11JK01A.qxd 11/10/2013 10:00 PM Page 1 ENJOYING POPULARITY monday | november 11 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE SMUGGLING BID FOILED: BSF SEIZES 2 KG HEROIN ÞPAGE 2 Shraddha Arya aka Laxmi of Main Laxmi Tere Aangan Ki is looking forward to her new show Tumhari Paakhi on Life OK. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY SPORTS: FINAL LINE-UP DRAWN IN VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY ÞPAGE 2 23°C MAXIMUM 9°C MINIMUM Snag shuts Janipur grid for four hours NMC urges govt to release DA, arrears Sumit Hakhoo Tribune News Service ■ Several areas in the Jammu west constituency remained without water and electricity Tribune News Service Jammu, November 10 A technical hitch at the Janipur grid station disrupted electricity supply in several areas in the Jammu west constituency for nearly four hours today. The power supply and subsequently, the water supply remained disrupted at New Plot, Sarwal, Rehari, Janipur, Lakad Mandi, High Court Ambedkar Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Tali Morh, Indra Colony and Shant Nagar. Sources said the grid station needs huge revamping of its infrastructure, but insufficient funds were leading to the delay in various projects. Due to poor maintenance, regular snags were being reported at the station which supplies power to half of the population of the city. Though winters have set in and people are able to bear the long power cut, regular problems at the receiving and distribution station have become a norm now. During the summers, people were forced to spend their days and nights in the sweltering heat. “The grid station is already overburdened and we have been demanding the construction of a new receiving station of 50 MVA at Janipur for the past many years, but to no avail,” said Sunil Dimple, president, Jammu West Assembly The Janipur grid station; and (right) villagers protest against shortage of water in Rajouri on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPHS POWER SNAG ❙ The Janipur grid station needs a massive repair of instruments and machinery, but there are no funds. ❙ The grid station is already overburdened and residents have been demanding the construction of a new receiving station of 50 MVA at Janipur for the past many years, but to no avail Movement (JWAM). An official source said the Janipur grid station needs a massive repair of instruments and machinery, but there are no funds. “Till adequate money is not allotted, people will have to face problems. The Power development Department (PDD) is helpless,” said a senior officer on the condition of anonymity. When contacted Superintending Engineer (SE) Distribution, AK Chibber said, “There was some technical fault which was repaired within hours. These things can happen when you run such a huge infrastructure.” Chibber said the sub-station was being modernised and new devices were being installed for better operation. “Whatever funds we ❝ There was some technical fault which was repaired within hours. These things can happen when you run such a huge infrastructure❞ — AK CHIBBER, SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER, DISTRIBUTION are receiving, they are being utilised. For setting up a new power station in Janipur, plans are being formulated,” he said. It is pertinent to mention here that due to poor planning and red tapism, Jammu and Kashmir has only utilised 49 per cent of the funds made available by the Central Government under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) during the 11th Five Year plan 2007-12 for revamping the power sector. Even an audit conducted by the government has revealed that under-utilisation is mostly due to unplanned project formulation, execution of projects on ad hoc basis and initiating work without availability of essential pre-planning mechanism, which has negated the purpose of the reconstruction plan. Villagers protest against water scarcity Rajouri: Residents of Dalogra area of Rajouri district held a massive protest against the Public Health Department over scarcity of water in the village. The residents raised slogans against Minister of Public Health Engineering Sham Lal Sharma and Public Health Department for their failure to provide drinking water to villagers from the past few weeks. Protesters, mostly women, alleged that the well inaugurated by PHE minister Sham Lal Sharma two weeks back had stopped working. Villagers are facing acute shortage of drinking water in the area. They said people had to cover long distances to fetch water from natural sources. Protesters threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands were not met. Jammu, November 10 The National Mazdoor Conference (NMC) today urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to release the pending instalment of the Dearness Allowance (DA) at the earliest. During a meeting held here, NMC president Subash Shastri appealed to the Chief Minister to take a decision in this regard at the next Cabinet meeting. “There should be no hitch in the release of the amount, more so when other states have already released the 10 per cent DA instalment since long. An early decision in this regard will be a genuine measure to provide some relief to the government employees and pensioners,” Shastri said. The DA slab is due since July. The NMC leader also called for merger of DA with the basic pay. “AS per the recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission, as soon as the DA crosses 50 per cent mark, the Central Government is under obligation to merge 50 per cent DA into the basic pay/pension. The DA has already touched 90 per cent and therefore, 50 per cent of it should be merged into the basic pay/pension with retrospective effect,” he said. THE DEMANDS ❙ Immediate regularisation of employees, enhancement of wages for daily wagers to Rs 10,000 per month, amendment in SRO 64, issuance of regularisation orders of 180 daily wagers working in the Rural Development Department, increase in medical allowance to Rs 1000 per month and release of the third instalment of the 6th Pay Commission arrears. He also called for grant of 20 per cent interim relief in favour of both the Centre and the state government employees and pensioners, release of salary of people working in the Integrated Watershed Development Programme, Phase II. Shastri also demanded their immediate regularisation. He also insisted on enhancement of wages for daily wagers to Rs 10,000 per month, amendment in SRO 64, issuance of regularisation orders of 180 daily wagers working in the Rural Development Department, increase in medical allowance to Rs 1000 per month and release of the third instalment of the 6th Pay Commission arrears. Rajan Babu Khajuria, Surrinder Kumar, Rakesh Padha, Anil Singh Salthia, Sham Lal, Sukhdev Singh and Barkat Ram also addressed the meeting. Identify educational needs of students Bus stops rendered useless, encroached with disability, authorities told Tribune News Service Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 10 The state authorities have been instructed to conduct awareness/orientation programmes in the educational institutions of the state to identify the special education needs (SENs) of the students with disability. The directions were issued by the Department of Education of Groups with Special Needs (DEGSN) during its recently conducted survey. “It is important