01062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/1/2018 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 1 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Shahkot bypoll result Far & wide I worry about every film Muskmelon belt, pollution-hit villages voted for Congress, AAP reduced to 1,900 votes. P2 Punjabi singer-actors are all set to wow listeners abroad. P3 Star Plus has roped in Alia Bhatt as its new brand ambassador. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.20 AM No reply from govt upsets bank employees Rumours of teachers MEASLES-RUBELLA VACCINE to be called during holidays irk staff DAY 2 OF STRIKE Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 31 Bank employees here on Thursday expressed their anger by saying that it was unfortunate on part of the government that there was not even a single reply from it with regard to their demands. Amrit Lal, convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), Jalandhar unit, said they had been protesting for their demands, but not even a single word from the government had hurt the employees who were on strike for the past two days. Bank employees have been protesting the Indian Bank Association’s (IBA) “meagre” offer of 2 per cent hike in wages. Many women employees also joined the protest, saying the government must think of the challenges a middle-class person faces in daily life. They said the government could have given an assurance or a meeting with them to talk on the matter. The bank union leaders said the closure of banks had hit the routine of people, as many of them couldn’t take loans from the banks and other bank-related services were also affected. The clearing house remained suspended for both days and around 50,000 cheques for Rs 1,000 crore were not cleared on both days. Cash transactions of Rs 1000 crore were also affected in two days. Business of Rs 2000 crore was affected in Jalandhar city on account of the strike on both days, as informed by the bank union employees. Many ATMs in the city also started getting dried up in late evening, while in some of the ATMs, Rs 100 and Rs 500 notes were not available. An ATM at Dilkusha Market near Jyoti Chowk here had not been working, and Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Bank staff protest in favour of their demands in Jalandhar on Thursday; (below) a deserted view of the SBI main branch in the city. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH due to the strike for two days, no one came to for its service. As many as 360 bank branches in the city and 850 branches in the district remained closed for two days. The shutters of branches remained down because the managers and supervisory staff also observed strike. Amrit Lal said the employees were demanding early wage revision settlement and an adequate increase in their salary and improvement in other service conditions. Members of various bank unions also addressed the employees and expressed their anger. They raised various issues and said they were suffering due to the “antiemployee” policies of the government. Amrit Lal said more strikes would be held if the government did not accept their demands. He also demanded wage revision for officials from scale IV to VII. MC to issue 1,100 notices to property tax defaulters Driving by minors: Police summonparents Jalandhar, May 31 Armed with the GIS survey report, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to issue notices to over 1,100 residents who are defaulters of property tax. According to officials, the GIS survey, conducted in the Model Town area, revealed that a majority of the property owners were not paying property tax. As the civic body had no means to identify over 200 people who had paid property tax, it had decided to issue notices to all owners. Those who have paid their taxes can show their receipts and get their names removed from the defaulters list. Those who have not paid their taxes till date will face sealing of their properties by next week. Also taking action against the encroachers, the civic body today demolished three shops in the Adarsh Nagar area. It has also sealed two commercial halls in the same area. Officials said the shopkeepers were given repeated reminders and even their things were confiscated once, but, many owners under political patronage, did not pay any heed. Following directions from the Municipal Commissioner Dr Basant Garg today, officials today demolished all three shops. Jalandhar, May31 Finally, in a major drive against underage drivers flouting traffic rules and driving twowheelers and four-wheelers, the city’s Police Commissionerate has started summoning the parents of the violators. Though some of the police division heads have already filed cases against the parents and the vehicle owners under the Motor Vehicles Act, cops at some police stations are yet to initiate any action in this regard. Division number 4 in charge inspector Prem Kumar said so far five cases against parents had been registered under his division. Jalandhar, May 31 With schools in the district heading for holidays from June 1, the Health Department finds itself in a crisis of sorts, with the department having failed to meet its Measles-Rubella drive target in the district. Of the 5.31 lakh children to be administered the antiMeasles-Rubella vaccine in the district in the ongoing campaign from May 1 until now, the Health Department has been able to administer vaccines to only 3,37,485 children across schools so far. On top of his, a rumour being circulated among teachers – that those having failed to get their students vaccinated shall have to come