29052018-JTR-01.qxd 5/29/2018 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 29 MAY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Violation of traffic rules Of care & compassion I wish... Underage drivers flout rules, residents jump red light blatantly. P2 Battling odds and even in the face of death, they find a reason to smile. P3 From sky-diving to buying luxurious homes, a bucket list of artistes from Tellywood. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 43°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.21 AM Dept fails to get FDs renewed for years Water kingdom Man dies of sunstroke Phagwara: An unidentified person died here due to sun stroke on Sunday. The police have registered a case and sent the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem.OC State exchequer suffers a loss of interest of ~1.5 crore Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 The alleged inefficient working of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat has caused the exchequer a loss of Rs 1.5 crore. When the state government is struggling hard to manage even salaries and pensions, trying to raise loans by mortgaging every property left with it, there are many working in the government departments who due to their alleged indifferent attitude causing losses to the state exchequer. A glaring example of this Fact file A glaring example of callous attitude of officials has come to light wherein an audit team pointed out inordinate delay in the renewal of 13 fixed deposit receipts callous attitude has come to surface wherein an audit team pointed out that inordinate delay in the renewal of 13 fixed deposit receipts (FDRs) by officials of the Rural Development and Panchayats department had resulted in a loss of interest amounting to Rs 1.50 crore. Elaborating, the audit team Man kills aunt in Balachaur, arrested stated that an amount of Rs 4 crore was transferred by the department to Punjab and Sind Bank in July 2008 and got the maturity value of Rs 5.26 crore between November 2011 and August 2012. Thereafter, these FDRs were not renewed. Had the department renewed the FDRs during their maturity between November 2011 and August 2012, these could have earned an interest amounting to Rs 2.26 crore. But, due to its non renewal, the department could get only saving bank interest of only 4 per cent in place of 7 to 9.60 per cent.The 13 FDRs were not to be renewed by the department itself, but were to be renewed by the bank. Had the department been a bit vigilant, Rs 1.5 crore could have been saved. Even after the audit laid bare the matter, no action has yet been taken by the department on the issue. Joginder Kumar, Deputy Director, Department of Rural Development and Panchayat when contacted said the matter was “under consideration”. “We are looking into the matter. We have also written to the bank and have sought a reply,” he said. Jalandhar, May 28 A man allegedly killed his aunt at Mehatpur village in Balachaur on Monday. The district police later arrested the accused. The incident took place when Jaswinder Kaur (50) of the same village was going to market. The accused, Ranjit Singh, of Mehatpur village was arrested by the police and a case was registered against him. In his complaint, Shin- gara Singh, husband of the victim, said his nephew Ranjit suspected that Jaswinder was doing black magic on their family due to which he took revenge by killing her. Singh further said in the complaint that when Jaswinder was passing by Ranjit’s house, the latter chased her and attacked her with a heavy wooden rod by hitting her head. SHO, Balachaur, said Jaswinder died on the spot and they later arrested Ranjit. Children enjoy in a swimming pool on a hot Monday in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH GOVERNMENT SCHEMES GoGs report 300 grey areas Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, May 28 The Guardians of Governance (GoG) have brought forward 306 grey areas at the implementation level of different schemes during the last month in Nawanshahr. The issues reported by the GoGs are related to the social security, welfare department, rural development and panchayat department, food and civil supply, water supply and sanitation, cooperation, agricultural and animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development, said DC Amit Kumar. Amit Kumar stated that the district had a strength of 53 Breaking law Wailing reletives of Jaswinder Kaur (inset) who was allegedly murdered at Mehatpur village in Balachaur. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Tribune News Service Scooterist killed in mishap GoGs, monitoring 463 villages of SBS Nagar. “The GoGs have been visiting villages assigned to them and interacting with the people to know their common problems. They have been equipped with an androidbased app that helps them to report as per the score over the issue. For instance, one is rated for completely dissatisfied, two for dissatisfied, three for neutral, four for satisfied and five for completely satisfied,” the DC said. “As per the rating, the report is sent for taking action to the administrative head of the department, Chandigarh which is also the headquarter of the GoG, DC and SDM,” said the DC, while adding that after reviewing the number of issues pertaining to various departments, the heads of the different departments were directed to dispose of the complaints immediately and also send the report on online portal. The DC further said that he would review the performance of GoGs and the departments showing dereliction in redressing the grievances would be taken to task. The district head of GoGs Col Chuhar Singh (Retd) said the state government had now devised a strategy to focus for a minimum of two days on a particular Continued on page 2 Employee nabbed taking bribe Tribune News Service Schoolboys do triple-riding in Jalandhar on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Jalandhar, May 28 The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Monday nabbed Pungrain inspector Surinder Kumar Sharma red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 80,000. A spokesperson of the Bureau said the inspector, posted at the purchase centre, Ibrahimwal, Kapurthala district, was caught on the complaint of Vinod Kumar of M/S TR Agro Industries, Ibranhimwal, Kapurthala. Giving details, he said the