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P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7:02 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.38 AM Officials make efforts to dispel rumours Launch drive to check spread of vector-borne for measles-rubella diseases, officials told Vaccination drive: Kapurthala DC gets his daughter vaccinatedattention to false news, residents urged Don’t pay Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 2 Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday asked officials to launch a drive to check the spread of vectorborne diseases in the district. Presiding over a meeting at the District Administrative Complex here, the DC said a joint team comprising officials of the Health Department and civic body must conduct door-to-door surveys in this regard and check the places where larvae were breeding. Sharma said a special inspection of government offices should also be conducted to ensure that the breeding ground was not provided to mosquitoes in coolers, old and worn-out utensils. He said the district administration was committed to tackle the menace. The DC said the places vulnerable for producing the larvae of mosquitoes should be identified in advance and action must be taken in this regard. The DC added that while as many as 1,047 cases of dengue were reported in 2015 while in 2016, the number of such cases was 580. In 2017, as many as 455 cases were reported, the DC said. Jalandhar DC meets officials ■ Presiding over a meeting at the District Administrative Complex on Wednesday, the DC said a joint team comprising officials of the Health Department and civic body must conduct door-todoor surveys to check spread of vector-borne diseases and the places where larvae were breeding. ■ The DC said a special inspection of government offices should also be conducted to ensure that the breeding ground was not provided to mosquitoes. . While pointing out that a majority of these cases were reported from urban areas, the DC said this year, these cases were needed to be brought down. “Of the total 1,047 cases of dengue in 2015, 877 were reported from urban areas. Of the total 580 cases, 468 were reported from urban areas in 2016. In 2017, of the total 455 cases, 294 were reported from urban areas,” the DC added. Officials of the Municipal Corporation, health, rural development and panchayat and local bodies department were present at the meeting. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 2 Amid rumours of the harmful effects of the measlesrubella (MR) vaccine on the Internet, the district administrations of Jalandhar and Kapurthala have adopted a pro-active approach to ensure effectiveness of the drive. They also made efforts to clear the doubts of people regarding the vaccination drive. Accompanied by his wife Dr Misbah Khan, Kapurthala DC Mohammed Tayyab on Wednesday got his sixyear-old daughter Marriam Ali Khan vaccinated for measles-rubella to dispel the rumours about the vaccine that it is unsafe for kids. The Jalandhar DC ordered to constitute a committee of health and education department officials to put an end to the rumours. The Kapurthala DC termed the rumours false. He said it was just a false propaganda against the vaccine by anti-social elements. He said eight crore children across 12 states in the country had already been administered the vaccine. Besides the Health Minister, officials of the Health Department have already appealed to the people not ■ Besides the Health Minister, officials of the Health Department have already appealed to the people not to pay attention to false news against the new MR vaccination campaign. The department is also facing a tough time in convincing many reluctant parents and schools. ■ Amid rumours, the authorities had a tough time on the first day of the measles-rubella vaccination campaign. On Tuesday, several entire blocks, villages and a number of schools in Jalandhar shied away from the campaign. . being spread among the ❝Awareness issome messages on socialmasseshave beforehand, but media led to misconceptions among the people. Many schools and parents refused to get the vaccine administered to their children. At many schools, medical officers and senior medical officers had to visit to convince the authorities. However after being convinced, many of these schools on Wednesday called us to administer the vaccine. DR PREETKAMAL, District Epidemiologist DC Mohammed Tayyab with his daughter in Kapurthala on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO to pay attention to false news against the new MR vaccination campaign. The department is also facing a tough time in convincing many reluctant parents and schools. Amid rumours, the authorities had a tough time on the first day of the measles-rubella vaccination campaign. On Tuesday, several entire blocks, villages and a number of schools in Jalandhar shied away from the campaign. Though the department had set a target of 25,000 children in the district to administer the vaccine on the first day, only 50 per cent of the target was achieved with the vaccine being administered to merely 16,233 students across 131 schools in the district by 149 teams of the Health Department. Teams of the Health Department could not administer the vaccine to students in schools situat- Not enough ed at Rauli, Dherian, Tahli, bath Kalan and Adhi villages. The teams were not allowed to perform their task in several other schools, including JFSH Primary School, Atta; Five-H School, Bara village; Bhai Tara Singh School, Mandi; New Kewal Private School, Masani; SD Public School, Apra; SNN School, Bhar Singhpura; Nirmal Sagar Public School, Dayalpur; St Mary Convent School, Bhogpur; Labourers cover bags of wheat with tarpaulin sheets to protect these from rain at a grain market in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Hoshiarpur, May 2 Central Jail officials seized 164 banned tablets from an inmate who returned from parole on Wednesday