05022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/5/2018 12:26 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 5 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Resentment The spoken word Twist in story The Master Cadre Union has sought a meeting with the State Education Minister. P2 Amarjit Chandan will bring forth the subject of reunification of Punjab in his talk at Lahore University. P3 Star Plus’Naamkarann has been gripping the audience with its intriguing storyline and stellar cast. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.01 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.11 AM KHELO INDIA SCHOOL GAMES Govt school students take part sans sports teachers Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 4 The Khelo India School games have started where players from all over the nation are participating and showing their talent and skills in sports. Jalandhar’s girl from a private school has also won a gold medal in the 200 m race, but in the absence of teachers in government schools, the question arises how budding players will get trained to become sports stars in future. The reality of the sports in government schools is abysmal. There is a vacancy of more than 50 per cent physical education teachers in government schools and as a result, a majority of the schools are doing without these teachers. Although the zonal and district-level tournaments are held every year, a teacher said, “We just follow the orders passed as we do not have sports teacher. Someone out of the existing teachers handles the morning assembly/prayers. We ask the interested students to raise their hands and thus select them for a particular game and make them participate, but there is no training for them in the absence of a sports teacher.” “Many schools do not even have any ground and those who have school grounds do not have sports items for the students due to the lack of sports funds. Sports are supposed to be an integral part of education as these help in personality development, the teacher further added. “In our school, the PT The reality of the sports in government schools is abysmal. There is a vacancy of more than 50 per cent physical education teachers in government schools and as a result, a majority of the schools are doing without these teachers. teacher retired in 2008, and a teacher had got appointed two years ago, but in these two years, he has only come for around four months in total. The ground is there, but what is the use when no sports teacher is there to teach them. Students keep playing on their own, said a teacher, posted at a school in Samipur. A teacher from a government-aided school said, “In the absence of a PT teacher, who got retired, no new appointment has been made, and the school doesn’t have any team.” Almost all middle schools in the district do not have PT teachers because of which students are deprived of sports facilities.” In the district schools, 51% posts of PTIs and DPE (degree in physical education) teachers are lying vacant. All middle schools in the district have not received funds for sports for past many years because of which students are deprived of sporting activities. According to a report that was released a year ago, as many as 285 posts of sports and physical education teachers are lying vacant in the district. 159 posts of DPEs are lying vacant against a sanctioned strength of 268, 119 posts of PTIs are lying vacant against the sanctioned strength of 243 and several posts of physical education lecturers are lying vacant. Officials said the situation remained the same even today. Harbinder Singh, assistant education officer (AEO), sports, said the process of the promotion from the PTI to DPE was being carried out now. However, an official said this would leave the posts of the PTI in the schools vacant. “In short, there is no chance of getting sports teachers in the school for now,” the official said. Number of players from Jalandhar not known When asked, district officials from the education department and sports department said they did not know the number of players who were taking part in the Khelo India School Games. District sports officer (DSO) Vijay Kumar said the education department had made the list. When asked the AEO (sports) Jalandhar, said the list was with the higher officials and it is was not known how many players from Jalandhar Government Schools were playing. He said the students who performed well in National School Games were chosen and the state body knows it. “In Jalandhar, the camp for judo and hockey was held and for other sports, the camps were held in other districts,” he said. Rupinder Ravi, state organizer, said a total of 247 players from the state were playing in the games, but he could not provide the information on the number of players in Jalandhar. Leather Complex to get fresh lease of life SMART CITY PROJECT Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 4 Providing a fresh lease of life to the almost dead leather complex in the city, the first integrated township of leather industry in India, two common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) will be added under the smart city project to ensure the proper treatment of effluents in the complex. Smart City CEO