10022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/10/2018 12:21 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 10 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Jatt Expo Love is in the air Of close ties Sultan, a Murrah ox of Kaithal, remained a star attraction at Paragpur village. P2 It’s time to celebrate love. And like each year, the build-up to the Valentine’s Day is special. P3 With Valentine’s Day near, here are some shows that celebrate unique love stories. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 06.06 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 07.07 AM Road, sewage works remain pending Visitors, staff inconvenienced outside GST Bhawan in Jalandhar for over 6 months Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 9 The long-pending work of the construction of the road and sewage lying in front of the GST Bhawan is causing trouble for the staff as well as the public visiting the office. Ever since the Bhawan was started in July last year, the road leading to it has not been laid. While the base of the road had been laid long ago, it still remains to be paved by PUDA owing to which the visitors and the staff remain a harassed lot. Even worse is the fact that the polluted water which overflows from the sewers gets accumulated in front of the building and in the parking lot, thus presenting a grim picture of the otherwise newly constructed fourstoreyed building that is also soon going to have another public service office. The Deputy Commissioner of Excise and Taxation, Jaspinder Singh, said, “I have given written complaints to the Municipal Corporation more than 60 times and PUDA, but no action is being taken in this regard.” Even the passport office will soon be shifted to an underconstruction building there. Consequently, more people will come and go there and face the inconvenience, he added. The negligence of the civic authorities is making employees and nearby residents suffer as the outflow of water from the sewerage has also become a den for mosquitoes and other insects. Speaking to the JDA Chief CHEATING IN CLASS X, XII EXAMS Centre lists still not in Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service The poor condition of the approach road and the sewage lying close to the GST Bhawan in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH Administrator Officer Girish Dayalan, said, “The JDA is not aware about the issue and we are yet to confirm whether the area comes under MC territory or PUDA.” He added that the department would look into the matter and take concrete steps to make the area clean. In addition, MC Commissioner Basant Garg said the whole city was going through the cleaning process and super suction machines had been installed at major locations connecting the nearby locations to improve the condition of sewerage all around the city. Therefore, as soon as the sewerage plug around the GST Bhawan is connected to the main connection, the problem will be solved and the water accumulated there will be drained out. He assured that within a few days, the area would be cleaned. REVISION OF LIST OF SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME 93,239 persons found eligible Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 9 A revision of the list of the social security scheme beneficiaries ordered by the Congress government has led to the deletion of the names of as many as 24,248 beneficiaries in the district. Earlier, the district had 1,17,487 beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes. The number has now come down to 93,239. Apart from that, the verification of the 1,000 beneficiaries who had recently responded to the district administration notice is going on. Their credentials are being checked by the Municipal Corporation, said officials at the Social Security office. With 98 per cent of the survey work complete, the staff at the District Social Security office said, “As the re-verification was done by different teams in rural areas and by the MC in urban areas, the survey took time to be completed and was delayed. The teams were assigned to do the re-verification of the list made earlier to make sure any genuine beneficiary is not removed from the list.” “The beneficiaries have started receiving their dues. They last received the benefits in December. Only those who were found ineligible, have been struck off in the list and are not getting any benefits,” they added. Ravinder Singh, District Social Security Officer, said, “The verification process is in its last stage and is about to be completed within a week or two. It is being done with utmost care. Still, if any genuine beneficiary has been removed from the list, he/she may approach us.” The verification got started in June and is still going on. “Till now we had not declared the beneficiaries falling under wrong address or unavailable at the time of survey as bogus or ineligible. We are getting the data re-verified and sending our teams to locate the persons,” he added. He also said, “If any beneficiary contacts us and provides authentic documents, he/she will be added. The grounds on which we deleted the beneficiaries included claimants of age less than 60, annual income if more or having land above 2.5 acres or house above 100 sq yards, wrong address or if they were found unavailable at the mentioned address and if any beneficiary was found dead, his/her name was deducted from the list.” Notably, after the Congress came to power, it ordered a verification of the authenticity of the beneficiaries of the various schemes to make sure that the funds were being used judiciously and that the schemes had not been misused by the SAD-BJP leaders. c m y b Jalandhar, February 9 Even though the Education Department has issued directions regarding a strict nocheating stance on examination centres in the district, the district education department is yet to receive directions regarding the exam centres to be chosen in the district. While declarations have also been made regarding sensitive centres where CCTV cameras are going to be installed, the department has not received any instructions regarding this so far as well. Notably, with 13,700 students to appear for the Xth board exams this year in the district and 9,900 students to appear for the XII board exams, Jalandhar has traditionally been one of the districts where many cases of cheating have been reported from “open” centres running in the city. The Xth standard as well as the XII standard exams will start from March 10 and February 28, respectively. Education Department Secretary-cum-Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, Krishan Kumar, had also released instructions a couple of days ago that no laxity shall be tolerated in the exams of the X and XII standards. He had stated in whichever affiliated schools the matter of cheating surfaces, their recognition shall be cancelled by the board. He also said that FIRs would be lodged against the school head as well as the examination centre’s superintendent by the Education Department. continued on page 2
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