01012018-JTR-01.qxd 1/1/2018 12:31 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 1 JANUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Different shades New jodis of Pollywood! Poles apart In 2018, many expect no miracle for better future and believe that in this year, life will still be hard for them. P2 2018 is going to be one defining year for the Punjabi film industry. P3 Sweta Bhatacharya says her upcoming show Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki is completely opposite to her reel character. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.32 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.20 AM MILK TANKER-AUTO-RICKSHAW COLLISION Sweet ’18 18 3 killed, four injured near city Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 Three persons, including a woman, were killed and four injured after a milk tanker and an auto-rickshaw collided on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road late this evening. Two of the deceased were identified as auto-driver Raman from Kala Sanghia, a woman Dharam Sahi and Karan. According to police sources, the auto-rickshaw was overcrowded and had over eight to 10 passengers. It had picked over four passengers from the Khambra church. When it reached near Tajpur, the driver lost control Girls enjoy a New Year party in Jalandhar on Sunday night. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH The mangled remains of the auto-rickshaw and the tanker on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO over the vehicle and rammed it into a milk tanker coming from the opposite side. The collision was so intense that three persons died on the spot, while four of the remaining passengers suffered City gears up for Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 With the ushering in of New Year today, the city is all geared up to face the litmus test in the Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2018 to commence from January 4 this year. While the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar attained 28th position in the Swachh Sarvekshan held in over 73 cities across the country in 2016, the position dipped to 233 among the 434 cities that were surveyed in 2017. While the city is yet to get a new mayor, the newly elected councillors too are waiting for the oath taking ceremony of the General House. As the state election Commission is yet to issue the notification, the sanitation works in the wards have been stalled completely. MC is yet to redistribute sanitation workers While it’s been two months since the new delimitation plan was notified, the MCJ is yet to redistribute the sanitation workers according to the newly constituted wards. At present, the MC health department is continuing with the old deployment of sanitation workers according to the old wards system. Newly elected councillors caught unawares on survey While the State election Commission is yet to notify the appointment newly elected councillors, there has been no initiative taken by them to improve the sanitation condition of their newly allocated wards. To their utter surprise, many councillors were even found unaware of any such Swachh Sarvekshan so far Swachh Sarvekshan Survey 2016 (in %) 2017 (in %) 2018 ( in %) Service level progress Direct observation Citizen feedback 45 25 30 45 25 30 35 30 35 No. of cities 2016 2017 2018 73 434 4041 Direct observation: Major concerns Is the area clean? Are public toilets gender-friendly? Is the commercial area clean? On-site composting/waste transfer stations at vegetable Cleanliness at railway station Litter bins at railway station No open defecation spot on the railway track-either side of 500 metres before or after the platform Cleanliness at bus stand Litter bins at bus stand Public toilet at bus stand 50 marks 70 marks 50 marks 50 marks 70 marks 70 marks survey to be conducted in the city. While a majority of the women councillors claimed that they were not informed about any such survey by the MCJ, some councillors who were reelected this time too did not begin any awareness drive amongst the area residents of their respective wards. Citizen contribution matter most to Of the total 4000 marks, over 1200 marks were kept for Service level progress Direct observation Citizen feedback 150 marks 70 marks 30 marks 0 marks direct observation while 1400 marks will be granted on the basis of citizen feedback. With MCJ facing acute shortage of sanitation workers and machinery in the newly constituted wards, the city is unable to collect and process over 500 metric tonnes of garbage generated every day. While the citizens are yet to make efforts at their own level to reduce, recycle and reuse the garbage, getting a satisfactory feedback from them Service level progress Collection and transportation Processing and disposal Sanitation /open defecation IEC & behaviour change Capacity building Innovation and best practices Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 The two-month clause implemented on child care leaves to be allocated to the teachers of the education department has had the teachers in a fix. While the child care leaves are allocated in case of a child’s exam or medical care exigency, teachers argue that they don’t get to know about both these situations two months ahead. Consequently, teachers have to take their own med- ical or casual leaves to make up for the leaves which have not been allocated on time. Teachers said while date sheets were issued by schools just a week to 20 days before, in case of medical emergency of their children as well, they can’t possibly inform the department two months ago. A letter issued in this regard in December states, “While the child care leave cases are sent a week before to the department. Due to this, the studies of the students suffer. The letter also says that maximum child care leaves are sought in the months of December, January and February, though the department has already cleared, in a letter issued on December 16, 2014, that the cases issued in these months will not be considered.” The said letter was issued on 15 December 2017. So the employees had to apply for the leaves two months before, with a certificate regarding how many times a child care leave had been sought by the same 1400 marks 1200 marks 1400 marks 1400 marks 420 marks 350 marks 420 marks 70 marks 70 marks 70 marks ■ Over 50 vulnerable dump sites were cleaned by the MC in the last six months. This majorly included the one situated opposite PIMS ground ■ More than 90 per cent of the city is connected to the sewerage system ■ The sewerage treatment plants too can pitch in some marks ■ Bio-mining project at the Wariana dump