05LT01A.qxd 2/5/2014 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b wednesday | february 5 | 2014 | ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE HONOUR: NCC CADET JAPLEEN DOES Þ PAGE 2 THE CITY PROUD EDUCATION: NOW, GET CLASS X, XII ROLL NUMBERS ON PSEB WEBSITE Þ PAGE 3 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY REVENUE: PAU TO PAY TAX ON FEE CHARGED Þ PAGE 4 FROM MORNING WALKERS 19.2°MAXIMUM 9.0°MINIMUM PAU don put on notice Puneet Pal Singh Gill Tribune News Service ADDING COLOUR TO FESTIVITIES: Students of Maple Bear School celebrate Basant Panchami on the school premises in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN P3 MC to set up teams for tax recovery Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 4 To crack the whip on those who do not pay their taxes on time and to collect the pending arrears, the MC has decided to constitute 30 teams of officials. The teams will focus on the recovery of taxes to improve the financial condition of the fund-starved MC. The civic body generates revenue from property tax, water supply and sewerage charges, advertisements, MC properties which have been rented out and industrial disposal charges, besides miscellaneous charges. Notices are sent to residents in all four zones (A,B,C and D), who pay the taxes on an annual basis. The MC faces problems in the collection of arrears. Defaulters are reluctant to deposit their arrears, resulting in a loss of revenue for the MC. MC Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said the MC had asked the officials concerned to constitute teams, which would focus on the recovery of taxes alone. "The problem arises whenever there is additional work or employees get busy in their core areas. I have told Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia to constitute teams of 50 to 60 inspectors and clerks to focus on the recovery of taxes. The teams will go to res- idents, give them notices, keep a record of the arrears and follow up the cases so that the MC generates more funds," said Tiwari. The civic body has started acting tough with residents for the recovery of taxes. A meeting in this regard was held by the Additional Commissioner recently in which officials were told to pull up their socks. The MC wants to generate enough revenue before the end of the current fiscal. Ludhiana, February 4 Perturbed over the delay in the completion of several development projects and the alleged use of substandard construction material in Punjab Agricultural University, a show-cause notice has been issued to a PAU Associate Professor. Due to these anomalies, the already cash-starved PAU has suffered a loss of crores of rupees. The show-cause notice, a copy of which is with Ludhiana Tribune, was issued to Deepak Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, PAU, on January 31 on the basis of an inquiry conducted by a panel comprising Dr Neelam Grewal as chairperson and Dr NK Khullar and Dr JS Mahal as members. According to the notice, “The size of four green houses, constructed at different krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs), was reduced from 120 ft by 45 ft to 96 ft by 32 ft despite the fact that this size had been clearly mentioned in the rough-cost estimate based on which the detailed notice inviting tender (DNIT) was issued and both of these were signed by you. The consent of the user department regarding the change of size of the green houses being constructed has not been taken. You knowingly did not get the drawings of the said work made in the specified size SUBSTANDARD CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL Work on an auditorium at the PAU is yet to be completed. A FILE PHOTO BEING TARGETED, SAYS GUPTA The Associate Professor, Deepak Gupta, claimed that he was being targeted due to his personal differences with a senior PAU official. “I have done nothing wrong and everything was done by taking due permission from the PAU authorities. Even the inquiry committee chairperson was a non-technical person,” he said. to created ambiguity in the matter. As administrative approval for 14 units of polyhouses of 500 sq m amounting to Rs 70 lakh was obtained from the ViceChancellor, it was your duty to place the order to the firm concerned for getting each unit of approved size constructed. However, you got four units of undersized polyhouses constructed at the four KVKs and the work at the remaining 10 units of polyhouses was not even started till March 3, 2011 (the date till you discharged the additional duties of Executive Engineer (C-II).” The notice states that rules were flouted in the use of 8 mm thick triple-layered polycarbonate sheets, which were of inferior quality. “In the allotment of any building work, non-schedule (NS) items, though sometimes unavoidable, are kept at the minimum level. However, in case of the allotment of work related to the construction of an auditorium, you have recommended 295 NS items worth Rs 4.5 crore (more than 50 per cent of the tender cost). You did not make any effort to get the number of NS items reduced in the DNIT of the work. You also tried to help the contractor by tampering with the tender,” the notice states. “The Vice-Chancellor, after considering the report of the inquiry committee and going through the facts of the case came to the provisional conclusion to remove you from the university service. You are called upon to show cause within 15 days as to why you may not be removed from service for the above lapses,” says the notice issued by the PAU Registrar. Cops flouting ban Three arrested on charge of yarn theft Bailable warrants on use of black against MC PIO films on vehicles Tribune News Service A car donning a black film parked at the Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 4 What to talk of implementing the Supreme Court directions regarding the ban on the use of back films on cars and buses, policemen are themselves using black films on their vehicles in violation of the law with impunity. Though Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh claims zero tolerance