Girish Dayalan said with an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore to be released under the smart city project, a new CETP would be built along with upgrading the existing CETP with 5MLD capacity in the leather complex. “The move will revive the leather complex housing over 361 units providing employment to over 75,000 persons through direct and indirect recruitment. Besides, it will address pollution concerns in the region,” said Dayalan. While the existing 5MLD CETP OF 5 MLD CAPACITY DUE FOR UPGRADE REQUIREMENT: Upgraded existing plant of 5 MLD to 6.5 MLD (by investing about ~10 crore). ECONOMIC BENEFIT: Steep rise in exports/indirect exports by about 40-50 per cent. Anticipated increase in annual plant will be upgraded to 6.5 MLD with an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore, an additional CETP with an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore will be built to provide a safe working environment inside the complex. The project will be carried out with support from the Central Government funds which will contribute over 70 per cent of the total cost. Out of the total cost of the Rs 60 crore, the smart city company will contribute Rs 18 crore from its funds. While Rs 3 crore will be added to the Central Government share of Rs 7 crores to upgrade the existing 5MLD plant, smart city will be putting Rs 15 crore to the central The leather Complex is the first integrated township in India where the CETP was set up first and industry came thereafter to produce 2 lac sq. ft. finished leather per day. Currently, it has 61 wet area units & about other 300 units. Employment – 25,000 direct workmen & 50,000 workforce indirectly. It has two modules of CETP - 1.5 MLD – non-operative and 5 MLD - was built in 2010 at the cost of Rs.18 crore (50 per cent by Govt of India and 50 per cent by Govt of Punjab). It is functional and is running @ 3 MLD per day. The wet area units’ capacity is working @ 50% after sealing by PPCB way back in year 2014 – resulting in loss of revenues and employment. ing taken by the Union Minister for Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri, Dayalan convinced the minister to consider the funds as the state government share since it has already been released to the Jalandhar smart city project, following which he was given a verbal sanction by the minister. “The minister was kind enough to accept our request to consider smart city funds as our own share. The move will help save livelihood of many people besides rejuvenating the leather industry as well as to address the pollution concern in the area,” said Dayalan. He added that at present the Student commits suicide ~141 cr released for sewerage work Tribune News Service NRI Sat Paul, who had come from Kuwait and was presently residing in Jagatpur Colony here, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train between Phagwara and Chiherru on Saturday night. The man was married and father of three kids. Mental tension reportedly forced him to take the extreme step, the GRP said. The postmortem was done and a case registered in this regard. OC What PAPRA Act states Five injured in violent clash Goverment teachers, under the banner of the 5178 Master Cadre Union Punjab, hold a protest march as part of a state level rally against the Punjab Goverment in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH No policy on illegal colonies yet Even though it is eight months since the new government took over the reins in its hand, it is yet to formulate a policy on illegal colonies which it promised very prominently in the poll manifesto. While the JDA, struggling through a severe financial crunch, expected to sail through to the revenue it was planning to generate by issuing NOCs, the plan was stuck due to interference by Congress leaders. Only 8 approved colonies in three districts As per the data received from the JDA, only eight out of the 670 colonies have been approved by the JDA so far. While many have applied for the NOC, they did not return to follow up the matter with the JDA. According to Dayalan, to stop the illegal buildings, the NOC should be made mandatory for the registration of sale deed of any property in the state. up with officials of the three districts and it was decided to overrule the directions of the JDA. Dayalan was asked to write to Secretary, Housing, who will approach the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) to get it implemented uniformly across the state. Now it has been learnt that accepting the proposal mooted by Dayalan, the Financial Commisisoner has planned to carry it across the state. According to a 2015 notifica- An overview of Jalandhar leather industry government share of Rs 35 crore to build a new CETP in the complex. While the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had already approved the plan and had agreed to contribute 70 per cent of the share, the project was hanging in air due to the unavailability of state share for the past few years. Though Dayalan forwarded a proposal to the Central Government expressing willingness to contribute 30 per cent of the state share from smart city funds, the government refused the proposal by calling smart city funds as the share released by the government. However, at