05072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/5/2018 1:23 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 5 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Craze for mobile games The young, on song Breaking stereotypes Nowadays, youngsters remain glued to their mobile phones for hours playing games. P2 A platform that has helped many young singers fulfill their dreams. P3 &TV’s new show Bitti Business Wali is successfully breaking stereotypical mindsets related to women. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 33°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28.9°C MIN 23.9°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.29 AM Facing Vigilance inquiry, MC begins demolition drive Two illegal colonies razed down in Santokhpura area Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 4 Continuing its demolition streak with a lightning speed even on the third day, the Municipal Corporation on Wednesday demolished two illegal colonies and also sealed a shop in the city. The MC is facing Vigilance inquiry in the issue of illegal buildings. Building inspector Pooja Maan, along with her team, demolished two illegal colonies in the Santokhpura area. According to ATP Lakhbir Singh, both colonies were constructed on the premises of old factories. “Both colonies were constructed in areas less than 40 marlas. The unidentified owner had constructed roads inside the colony and has also got sewerage connection installed inside it,” Singh said. The team later demolished the road constructed inside the two under construction colonies and also broken the water and sewerage pipes MC officials conduct a demolition drive at an illegal colony in Jalandhar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO laid underground. Later, the team sealed a commercial building, owned by SS Ply World on the JalandharHoshiarpur road. According to Singh, the building had glaring violations which were noncompoundable in nature. “As the building was constructed in a narrow lane, we could not take the earth-moving machine inside, hence, sealed it for the Commercial building sealed The MC team sealed a commercial building, owned by SS Ply World on the Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road. According to ATP Lakhbir Singh, the building had glaring violations which were non-compoundable in nature. “As the building was constructed in a narrow lane, we could not take the earthmoving machine inside, hence, sealed it for the time being,” he said. time being,” said Singh. He said despite sending numerous notices to the owners of the two illegal colonies, none of them appear before the officials and hence, the MC demolished the colonies on Wednesday. Winged visitors Demolished buildings to be scrutinised, says Vigilance Guilty officials of civic body will face legal consequences Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 4 Brewing more trouble for officials of the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ), the SSP Vigilance, Daljinder , Singh Dhillon, said the Vigilance team inspecting the illegal buildings would also scrutinise buildings and colonies demolished by the civic body officials. “We are working on a major input and have prepared a list of commercial properties which will be thoroughly scrutinised by us. Even if the civic body will raze the property, we are well-equipped to carry out the technical inspection of the demolished property. Guilty officials will have to face legal consequences,” said Dhillon. The Vigilance team on Wednesday visited the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Bus Terminal here and carried out a technical inspection of over 15 shops demolished recently by the civic body. The team sought the record of these shops and compared the area and building specifications mentioned in the approved plan and also Vigilance officials during an inspection in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Demolished shops inspected The Vigilance team on Wednesday visited the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Bus Terminal here and carried out a technical inspection of over 15 shops demolished recently by the MC. It sought the record of these shops and compared the area and building specifications mentioned in the approved plan and also checked the area of demolition. checked the area of demolition. Later, it went to various other sites, including two illegal colonies near Mithapur village, a commercial building of a nationalised bank, a renowned gym in Model Town and another colony near Basti Danishmanda. Dhillon said the team was Tribune News Service Ducks make the most of a pleasant weather at the PAP grounds in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Jalandhar, July 4 Punjab Education Minister OP Soni recently made an important announcement that the government has decided to discontinue with the system of providing school uniforms and instead, it would credit money directly into savings bank accounts of parents, enabling them to purchase school uniforms for their wards. However, the decision has not received any positive response from teachers or parents. As per Nishant Kumar, a teacher and a member of the Sarkari School Sikhya Bachayo Manch, said the decision was difficult to be implemented. “At present, when schools did Education Minister has recently announced that parents will be provided funds instead of uniforms not receive other funds on time, then how could it be expected that the funds would be transferred promptly into the parents’ accounts. Moreover, there are around 15 lakh students enrolled in government schools, studying in I to VIII classes and most of them either belong to underprivileged sections or are wards of migrant labourers. Hence, their parents do not have functional bank accounts. Also, if the students are not getting good quality uniforms in wholesale prices (through schools), then how would this minimal amount would get them quality uniforms. Rather than granting Rs 6 years on, no headway in ~1.7-crore fraud at RCF Kapurthala, July 4 Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a raid at the residence of an official at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF), there is yet another pending scam that has been reported with the Central investigating agency for many years. This one relates to siphoning off of over Rs 1.7 crore allegedly by three private contractors in connivance with staff of the Purchase Department in the fitting of inferior quality glass wool inside the body of 959 passenger coaches. These coaches were manufactured between 2007 and 2010 and the matter came to light in 2012. A superintendent posted in the RCF is said to have been raking up the issue for long. After a whiff of the matter, he tried to dig up more information which took him 2.5 years to get all replies. But the mat- ter stands unnoticed with the inquiry making no headway. It was first through the Vigilance Bulletins of the RCF released during the Vigilance Awareness Week in 2012 that the matter came to light. It was mentioned that the RCF made recoveries of Rs 18 lakh and Rs 37 lakh in years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, respectively, from