09042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/9/2018 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 9 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE 1,100 get degrees A rough ride Tiffany at HBO Over 1,100 graduate and postgraduate students get degrees during the annual convocation. P2 Finding it tough to deal with toxic people around... well, there is a way to steer clear. P3 Tiffany Haddish is set to executive produce a comedy series at HBO. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 18°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.45 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.02 AM Food biz traders evade registration Of over 9,000, only around 1,500 have registered themselves in past three years Year-wise data Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 8 A few food business operators (FBOs) have come up to get themselves registered with the district Health Department. Of over 9,000 FOBs, only around 1,500 have been registered in the past three years. Till 2014, a total of 8,000 FOBs were manually registered with the department and about 2,000 had the licence. With the online registration facility in 2015, the number had seen a dramatic dip. From 2015 to till date, only 667 licences have been issued. Over 6,000 FOBs in the district operate in the grey area. There is no check on the food and eatables they are serving to the people as they are not registered with the Health Department. As many as 662 food selling entrepreneurs were registered in 2015 while in 2016, their number was 258 and 621 were registered in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of establishments getting the licence from the department has seen a sharp increase in the past three years. In 2015, 62 received licence while in Year 2015 2016 2017 Registered 662 258 621 Licence 62 226 379 ❝EveryaFriday, weto convene meeting spread awareness among entrepreneurs to get licence, but the final call is theirs. After the online registration facility came into existence, there has been a sharp dip in registrations. The department is working hard to fix the gap. ❞ ISTOCK Punishment under Act The punishment for not getting licence from the Health Department under Section 61 of the Act is either 6 months imprisonment or a fine of Rs 15 lakh. 2016, the number was 226 and 379 establishments got the licence in 2017. To date, the year-wise data shows that the number of food entrepreneurs registered with the Health Department has seen a dip as com- SNIPPETS Manbookedforabductingminor Phagwara: A man has been booked on the charge of abducting a minor girl. The accused has been identified as Guggu, a resident of Prempura, Phagwara. A migrant woman from Madhya Pradesh told the police that the accused abducted her daughter, who is a student of Class VIII, on the pretext of marrying her. A case under Sections 363-A and 366 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. Police officer Gurmeet Singh Sidhu the accused was working at a store of Easyday. He added that the accused would be arrested soon. OC Scholarship amount increased Phagwara: The Charanjit Singh Bassi Memorial Charitable Trust has increased the amount of scholarship for meritorious students. Dubai-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Kulwinder Singh Bassi on Sunday said the amount had been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh. The NRI, who is the son of late Charanjit Singh Bassi, said the scholarship would be distributed among brilliant and needy school and college students. He made the announcement on the fifth death anniversary of his father. OC Proclaimed offender arrested Phagwara: The police on Sunday arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), identified as Surjit Singh, alias Sonu, a resident of Rihana Jattan village. He was on the run since May 2016. He is an accused in a criminal case. Sub-Inspector Sikander Singh said Surjit was arrested at the bus stand of his village when he was waiting for a bus. The SI said they had a tip-off, following which the PO was arrested. OC pared to 2015. But as compared to 2016, an increase was witnessed. Meanwhile, the number of food selling establishments getting licence has seen a substantial rise over the years. The punishment for not DR BALWINDER SINGH, Health Officer getting licence from the Health Department under Section 61 of the Act is either 6 months imprisonment or a fine of Rs 15 lakh. Most of the entrepreneurs have not got themselves registered with the department. Ironically, the department has also not taken any action against these unregistered entrepreneurs. District Health Officer Dr Balwinder Singh said, “Every Friday, we convene a meeting to spread awareness among entrepreneurs to get licence, but the final call is theirs. After the online registration facility came into existence, there has been a sharp dip in registrations. The department is working hard to fix the gap. While they have to submit a hard copy of the online registration and licence as soon as they procure them online, many of Teachers demand pending salaries Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 8 Over 30,000 teachers, who are also members of the Education Providers’ Union and the SSA/RMSA School Teachers’ Union, have not received their salaries since the month of December. The teachers are also unhappy with the state government for not regularising the services of contractual teachers and said it was one of the pre-poll promises of the Congress government. Besides, non-disbursal of their salaries was only adding to their woes, the teacher said. Talking to The Tribune, Harjinder Khaira, state committee member of the Education Providers’ Union, said, “These days inflation is on the rise. We are already being paid a pittance by the Punjab government. Teachers have been languishing due to meagre salaries. The government has held up our salaries since December. We are finding it difficult to make both ends meet.” Another teacher said, “It is the admission season and we have to get our kids admitted to school. We have been languishing without salaries on Christmas, Lohri and Baisakhi. The department responds by saying the delay is from higher authorities. It is taking a toll on our house budgets.” Various unions are going to organise a maha rally in Patiala on April 15. The issue of not disbursing salaries will be taken up at the rally. Fashion fiesta Models walk the ramp during a fashion show, “Colours of Spring”, in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH c m y b the entrepreneurs are also not submitting these, causing a delay in the process.” Regulations for applying licence The food business operators are registered or get licence as per the regulations of the Food Safety Act, 2006. Entrepreneurs in the district have clearly been shying away from getting registered with the Health Department, which is also failing to initiate any action against them. Following the implementation of the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006, it has become mandatory for the Health Department to register all establishments selling food. Under the provisions of the regulations, the cottage food manufacturing industry, with an annual turnover not exceeding Rs 12 lakh, will have to be registered with the Health Department, while the big food manufacturing having an annual turnover between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 12 crore must obtain the licence from the department. The registration fee is Rs 100 while the licence seekers have to pay Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 as per the provisions. Theft at temple in Phagwara Phagwara: Thieves struck at Shri Hanuman Garhi temple here on Saturday night. They decamped with more than Rs 25,000 by breaking open golaks of the temple. Advocate Baldev Sharma, chairman, Mandir Committee, lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. Vice-president of the Ram Lila Committee Ravinder Sharma, who is also general secretary of the Phagwara Bar Association, and Hindu Shiv Sena leader Inder- jit Karwal said two golaks were found to be broken at Shiva Temple. A few currency notes were seen lying scattered near the golaks, said Rakesh Kumar, care taker of the temple. Rakesh said, “I had gone to sleep after 12 am, but I found that golaks were broken on Sunday morning.” Police officer Gurmeet Singh Sidhu said they were examining the CCTV footage. Karwal said wires of CCTVs were also snapped at some places. — OC
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