14042018-LT-01.qxd 13-04-2018 23:42 Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 14 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE RTE under threat? PHCs or white elephant? National Masters Games EWS students denied admission to private schools under RTE Act, parents fume. P2 Health Dept fails to take charge of six health centres, making these appear like ‘white elephants’. P4 Samita Ahuja wins silver medals in 100-m sprint and 200-m race in National Masters Games. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6: 54 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:59 AM All for justice Hotel MD facing rape charge evading arrest Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Girls hold placards demanding justice for the Kathua rape victim at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on Friday. MC mulls ‘smart’ bins Four committees formed to finalise locations Tribune News Service Censor-based bins Ludhiana, April 13 Under the Smart City mission, the Municipal Corporation is planning to set up sensor-based smart underground bins at different locations in MC’s Zone A, B, C and D. These censor-based wastecollection bins would be used to identify the status of waste bins if it is empty or filled. The officials claimed that such bins would help in customising waste collection schedule accordingly. By using censor-based smart waste bins, the information about status of all smart dustbins can be easily accessed by the authority concerned and it can send the garbage collection vehicle timely, according to information. A meeting of the MC officials headed by Additional Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal was held on Friday to further plan the setting up of smart bins in the city. Aggarwal has formed zonewise committees each comprising three officials. These According to information, by using censor-based smart waste bins, the information about the status of all smart dustbins can be easily accessed by the authorities concerned and it can send the garbage collection vehicle timely to a location. committees would finalise the list of locations, where the bins are to be set up. The officials of AECOM Consultant Company would also participate in the survey to finalise the locations. According to sources, 48 locations have earlier been identified by the officials in three constituencies, including Ludhiana West, Ludhiana Central and Ludhiana East, where elected MLAs are from the Congress party. Sources said some of identified sites include Sabji Mandi, Shivpuri Chowk, Basti Jodhewal Chowk, Sector 32-A market, Jamalpur Chowk, Clock Tower Chowk, Baba Than Singh Chowk, Field Ganj, Janakpuri, RK Road, Sarabha Nagar market, Gol market in Model Town, Malhar Road, Feroze Gandhi market, Ghumar Mandi, near canal bridge on Pakhowal Road and near Nehru Rose Garden among others. However, these sites have not been finalised, an official said. The officials would have to check whether underground bins can be installed there or not. MC’s health officer, Dr Vipul Malhotra said there was a planning to set up smart bins at 50 locations in the city. The committee members would check whether these bins could be set up at mini-secondary garbage collection points in the city, he said. These bins would be installed underground, he said. Notably, the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana had earlier announced to distribute green and blue bins with an aim to collect segregated dry and wet waste from houses under the Swachh Bharat Mission. However, the MC failed to ensure collection of segregated waste from houses in the right way. PHOTO: ASHWINI DHIMAN Ludhiana, April 13 The owner of A-Hotel, who was recently booked by the Ludhiana Commissionerate on the charge of rape, is evading police arrest. The police claimed that continuous raids were being conducted at the whereabouts of the accused, but he was not traceable. The accused has been identified as Ajit Singh Grewal and is the Managing Director of a prominent hotel in the city. The MD’s wife and son have also been booked on the charge of attacking the woman, but not in any conspiracy behind rape. The complainant is a 23year-old resident of Haibowal Kalan. “In February 2016, I appeared for a job interview at A-Hotel. I was interviewed by its MD — Ajit. During the interview, when I told him that I needed a job to meet expenses for my studies, he told me not to do the hotel What the victim says... “In February 2016, I appeared for a job interview at A-Hotel. I was interviewed by its MD — Ajit. During the interview, when I told him that I needed a job to meet expenses for my studies, he told me not to do the hotel job. Rather, he said he would make me partner in a Punjabi film production house, which he would be opening soon. He got me admitted to Jaspal Bhatti’s acting school — Mad Arts — in Mohali, to learn various aspects of film production. He also arranged an accommodation for me in Mohali at his own expenses. Once in a hotel in Delhi, he applied blood in place of vermillion (sindoor) on my forehead. He took the blood from his hand by piercing it with his turban pin. On the pretext of marrying me, he took me to various places and abused me physically.” job. He instead said he would make me partner in a Punjabi film production house, which he would be opening soon. He got me admitted to Jaspal Bhatti’s acting school, Mad Arts, in Mohali to learn various aspects of film production. He also arranged an accommodation for me in Mohali at his own expenses. Once in a hotel in Delhi, he applied blood in place of vermillion (sindoor) on my forehead. He took the blood from his hand by piercing it with his turban pin. On the pretext of marrying me, he took me to various places and abused me physically,” the complainant told the police. Station House Officer, police division 5, Jatinder Kumar said accused Ajit Singh Grewal had been escaping arrest, adding that despite conducting several raids at his whereabouts, he could not be traced. “We are also collecting technical evidence against Grewal to establish the allegations levelled against him. We will soon nab him,” the SHO said. Snatchers’ gang busted, four arrested with 39 cell phones Harry had come out on bail about two weeks ago only and connected with his gang members to loot people again. The police remand of the accused would be sought for further interrogation, which may lead to the recovery of more stolen valuables from the gang members. