04052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/4/2018 1:07 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 4 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ‘Daana Paani’ star cast Make(up) right move Calm & composed Jassal Grewal and Tarnvir Jagpal highlight hardcore social issue through their movie. P2 Meet some of the region’s best known make-up artists. Gaurav Sareen says he misses dal makhni and kulche of his hometown. FORECAST P3 P4 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7:03 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.36 AM Teachers gear up for poll duties Summer delight Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May3 With a number of employees of the Education Department to be engaged in the election duties for the Shahkot bypoll, the coming days are expected to be busy for the department as well, with the political climate in the region hotting up. While many teachers had already been deputed on supervisory duties ever since the date for the Shahkot elections were announced in April end, these teachers from blocks near Shahkot have been deputed to gather information and conduct surveys on various booths of the constituency. Sources said from Thursday, intimation regarding this had also started to be given to the teachers. A Nakodar-based teacher said, “We have been out on the job to conduct duties and col- A watermelon seller awaits customers on a hot Thursday in Jalandhar . SARABJIT SINGH CREDIT WAR BETWEEN CONG, BJP LEADERS FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. Multi-storeyed parking complex lies unused Ashok Kaura Phagwara, May 3 Members of the Citizen Rights Forum, headed by its president Dr JS Virk, on Thursday submitted a memorandum to former minister Joginder Singh Maan, urging him for early inauguration of both multi-storeyed parking and auditorium that are ready for use. The much-publicised multistoreyed parking complex, which has been ready to be used for the past seven months, has been facing credit war between Phagwara BJP MLA Som Parkash and defeated Congress leader Joginder Singh Maan. Interestingly, the police have installed a no-parking barricade in front of the parking complex. The foundation stone of the parking complex was laid on January 21 in 2016. Moreover, Phagwara MLA Som Parkash, along with Mayor Arun Khosla, inaugurated this multi-storeyed parking on September 18 last year. Around 220 vehicles can be parked in this parking complex which has not been operational due to the ongoing war of words between the Congress and BJP leaders. When contacted, the MC officials told the correspondent here that the project could not be transferred by the Revenue Department in the name of the Municipal Corporation till now despite depositing the required amount. The Tribune correspondent observed that traffic chaos was creating problems for the commuters who were facing much inconvenience due to the non-operational parking complex. It was also observed that the Congress leaders wanted to grab the project from BJP leaders who initiated the construction of the parking complex. 70% of procured wheat lifted in dist State set for record procurement after bumper harvest, says Agri Secy Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 3 Secretary Agriculture Vikas Garg on Thursday said that with a bumper produce of the wheat crop in the state, Punjab was on the verge of setting a new record for the procurement of the foodgrain. Garg, along with Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, held a meeting with the local arhtiyas and managers of the procurement agencies at the local Circuit House to review the procurement arrangements. The officials also visited the local grain market along with the one at Kartarpur to review the arrangements. The Secretary said that the procurement of grains in the state had touched a record figure of 118 lakh metric tonnes till May 2. He said besides efficiently procuring Secretary, Agriculture, Vikas Garg checks wheat crop during his visit to Grain Market in Jalandhar on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO these grains, the state government had also laid thrust on its proper lifting. The bumper harvest was good as it could immensely help in transforming the fortunes of farmers in the state. He said the harvest had also been enhanced in the district compared to the expected arrival. He said although 5 lakh metric tonnes of wheat was expected in Jalandhar, the arrival so far had been 5.15 lakh metric tonnes and was expected to cross 5.50 lakh metric tonnes. Garg said this was much more than the 4.60 lakh metric tonnes wheat procured last year. Meanwhile, in the wake of the inclement weather condi- tions, the Secretary told the officials to ensure that wheat was stored at a proper place. He said every effort must be made to save and preserve the grains. The procurement was in its last leg and soon the entire lifting would be ensured. Varinder Kumar Sharma told the Secretary that in Jalandhar, the procurement was expected to be 15 per cent more than the expected arrival. He said till now, 70 per cent of the wheat procured in the district had been lifted, whereas 91 per cent payment had been made to farmers. Sharma said so far, payment worth Rs 795 crore had been made to farmers. The DC said the district administration would organise special camps at the sub-division level to facilitate farmers for registering their vehicles for the transportation of grains for the procurement season. c m y b Mohali training put off due to Shahkot bypoll ■ The training of head teachers, scheduled to be held at Mohali from Thursday, has been postponed by the Education Department. The training, to be held from May 3 to May 5, at the head office, Mohali, has been postponed until further orders for head teachers across the state. ■ With the upcoming Shahkot byelection scheduled to be held on May 28, it is anticipated that anywhere between 1,000 to 1,100 employees of the department might be deputed for election duties lect booth surveys for the past 10 days. These duties shall continue for the coming fortnight or so. With the nomination process starting today and the date of elections and rehearsals also already having been released, lifts of teacher on duty shall also be released in the coming two-three days.” Meanwhile, the training of head teachers, scheduled to be held at Mohali from Thursday, has been postponed by the department. The training, to be held from May 3 to May 5, at the head office, Mohali, has been postponed until fur- ther orders for head teachers across the state. With the upcoming Shahkot byelections scheduled to be held on May 28, it is anticipated that anywhere between 1,000 to 1,100 employees of the department might be deputed for election duties. While the constituency has over 130 booths, at least four people, per booth are deputed for various duties. Barring these, staff shall also be allotted a number of supervisory duties as well. A majority of these are allocated to the teachers of the Education Department. Notably, the supervisors already deputed to carry out ground-level surveys of booths ahead of the Shahkot byelections were asked to carry out surveys reporting with information on the vulnerable booths, of the Shahkot elections, those susceptible to capturing as well as reports about any malpractices being adopted by any of the parties ahead of the elections. District Science supervisor Baljinder Singh said, “We are not aware of the number of teachers who are going to be deputed on duties ahead of the elections so far. However, a number of employees from the department are expected to be deputed for the job. As far as the cancellation of the training of the head teachers is concerned, its postponement might only be a matter of coincidence.”
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