01HR01A.qxd 10/31/2013 8:05 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 33 18 POLL FEVER 3 Hoardings for political rallies dot state DEMAND Hand over administration of pvt colonies to MC: Residents 4 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, November 1, 2013 Festival time www.tribuneindia.com JNNURM fund allocation biased, allege Faridabad councillors Urge Central Government not to release funds RAVI S. SINGH TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE FARIDABAD, OCTOBER 31 Councillors of the Municipal Corporation yesterday decided to urge the Union Government to look into the issue of the allocation of funds from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), following a defeat in the voting on a Detailed Project Report (DPR) during a corporation meeting on Tuesday. A BJP member and leader of the House, Om Prakash Rakshwal, said the JNNURM was a Central government’s scheme aimed at the holistic development of the city. He alleged that a coterie in the corporation led by Mayor Ashok Arora was biased in allocating funds to the wards. The councillors concerned will urge the Union Government not release funds under the JNNURM as these were not properly utilised, Rakshwal added. The flashpoint is a Detailed Project Report on A BJP member and leader of the House, Om Prakash Rakshwal, said the JNNURM was a Central government’s scheme aimed at the holistic development of the city. He alleged that a coterie in the corporation led by Mayor Ashok Arora was biased in allocating funds to the wards. works worth Rs 495 crore in the wards which was passed at the meeting in spite of their protest against it. Out of 26 members present, only 14 voted in its favour. Councillors from the Old Faridabad Zone alleged that their wards were ignored in the report. Subsequent to the voting on the report, they staged a walk-out from the meeting. During the debate, they criticised the Mayor for showing “undue haste” in adopting the “controversial” report. The House resolution through which the report was adopted will be sent to the state government for ratification. A major chunk of the funds under the JNNURM is Civil Surgeons told to implement PNDT Act strictly SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, OCTOBER 31 Women select decorative items for Diwali from a shop in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar A campaign against female foeticide in Haryana has started showing its results. Of the total 40 convictions made in Haryana under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex Determina- tion) Act, 10 have been made in the past three months. The State Advisory Committee formed for efficient and effective implementation of the Act, however, feels that Civil Surgeons, who are supposed to ensure its implementation, are not doing enough in this regard. c m y b The advisory panel discussed strategies to enforce better implementation of the Act and improve sex ratio in the state at a meeting held here recently. Prof Daya Sirohiwal from PGIMS, Rohtak, who heads the committee, chaired the meeting. World Health Organisation (WHO) sub-regional team leader Dr Vishesh Kumar maintained that the Act is strong in itself, but the onus of practically implementing it in letter and spirit at the grassroots level was on the Civil Surgeons, who are district Continued on p2 provided by the Centre and the money is routed through the state government. Major works mentioned in the report are related to the four-laning of city roads, including the Neelam-Bata and the Bata-Hardware Chowk-BK Chowk stretches. Senior deputy leader of the corporation Mukesh Sharma rebutted allegations of bias in the allocation of the funds. Recently, works worth Rs 110 crore were allocated to the wards in the Old Faridabad Zone, he added.
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