15JK01A.qxd 11/14/2013 10:01 PM Page 1 JAYA’S TV DEBUT friday | november 15 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE DEMAND: ASI MAKES PREPARATIONS FOR RAFTING CHAMPIONSHIP ÞPAGE 2 Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan might soon debut in a fiction show, which will be different from her husband Amitabh Bachchan's television debut. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY SPORTS: BSF SCHOOL ORGANISES CRICKET MATCH ÞPAGE 2 23°C MAXIMUM 8°C MINIMUM Durbar Move staff pay extra for LPG cylinders DGP awards ■ Failure to get cylinders at subsidised rates in Jammu makes employees turn to black marketeers Tribune News Service Jammu, November 14 Due to change of policy and rules by the Jammu and Kashmir Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) with respect to selling of the LPG cylinders, the Durbar Move employees in Jammu are not getting cylinders on the subsidised rates. They have to pay Rs 1,300 per cylinder to various LPG distributors. But if a distributor declines to sell cylinders from the counter, employees turn to people selling cylinders in the black market. The CAPD had banned selling of cylinders from counters and various LPG distributors were told to go for home delivery. The consumers who have official connection can call the gas agencies for booking and get cylinders at home, but those who do not have proper connection have to rely on the distributors. “I am facing lot of inconvenience in getting LPG cylinders. A distributor sold me a cylinder at a higher price from the counter, but he refused to accede to any kind of request in future,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a civil secretariat employee living on rent in the Bathindi area of Jammu. He said the LPG distributor cited the risk of selling the cylinders from the counter as the government has starting acting strict on this ground. An LPG distributor told The Tribune that they had got directions from the gov- a ❝ I am facing inlot of LPG inconvenience getting cylinders. A distributor sold me a cylinder at a higher price from the counter, but he refused to accede to any request in future❞ — MUSHTAQ AHMAD, AN EMPLOYEE Durbar Move employees in Jammu are not getting LPG cylinders at subsidised rates. TRIBUNE PHOTO:ANAND SHARMA ernment not to sell the LPG cylinders from counter. “If caught, the authorities will go for higher penalty,” he said. He said with the direct money transfer system coming in place, selling of the LPG cylinders on subsidised rates would put to an end to the practice and then people would have to pay full price for the cylinder. Child labourers in oblivion on Children’s Day ■ Thousands of kids are doing odd jobs in the absence of strict implementation of law “The CAPD has opened a counter at the civil secretariat, where an oil company officer has also been put on duty to address the issue,” said Amar Singh, joint controller, legal metrology, Jammu. But employees in the civil secretariat are not aware of any such counter. “I have brought my cylinder from my home in Kashmir. I don’t know about any such counter in the civil secretariat,” said a peon at the department. Asaram’s aide surrenders; sent to police custody Tribune News Service << Ragpickers at work; and (right) a girl sells toys in Jammu on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: INDERJEET SINGH Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, November 14 Even as people across the country celebrate Children’s Day today, poor children are still engaged in different kinds of labour in the state. Unaware of the ‘Children’s Day’ and their rights, thousands of children are indulged in different kind of labour activities in Jammu, but the authorities concerned seems to be taking the issue for granted. Eleven-year-old Raju Kumar has been working at a motor garage in Jammu for one year. He earns Rs 1,500 per month. “My father Destiny's child ■ Official data reveals that in 2012-13, the state labour department has detected 3,423 cases of child labour, but legal action was initiated on only 22 cases. ■ Since April, the department has detected more than 1,200 such cases and only one or two cases were brought in the court of law. ❝My father is an alcoholic. He spends whatever he earns by doing labour work. So my mother and I are earning our own livelihood by working as labourers.I went to school for two years, but after that my father refused to pay the school fee, I had to do something to earn our livelihood❞ — RAJU KUMAR, A CHILD LABOURER is an alcoholic. He spends whatever he earns by doing labour work. So my mother and I are earning our own livelihood by working as labourers.” “I went to school for two years, but after that my father refused to pay the school fee, I had to do something to earn our livelihood,” he added. Requesting anonymity, a shopkeeper said, “Hiring an adult as a helper costs more, but hiring a young boy is cheaper. They are full of energy and do not mind doing small works in the shop. No one from the authorities has ever asked any of the employers about child labourers, so everyone hires children without any fear of punishment.” Official data reveals that in 2012-13, the state labour department has detected 3,423 cases of child labour, but legal action was initiated on only 22 cases. Since April, the department has detected more than 1,200 such cases and only one or two cases were brought in the court of law. Satpal Sharma, a retired government official, said, “The main reason behind the child labour is poor enforcement and lack of concern by the authorities. We usually see children indulged in different kinds of labour work, but no one brings the matter to the authorities.” “The authorities are also taking the issue for granted and passing the bucks on people,” he said. The child labour is prohibited in the state under the Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act. As per the law, anyone found employing a child below the age of 14 has to face a jail term up to two years and a maximum fine of Rs 20,000. But neither the employer nor the parents of children are bothered about the law. Jammu, November 14 An aide of self-proclaimed godman Asaram, Acharya Bhola Nath Nand, surrendered before the Jammu police and was sent on a three-day police remand by a local court here today. “Bhola Nath Nand, who was associated with Asaram in Jammu, was taken into custody last night by the police and he