31012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/31/2018 12:40 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 31 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE e-way bills Play on Hiba down Chartered Accountants hold discussions on inter-state transactions. P2 Theatre for Theatre rolls out a 30day extravaganza where theatre lovers can delight their senses. P3 Hiba Nawab has been admitted to the hospital and is suffering from dengue. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.57 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.14 AM Week on, Mayoral team yet to join office Remembering Bapu Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Punjab Police jawans pay tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, January 30 With the "Swachh Bharat Sarvekshan" round the corner, the newly appointed team of Mayor Jagdish Raja seems to be little concerned about the litmus test to be conducted in the city soon. Despite winning the mayoral elections on January 25, the new team is yet to join office. Apart from Deputy Mayor Harsimranjit Bunty, who joined office two days ago, Mayor Jagdish Raja and Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur have not attended the office till date. When asked about the reason of his absence, Raja said he was in Chandigarh and was holding meetings to streamline the pending proposals in the city. "It may take another two to three days to 5178 teachers await salaries for two months in K’thala Pvt un-aided colleges seek funds Jalandhar, January30 Teachers from Kapurthala city who have been posted under the 5178 Master Cadre Union and earn a meagre pay, starting from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,500 every month, have not got their salaries for the past two months. The teachers have not received their salaries for December month and said that they had been suffering a lot. This is despite the fact that the teachers are still doing the job in the schools. They said they were being paid less and to add to their woes, their salaries were not being released. The teachers said they had approached higher officials, but to no avail. Officials are saying that their contract has got finished and they are awaiting new orders. District Treasury Officer (DTO), Harjwant Singh, said the teachers were on contract and their period had got completed and no extenstion had been given yet to them. The DTO said the order clearly stated that the teachers would not be given salary after the completion of their contract after three years. "If their order gets extended, the salaries will be released accordingly," the DTO said. District education officer Satpal Jalandhar, January 30 The Confederation of Punjab Unaided Management Association today criticised the government for not releasing the amount under the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) to the private unaided colleges. Officials said there had been resentment among managements of private unaided colleges against the government for not releasing the due pending amount of the PMS to these colleges. The president of the association, Anil Chopra, said if the government did not release the amount underthe PMS scheme, they would be left with no option but to take fees directly from the students. “They will suffer because of this decision, which we don’t want,” added Chopra. Chairman Ashwani Sekhri said, “The managements of the colleges have invested thousands of crores to establish the infrastructure of higher education in Punjab. This investment was done to stop the migration of our talented students who were going to different parts of India for their higher technical education. We as residents of Punjab state, have contributed towards the nation. By abiding the policy of the PMS, we have given educa- Kaur said the teachers had approached her too. “But their orders clearly state that they had three-year duration as part of contract, which is why their salaries had not got released.” She also said that the salaries in other four blocks of Kapurthala district i.e. Bolath, Sultanpur Lodhi and Phagwara had got released. Kushal Kumar, a teacher of Government Middle School, Jatike, said they had been suffering a lot. “Everything has become hotchpotch. I am a married person, how I am supposed to run my family in the absence of the salary,” he said. For Balwinder Singh of Government Middle School, Malikpur, who lives near Adampur, it was difficult to travel to Phagwara on a daily basis. “The paltry salary that we get is used in travelling, so how we are supposed to do remaining works, we all are in dire need of the salaries,” said Singh. — TNS PMS SCHEME Tribune News Service Represantatives of private colleges hold a press conference in Jalandhar on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH tion to lakhs of students who belong to the Scheduled Caste category which is a deprived category in our society. Despite of our social contributions, the government has suspended the due amount under the PMS to the colleges from the year 2015. Further in the name of inspections and auditing, the managements