06022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/6/2018 1:04 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 6 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Principals’ Meet Ugly face of beauty Blending two worlds Digitisation not a substitute for teaching, say various speakers in Jalandhar. P2 A strong voice is emerging from tricity to promote a cruelty-free environment. P3 Aalisha Panwar doesn’t shy away from being experimental. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.02 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.30 AM BLOs stage protest at KMV College Our Correspondent Jalandhar, February 5 The Block Level officers (BLOs) Union staged a protest at KMV College here today. They had protested against the 036 North Local Body Directorate orders as per which the work of the online data entry has to be done by the BLOs. A number of BLOs from the district gathered at the college and boycotted the training programme organised by the Local Body Directorate in order to train the BLOs regarding online data filing. Members of the BLO Union said, “We had boycotted the training session since we are not authorised to do so as the work does not fall under our services. Despite the directions of the state government that no teaching staff will be deputed with additional charge or in offices, a number of BLOs have been assigned for additional work while taking them out from schools, unofficially.” Harmanjot Singh, member of the union, said, “Already the work of the survey was done by the BLOs by visiting door to door. We finished that work in December and now we are being asked to file data of the same voters’ survey online which is not our job.” We want government to look into the matter and appoint staff who would do this data entry work, as we are already busy in taking classes of the students whose exams are approaching from next month, he added. Man booked for torturing wife Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by Amandeep Kaur of Green land colony, the Satnampura police have registered a case under Sections 498 and 406 of the IPC against her husband Baljinder Singh of Gill village near Nakodar on the charge of harassing and torturing her physically and mentally for dowry. The victim in her written complaint said she was married to the accused on January 20 in 2016 and had a 16-month-old son. She said her husband was earning nothing. He took Rs 1.30 lakh from her parents and went to Singapore. He returned after one month without earning anything and started demanding more money from them. He had been living at her parents’ house in Phagwara since February last year and kept on torturing her father. No arrest has been made so far. OC ‘108’ ambulances not in pink of health Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 5 Jalandhar, known for having the largest number of nursing homes in Asia, has nothing much to offer in the adjoining rural areas. The case of the death of Shahkot’s sitting MLA Ajit Singh Kohar Kohar who was made to travel to the city despite having a critical heart condition tells about the sorry state of affairs. The ambulance in which he travelled did not have the ventilator facility and also any medical staff to handle critical medical emergencies. ❝There is not even a single advanced lifesupport ambulance provided by the government in the district. Presently, the facility is made available only by some private hospitals. The Health Department is planning to purchase these in a phased manner. The beginning The 108 ambulance facility was made operational in the district in March 2011. Currently, Jalandhar has 19 ambulances actively in service, both in urban as well as rural parts of the district. Five ambulances are used in the urban region and 14 in the rural regions. Poorly equipped vans The district in charge of these ambulances Gur Amandeep Singh said the ambulance had all basic life-supporting equipment, BP apparatus, first-aid kit, suction machine, oxygen cylinders and three types of stitchers called flexible, scoop and spine board available in it and if the condition of the patient is critical, there is also the facility of online doctors operating from Amritsar. ❞ DR RAGHUBIR SINGH RANDHAWA, Civil Surgeon, Jalandhar A government Ambulance 108 at the Civil Hospital in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Contrary to his claim, when checked, the condition of these life-saving vans was not found up to the mark. Whereas the supervisors and in charges claimed that all equipment available in the ambulance were working fullfledgedly, when checked the portable or spare oxygen cylinder was found faulty and in the same condition since a year. The suction machine did not work in a few ambulances. Moreover, the in charge claimed that the regular servicing of the ambulances was done when they cover a distance of 20,000 km, but the drivers said the vehicle had covered more than 40,000 km, but still the servicing was not done. Also, maintenance executives claimed that the recovery of the damaged parts of the ambulance was done immediately after receiving the complaints, but no such actions were observed as the broken bonnet of one of the ambulances was not replaced which was hindering the headlights and new siren lights had also not been placed on other ambulances, which a driver claimed was running without sirens for the past eight to nine months. Many ambulances were found without spare tyres. The ambulances that were to be made available to the district patients within 15 minutes after dialling 108 are also being used for referred cases and hence moved to other neighbouring cities, l which is against the rules. As per sources, daily seven to eight patients were taken to other cities like Amritsar, Ludhiana and even to Chandigarh. Unhappy staff The staff is not happy as wages are very less and untimely salaries are given on installments. Pharmacists and drivers who are working since March 2011 said no increment had been approved on their wages and salary is also less compared to the pharmacists working in private ambulances. Also, when workers protest, they are fired. “With so many shortcomings in ambulances, we feel unsafe driving these,” said a driver who is also not aware whether they were covered under health and life insurances by the company. Disabled in dist unhappy with Budget Positive thinking Physically challenged sportsperson express their apprehensions Avneet Kaur Principals take part in the meet organised by The Tribune Group in association with Chandigarh University in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH