27022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/27/2018 12:37 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 27 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Dental care Leading the way Bond at wedding The free dental check-up fortnight at the Civil Hospital concluded in Jalandhar on Monday. P2 Character artistes are unsung heroes of any film. Here’s a look at those ruling Punjabi film industry. P3 Mohammad Nazim and Saurabh Pandey attended their friend’s wedding. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 11°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.19 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.50 AM Pilgrims’ progress PSEB CLASS X, XII EXAMS Only two dist centres get CCTV cameras Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Devotees on a tractor-trailer and motorcycles move from Jalandhar to celebrate Holla Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Salary cheque for ~9 cr given to sanitation employees In one swoop, senior Henry settles MC disputes SEE ALSO P2 One arrested with pistol Phagwara: The police seized a one .315 bore countrymade pistol, two live cartridges and 25 gm of intoxicting powder from Jasbir Singh, a resident of Hardaspur village, and arrested him. The accused was nabbed at a checkpoint laid near Chiherru village on Sunday. A case under the NDPS Act and the Arms Act has been registered. OC Jalandhar, February 26 The stage is set for the government schools of the district to go for exams from Wednesday onwards. However, contrary to the expectations that a plethora of government students will be under the CCTV supervision during the boards, the state education department has singled out merely two centres in the district which shall be under CCTV surveillance. None of the other centres of the district is getting any CCTV cameras. While as many as 287 centres have been set up in the district where students shall be appearing for the Class X and XII board exams, of these, merely two centres, government high 1 killed, 6 injured in 2 accidents Our Correspondent Congress leader Avtar Henry, along with Mayor Jagdish Raja, addresses sanitation workers during a dharna in front of the MC office in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 26 Ending the four-day-long MC employees’ protest against the delay in the release of their monthly salaries and also their anger against Bawa Henry in one fell swoop, Punjab’s former Cabinet Minister and senior Congress leader Avtar Henry managed to settle the dispute today. Upset at the warning issued by the sanitation workers, majorly belonging to the Valmiki community, for boycotting the Congress party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and also his son in the next Assembly elections, senior Henry, accompanied by Mayor Jagdish Raja, today handed over the salary cheque for Rs 9 crore to Union president Chandan Grewal. Holding the earlier SADBJP coalition responsible for the delay, senior Henry said although the government was facing an acute financial crunch, he would urge the Punjab Chief Minister to ensure the release of Class IV employees’ salary on the first of every month. Also hinting at the heated exchange of words that took place between Bawa and the workers, senior Henry called it unfortunate and said t such incidents should not be repeated ever again. Earlier, Grewal mocked at Bawa Henry by saying that as junior Henry had lived and studied in London, he was not aware of the local civic problems. Later, however, he turned heat on Congress MLA Pargat Singh and scoffing, saying the entire dispute between Henry and the workers had happened due to him. Earlier, the workers did not open the gates of the MC office and it remained locked till late afternoon. Over 700 workers gathered at the MC complex and demanded Mayor Jagdish Raja to release Rs 15 crore as monthly salary. This time, even MC administrative staff too joined the sanitation workers in protest and sat on a dharna. The workers also mocked at the smart city project by stating that the government was planning it by sterilising the stray dogs in the city. Mayor Jagdish Raja too assured the workers that the salaries would be released on time. Tanda Urmar (Hoshiarpur), February 26 One person was killed and six were seriously injured in two separate road accidents today. The first accident occurred near Harsipind village in which the scooter rider from Harsipind Nirmal Kumar son of Buta Ram was killed when a tractor-trailer hit his scooter. The other person with him, Desraj also a resident of Harisipind was seriously injured. Both were working as pump operators on contractual basis in the water supply department. The Tanda police have started the investigation. The second incident happened near Khakhan village on National Highway when an SUV hit a truck from behind and stuck beneath it. The family in the SUV was going from Delhi to Gurdaspur for a cremation. The family members were taken out of the car with the help of passers-by and were sent to the government hospital Tanda. Those travelling in the SUV were Vikram Singh, his wife Gurinder Kaur, daughter Dhruprit Kaur (18), Harleen Kaur (15) and son Jaspreet Singh (10). The condition of Harleen Kaur and Jaspreet Singh has been reported to be critical. The SUV that hit a truck from behind near Tanda in Hoshiarpur on Monday. have ❝Two centressensitive in been declared the district to which instructions have been issued to get CCTV cameras installed by Tuesday. The centres will be opened on Wednesday with the cameras. ❞ ANIL KUMAR AWASTHI, Deputy DEO schools at Adra Mann and Kahlwan, have been declared sensitive. While superintendents and deputy superintendents shall be deputed as per the instructions of the board, the supervisors at centres shall be deputed by the schools only. A district-based teacher said, “This isn’t really a good news. The news of installation of CCTV cameras had alerted the students. Now, it seems that it was much ado about nothing. Now, at the rest of the centres, cheating won’t be that big a problem. Especially since the supervisors