of the colleges were harassed and put under scanner by the authorities. Since 2015, thousands of crores of rupees are still pending with the government.” Further he added that an amount of around Rs 1700 crore was pending with the government. Ashwani Sekhri mentioned that there were 1,650 unaided colleges in Punjab and there are more than 3,40,000 SC students are acquiring education in them. “Above all, the managements of colleges are paying more than 1000 crores of rupees to different state universities and boards under the name of affiliation fee, registration fee, counselling fee and Inspection fee, which is filling the treasury of the Punjab Government. Meanwhile, the government is misleading the people of Punjab by giving factless statements. In addition to not paying the due amount, the government has issued instructions to recover the amount from colleges for those students those have left the colleges in-between, thus leaving colleges to bear the whole burden of those students too,” he said. Ashwani Sekhri concluded that many colleges had become the defaulters of banks, if the pending amount of PMS will not be released soon than there would be situation when col- leges will be shut down. Vijay Sampla in a statement released today said that nine months back, under the post-matric scholarship scheme, the Union Government had sent Rs 115 crore to the state government. The Punjab Government first needs to furnish a Utilization Certificate (UC) to the Centre after disbursing this Rs 115 crore among the state colleges. Only then the Centre can send more funds,” said Union Minister and Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party president Vijay Sampla while reacting to the press conference of the Confederation of Unaided Institutes of Punjab held today. Expressing dissatisfaction over the non-disbursal of funds, Sampla said the Centre releases all funds under the Post-Matric Scholarship scheme and the state government only has to disburse it. “It is disappointing that the Punjab government failed to disburse and furnish a UC for Rs 115 crore released 9 months ago. More funds cannot be released unless the UC is sent to the Centre. The state government is solely responsible for the non-availability of funds to colleges. Hence, the colleges should mount pressure on the Punjab Government through Congress ministers, MLAs and leaders,” the press release read. Reason for absence Mayor Jagdish Raja said he was in Chandigarh and holding meetings to streamline the pending proposals in the city. It might take another two to three days to resume the office, he said . resume my office," said Raja while speaking to The Tribune on phone. Kaur, too, said that since her family was involved in holding the annual shobha yatra in the city, she could not join office, but the new team was now preparing to resume office around Friday. "We are aware about the Swachh Sarvekshan and are leaving no stone unturned to come out with flying colours. As the elections were held recently, we need some days to coordinate the work at the Chandigarh-level for which we are paying regular visits," said Kaur. Meanwhile, the newly appointed councillors have begun to move in their respective wards for the thanksgiving and were even seen visiting the MC office with civic complaints. While the Municipal Corporation has already updated the contact number of the new mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor on its websites, it is yet to upload the photograph and the contact numbers of the area councillors in it. Sources said as the civic body was yet to identify the boundaries of the newly formed wards, it had not uploaded these on its website. This might cause a huge setback to the "Swachh Sarvekshan" to be held next week in the state. Protest by PSEB engineers’ body Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 30 PSEB engineers’ association today held a zonal protest meeting at Shakti Sadan, to protest against the closure of state sector thermal plants at Bathinda and Ropar as per the decision taken by the central executive. More than 150 engineers participated in the protest meeting wherein the president Sanjeev Sood, senior vice-president Harjinder Singh Bansal, general secretary Devinder Goyal and other office-bearers addressed the gathering. The speakers said while the Bathinda and Ropar thermal plants and Ropar thermal plant have been decided to be closed down ‘as per the guidelines of Central Electricity Authority’, the said guidelines do not mandate the closure of re-heat plants (Bathinda and Ropar thermal plant are re-heat thermal plants). The CEA guidelines only mandate that nonreheat plants (less than 100 MW) be closed. Further, the guidelines advise that even in case of non-reheat plants which have been renovated, these should be run for at least 10 years more. Sanjeev Sood, president PSEB engineers’ association, said policy makers in Punjab have decided to close down the Bathinda thermal even when Rs 715 crore have been spent on renovation of its units and the life of renovated units 1 and 2 has been extended upto 2022 and that