the firms engaged in supplying and fitting glasswool. They allegedly fitted single-sided aluminium foil against the requirement of double-sided aluminium foil. The matter came out in the audit inspection conducted in the coaches running with different railways. The recoveries made in 2011-2012 were based on the audit inspection by the Quality Department of 69 coaches. The three firms on which the recoveries were placed were Rail Coach Engineers, Sheikhupur, Kapurthala; International Engineers, Garha Road, Jalandhar; and Jagdamba Enterprises, Krishan Nagar, Kapurthala. Hoshiarpur, July 4 In a major goof-up, an order issued by the PWD stated that an SDO, who was posted here, has to be transferred to Dasuya. The SDO had breathed his last two months ago. The department claims that the matter, when came into the knowledge of the Chief Engineer, he informed the officials concerned and the transfer orders were cancelled. The matter came to fore when a RTI activist, Rajiv Vashisht, raised the matter. The orders were issued on Monday by the Secretary of the department and issued under the signatures of Superintendent Shashi Kapoor regarding the transfer of 47 employees. The list contains name of the SDO, Provincial Division No. 3, Hoshiarpur, Somnath, at Serial No. 28 and he has been transferred to provincial Sub-Division No. 2 in Dasuya. There is name of Tejinder Singh who has been transferred to the Provincial Sub-Division No. 3, Hoshiarpur, in place of SDO Somnath whereas in Hoshiarpur there is no Provincial Sub-Division No. 3. Somnath had died on May 6, 2018, (the copy of his death certificate is available with The Tribune). Secretary Husan Lal said Somnath’s name was added into the list by mistake. — OC Govt move on school uniforms fails to get positive response from residents Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service not inspecting the buildings from the list prepared by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu but have prepared their own list on the basis of various inputs provided by the field sources. He said the inspection might take a few more days to complete. Goof-up: Dead SDO gets transfer orders Efforts go in vain A superintendent posted in the RCF is said to have been raking up the issue for long. After getting a whiff of the matter, he tried to dig up more information which took him 2.5 years to get all replies. But the matter stands unnoticed with the inquiry making no headway. The three firms on which the recoveries were placed are Rail Coach Engineers, Sheikhupur, Kapurthala; International Engineers, Garha Road, Jalandhar; and Jagdamba Enterprises, Krishan Nagar, Kapurthala. Through the RTI, it found that the Vigilance Department misstated the facts by stating that a total amount of Rs 55 lakh was recovered as the actual amount recovered was Rs 20.6 lakh only. The initial recoverable amount that the Stores Department gave to the Accounts Department for recovery was only Rs 27.7 lakh. The then Chief Mechanical Officer in February 2010 got checked about 38 coaches, purportedly fitted with double-sided aluminium glass wool and waiting to be rolled out, and found that in 37 coaches of these, the glass wool was found single-sided aluminium. However, the application of double-sided aluminium glass wool started in 2007. By the time the whole racket leaked, a total of 959 coaches fitted with this double-sided glasswool were rolled out. Since these 37 coaches were still in the RCF contractors were , asked to replace this sub-standard glass wool with the required glass wool. Barring 18 coaches, they replaced the glass wool in rest of the coaches. After this, a team was constituted and sent to various railways to ascertain how many of the 959 coaches rolled out were fitted with glass wool. However, the team could c m y b trace only 147 coaches and reported that in 94 of these coaches, sub-standard glasswool was fitted. The Stores Department accordingly advised the Accounts Department for recovery of payment from contractors for supplying and fitting substandard glass wool in these 112 coaches, 94 rolled out coaches and 18 coaches lying in the RCF in which the contractors failed to replace the substandard glasswool. Also, the Stores Department remained unconcerned about the rolled-out untraced 812 coaches. In the meantime, it was found that the Jagdambay Enterprises reportedly is no longer having any dealings with the RCF but rail coach engineers still carry out business with the RCF Hence, . the pending recoveries from the latter firm could be easily made. But they have not done it. Moreover, the promoters of Jagdambay Enterprises had later promoted a firm which was christened by another name but no recovery was made from the promoters through this firm. The RCF staff is sore over the fact that no criminal proceedings were initiated and the officials were now maintaining a designed silence. Even departmental action against the erring RCF staff has not yet happened. Senior PRO Manjeet Singh said the matter is still under investigation. “I need to check with the departments concernedfor a complete update,” he said. 400, the government should give Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 for the same, then only the issue of uniforms of substandard material will be resolved,” he said. In addition, some of the parents said: “Due to the shortage of funds on the government’s part, our children hardly receive uniforms every year, but the school authorities with the help of donations and self-contribution make sure that each and every student have a set of uniform. But, if this meagre amount would be transferred directly into our accounts then it would be impossible to buy good quality uniforms that includes a shirt and a trouser, shoes, caps, sweater and neckties.” Meanwhile, Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar, said the government had taken the decision following complaints that the uniforms distributed among students were of inferior quality and most of the times, the uniform sets found to be incomplete. “Hence, as per parents’ demands, the government had to take the decision,” he said. However, he did not give any confirmation on whether the uniform allowance for each student has increased and when parents would receive the same. Hans Raj Hans holds rally against drugs Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans, along with others, takes part in a rally against drugs in Nawanshahr. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, July 4 Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans on Wednesday organised a rally against drugs here and also gave a memorandum to Nawanshahr DC Amit Kumar. Under the banner of the Sufi Dargah Action Committee, the singer started a movement against the menace. He said it was important that youngsters must get awareness against consequences of drug abuse. Various incidents of deaths due to drug overdose have been reported in the state for the past many days. On Tuesday, an 18year-old was found dead due to drug overdose. He was addicted to drugs for the past four-five years.
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