a recent meet- NRI ends his life Tribune News Service Even though Section 20(3) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA), 1995, states that no registrar or subregistrar shall register a sale deed or any other document regarding the sale of land or plot or building situated in a colony in respect of which licence has not been obtained from the competent authority, colonisers, taking advantage of a 2015 notification, have managed to get illegal colonies registered in blatant violation of the PAPRA Act. Leather Cluster because of the total safe working environment. Additional CETP of 5 MLD (Rs 50 crore) can also be planned at the land available in the battery limits of the CETP. It will help for futuristic planning. Phagwara: A Class XII student, identified as Charanjit, a resident of Gunachaur village, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a goods train near the local railway station on Saturday night. His motorcycle (PB-32V-7538) was found parked near the railway tracks. Stress was said to be the cause behind the suicide, said GRP The body of the . youth was handed over to his family after post-mortem. OC Up in arms NOC mandatory for property registration Jalandhar, February4 To prevent the mushrooming of illegal colonies further in the state, the Department of Revenue has made no objection certificate (NOC) issued by local body concerned and development authority mandatory for the registration of properties. Sources in the department have confirmed that a written approval has been granted by the Financial Commissioner for the same and the deputy commissioners in each district will be issued the aforesaid notification by Monday. Last month, JDA Chief Administrator Girish Dayalan, in a letter shot to the deputy commissioners of Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur, last month had urged them to not register any colony without the NOC issued by the JDA. However, the move created a huge controversy among colonisers community who later approached former minister Rana Gurjit and Jalandhar (West) MLA Sushil Rinku. The colonisers sought reason why the rule was implemented alone in the three districts when no formal notification was issued by the state government in the matter. The matter was later taken turnover from the existing ~250 cr to about ~700-800 cr. ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT: It will go a long way to meet environmental challenges on a sustainable basis. International prospective buyers will also be attracted towards Jalandhar leather export industry in Jalandhar is around 250 crore, but with the move, it is expected to touch around 500 crore turnover. tion, the government allowed the registration of properties by accepting a self-declaration certificate by the property owners. However, despite the overriding of the aforesaid notification in 2016, it continued to get implemented till date. As the PAPRA Act clearly states that no sale deed should be executed without the NOC issued by the local body concerned, any such registry done in the manner stands null and void. c m y b Five persons, including two women, sustained injuries in a violent clash that occurred between two groups in the Model Town locality here on Saturday night. OC Jalandhar, February 4 Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today released funds worth Rs 1540.90 crore for the completion of ongoing sewerage projects in the state. The minister said the money would give an impetus to the development of the state and also provide state-of-the art civic amenities at a cost of Rs 2,108.50 crore. He said that state government has already spent around Rs 600 crore for these projects. Accompanied by President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and Lok Sabha Member Sunil Jakhar, the minister said the work on this project was halted by the previous government. He however said the State government has now decided to pump in Rs 1,540.90 crore to complete it. He further added that out of the total amount, Rs 141.53 crore would be spent on Jalandhar. The funds to the tune of Rs 64.97 crore have been already been granted. Likewise, Rs 51.30 crore would be spent in Jalandhar city, Rs 17.78 crore in Adampur, Rs 0.33 crore in Alawalpur, Rs 10.81 crore in Goraya, Rs 8.84 in Kartarpur, Rs 37.43 crore in Nakodar, Rs 0.44 crore in Phillaur, Rs 8.70 crore in Shahkot and Rs 5.90 crore for Mehatpur. Sidhu also said these funds would be spent judiciously for completing these projects in a time bound manner. He said in order to ensure proper quality check over these works, the state government would hire young engineers from the colleges and universities for random checking of these projects. Also, the minister batted for installing display boards in the urban areas to inform the people about the nature of development work done in their area. He said this would help in enhancing the quality of work done by the agencies. The minister said the basic motive was to ensure time-bound completion of development work by ensuring quality control and making the officers accountable for it. He also said the third party audit of all the works executed by the Municipal Corporation would be done in a few days.
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