are also being deputed locally.” Deputy DEO Anil Kumar Awasthi said, “Two centres have been declared sensitive in the district to which instructions have been issued to get CCTV cameras installed by tomorrow. The centres will be opened on Wednesday with the cameras. Meanwhile, the centres shall get superintendents and deputy superintendents on duty straight through lists by set by the state department. However, all supervisors shall be deputed at the local level.” Man run over by train Phagwara: An America-based NRI, identified as Jasbir Singh (64), a resident of Krishna Colony, Goraya, was run over by a train near the Goraya railway station on Sunday. The Government Railway Police (GRP) in charge Madan Lal said it could not be ascertained yet whether it was a case of suicide or an accident. The GRP handed over the body of the deceased after autopsy to family members. A case has been registered in this regard. OC Man jumps in front of train, dies Phagwara: One unidentified disabled man reportedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Chiherru railway station on the Phagwara-Jalandhar rail section on Sunday. The Government Railway Police recovered crutches lying near the body of the deceased. The body of the deceased had been kept in the mortuary after post-mortem examination, said the police. A case has been registered.OC An alleged drug peddler from whom 4 kg of opium was seized by Jalandhar (Rural) Police in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Dist admn fails to act as ‘bonded’ labourers continue to languish at DBYH Books activists for holding dharna, says bonded labour not proven yet; a report in the case has been sent to SSP, says Naib tehsildar, Nakodar DBYH to rescue Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 26 As many as 81 labourers working at a private agricultural farm at Bal Kohna village in Nakodar in Jalandhar have been languishing at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall (DBYH) for the past almost week ever since the district administration conducted a raid to “rescue” them from the village. While a total of 81 (57 from one farm, 24 from another of the same owners) labourers were rescued from the site, they have been holding A dharna outside the DC office everyday, demanding that action should be initiated against the farm owners for bonded labour. However, the administration, instead, filed an FIR against the labourers and the activists As per the requisite Sections of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976, it was the work of the district administration to provide food, shelter and clothing to the labourers. However, even after a week of the incident, a private organisation like Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall (DBYH) has provided shelter to the labourers and their food is being arranged by local do-gooders. Not even any medical examination of the labourers has so far been arranged by the district administration or the police, with various department washing their hands off the issue, claiming it isn’t yet proven as a case of bonded labour. The labourers rescued from a potato farm at Bal Kohna village sit in their makeshift shelter at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH of the Pendu Mazdoor Union who have been helping them. Fifty sevenlabourers, along with PMU state president Tarsem Peter and activist Kashmir Singh Ghugshore, were booked by the police on Wednesday as per Sections 188 and 283 of the IPC for holding a dharna outside the DC residence. Birender Mahato (40), originally hailing from Sarlai district in Nepal, alleged, “I had been working at the farm for the past three years. Twenty four of us had been promised Rs 7,000 per month as wages. On a monthly basis, we were only being paid a meagre money for food and were being provided ration. When I c m y b demanded the money after working for 2.5 years at the farm, we were told the money won’t be given. While I wanted to flee from the farm, we weren’t allowed to do so. Six months ago, we were given an amount of Rs 80,000, but that’s about all we have received from the farm.” Birender said his wife Anita (40) and his children were also working at the farm. While Birender claimed that he managed to escape from the farm to the neighbouring Khiwa village some days ago, after which he sought help for himself and his associates in the district, after a complaint made to the DC with the help of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, the remaining labourers were freed on the orders of the SDM Nakodar on the evening of February 20. Since then, the labourers have been holding a stir dai- ly, demanding their pending wages and their remaining belongings which lie with the farm. After repeated insistence, some of the belongings of the labourers from the farm were brought to the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar hall yesterday from which too labourers claimed that many gold ornaments are missing. PMU activist Tarsem Peter said, “The farm owners sent the belongings in their own vehicle yesterday. They have claimed that Rs 80,000 were also paid to the labourers. Leave alone acting within 24 hours, the administration has, instead, booked us. We only demand the labourers should be rehabilitated and their wages paid. SDM Nakodar Amrit Singh said, “An inquiry into the case is on. So far, the farm maintains that the labourers were being paid their wages all through. It is only after ascertaining they are bonded labourers that the farm can be acted against.” Naib tehsildar, Nakodar, Ram Chand, said, “A report in the case has been sent to the SSP He will take the . final call.” Assistant Labour Commissioner, Jalandhar, Sukhjinder Sara, said “As long as the said labourers are not formally declared bonded labourers by the SDM Nakodar, we can’t take any action. We issued two challans to the establishment for incomplete records. We had sought the complete records of the establishment, but they have been unable to present these so far. They will give these tomorrow.”
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