23062018-JTR-01.qxd 6/23/2018 12:50 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 23 JUNE 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Super Mom Women put together… Transforming TV Mother of a 2-yr-old, Ashwani can give anyone a run for money on rugby field. P2 …might have blown the million dollar Cartier necklace away, but not our mind. P3 Mallika Sherawat to produce and act in the Indian adaptation of ‘The Good Wife’. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7.29 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.21 AM Civic body house meet on June 25 Down to earth Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service A man sells earthen pots fitted with taps along the roadside in Jalandhar on a hot Friday afternoon. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH NO END TO TEACHERS’ WOES Clinic’s stock sealed, 6 drug stores found Meeting with Chief Minister violating Act postponed for third time Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, June 22 Under the Mission Tandrust Punjab, medical stores are under the gaze of the Health Department, and on Friday, a special team conducted a check at Guru Nanak Clinic in Mehringrowal village. During the checking, 47 types of objectionable medicines were found and the stock was sealed. Apart from this, a case was registered against the owner of the clinic under Section 18-C and 18-A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act1940. Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal said an inquiry campaign had been launched to provide better health facilities to the residents under "Mission Healthy Punjab". He said strict action would be initiated on the medical stores selling prohibited drugs so that no medical store could play spoilsport with human health. During the checking, violation of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940 was found in six medical stores in the district. He said shortcomings were found in three medical stores of Hoshiarpur, including Khanna Medical Store, Shivalik Medicos and AS. Medicine Center, Vinay Medical Store and Sud Medical Medical Center in Garhshankar and in Herman Medicos in Dasuya. He said strict action would be taken against these under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act1940. Kick the habit Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, June 22 The meeting of various teachers unions to be held with the Chief Minister (CM) has been postponed for the third consecutive time. The meeting was earlier scheduled for June 4, June 19 and then June 23. Having held many protests, boycotted the Parho Punjab Project, the teachers had taken up the cudgels against the Education Department after a series of department team officials were disallowed by them from entering their school premises. The Education Department had issued notices to them about two months ago for stalling the smooth course of government works. Meanwhile, earlier the meeting was fixed for tomorrow after getting postponed twice, firstly to June 4 and then June 19. But now the meeting has been cancelled for even tomorrow and the next date has not been fixed. The prime demands which the teacher union head plans to take up with the CM on Saturday include the regularisation of services of the contractual teachers, who are presently getting Rs 5,000 per month and the cancellation of the seven-year transfer policy. Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, an activist of the manch, said, “By postponing the dates, the CM cannot ignore our demands. The government at the meeting held on April 27 promised us to solve our issues. We are looking forward to a positive decision from the CM soon.” “In case our demands are not met, we will be left with no option but to hold protests,” he added. The regularisation of contractual teachers was on top in the list of the election manifesto of the Congress during the Assembly polls. They had promised to regularise the teachers who were appointed during the SAD-BJP regime on a contractual basis. Also, the 2019 General Elections are approaching and in case the teachers are not regularised, we won’t vote for the Congress again, said Nishant Kumar, another activist. Jalandhar, June 22 A 109-point agenda has been released for the upcoming house meeting of the Municipal Corporation (MC) Jalandhar to be held on June 25. With the expansion of the wards in the MC Jalandhar from 60 to 80 this year, this shall be the second meeting of the MC being held ever since the Congress government came to power, with the first having been held on March 20 this year. The house is headed by Mayor Jagdish Raja with a majority of Congress councillors who are 64 in number. Primary agendas included in the meeting shall be the proposal of the recruitment of about 200 safai sewaks in the MC, the confirmation of the land for a slaughterhouse at Gadaipur village, construction of foot bridges across the city, among a host of previously proposed development projects. One of the most controversial agendas included for the meeting is the purchase of an 8 to 10 acre land at Wariana for the setting up of a factory to recycle the city’s garbage – objections to which had been raised by opposition councillor Lakhbir Singh Bajwa – who had demanded the project be stationed at Jamsher, where a land has already been bought for the purpose. He had skipped the previous MC meeting in view of the issue. While the Municipal Corporation (MC) House had passed a budget of Rs 587.13 crore during the previous meeting, during this meet, new proposals worth about Rs 70 crore have been listed on the agenda. Among the new works proposed in the agenda include Rs 55 crore for roads, 70 lakh The MC building in Jalandhar. for water supply related works, 1.5 crore for the procurement of equipment for sewerage related projects, 4 crore for replacement of 37 tube-wells, among others. Fact file ■ Recruitment of 200 safai sewaks planned in MC. Confirmation of land for a slaughterhouse