of renovated units 3 and 4 is up to 2029 whereas no other state in the April 2016 meeting of CEA has agreed to close its existing power plants which had been recently renovated. The speakers alleged that while unwarranted haste is being shown in closing the thermals, no action was taken to execute the ultra supercritical thermal plant (3x800 MW) planned at Ropar. The association demanded that closure of GNDTP Bathinda and GGSSTP Ropar be considered only after the commissioning 3x800 MW ultra supercritical thermal plant at Ropar. It was also pointed out that PSPCL can only save hard cash of Rs 18 crore a year in case Bathinda thermal plant is closed but will have to shell out much more in case of non-availability of private thermals due to breakdown or other reasons especially in paddy/summer season when the outside power is also very costly as it happened recently when the Talwandi Sabo thermal plant was shut down due to fire incidence. Snatcher flees after chase by Politics precedes Manpreet’s visit to Khuralgarh today woman, leaves behind bike Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), Jan 30 A man, accused of snatching a purse of a woman riding a scooter, had to flee the spot, leaving behind his bike when the victim chased him. The Mahilpur police claimed that the accused had been identified and would be nabbed soon. Ramanpreet Kaur, daughter of Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Chamblaan village, was going to Garhshankar to bring her medicines. She was riding her scooter, with her mother riding pillion. When they reached the main road ahead of the village Totomajara, a young man riding a bike came speeding from behind and snatched her mother's purse. As soon as the snatcher tried to escape by speeding his bike, Ramanpreet started chasing him. The snatcher turned his bike towards Baddoan village. She too took a turn, chasing him and going further saw some people sitting in the village. She told them about the incident in which a man there joined them in chasing the snatcher in his car. As he followed the bike and tried to stop it near Gujjarpur village, the snatcher reportedly fled from the place, leaving behind his bike there. The Mahilpur police station’s SHO Baljit Singh Hundal told mediapersons that the police had imponded the snatcher's bike and the snatcher who had managed to flee from there was identified. He disclosed his identity as Yuvraj Singh of Posi village under the Mahilpur police station. According to him, a case of robbery had been registered against the accused and he would be nabbed soon. Jalandhar, January 30 With the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas falling tomorrow, politics has dominated the stoppage of the ongoing work at the upcoming memorial site at Khuralgarh in Garhshankar and the proposed visit of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal there tomorrow. The foundation stone for a new memorial at the site, considered as “tap asthan” (meditation place) of Guru Ravidass, was laid by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on April 3, 2016. Now the Akalis claim that when 40 per cent of the Rs 110 crore project was over, further payment to the con- c m y b Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and other leaders lays the foundation stone of a memorial at Tap Asthan of Guru Ravi Das at Khuralgarh near Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur. A FILE PHOTO tractor had been stopped, forcing him to halt the work. Former Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said, “The parking area has been constructed. The base of the 155-foot Minar-e-Begumpura has been readied. The construction of the hall till the ceiling area has been over. Now, when an amount of Rs 2 crore was to be paid by the government to the contractor, he is not getting his dues and had to halt the progress of the work further.” He added, “As the Finance Minister is slated to visit the site tomorrow for the statelevel Guru Ravidass Jayanti function, I intend to go there and request him to ensure timely payment for the work so that the work at the pious place does not halt.” He added, “We intended to finish the work during our tenure but there remained a glitch in procuring the nearly 15-acre land there. Soon after, we got the land, construction had been started. It was going on a good pace till the Congress government got it halted.” Former Garhshankar Akali MLA Surinder Singh Bhullewal Rathan too has said, “We have approached the Hoshiarpur DC to get the work re-started. Now that Manpreet Badal is slated to visit here tomorrow, devotees will definitely ask him about the stoppage of work. As per our plan, we intend to get a huge hall for the sangat constructed, besides a langar hall, a library and 40 rooms for the night stay of the devotees.” Congress leader Nimisha Mehta too has been saying that Khuralgarh should be developed on the lines of Seer Govardhanpur in Varanasi. She has also been demanding the four-laning of the roads leading to Khuralgarh Sahib as the existing road is narrow.
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