to develop perspective and skills in all administrators, including school principals, for planning and executing programmes based on the philosophy of inclusion. Policymakers in states should be provided awareness/orientation programmes and guidelines for preparing detailed proposal, including all the compo- of involving ❝ The schemethethe IEDSS needs to be strenghthened byand Training institutions like State Council for Educational Research (SCERT), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) etc. IEDSS coordinators should be in constant touch with the institutions working in the field of special/inclusive education in their respective areas. This includes special schools and NGOs working in this area and located near the schools❞ — A STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF GROUPS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS nents under the Inclusive Educations of the Disabled at Secondary Age Scheme (IEDSS),” a statement from the department said. The DEGSN said the scheme could be strengthened by harnessing different innovative movements in the state. It stated that it was sometimes difficult for students with disability to walk up to school in difficult terrains like hilly areas of the state. “The scheme of the IEDSS needs to be strenghthened by involving institutions like the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) etc. IEDSS coordinators should be in constant touch with the institutions working in the area of special/inclusive education in their respective areas. This includes special schools and NGOs working in this area and located near the schools,” the department maintained. The DEGSN further said the procedure of releasing funds to the educational institutions imparting education to the students with disability need to be made simpler by removing various levels. It said the process would be simpler if funds were directly released to schools implementing the scheme. The department claimed that getting a disability certificate from the medical board was sometimes a nightmare for parents of children with disabilities. It recommended that admission, retention, getting support facilities, scholarships, and full participation of children in all aspects of education, should not be subject to any criteria based on assessment tests, judgement by professionals and experts, including psychomedical certificates. “No child with disabilities should be asked to produce certificates either for admission, examination, getting support facilities/scholarships, etc,” the DEGSN statement claimed. Jammu, November 10 The bus stops in the city have been rendered useless despite major repair carried out by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) and other civic agencies, as public transport operators don’t halt at these designated spots. While some of these stops have become resting place for the beggars, the remaining half have been encroached upon by the vendors. “These sheds were constructed for the benefit of the commuters who use public transport. But they have become resting place for beggars,” Ranjana Charak, a student, said. He, however, partly blamed people for the situation. “People are also responsible for this. They do not wait at the bus stops,” he said. While some passengers called for strict implementa- Natrang’s play a reflection on nepotism Tribune News Service Jammu, November 10 Natrang presented ‘Zameen Ka Sawal’ a play in Hindi today at Natang Studio Theatre in its weekly theatre series, Sunday Theatre. The play has been written by Partap Sehgal and directed by Neeraj Kant. A hard hitting satire on the socio-political situation of the country touched the hearts of the audience. The play ‘Zameen ka Sawal’ opens in a trial room where a high level committee is enquiring about a very grim incident where five people at different locations were killed by sending let- Artistes enact a scene from the play ‘Zameen Ka Sawal’ in Jammu on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA ter-bombs. ‘Ranganathan’ a very senior scientist is accused of the crime as all the evidence were against him. Initially he does not admit the crime but when given a false news that his only son is also killed in the same manner, he breaks and with a deep agony in the heart, he admits his crime which he had committed to take revenge from all those who were responsible for hurdles in his growth and promotion. Despite being the most talented and deserving scientist, he was denied a due promotion as it was granted to someone else who was close with the minister. This renders a harsh frustration in his mind, he asserts that only hard work and ability will take you nowhere in this system, where corruption and favoritism are deep- rooted. The play very brilliantly says that those who do not have approach and recommendation may not be given higher positions but it does not mean that they are not talented enough. Natrang’s artists who performed in the play included Uplaksh Singh Kotwal, Ashwani Bali, Shivam Manhas, Sachin Saini, Mahikshit Singh Sambyal, Masood Qadir, Rishiv Prabhakar and Pankaj Verma. Lights were designed and operated by Neeraj Kant. Music was scored by Mohd. Yaseen. Sumeet Sharma coordinated the show and also did the presentations. A bus stop that has been encroached upon by vendors on BC road in Jammu on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA tion of rules and imposition of fine on erring operators, the others said these sheds were constructed at wrong places and should be dismantled. “Traffic police should take action against matador and bus operators, who break the rules. It should ensure they halt at designated stops. These sheds are for the benefit of passengers and authorities need to create awareness about them,” Nitesha, a student of law, said. “The authorities should remove these matador stops. They are simply useless for us. No one is using them. Matadors also don’t stop there,” said Ranjit Singh, a businessman. Civil-military liaison conference tomorrow Tribune News Service Jammu, November 10 A Civil-military liaison conference (CMLC) will be held on November 12 at Nagrota. The conference will be chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Northern Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra. The CMLC is aimed at developing synergy and a better coordination between the civil administration and the Army. The Army is working along with the civil adminis- During the day-long conference, Civil and Defence officers are likely to dwell on issues pertaining to land, welfare of veterans, veer naris and training areas for soldiers. x tration to maintain security, peace and well-being of the Awam in the state. During the day-long conference, Civil and Defence officers are likely to dwell on issues pertaining to land, welfare of veterans (ex-servicemen), veer naris and training areas for soldiers. The CMLC will be helpful in strengthening the working relationship between the Army and civil officials and assist in resolution of issues, some of which have been outstanding. The last CMLC was hosted by the J&K Govt Administration at Jammu on September 2009. As is customary, this meeting is being hosted by the Army. In preparation for this meeting, Army authorities have already conducted a series of pre-meetings to finalise essential agenda points.
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