complainant had approached the VB, alleging that the inspector was demanding a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to clear the pending transportation bills of their firm and the deal was struck at Rs 80,000. After verifying his com- plaint, the VB team laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed with Rs 80,000 and the bribe money was recovered from him in the presence of two official witnesses. He said a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act had been registered against the accused at the Vigilance Bureau office in Jalandhar and investigation was in progress. Phagwara: A Goraya resident Kailash Kumar was killed on the spot when the Activa he was riding rammed into a parked truck near Chachoki village on Sunday. The police have registered a case and handed over the body to the family after autopsy.OC Compostable bags to replace polythene bags Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 28 To curb the menace of burning plastics and usage of polythene bags, compostable carry bags were recently released by the Deputy Commissioner, Municipal Commissioner, Health Officer and pollution control board officials. MC Commissioner, Basant Garg, said these bags would be available at Rs 300 per kg. Compostable carry bags are capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site. These have been introduced in district markets to protect the environment from plastic envelopes. Environment Officer Arun Kakkar said a meeting was held with manufacturers of compostable carry bags and people would not have to bring the carry bags from outside. Environment officials said in the coming days, action would be taken against those who use polythene bags. Varinder Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, said people should avoid using polythene bags and use compostable bags. Rural sports talent in the district relegated to the background Forty coaches, 12 centres in urban areas, a few in the rural ones of Jalandhar district Rachna Khaira Tribune News service Jalandhar, May 28 Call it an availability of sports talent only in urban areas or the comfort zone of coaches in cities, a majority of the 40 sports coaches, employed with the District Sports Department in over 12 centres, are based in the city and nearby villages only. Despite the merging of the Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) with the Punjab Sports department, there is hardly any hope for sports talent hidden in rural areas. While now the District Sports department is rich by over eight more coaches, taking the total number to 40 in over 12 major sports centres, there is hardly any coach and sports centre running in rural areas. Surprisingly, the whole process, beginning from sports trials, the allotment of sports wings and also the deployment of coaches in district are made in urban areas. At present, there are over nine coaches in hockey, sev- Sports infrastructure in Jalandhar: An overview GAME URBAN RURAL TOTAL Hockey 6 3 9 Athletics 7 7 Boxing 2 2 Weightlifting 2 2 4 Tennis 1 1 Badminton 1 1 Cricket 1 1 Handball 1 1 Gymnastic 1 1 Swimming 1 1 Basketball 2 2 Football 1 2 3 Wrestling 1 1 2 Volleyball 3 3 Not deployed 2 2 2 Total Games (14) 3210 (villages in vicinity) 40 en in athletics and four for boxing deployed in various training centres. While six of the hockey coaches were deployed in the city, including the Olympian Surjit hockey Academy and Government Girls School at Nehru garden, the other two were deployed in Sansarpur Sports Centres run by the Punjab Sports Department in Jalandhar CENTRE NAME Raizada Hansraj Stadium AREA Urban Guru Gobind Singh Stadium Punjab Sports School Urban Urban Doaba Khalsa Sr. Secondary School Government Model School, Ladowaali Road DAV College Phillaur Karari Village Dhanowali village Sansarpur Bada Pind (Phillaur) HMV College Urban SPORTS Badminton, Wrestling, Basketball and Table Tennis Weightlifting Athletics, Boxing, gymnastics, Swimming, Weightlifting and Wrestling Hockey, Basketball Urban Cricket, Boxing Urban Rural Rural Semi-Urban Semi -Urban Rural Urban Handball Weightlifting Wrestling Hockey Hockey Weight lifting, Volleyball Weightlifting village in the Jalandhar cantonment area. The other coach is running a training centre at Dhanowaali village that too is also on the outskirts of the city. Also, in athletics, all seven coaches deployed in the city and none was asked to provide training to youths resid- ing in over 921 villages in the district. In boxing too, both coaches were deployed in two training centres situated each on the Ladowali road and at the Sports School. Also, the situation was found to be no different in other games. There are four weightlifting coaches c m y b deployed with the district Sports Department, While two coaches were deployed at the Phillaur, the other two coaches were deployed each at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium and at HMV College. Table tennis, badminton, cricket, handball, gymnastics, swimming the department Children at a basketball practice match at Hans Raj Stadium in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH has only a single coach each, which too were deployed in various city centres. District Sports Officer Vijay Kumar accepted the fact that the sports infrastructure was indeed confined to urban areas only, he said the centres were established long ago. “During the time of the establishment of they centres, they were part of remote areas in the district. However now, with the increase of municipal limits, these have almost become part of the central city area only. But we have sent a proposal to the department to open more centres in remote areas,” said Kumar. He said at present, the only platform provided to the rural youths was the block level games organised by the sports department once a year. “Initially, there was Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) where only rural youths have participated, but now with Khelo India taking its place, a majority of the players come from urban areas only. Since they have exposure to better training and sports infrastructure, they overshadow the rural talent very easily,” said Kumar. He added soon he would moot a proposal to hold rural games at the district-level with the support of various NGOs and social welfare organisations.
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