31012018-CT-01.qxd 1/31/2018 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 31 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Channi donates ~5 lakh Pangs of old age City boys in command Punjab Tech Education Minister Channi donates ~5 lakh to Dept of Gandhian & Peace Studies, PU. P2 Socially relevant play, “Gharaan de Jinde”, staged on the second day of Tricity Theatre Festival. P5 City boys in control after Paras claims seven wickets on Day 1 in the U-14 cricket championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.6°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.58 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.13 AM Rajnath opens PGI serai, GMSH block Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 30 Union Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated two projects in the city. The first project was a multistoreyed 300-bedded Infosys Foundation-Red Cross serai at the PGI. The serai was conceived by Sudha Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. The land was made available by the PGI to the Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, which signed an MoU with the Infosys Foundation to construct the serai. The serai was constructed with the aim of helping patients and their caregivers belonging to economically weaker sections. Rajnath Singh had laid the foundation stone of the serai on September 9, 2016. Fitted with modern energy-saving and energy-efficient equipment, the serai consists of 300 beds, 36 dormitories and 13 private rooms. It is easily accessible, in close proximity to the OPDs with direct access from the main road as well as from inside the PGI. Lifts and ramps are available, making it easily accessible to the differently abled. There is a separate wing on the third floor exclusively for women. Common areas include a cafeteria having 75 seats, waiting hall and reception, administrative office, stores, lifts and service areas. The serai has a 20 kVA solar photovoltaic plant, 24X7 hot water supply, generator back-up and is fully equipped with safety equipment such as CCTVs and fire extinguishers. The charges for the dormitory are Rs 100 per person per day and for a private room Rs 500 per day. Sudha Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, VP Singh Bandore, Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Parimal Rai, Adviser to the Administrator, Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Finance Secretary, Anurag Agarwal, Home Secretary, Tajender Singh MHA extends Punjab Right to Service Act to Chandigarh Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates a serai at the PGI, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Blow to UT employees, minister unaware of housing scheme Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service The administrative block at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, that was inaugurated on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL WILL HELP PGI IN FUTURE TOO: SUDHA Sudha Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, said the foundation was ready to help the PGI in future projects also. She said the serai would help a large number of poor people who failed to find a place at affordable rates. Sharing her bond with the premier health institution of the country, Sudha Murthy got emotional when she said her sister worked in the PGI at one time and she had visited the institution in 1973. Luthra, DGP and Ajit Bal, aji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, were among those present on the occasion. After the inauguration of the serai, the Union Home Minister inaugurated an administrative block and auditorium at Government Multi-Special- ty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, Chandigarh. Built at a cost of Rs 12 crore, the administrative block has five floors and a basement.The double-storeyed auditorium consists of an administration office library, foyer and green rooms. Chandigarh, January 30 In a blow to 3,930 UT employees, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today expressed ignorance regarding the UT Employees’ Housing Scheme, 2008, for which they have already paid around Rs 57 crore nine years ago. This despite the fact that city BJP president Sanjay Tandon and local MP Kirron Kher have claimed before employees on several occasions that Rajnath had assured them of reviving the scheme. They had promised the employees ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections that they would get the scheme implemented. Asked about the scheme at a press conference, Rajnath appeared to be totally unaware of it. Tandon explained the scheme to him. The minister then replied, “Talk to the local MP in this regard.” “This is startling. The two leaders have claimed several times that they met the minister regarding revival of the continued on page 5 SEE ALSO PAGE 3 MP, Tandon’s claims exposed; Rajnath evades query on Metro SLAMS PAK FOR VIOLATING CEASEFIRE PACT Slamming Pakistan for violating the ceasefire agreement, Rajnath Singh said the country should not misinterpret “powerful” India’s “decency.” He said fencing along the IndiaPakistan border was under way. He said shelling by Pakistan forces along the Jammu and Kashmir border had increased over the past two weeks. “...We want to maintain good relations with all, including our neighbours. But our decency should not be wrongly interpreted. India is not a weak country,” he said. Property tax rocks MC House meeting Snatchers target 3 more; month count 27 City residents being served notices despite having made the payments Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 30 Three more snatching cases have been reported from the city. Two miscreants riding a Pulsar motorcycle snatched a gold chain from a woman in Sector 37 this afternoon. The victim has been identified as Sneh Lata, a resident of Sector 37. The incident took place outside the victim’s house. Sources said the victim failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. The police were informed about the incident who