during the summer holidays – has further caused panic among teachers – who claim it was not their fault if parents were unwilling to administer the vaccine to their wards. Formally however, the Health Department has claimed no such instructions have been issued by it. The department also maintains the vaccination targets in the district have been reduced to 4,80,105 children with the passing out of Class x students. While the drive was initially supposed to end until May 20 after which the mop-up sessions of the drives were to be carried out at schools, the department has been delayed by 10 days in the completion of the drive already. On top of it, with it being holidays in schools, it would also be an uphill task for the Health Department to get the remaining children to report at community centres for the vaccine who didn’t even turn up at their own schools. A Jalandhar-based teacher Division 7 in charge Onkar Singh said following checking at different locations, challans were issued to minors and cases filed against their parents. He said after trial, a fine of Rs 1000 and three months’ imprisonment would be imposed on them. Similarly, around 25-30 parents had been booked under the Motor Vehicles Act from all police divisions and stations in the district. A decision in this regard was taken by the Police Commissioner this month to curb minors from driving two and four-wheelers, as driving by minors is rampant in the city. Fact file ■ Only target of 3,37,485 children met even though initial target was 5.31 lakh ■ Deadline of drive already delayed ■ School closure due to holidays might hit mop-up session ■ Health dept says reports of teachers to be summoned to schools during holidays untrue . said, “The teams came to administer vaccines on the last two days. We literally had to hold down some children to get the vaccines administered as we were receiving messages that schools missing out on the vaccine might have to report during holidays. While it’s an uphill task during working days, who will send their children during the holidays?” District Epidemiologist Dr Preetkamal said, “We were earlier supposed to administer the vaccine to 5.31 lakh children, but with Xth standard students passing out the number has been reduced to 4,80,105 children. There are so far no instructions for schools to open during the holidays. As it’s a community-based programme, the left-out students shall be administered the vaccines at the community centres where the dropouts or left-outs shall be vaccinated in the coming days.” Speaking on how the department shall cover the mop-up session with the schools closed, the epidemiolgost said, “The other mop-up campaigns are school-based. But this is a community based campaign. We are positive that students shall report at community centres. As far as the time of the mop-up session is concerned, it might be delayed based on the response of the current outreach session of the drive.” Fraud case: Actor Surveen Chawla joins probe BURNING ISSUE: Women Congress workers hold a gas cylinder during a protest against the rise in fuel prices in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Hoshiarpur, May 31 Bollywood actress Surveen Chawla, who was booked in a fraud case filed by the father of the co-producer of film “Nil Batte Sannata”, along with her husband Akshay Thakkar and her brother Manvinder Chawla, reached here late on Thursday evening to join police investigation. The accused reached the city police station and met the SHO of the police station inspector Lomesh Sharma. According to the police, they pleaded not guilty. Surveen told the police that they had no role in the case. Treat us as agents, not thieves : Travel agents to DC Tribune News Service Travel agents stage a protest at the DC office in Jalandhar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jalandhar, May 31 After entering into a spat with the district administration over running illegal travel trade in the city, travel agents on Thursday began the damage-control exercise and offered red roses to the Jalandhar DC Varinder Sharma. The police had arrested over 20 travel agents who c m y b were allegedly working without a valid licence. The travel agents held a press conference in the evening and slammed the police action on those who had even applied for the licence. However on Thursday, the police arrested two more agents allegedly having partnership in two companies. The agents meanwhile, holding a bunch of roses in their hands, reached the district Administration complex to meet the DC. As the DC was busy in the Shahkot election duty, the team met ADC Jasbir Singh and raised their concern. Sukant Nain Trivedi said the travel agents were “deeply hurt” by the remarks made by a senior official who had termed them as “thieves”. “By offering roses, we are holding a silent and peaceful protest. Also, we would like to tell the officials that we are not thieves but only travel agents doing business in the city,” said Trivedi. He added that the association held a meeting with all other travel associations and was planning to meet Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. “We demand to remove some stringent rules which are not there in the original Act, but were passed by the cabinet committee. We demand the implementation of the original Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2015, to work with dignity,” said Trivedi. Meanwhile, the police produced the arrested travel agents under heavy security at the district courts. They were sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
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