SEE ALSO P2 Tributes paid to Master Gurbanta Singh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 5 Gurbanta Singh, father of MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary and grandfather of MLA Surindrer Singh Chaudhary and General Secretary PPCC Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, was paid tributes on his 38th death anniversary at Dhaliwal village today. Rana KP Singh, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while paying rich tributes to the departed soul, said late Master Gurbanta Singh was known as a great social reformer, educationist, able administrator and the tallest Dalit leader of Punjab. He started his political career in 1932 when society was gripped in casteism. He ,along with his associates Babu Mangoo Ram and others, started a revolutionary tirade against these reactionary forces under the roof of Ad-dharam Mandal, Jalandhar. October 10, 1929, was the historic day when Master Gurabnta Singh and his associates presented a memorandum to His Excellency Sir Geoffrey Fitzervey DC Montmorency, the then Governor of Punjab. He was first elected to the Assembly of United Punjab in 1945 and remained a member till 1977. He was so popular among people that he was declared elected unopposed in the 1972 Vidhan Sabha elections. He remained in the Council of Ministers of Khizar Hayyat Khan Tiwana Government before Partition, then in Partap Singh Kairon and Giani Zail Singh governments during which he held various portfolios. Following are his major contributions. The law which debarred the SC community to purchase land in their name, known as ‘Mutation Land Act’, was abolished. Along with abolishing the law of the pre-emption act for SCs, Gurbanta Singh had opened innumerable schools and technical and degree colleges in the Doaba region which are catering not only to the SCs but also to students of all castes and creeds. Jalandhar, February 5 Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have claimed to have presented the Union Budget 2018-19 with the aim to raising the standard of living of the common man, the disabled community in the district as well physically challenged sportspersons have expressed their apprehensions over this and said that the community was excluded from this bracket. With the allocation for sports promotion among disabled reduced to just Rs 1 lakh, a heavy reduction from Rs 4 crore allocated last year, a state disability activist, Amarjit Singh Anand, said, “The BJP government doesn’t care about persons with disabilities. In the Budget, the disabled community has been completely ignored as if it does not exist, said Anand, adding that the total allocation for the department for the empowerment of persons with disabilities increased by Rs 215 crore compared to last year. The allocation towards Schemes for the Implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Act (SIPDA) is a mere Rs 300 crore.” Also these schemes include provision for the much-hyped “Accessible India” campaign initiated in 2015 under which 600 public buildings have to be accessi- c m y b ble, 600 official websites accessible and making transport systems accessible for the disabled community was promised, but nothing got materialised even after two years,” he added. Claiming the Budget to be merely another policy to fool people, Anand threw light on the government’s past promises and said, “The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in India, and Member of Parliament from Hoshiarpur, Vijay Sampla, who belongs to Jalandhar only, had three years ago assured the 2.5 per cent of disabiled population residing here for the facility of escalators at railway station, but even now, the promise has not been fulfilled.” Apart from the allocation of budget and not giving cognisance to the disabled community during the two-hourlong speech, the activists also raised concerns over the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) and Mental Health Care Act. They said covering 10 lakh poor families and promising Rs 5 lakh per family per year will be a life changer for many, but the Finance Minister forgot to clarify its specifications whether it will include the pre-existing conditions in the NHPS. Moreover, no stress had been laid on intellectual disability in the budget and neither does the state government has any policy in this regard, they added. MALLIKA HANDA (DEAF AND DUMB CHESS PLAYER) Mallika Handa, mother of Renu, said, “Despite having disability my daughter has brought laurels to the state as well as India and has won many national and international championships in chess. It is really disappointing that the government is paying no attention towards their development as they are even not getting jobs. The BJP government made several slogans of ‘achhe din’, but there had been no such days for the disabled.” AAKASH MEHRA (FORMER HOCKEY PLAYER) Having won two gold medals in javelin throw in the consecutively held state-level tournaments and one silver medal in National Senior Para Athletic Championship in 2017, this 19-year-old champion has prosthetic legs, and is running out of funds for further medical treatment of his artificial limbs. He said the Finance Minister had mentioned escalators but not lifts which can be used by the disabled to be installed in the 600 stations. I ask the Finance Minister does not our comfort matter to you. Aakash said, “These budgets are not for us, as I haven’t ever felt that I had been given any facility from the government, both at the state and Central level. I and my family are fighting this battle on our own and due to lack of financial support, sometimes it becomes difficult for us to meet the resources. I don’t fear anything but if provided all medical aid, I can bring more medals for the country. We are poor and don’t have adequate funds for treatment. The government promised providing a job, but to no avail.” TEJINDER PAL SINGH (BLIND CRICKETER) The government has failed to uplift the disabled community as was promised in the poll promises. No financial aids are being given to disabled sportspersons by the State as well as the Centre. We have no social and health security. Apart from this, even the GST applied on handicap equipment had worsened the situation. It is sad that being an international achiever in blind cricket, I am not even granted medical and health security from my country. It is my kind request to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to not just allocate the funds but assure that the money is being utilised in a proper way.
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