16JK01A.qxd 11/15/2013 10:32 PM Page 1 NEGATIVE TURN saturday | november 16 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE POOR SERVICES: BSNL POSSESSIVE ABOUT CONSUMERS ÞPAGE 2 CRICKET: JKCA STRUGGLES AT 219/6 ON DAY 1 ÞPAGE 2 Tribune News Service 23°C MAXIMUM Jammu, November 15 Traffic remained disrupted at Janipur Chowk for more than three hours after family members of a PHE daily wager, Naresh Gupta, blocked the road after his death, in protest against the department, alleging that the junior engineer (JE) stopped his salary for one year and threatened him. Protesters placed the body of the deceased on the road and refused to cremate it until an action was taken against Deepak Gupta, JE, Public Health Engineering (PHE). The family members also demanded compensation and job for his wife. There was a total chaos during the morning hours as thousands of vehicles were struck on the either side of the chowk, which connects outskirts with the main city. Rakesh Gupta, a relative of the deceased said, “A day before Diwali, on November 2, the said JE threat- ❝ The SE has given a written assurance of accepting all the demands. All his medical expenses at Ludhiana will be reimbursed. There was no issue of harassing him, all the daily wagers were paid a one-month salary on Diwali, but they were asking for a two-month salary, so the JE was asked to mobilise them, the allegation of threatening is wrong ❞ DEATH OF PHE DAILY WAGER — JK SHARMA, EXECUTIVE ENGINEER , PHE Family members of the deceased PHE worker protest against the state government in Jammu on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH ened him that he would dismiss him from the job, when Naresh asked him to release his salary.” “After coming back home, Naresh felt uneasy and we rushed him to a hospital. Later, doctors referred him to Ludhiana, where he died on Thursday. He must have died due to a shock after the threat of the JE,” he alleged. Naresh Gupta was working as a daily wager in the department for the past six years. At present, he was paid Rs 3,700 as salary, which was pending for the last 18 months. The vehicular movement started after Sunil Gupta, Superintending Engineer (SE), PHE, and police officials reached the spot and pacified the protesters. JK Sharma, executive engineer, PHE said, “The road was blocked for about three hours after the death of the daily wager. The SE has given a written assurance of accepting all their demands. All his medical Rampant encroachments across city ■ Residents occupy lanes, parks to hold private functions, authorities turn spectators NO ACTION TAKEN Tribune News Service Jammu, November 15 With the civic authorities turning a blind eye to the rampant encroachments of roads and lanes, people in residential areas, particularly posh localities, occupy lanes, bylanes, roads and parks for erecting tents to hold wedding parties and other private functions illegally with impunity. Consequently, motorists and pedestrians are a harried lot as the blocking of main roads and occupation of public parks--which has now become a general phenomenon in posh localities like Gandhi Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Greater Kailash, Sainik Colony and Channi areas--put them at a great inconvenience. What annoys the most is the indifferent and inaction of the authorities concerned to stop this growing culture which not only hampers the normal ■ Motorists and pedestrians are a harried lot as the blocking of main roads and occupation of public parks —which has now become a general phenomenon in posh localities like Gandhi Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Greater Kailash, Sainik Colony and Channi areas — put them at a great inconvenience. ■ It has now become a regular feature in the posh localities of the city where residents do not hesitate to put up tents in narrow lanes, bylanes and roads. movement of traffic, but also poses problems to pedestrians. “It has now become a regular feature in the posh localities of the city where people don’t hesitate to put up tents in narrow lanes, bylanes and roads, putting the motorists and pedestrians to great hardships as they are forced to take either alternate route or face difficult to move,” said Tarun Sharma, a resident of Shastri Nagar. Leave aside road and lanes, people do not refrain from erecting tents in public parks which, in most of the cases, have already been occupied by the private security per- sonnel of VIPs and influential persons. Meenakshi Khajuria, a resident of Gandhi Nagar, remarked: “What irritates me more is the fact that the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye to it and take no action against the violators. It also encourages others to follow suit.” She said it appears that the people have lost civic sense and behave irresponsibly towards the society. In the guise of their joys, they forget that this kind of action on their part is creating trouble for others. “Apart, people also play high sound music which high sound ❝ People playnuisance for music I which creates others. have never seen any officials from the police or Municipal Corporation visiting these people and penalise them for their misconduct❞ — MEENAKSHI KHAJURIA, A RESIDENT OF GANDHI NAGAR creates nuisance for others. I have never seen any officials from the police or Municipal Corporation visiting these people and penalise them for their misconduct,” Khajuria said. A autorickshaw driver, Mukesh Kumar said, such acts on the part of the people force them to change the route as they are left with no option if they confront a tent erected on a lane or road. “We can’t charge anything extra from our customers for taking long route and it affects our earnings,” he said. Kiran Wattal, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, was unavailable for comments. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY Traffic disrupted for 3 hours at Janipur Amit Khajuria Rushad Rana, who has played many roles on television returns to the tube with a negative role in Sony's Kehta Hai Dil… Jee Le Zara. expenses at Ludhiana will be reimbursed.” “There was no issue of harassing him, all the daily wagers were paid onemonth salary on Diwali, but they were asking for a twomonth salary, so the JE was asked to mobilise them, the allegation of threatening is wrong,” he added. 8°C MINIMUM Only 2 penalised for child labour violations in three years ■ Authorities do not have data on number of child labourers in district Deepanker Gupta Tribune News Service Udhampur, November 15 The Labour Department has penalised only two violators for flouting child labour laws during the past three years in Udhampur district. Paradoxically, the department doesn’t have any data about the number of children working in domestic as well as commercial places in the violation of labour laws. Sources said the Labour Department which was supposed to take stern action against the violators for engaging children at harmful working places has penalised only two defaulters during the past three years while two other cases were still pending in the court for prosecution. What is more surprising is that the State Child Labour Prevention Act neither covers child beggars who are often found begging in and around busy markets and localities nor do these officials have any powers to randomly check the presence of domestic child labours in the district. Parvesh Parihar, general secretary of NGO Indian Democratic Human Right Organisation, J&K, claimed that the survey which was conducted five years back under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, suggested that around 450 child labourers were there in the district. “This figure does not include children begging on roads and streets as the Child Labour Act does not cover them. Organised begging in and around Udhampur has increased manifolds after the beginning of train services between Jammu and Udhampur. The irony is that the administration neither has any record nor does it consider begging as child labour,” he said. When contacted, Seema Gupta, Assistant Commissioner, Labour Department, Udhampur, said they had constantly been inspecting dhabas, sweets shops, provisional stores and industrial units to maintain a check on child labour. “We have prosecuted four defaulters out of which two have been convicted by the court who would pay Rs 10,000 each whereas two other cases are still pending in the court,” the officer said. She expressed complete disagreement with the figures of the NCLP and claimed that the number of child labourers in the district was dwindling, following the constant efforts of the department. Getting LPG cylinder for marriage functions: A daunting task for locals Tribune News Service Jammu, November 15 Marriage season has become a costly affair now as city residents are being forced to buy commercial refills of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders at Rs 1,800 per unit. Though the official cost of non-subsidised refill is around Rs 930, people are being forced to buy it at Rs 1,100. Since the announcement on curtailing the subsidised cylinders to nine per family per year, even relatives and friends are not coming forward to provide refills, which was a norm in the past. Off the 15-lakh LPG users in Jammu and Kashmir, 7 lakh are registered in Jammu region, but its demand increases manifold during the marriage season. “Our distributor says that only commercial available and ❝ Our distributor says that only commercialI cylinders areout Rs 20,000 there is a shortage of non-subsidised refills. had to shell to get 10 cylinders. Even relatives are not coming forward to offer their refills keeping in view the cap put by the government last year❞ — SURINDER KRISHAN, A LOCAL RESIDENT costly eatables or LPG families ❝ Marriage is a and foraffair, be it vegetables, its frustrating to refill, think of are feeling pinch a middle-class family, even any function when the cost of every item is going high❞ — ROSHNI SHARMA, A GOVERNMENT TEACHER cylinders are available and there is a shortage of nonsubsidised refills. I had to shell out Rs 20,000 to get 10 cylinders. Even relatives are not coming forward to offer their refills keeping in view the cap put by the government last year,” said Surinder Krishan, a local resident. Despite assurances by the Consumer Affairs Department and oil companies that people will not be put to hardships on account of gas supply, no alternate arrangement has been made to ensure required supply during the marriage season and distributors are making merry and charging excess amount from the people. “Marriage is a costly affair, be it vegetables, eatables or LPG refill, families are feeling pinch and for a middle-class family, its frustrating to even think of any function when the cost of every item is going high,” said Roshni Sharma, a government teacher. In most parts of the city, connection holders are asked either to collect refills themselves or are being made wait for days together, posing problems for the commuters. “Our distributor says that the home delivery will take 10 to 15 days or I will have to visit a collection point, which is five km from my home. My husband is posted in Udhampur,” said Kiran Sharma, a housewife. Last year, the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department had constituted a task force at district levels, particularly in the snow-bound areas of Jammu region, to check black marketing, but it seems that nothing