evening. Jail Superintendent GS Saroya said inmate Charanjit Singh, alias Bagga, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar, was undergoing 10-year imprisonment under the NDPS Act and was on parole for three weeks since April 10. He said the contraband was seized during the search of Charanjit’s bag. A complaint in this regard had been filed at the City police station, he added. — OC Guru Nanak Academy Partabpura, Bilga. District Epidemiologist Dr Preetkamal said, “Awareness is being spread among the masses beforehand, but some messages on social media have led to misconceptions among the people. Many schools and parents refused to get the vaccine administered to their children. At many schools, medical officers and senior medical officers had to personally visit to convince the authorities. However after being convinced, many of these schools on Wednesday called us to administer the vaccine. Now, we will hold a session in the end of the drive to clear the doubts.” Dr Satish Kumar (9872005064), Dr Rishi Sharma (9414022262), Dr Kamalpreet Singh (9988026207) and Information Officer, Education Department, Kirpal Jhalli (98154-48759) are a part of the team formed by the Jalandhar DC to clear the misconceptions. Developers criticise new policy, seek amendment Tribune News Service Banned pills seized from jail inmate ❞ Passport centre stops charging ~45 for SMS alert Cover to be sold on applicants’ demand at Hoshiarpur office Our Correspondent RTI activist took up matter with officials Hoshiarpur, May 2 The Passport Service Center here will sell the passport covers on demand and has stopped charging Rs 45 for SMS alerts after the matter was raised by RTI activist Rajiv Vashisht before the company operating the centre. Vashisht, who is the chairman of the Punjab RTI Awareness Forum, had visited the passport service centre to apply the passport of his wife Shakshi Vashisht. He had to pay Rs 45 for ■ RTI activist Rajiv Vashisht, who is the chairman of the Punjab RTI Awareness Forum, had visited the passport service centre to apply the passport of his wife Shakshi Vashisht. ■ He had to pay Rs 45 for the SMS alert and he was also reportedly asked to pay for the passport cover without giving any information. ■ Vashisht had objected to it and said centre employees were selling the passport cover without informing the applicants and they were being made to pay Rs 350 to 550 for it. He said Rs 45 was also being charged for SMS alerts, which was not valid. . the SMS alert and he was also reportedly asked to pay for the passport cover without giving any information. Vashisht had objected to it and said centre employees were selling the passport cover without informing the applicants and they were being made to pay Rs 350 to 550 for it. He said Rs c m y b 45 was also being charged for SMS alerts, which was not valid. The RTI activist said after taking up the matter, Rajesh Mehra, senior official of Tata Consultancy Services, called him and ensured him that centre's functioning would be improved. Vashisht said now, people going to the center would get an option to buy the cover. Only if a person demanded the cover, it would be provided and Rs 45 for the SMS alert would not be charged, the RTI activist added. Jalandhar, May 2 Members of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association on Wednesday slammed the new colonisation policy announced by the state government recently. While speaking to The Tribune, Ludhiana-based real estate developer Gurwinder Singh Lamba said the policy, which was drafted on a built up basis, should have been drafted on a sale basis. “In case of the built up area, any developer or Resident Welfare Association (RWA) will first have to buy all sold plots on present market prices to widen the roads from the existing 20 feet to 30 feet. They also have to leave around 35 per cent open spaces for parks or green belt area,” said Lamba. He added that the developers were also asked to pay the composition fee along with other charges, including the change of land use, external development charges and other expenses at prevailing rates. “Why should a developer pay the penalty when he is already paying all charges at prevailing rates for his property?" asked Lamba. The colonisers accused the government of cheating and duping the people. “Whenever a plot holder approaches any government agency for regularising his property, officials offer him or her a receipt stating that it is ‘subject to conditions’. Why are the officials accepting the composition money from people in the first place, who are living in unauthorised colonies when they are not sure about its future?” asked Jashanpreet, a coloniser. Composition fees for developers in the drafted policy is 0.5 per cent for colonies more than 10 years subject to maximum of three lakh rupees per acre, 2 per cent for colonies between 10 to 4 years sub- ject to maximum of 10 lakh rupees per acre and 6 per cent for colonies less than four years subject to maximum of 20 lakh rupees per acre. The colonisers argued that the composition fees proposed in the policy was not justified as earlier in 2013, the policy in which the rate fixed for colonies constructed before 2007 were 0.5 percent subject to a maximum of one Lakh per acre and 2 per cent for colonies constructed after 2007 and a maximum of 5 Lakh per acre. “Though we had boycotted the old policy, the government is again demanding the composition fee on a sq. yard basis. If these charges are less, then more developers will apply and the government will get huge revenue. If the charges will be levied exorbitantly, nobody will come forward,” said Kultar Singh Jogi, president, Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association. Members of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association during a meeting to discuss the new colonisation policy in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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