at Gadaipur village on the anvil. ■ Construction of foot bridges across the city key agenda. ■ Councillor all set to raise objections on Wariana project. . Among the previous pending projects to be included in the agenda are Rs 274 crore to be spent for replacing the old street lights with LED lights. While the work of installing new LED lights on streetlights has already been conducted on about 5,000 streetlights of the city, 65,000 lights shall get replaced under the project. The Leader of the opposition Maniinder Singh Chattha said he was expecting to see some major proposals regarding road work, patchwork and sewerage projects to be included in the MC agenda, which he had failed to see. 16 hurt in 2 road mishaps Our Correspondent Phagwara, June 22 Sixteen persons were injured, some of them seriously, in two road accidents in the district, the police said on Friday. In the first accident, six persons of a family sustained injuries when a car hit their auto-rickshaw on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road last night. Besides them, the auto driver and a woman travelling in the car were injured. The six were returning after paying their obeisance at a shrine at Sagowal Kadiana village. While four persons with serious injuries were hospitalised here, other four with minor injuries were discharged after first aid. The car driver Harminder Singh was booked in the case. In the second accident, a mini-bus overturned after one of its tyres burst near Lakhpur village, resulting in injuries to eight passengers. The bus was going from Phagwara to Ispur when the accident took place. Peeved at the Wariana dump proposal being included in the upcoming meeting, councillor of ward number 76, Lakhvir Singh Bajwa, is all set to raise objections to the project in the upcoming meeting. Among the previously passed projects, the work of the putting up of LED lights in the district is one of the major proposals. Bajwa said, “We are totally against the project being set up in our ward. The land is right in the middle of the ward and residents of various colonies will be directly affected. Residents of Guru Ram Das Nagar, Mata Sant Kaur Nagar, Jalandhar Prime, Jalandhar Kunj, Jalandhar Vihar and Wariana shall be affected by the project. There is already a 24-acre land at Jamsher, why not put the project there? In public interest hence, we can’t allow the project. The committee made to decide for the project also included councillors Pawan Kumar (ward 30), Rina Kaur (59) and Paramjit Singh (50) were not vocal about it.” 48L labourers brought under organised sector: Union minister Tribune News Service Youths run in a marathon against drug abuse in Jalandhar on Friday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH (SEE ALSO P2) Wariana project — councillor to raise objections Jalandhar, June 22 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, has said that 48 lakh labourers working in the unorganised sector have been brought under organised sector and by the next year their number would increase to 1 crore. He said more Employees State Insurance (ESI) dispensaries were being planned to cover the whole country. Gangwar was speaking at the inaugural function of the newly-constructed building of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in Jalandhar, on Friday. The office of the EPFO caters to whole Doaba region of Punjab. He said the number of labourers working in the unorganised sector in the country was 40 crore at present and the Prime Minister was worried about their social security. The Prime Minister had asked the Ministry of Labour and Employment to work towards their social security so that all should be included under the Employees Provident Fund. The minister set aside the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar inaugrates the new building of the PF office in Jalandhar on Friday. notion that fixed term employment would reduce the number of permanent jobs in the government sector. He said this had been done to streamline the labour market and there should not be any doubt that it would decrease the permanent jobs c m y b as the ministry has taken care of that factor. He said the EPFO was trying its best for the wellbeing of its subscribers and Universal Account Number was adding to it. He said because of this number, now if an employee changes his employer or organisation he was working with, he need not be worried about his provident fund, as it would be automatically connected with his new employer. He said the labourers and employees were also taking benefits of various insurance schemes launched by the government to provide them health and life cover in a very small amount. Gangwar said the Central government had decided to bear 12 per cent of employers share towards Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for new employees under the Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojna and this would continue till March next year. Concerned about the problems being faced by the pensioners regarding producing their life certificate for any finance-related work in the EPFO, the minister said the Aadhaar-based life certificate, launched by the government a few months ago, was helping them overcome this problem. Regarding the grievances of employees and pensioners, Gangwar said the EPFO had worked out a plan to resolve these within a week. Later, reacting to a query by media, the minister said the rate of unemployment in India was less compared to other countries. Regarding setting up of Employees' State Insurance (ESI) dispensaries across India, he said at present, 150 districts were having the dispensaries and steps and suggestions had been taken into consideration to cover the whole country. Earlier, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla along with MP Rajya Sabha, , Shwait Malik and MP Lok , Sabha, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, welcomed the
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