03062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/3/2018 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 3 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE HMV function Odd man in Shrenu’ s story Artistes perform bhangra at the annual prize distribution held at HMV College in Jalandhar. P2 Mismatched accessories make you stand out and how. P3 Shrenu Parikh, who played Gauri in Ishqbaaaz, joins the #Metoo campaign. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM ‘GAON BANDH’ EFFECTS ON DAY 2 Veggie, fruit mandi wears deserted look vegetables and fruits is going to be a major problem. Dhaba owners and sweet makers in the city too are wary of the coming days, as they say that in the absence of vegetables and milk, they will not be able to run their businesses. Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 2 A visit to Maqsuda Mandi, one of the biggest vegetable and fruit mandis of Punjab, on Saturday showed the effects of the strike of farmers that began on June 1 and is likely to continue till June 10. A curfew-like situation was seen in the mandi, with no hustle-bustle of the normal days. Almost all shops were closed and a handful of workers and small tea stall owners, in search of work, were present at the site. Normally, a transaction of more than Rs 1.5 crore happens in the mandi daily, but today due to the protest, no activity took place. A few people, playing cards, said not even a single vehicle carrying vegetable or fruits could enter or leave the market. Only Jalandhar mandi, which receives more than 100 items of vegetables and fruits normally, will suffer an income loss of around Rs 5 lakh everyday (2.5 on account of market fees and Rs 2.5 lakh (approx) of rural development fund (RDF). Mandi Board officials said it was a huge revenue loss to them due to the strike and today, the arrival of the vegetables and fruits was nil. Chabeels of milk It was for the first time that chabeels of pure milk by agitating farmers were organised in rural areas. Whereas from some parts, reports of throwing of milk were coming in, farmers at some places were donating milk to gurdwaras or were organising chabeels of milk, as they did not want to throw it or give it to milk-collection centres. Maqsuda Mandi, one of the biggest mandis of Punjab, wears a deserted look due to the farmers’ strike in the Jalandhar area on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH They said the vegetables and fruits that were to come from out of state by trucks also got stalled due to the strike. “The trucks started about two-three days ago from various states, but due to the strike, they have got halted,” said an official. District Mandi Officer Varinder Khera said the mandi was completely closed today as some of the farmers had come in the ‘MOTIVE NOT TO HURT PEOPLE’ The motive is highlight ❝problem at thenot to trouble people but towant to the national level. We do not harass people in any way, but we just want that our problems must get highlighted and the government must know how much we are suffering. ❞ SATNAM SINGH SAINI, spokesperson, Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee morning and asked them to stop the work and shut it. Reports were coming from rural areas that milk collec- tors, fearing trouble, had stopped collecting the milk from houses, which is a normal practice otherwise. Proud moment Local Bodies Minister Navjot Sidhu honours a student of HMV College during the annual prize distributionfunction held in Jalandhar on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO (SEE ALSO P2 ) Previous dues unpaid, job allocated again in midst of summer holidays Opposing repeat of surveys, BLOs to meet DC on Monday BLO DUTIES Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, June 2 Merely two months after the BLOs of the district carried out an intensive voter-revision survey in the district – visiting home to home – they have been put on another survey, that, too, during the summer holidays, causing anger among the staff even as their dues from the previous year are to be paid. While the about staff members of the education department carrying out BLO duties in Jalandhar had worked for adhaar card linking last year and voter card revisions in the month of April this year as per duties deputed by the election commission – their deputation to carry put a new survey in June – hasn’t gone down well with the BLOs. While the BLOs also held a meeting on the issue at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall today, they also plan to meet the DC on the issue on Monday. Members of the union demanded that while the BLOs had already filled the previously-submitted form numbers 6,7 and 8, as per the April voter revision surveys, the findings and changes made in the previous survey were yet to be formalised, while these have already been allocated another survey. They said before holding the survey, action regarding these forms should be first completed and voters card be therein issued. Without doing this, it would be difficult to complete the next survey in the field. The BLOs said they were being exploited in the name of carrying out surveys and their findings weren’t even taken seriously. A Jalandharbased BLO said, “We spent an entire month knocking on people’s doors, taking their voter information, updating the new one. At a lot of houses, people were hostile, demanding to know what difference would it make as the government wasn’t serious about them anyway. Many people don’t share information and ask us to go away or ask us to come again and again. While the first duty was an uphill task, not even a month has passed by and another duty has been allocated. The only purpose of this duplication seems to be to exploit the BLOs.” They also complained they were being harassed by supervisors. The BLOs said, “The supervisors must be instructed that forms and voter lists should be submitted to the BLO. And the collection of reports must be done by the supervisor. On the contrary, supervisors pressurise BLOs to collect forms from their offices. Other demands aired by the BLOs included: BLOs should not be made to work during any departmental holiday and in a situation of emergency, they should be paid for the work. A majority of the BLO duties should be allocated to non-teaching staff. To ensure that only one person (in couple cases) gets a BLO duty, during elections – data updates should be made in the election department. The BLOs also demanded their unpaid dues from the previous years – A BLO said, “A Presiding officer gets Rs 2,100 and polling officer Rs 1,400 for two days of polling duties and a BLO by comparison gets merely Rs 7,000 even though we work for the entire year. The money be paid according to our contribution and departmental pay scales.” They demanded the previous years’ allowances of BLOs be disbursed immediately. c m y b Vegetable vendors see trouble too One of the vegetable vendors said although vegetables and fruits did not come from mandi, they got it from cold stores. “Today, no fruit came from the mandi, but cold storage proved to be a saviour as we got the supplies from there,” said a vendor. Another vendor, showing his concern, said forget about rates going high due to the strike, the real concern is that getting the Scuffle in Maqsuda Mandi Maqsuda Mandi in the morning felt the heat of the agitation when some farmers allegedly came and quarreled with agents and workers there and forced them to shut the mandi. Support pours in on social media Many images on social media were also making rounds on Saturday in support of the protest by the farmers. One image read, “I support ‘Gaon band’ from June 1 to June 10.” Illegal liquor seized at Sultanpur Lodhi Jalandhar: As many as 5,368 cartons of illegal liquor were seized from a liquor vend at Tibba village on the RCF road in Sultanpur Lodhi. Officials said various vends in the area had been sealed last night by teams of the Excise Department which came from Jalandhar after these were found to have liquor without permits. An official said the liquor was found to be without permit and despite repeated calls to the contractor, no one turned up and no proof was presented by the parties concerned. He said a huge amount of illegal liquor had been seized from one of the stores which had many cartons of whisky. He said the counting of the liquor bottles at a vend at Thatta Purana village had not been done yet. It had also been sealed last night. He said vehicles filled with liquor at Thatta Purana village were being taken to another place. It was also witnessed on the occasion that some of the liquor was being taken out of a nearby vend which also had thousands of liquor cartons. OC
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