much has been done to streamline the system. Meanwhile, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution director GS Chib could not be contacted after repeated attempts. State Cabinet yet to approve Azharuddin set for SGFI new rules fail to yield results new innings as J&K ■ Participation of players in unimportant disciplines continues sports policy’s draft ❝ cricket coach Vikas Sharma Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 15 Though the state Cabinet is yet to approve the muchawaited draft of the state sports policy which has also emphasised upon maximum participation of women in sports competitions conducted at different levels, the J&K State Sports Council has started working on various modalities to strengthen sports in women section, especially belonging to rural areas. Dilip Thusu, secretary, J&K State Sports Council, while talking to The Tribune said the autonomous sports body was making all out efforts to ensure maximum participation of women in sports/games at all levels. “The department is very much aware of the importance of women in sports competition and that is why we have taken various initiatives to ensure that more competitions would be held in the future so that maximum women would com- The department is very much aware of the importance of women in sports competition and that is why we have taken various initiatives to ensure that more competitions would be held in the future so that maximum women would compete❞ — DILIP THUSU, SECRETARY, J&K STATE SPORTS COUNCIL pete,” Thusu said. When asked him about the approval of the sports policy by the state Cabinet, Thusu said, “I am not sure how much time will be taken to approve the draft, but we are hopeful that the process will be completed soon.” “The centrally-Sponsored Scheme, Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA), is playing a pivotal role in achieving the targets to some extent but still we are looking for more options,” the secretary said. Sources said the main focus of the authorities was on strengthening the infrastructure in rural areas where young girls were deprived of competing in competitions even at zonal and district level. Sources said financial assistance would also be provided for achieving excellence. Due care will also be taken to ensure that there are sufficient infrastructure, training facilities and competitive events to enable women players to participate fully in sports. It may be mentioned here that the sports policy draft has put the women sports under special sector games wherein the competitions will be held at the block, district and state level. It also suggested that women teams would also participate in various games in national level women sports competitions. The draft further claimed that as many as 15 best sports women will be honoured and rewarded under Madr-E-Meharban Sports Award every year for winning medals in national competitions. Tribune News Service Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, November 15 Former Indian cricket team captain and sitting Member of Parliament, Mohammad Azharuddin, has given his consent to become the coach of Jammu and Kashmir team. Azharuddin has conveyed his decision and willingness to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) president, Farooq Abdullah, to harness the cricket potential in the state and take the charge as the coach of the J&K cricket team. “Yes, Muhammad Azharuddin has given his consent to become the coach of the J&K cricket team a week back. He wants to lift the standards of cricket in the state,” Majid Khan, private secretary of Azharuddin told The Tribune over a telephonic conversation. Khan said the former Indian cricket team captain feels Azharuddin has conveyed his willingness to the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association president, Farooq Abdullah, to harness the cricket potential in the state and take the charge as the coach of the J&K cricket team that he could serve the people of Jammu and Kashmir through cricket. “Azharuddin feels there is a huge potential of players in Jammu and Kashmir, but it needs to be harnessed. He is eagerly waiting for his new assignment,” Khan added. He said they were waiting for a call from the JKCA president. Sources in the JKCA said almost all modalities with Azharuddin have been finalised and he is all set to take the charge. “As it is the mid season, Azhar will be joining after March 2014. We are hopeful that Azhar’s entry will boost the cricket in the state,” sources added. Jammu, November 15 The formulation of new terms and conditions by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) for the inclusion of sports/games to keep a check on the participation of sportspersons in unimportant disciplines in the National School Games did not get much success as sportspersons continue to participate in such disciplines in the state. It may be mentioned here that The Tribune had reported that the state contingent had performed miserably in the 58th edition of the National School Games by winning a meagre number of medals in major disciplines. Later, the SGFI not only informed the Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) to strengthen the contingent in important disciplines, but also keep a strict vigil on the participation of players in unrecognised competitions. The SGFI claimed that individuals with ulterior motives were using their influence to get their associations affiliated with the apex sports body and then started conducting competitions. Continued on page 2 TIGHTROPE WALK: A monkey walks on live wires on a street pole in Purani Mandi area on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA
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