against the use of black films on vehicles, the fact is that the rules are being grossly violated by officials of his department. One such car belonging to a police officer remained parked in the official parking lot outside the Commissioner's office. "In my opinion, the Commissioner of Police should first put his house in order before taking action against residents. The violation speaks volumes about the control and influence he enjoys over his force. If officials of his department are not following the guidelines, how is the public expected to follow the rules," said Virinder Bhakoo, a philanthropist. The officer's vehicle is not a stray case; several vehicles having black films can easily be spotted at the Mini-Secretariat. Residents say though all are equal in the eyes of the law, police officers consider themselves above it. "The traffic police fail to take action against their own men," said Santokh Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar. Among those using black films on their vehicles are some local politicians and scribes. "It is not only unlawful, but unethical as well. Policemen should know that they are not above law, but the custodian of law. If they keep on violating the rules, how are people expected to follow the directions. The Commissioner of Police needs to conduct a survey in the city to find out how many such officers are useing black films on their vehicles," said senior advocate Ashok Lakhanpal. Ludhiana, February 4 The Sadar police have arrested three persons on a charge of stealing 141 cartons of yarn worth lakhs of rupees. Those arrested have been identified as Surinder Kumar, alias Handa, and Harjit Singh, both residents of New Subhash Nagar, and Shinderpal, alias Shindi, a resident of Shimla Colony. Amandeep Singh Brar, SHO of the Sadar police station, said the accused were trying to deliver this yarn from a godown of Nahar Fibre Mill in Gill village to Madhya Pradesh. He said the truck driver and cleaner concerned did not deliver the yarn in Madhya Pradesh and their mobile phones were also switched off. A case under Sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered RTI ACT Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA against them on January 11. During routine checking, the trio was arrested 2 held with smack worth ~1.4 crore Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 4 The anti-narcotics cell has arrested two youths and seized smack worth Rs 1.4 crore from their possession. The youths have been identified as Harvinder, alias Hinda (24), and Lakhwinder, alias Lakha (20), both residents of Goohla in Kaithal district of Haryana. The duo was arrested at a naka set up near the Civil Hospital here. Harbans Singh, in charge of the cell, said the police signalled the driver of an Alto car (HR 09 C 3191) on suspi- cion. On a search of the vehicle, we seized 280 gm of smack from their possession,” said Harbans. 15 bottles of cough syrup seized The anti-narcortics cell has seized 15 bottles of a cough syrup (used as a drug) from the possession of Jaspreet, alias Jassa (29), of Janta Nagar. “He was earlier also involved in such cases and was arrested from near Gill village. He had brought these bottles from Ambala and was planning to sell these here,” said Harbans. c m y b from the bus stand and 50 cartons of yarn were seized from Surinder, 61 cartons from Harjit and 30 cartons from Shinderpal,” the SHO said. Ludhiana, February 4 The State Information Commission, Punjab, has issued bailable warrants against the Public Information Officer, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, for not providing information to Dev Raj Sharma, a resident of Durgapuri here, under the Right to Information Act. Surinder Awasthi, State Information Commissioner, has also asked the Commissioner of Police to serve enclosed bailable warrants on Rajinder Sharma, Assistant Town Planner-cumPublic Information Officer, MC, to ensure his presence before the commission on the next date of hearing on February 19. According to the commission's orders, the respondent PIO was absent without giving intimation to the commission despite the fact that a show-cause notice had already been issued to him. The complainant, Dev Raj Sharma, said he was allowed to see the records on December 23 last year, but the requisite record was not shown to him, which was in gross violation of the commission's directives. Taking a serious note of Rajinder Sharma's conduct, the State Information Commission has issued bailable warrants in exercise of powers conferred upon it under Section 18 (3) of the RTI Act with the direction that the PIO shall produce the relevant record relating to the appellant's RTI application on the next date of hearing. Computer still gives govt staff the jitters Anupam Bhagria Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 4 The state government may have provided computers as well as training to its staff for using these, yet the new technology still gives jitters to some of the employees. A senior employee of a government department said, "All computer work is done by my assistant. When he is not there, I get it done by other subordinates. The very thought of working on a computer makes me feel uncomfortable." An officer of a government department said, "I have observed some employees SANDEEP JOSHI shying away from the computer. They still maintain a manual record. When I ask them the reason, they have to cut a sorry figure." Another employee said whenever he had to send information to his seniors, he used the services of hired computer operators after office hours so that his work did not suffer. Asked to comment on the issue, District Transport Officer Anil Garg said, "We work on computers. It is very convenient. Once the employees get the hang of it, there are no problems. Employees need to be briefed about it so that they don’t fear the computer." Another officer said, "Initially, employees may face some difficulties while working on computers, but with constant practice, the task becomes easy."
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