission “Sambhal City”. Slamming Mayor Sunil Jyoti for “taking people for a ride” in the name of “Smart City” project, Raja and the party councillors held a “Congress House” meeting at the Municipal Corporation office and launched the “Sambhal City” mission to take care of the civic amenities in the city. Perturbed for not been heard by former BJP Mayor Sunil Jyoti, Raja, along with his fellow party councilors, even held a mock session of the general house whereby important issues pertaining to development works in the city were discussed. Jalandhar, January 25 The Education Department has recently written to the district education officers (DEOs) of the state to not to put the teachers on any work other than teaching. However, it is no for the first time that such orders have been passed. The letter reads that a large number of teachers are being put on non-teaching duties by various departments. Some of them are, at times, forced to work in offices of other departments, which include various types of surveys, working in offices and doing clerical jobs or data entry. This is in violation of the Right to Education Act, the letter added. “This issue came up at a recent meeting held with the employees union also. It is, therefore, decided that no teacher should be relieved from the schools for nonteaching jobs. In case any requests or orders are received for relieving teacher for nonteaching work, the same will be sent to the DPI (elementary or secondary) for approval,” the letter further read. Meanwhile, last year too, the Education Department had strictly told the district education officers (DEOs) (elementary and secondary) to send their certification that none of their teachers were presently involved in non-teaching work in the district education offices and block primary education offices as earlier. Teachers keep on complaining that neither teaching nor non-teaching staff is sufficient The letter said that no teacher should be relieved from the schools for nonteaching jobs. In case any requests or orders are received for relieving teacher for non-teaching work, the same will be sent to the DPI (elementary or secondary) for approval. Teachers complain that they have to do umpteen works, which include fee-related works of students, treasury office-related works, election duty, mid-day meal, scholarships/stipend, opening of accounts of students etc. and apart from teaching, they have to do umpteen works, which include fee-related works of students, treasury office-related works, election duty, mid-day meal, scholarships/stipend, uniforms, opening of accounts of students, to make Aadhaar cards of students, group insurance, salary and Provident fund of staff and many more. In the absence of nonteaching staff, an already thin number of teachers somehow do all and sundry works. Also, there is no provision of non-teaching staff in primary schools. Almost every school in the district does not have any non-teaching staff, causing teachers to do clerical and other works. A member of a government school union said the teachers were facing a lot of problems and they were irked at the present situation where teachers were doing works which a clerk and non-teaching staff was supposed to do.
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