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 13 The police division no. 4 police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers by arresting four of its members. As many as 39 mobile phones, two motorcycles and an Activa were recovered from them. Additional DCP Gurpreet Singh Sikand and SHO PS 4 Rajwant Singh addressed a press conference on Friday. ADCP Gurpreet said initially, the police had arrested Sonu Kumar of Badewal and Abay Sharma of Sunet village. Then, the police recovered a stolen motorcycle and 16 mobile phones from them. Later, the police managed to arrest two more gang members including Amandeep Singh, alias Gyani, living near Police Lines and recovered nine mobile phones and one stolen Activa Three held with 14 mobile phones Additional DCP Gurpreet Singh Sikand addresses a press conference regarding the arrest of the robbers in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA scooter from them. Further probe into the robbery and snatching cases led to the arrest of Jasdeep Singh, alias Harry, a resident of Sardar Nagar, from whom the police recovered one stolen motorcycle and 14 mobile phones, the ADCP said. The ADCP further revealed that Harry was the kingpin of the gang and was already facing several cases of snatching and robberies at various police stations, adding that Meanwhile, the CIA 2 wing of the city police has arrested three snatchers and recovered one motorcycle and 14 mobile phones from them. The accused have been identified as Ravi Kumar of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, Gagandeep of Shimlapuri and Sahil of Grewal Colony. ASI Gurpreet Singh said acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted at a specific place, from where snatchers were arrested. The gang was mainly targeting migrant labourers. GLADA draws flak for delay in disposal of appeals Consumers heave a sigh of relief Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 13 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has drawn flak for the violation of mandatory provisions under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by its failure to dispose of the first appeals within the stipulated period of 45 days. Information provided under the RTI Act by GLADA to Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, reveals that out of 83 first appeal cases filed with the First Appellate Authority (FAA) from January 2016 to March 2018, as many as 51 cases (61 per cent) were decided after 45 days. Sabharwal had filed a complaint with the Punjab Governor and the Chief Minister that failure to follow the provisions of the RTI Act by the RTI reveals that out of 83 first appeal cases from January 2016 to March 2018, as many as 51 cases (61%) were decided after 45 days. TRIBUNE PHOTO Public Authority of GLADA as well as other government departments was tantamount to the denial of the Right to Information to the people and amounted to scuttling the intended purpose of the Act. He also charged the Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC) with failure to ensure the implantation of the RTI Act in letter and spirit. The complainant asserted that it was not only GLADA, but most of the appellate authorities of different government departments and urban local bodies that took the provisions of the RTI Act very lightly for the simple reason that when the aggrieved applicants approach the PSIC (the sec- ond appellate authority), in most of cases the Commission, failed to take cognizance of the failure on the part of FAA to dispose of the first appeal within the stipulated period. “Not only this, the Commission often ignores persistent failure of the public authority to make personal appearance in the second appeal cases and ask erring officials to explain reasons for delay in the disposal of the first appeal within the given time frame,” Sabharwal said. Calling for effective intervention of the government, the Council urged that a detailed report be sought from the all State Information Commissioners (SICs) of the non-compliance of notice of hearing and failure to make presence of the first appellate authorities during last two years, reasons for c m y b non-appearance of the FAAs and also the failure of the SICs to record absence in the final orders of the second appeal. Sabharwal further urged the government to issue strict instructions to the SICs to not only ensure the presence of FAAs and take serious note of the absence of public authorities in second appeal cases but also emphasis on the Commission to implement the provisions of RTI Act in letter and spirit so that it could serve the desired purpose. As per a communication received by Sabharwal from the Chief Minister’s office (on March 19, 2018), his complaint has been forwarded to the Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Governance Reforms, Punjab, for further necessary action. as PSPCL starts rectifying bills Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 13 Good news for over 3,000 electricity consumers, as the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has started sending rectified bills. The amended bills would provide great relief to users be it domestic, factory or industry owners. Consumers, who have already paid an increased amount to the PSPCL, will heave a sigh of relief, as the amount will be adjusted in bills to be sent now. President, Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Association (FOPSIA), Badish Jindal said a notification on this was issued by the department on March 28, 2018. “The good news is that following this notification, approximately 1,400 consumers got is ❝The good newsgotthat following the notification, 1,400 consumers their bills rectified manually by visiting the department. Now, the department has updated the system and consumers will be getting fresh bills with adjustments. ❞ BADISH JINDAL, President, Federation of Punjab Small Industries’ Association their bills rectified manually by visiting the department. Now, the department itself has updated the system and consumers will be getting fresh bills with adjustments,” he said. Industrialists said this has provided much-needed relief to the industry as in previous bills, they had to pay a hefty amount, while as per meeting with the Power Minister, Punjab, in December 2018, it was decided that the PSPCL would send the bills either through maximum overall rate (MOR) or through monthly minimum charges (MMC). “But consumers were not getting bills according to this system and the average was being taken by the department and as per that, industrialists were paying bills from ~10 to ~13 per unit. The extra charges paid by us will be adjusted,” said Jindal. PSPCL Chief Engineer here Paramjit Singh said amendments in bills were being done and there were around 3,000 such consumers, who would get the rectified bills.
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