was produced before the court this morning. He has been sent on a three-day remand,” a police official said. On October 18, Bhola Nath Nand was booked after Vicky Kumar filed a complaint against him in the Chief Judicial Magistrate court alleging that he had hatched a conspiracy to tarnish his image. Subsequently, an FIR was registered in the Nowabad police station under relevant Sections of the Ranbir Penal Code. The complainant had submitted an audio CD in the office of the SSP Jammu and in the CJM court in which Bhola Nath was found hatching conspiracy against Asaram. Bhola Nath had levelled allegations against Asaram on a national TV show that dead bodies of three children were buried in the Jammu-based ashram of Asaram. scholarships to 64 wards of martyrs Tribune News Service Jammu, November 14 Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad has said that the welfare of police wards is one of the top priorities of the organisation to infuse spirit of competition among them and boost their morale. He said various welfare schemes had been introduced to inspire police wards towards quality education, enabling them to do well in competitive examinations and sports events. Prasad awarded scholarships of Rs 4.52 lakh out of the Central Police Fund to 64 wards of deceased police personnel, who sacrificed their lives to protect people and public property in militancyrelated incidents. Reviewing the scholarship schemes for police wards at a meeting held at the Police Headquarters (PHQ) today, Prasad said realising its responsibility to help the wards of martyrs, the organisation had been providing scholarships to their school-going children, which would enable them to continue their education. Giving further details, Prasad said various other schemes had been launched by the organisation to provide quality education to police wards. “Police Public Schools have been established at all range headquarters, besides twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar. The schools in capital cities are fully equipped, including computer labs and sufficient infrastruc- ture. The schools in the two capital cities have performed excellent in the recent years and students have secured distinctions in different professional examinations,” he said. The beneficiaries students include Kamal Singh, Fareed Ahmed, Safoora Morifat, Tarzeela Morifat, Waseem Akram, Tahira Khatoon, Mohit Choudhary, Arzoo Shrama, Raheena Choudhary, Rifat Naz, Mehnaz Zahoor, Shabnam Naz, Azra Khatoon, Sakshi Pandita, Rayees Ahmed, Rafia Jan, Junaid Ahmed, Nargista Bano, Azhar Naseem, Javaid Ahmed, Yasmeena Bano, Suleman Khan, Imran Khan, Arfana Kosar, M. Rumankia, Rukhsana Majeed, Saima Majeed, Waheed Khan, Mohammad Rafiq, Afia Parvween, Sobia Parveen, Faiza Naseem, Nadish Farooq, Raisabba Farooq, Syed Ishrtat Nazir, Syed Auqib Nazir, Syed Imrat Nazir, Shagufta Khaliq, Najma, Saida Kouser, Adil Ahmed Dar, Ishfaq Ahnmed Dar, Shabina Akhter, Zahid Iqbal, Javaid Iqbal, Assia Iqbal, Sumaira Akhtar, Subreena Bano, Amir Maqbook, Vikas Maqbook, Daljinder Singh, Shafqat Muzamil, Ishftiyaq Muzamil, Ishfaq Ahmed, Shahid Iqbal Zahid Rasool Jan, Shahid Farooq, Muskan Bashir, Suraya Jan, Rabia Amin, Naveeda Anjum, Rashid Roohul Amin, Quratul Aien and Rubeena Farooq. The DGP said the organisation was aware of the hardships faced by the police personnel in view of their nature of duty. Five gamblers arrested in Samba Tribune News Service Jammu, November 14 The Samba police today arrested five gamblers and recovered Rs 2.02 lakh from their possession. A police party headed by PSI Varuneshwar Singh and PSI Naseer Naik of the Bari Brahmna police station, under the supervision of SHO Arun Jamwal, conducted a raid near Dogra Law College, Bari Brahmna, last night and nabbed five gamblers from the spot, a police spokesperson said. The accused have been identified as Neetu, Jeet Raj, Billu Ram, Subhash Chander, and Jagbir Singh, all residents of Bari Brahmna. They were booked under the 13 Gambling Act and produced before court. Garbage makes Udhampur a living hell for residents ■ Authorities express helplessness due to shortage of manpower Tribune News Service Udhampur, November 14 Thanks to the “highly unprofessional approach” of the Udhampur municipal authorities, the city remains cluttered with filth and waste. Heaps of garbage remains lying unattended at busy markets causing inconvenience to the people. The office of the Chief Medical Officer located in the heart of the city and the office of the District Development Commissioner at Slathia Chowk are one of the spots where heaps of garbage can be seen. Even the district hospital is not spared from the dumping of garbage and one can easily find a huge heap of garbage behind the hospital. “What more can we expect from the authorities when a huge heap of garbage can be seen lying in front of the Chief Medical Officer’s office, who gives lectures on keeping the surroundings neat and clean in order to avoid dengue, malaria and other communicable diseases?” said Arun Gupta, president. Booksellers’ Association. Various business, social and political organisations and residents across the city have been protesting against the apathetic attitude of the municipal committee, management and district authorities. “We have been forced to stage protests as all our repeated pleas to keep the main bus stand neat and clean have fallen on deaf ears,” said Jitender Vermani, president, Bus Stand Shopkeepers’ Association. Demanding collection of garbage on daily basis, residents of the Dhar road area staged a protest and burnt an effigy of the district authorities outside the head post office yesterday. “We have been asking the municipal authorities to take steps to curb the problem, but to no avail. There’s a mini dumping station in front of my office and I feel helpless when I have to answer the doctors coming to my office,” said Dr Arun, Chief Medical Officer, Udhampur. “We are trying our best to solve the problem, but acute shortage of sweepers and garbage lifting machinery is our main constrains. The city has expanded nearly four times in the past 20 years, but the strength of sweepers has only come down,” said Rattan Lal, executive officer, municipal committee. MASTER BLASTER FANCLUB: Schoolchildren display posters on Sachin Tendulkar in Jammu on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH
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