rushed to the spot. “Both miscreants were wearing helmets,” said a police official. The police have gathered the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. In another snatching incident, the victim, Lalit Mohan, a resident of Sector 22, reported that he was standing near the Verka booth in Sector 22C when two miscreants riding an Activa scooter arrived continued on page 5 Delay in service to cost officers dear Chandigarh, January 30 The issue of people getting property tax notices despite having already paid the tax rocked the first Municipal Corporation House meeting of the year today. The “insensitivity” of officers, including MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav, towards people came to the fore when they said they were issuing notices to all irrespective of the fact whether they have paid taxes or not. Saying that they had no data and expressing helplessness, the officers said if people had receipts of the payment, the MC would update the records otherwise they would have to pay it again. “There are around 1 lakh people who are being served notices for not paying commercial tax and house tax. Till now, only 5,000 of them have been served notices. We are serving notices on all as we have not digitised out records yet,” said Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg. BJP councillor Arun Sood said when the manual record An MC House meeting under way in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHJAN father-in-law ❝Mythe payments. made He has died and we do not have the receipts. The Municipal Corporation should have the data of the payments. It is not our fault ❞ RAVINDER KAUR, CONG COUNCILLOR of the payment was available, people should not be harassed. “You should compile the data and then digitilise it. After digitisation, you should serve notices. You may take an undertaking from them until then.” Yadav said when people had paid the tax, they should have the receipts. The MC does not have the records. Congress councillor Ravinder Kaur flagged a property default tax c m y b notice served on her. “My father-in-law made the payments. He has died and we do not have the receipts. The MC should have the data of the payments. It is not our fault,” she said. Senior Deputy Mayor Gurpreet Singh said, “There are old persons who find it difficult to maintain the receipts. The MC must maintain its records and should not harass people with notices.” SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Chandigarh, January 30 In a major step towards empowering people to seek hassle-free, corruption-free and time-bound service delivery mechanism in government offices, the Ministry of Home Affairs has extended the Punjab Right to Service Act to Chandigarh. Sources said the ministry had issued a notification for the implementation of the Punjab Right to Service Act, 2011, and the Punjab Right to Service (Amendment) Act, 2014, to the city. This would ensure speedy work and bring more transparency and credibility in the working of departments. The Act also has a provision for imposing penalty on the designated officer for deficiency in service without any reasonable cause, which can range from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, or disciplinary proceedings against the officer. The applicant may be compensated from the penalty imposed on the officer. The Act has a provision for the constitution of the Chandigarh Right to Service Commission (CRTSC). The CRTSC will be entrusted with the task of making suggestions to the Administration for ensuring better delivery of services and proper implementation of the Act. The commission will also hear revision applications against the orders of the second appellate authority. Under the Act, besides fixing the time frame for the delivery of all services, the Administration will have to nominate the first appellate authority and the second appellate authority to decide appeals against delays in provisioning of service. All departments will list out the services offered by them with a timeline. On the failure of the designated officer to provide the service within the given time or refusal to provide the service, the aggrieved person can approach the first appellate authority. An appeal can be made against the order of the first appellate authority to the second appellate authority, who can either accept or reject the application by making a written order stat- ing the reasons for the order and intimate the same to the applicant. He can order the public servant to provide the service to the applicant or can impose a penalty on the designated officer for deficiency in service. The appellate authority has been granted certain powers of a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, like production of documents and issuance of summons to the designated officers and appellants. The Punjab Government has brought over 250 services under the ambit of the Act. It has fixed a day’s time to provide copies of “fard” and “jamabandi” by the Revenue Department and registration of all kinds of documents such as sale deed, lease deed and GPA partnership deed. It has fixed two days’ time for providing the current year’s copies and five days’ time for previous years’ copies of birth/death certificates, seven days’ time for issuing driving licences and 30 days’ time for sanction of building plans. OPDs closed today No loudspeakers at night Chandigarh: All OPDs at the PGI, the GMCH, Sector 32, the GMSH, Sector 16, and all other government hospitals and dispensaries in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula will remain closed on Wednesday on account of Guru Ravidas Jayanti. Emergency services will, however, function as usual. TNS Chandigarh: Ajit Balaji Joshi, District Magistrate, has banned the use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am for 60 days. The order, issued under Section 144 of the CrPC, states that the practice of using loudspeakers at night is widely prevalent in Chandigarh, disturbing public peace. TNS
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