too have begun CITIZEN FEEDBACK: MAJOR QUESTIONS Are you aware that your city is participating in Swachh Sarvekshan 2018? Yes : 175 marks New projects bring hope for the MCJ No : 0 marks DID YOU FIND THE AREA CLEANER THAN LAST YEAR? No : 0 marks HAVE YOU STARTED USING LITTER BINS THIS YEAR? Yes: 150 marks No: 0 marks Is your city in 20 cities under Swachata App dynamic ranking from April to Dec 2017? Rank 1 to 20 Rank 21 to 40 Rank 81 and above seems to be a distant reality. Closure of garbage dumps creates havoc With the closure of over 19 garbage collection sites in various wards in the past two months, the Swachh Bharat project appear to have been dumped for the last many months. According to an official, political leaders have created uproar over the presence of garbage collection points in their areas. “Immediately Child care leave: Teachers in a fix as timely approval not granted Aparna Banerji Major hopes for MC Detailed distribution of marks Yes : 175 marks 90 marks 70 marks 70 marks 90 marks Number of Swachata App downloads Less than 10 per cent households 6 to 10 per cent households 2 to 5 per cebnt households <2 per cent Distribution of marks employee before. While some teachers said their leaves were never sanctioned on time because by the time they got to know about their kids’ date sheets, the time period (two months) - for the leave had already lapsed and in some cases, the leaves sought by teachers one or two months ago was sanctioned a month late, by which the exams of their wards had already taken place. A Jalandhar-based woman teacher said, “A letter was put Continued on page 2 c m y b where. The MCJ is now in a process to get them financial support from some social welfare organization. Also, while over 18 public toilets are being run by Sulabh International in the city, the civic body is yet to begin the construction of over 60 more toilets planned under the SBM. While the MCJ will construct over 33 toilets in the first phase, it will construct the remaining in the second phase expected to commence in 2019. Also, the civic body is yet to begin the construction of toilets in market places. 100 marks 80 marks 20 marks after taking over, the first thing they did was to get the garbage dumps closed. Without any garbage collection points, the area residents now throw garbage on the streets,” said the official. Swachh Bharat funds spent on machinery While the MCJ got Rs 3.71 crores under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), it spent most of them in purchasing machinery for sanitation and did not spend much on the development of sanitation infrastructure. Open defecation-free status distant reality While the ODF status holds a major significance in the Swachh Sarvekshan, the status here seemed to be a distant reality. Out of the total 914 applications received by the MCJ for the construction of individual household latrines (IHHL), over 70 applicants have already spent the incentive else- According to Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg, MCJ has made a full proof plan to pass the litmus test with flying colours. According to him, the city presently generates over 500 tonnes of garbage every day. “Under the new plan, the MCJ will clear over 250 tonnes of garbage by its own sources while the remaining 250 tonnes of garbage will be outsourced to some other company,” said Dr Garg adding that under the project over 150 smart bins will be installed in a semi underground manner at 86 locations. The state government is reported to have given the approval in principal to the project. Also, the city is inching towards the commencement of the bio mining project at Wariana. While the project is expected to clear over 14 acres of land at Wariana village from the garbage dump, the bio –methanation project would be commenced soon at the site to boost up the Swachh Bharat ranking of the city. injuries. The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital where their condition was stated to be stable. Meanwhile, the Khambra police registered a case against the truck driver and arrested him. Accident cuts short two lives Our Correspondent Phagwara, December 31 Rajinder Kumar and Harwinder, both residents of Jalandhar, were killed on the spot, when a canter hit the bike, they were riding on, from rear near Chachoki village, on the National Highway yesterday morning. Poor visibility, due to the dense fog, was said to be the cause behind the mishap, the police said. The deceased were on their way to Jalandhar from Goraya. The driver of the canter managed to flee the spot, the police said. A case has been registered by the Sadar Police, Phagwara, against an unknown canter driver. The bodies of the victims were handed over to their families after postmortem. FEEDBACK Jalandhar Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Jalandhar, Phagwara, Kapurthala and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to jalandhar.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Jalandhar Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Jalandhar Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. Farmer unions plan rallies on Feb 16, 17 Criticise law on damage to public property; oppose PCOCA Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 On a call of the Talmel Front Punjab, a convention was held by over five dozen unions at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall today. The unions gave a call to activists to raise their voice against the attack on democratic rights by the state’s Congress government. During the convention, held under the state heads of various unions, it was announced that the struggle shall be intensified and statelevel rallies shall be held in BKU (Ugrahan), Kirti Kisan Union, BKU (Dakaunda), Bharti Kisan Union (revolutionary), Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Krantikari Kisan Union Punjab, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Union, Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee, Pendu Mazdoor Union Punjab, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union, Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, Pendu Mazdoor Union (Mashal), Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), Activists of five unions hold a state-level convention in Jalandhar, among other state level unions, against the Prevention of Damage to Private Property Act. were present at the convention series in Barnala on February 16 and in Jalandhar on February 17. Addressing the convention, the members of the state unions said the previous Akali-BJP government, despite the opposition of the Continued on page 2
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