05072018-btd-01.qxd 7/5/2018 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 5 JULY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Locals protest water scarcity The young, on song Breaking stereotypes Residents of Sanguana Basti block Naruana road to protest against disruption in ‘supply of water’. P2 It’s a platform that has helped many young singers fulfill their dreams. P3 &TV’s new show Bitti Business Wali is successfully breaking stereotypical mindsets related to women. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.34 AM Rain wreaks havoc in Malout district Tribune News Service Residents and commuters faced a tough time after rainwater accumulated in Bathinda on Wednesday. Waterlogged roads halted traffic movement in the city. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR Rain exposes ‘ill-preparedness’ of MC No relief for residents as roads, streets remain waterlogged in Bathinda city long ❝Under a newofproject, a 12-kmbe laidparallel pipe with a diameter 48 inches will at a cost Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 4 Showers that lashed the city in the wee hours on Tuesday exposed the “ill-preparedness” of the Municipal Corporation to tackle the problem of waterlogging in the city. Residents and commuters faced a tough. Commuters were seen wading through waterlogged roads in the city. Sirki Bazaar, Power House Road, Court Complex Road, Paras Ram Nagar, Mall Road and Bhatti Road were the most affected areas. In a few low-lying areas in the city, the situation was such that twowheelers drivers could not drive on roads. A group of shopkeepers near Sirki Bazaar said, “In July every year, their business gets affected as the market remains waterlogged. It is due to the apathetic attitude of the MC. We have to face the problem of waterlogging every year, but despite knowing the prob- of Rs 17.20 crore to enhance the capacity of the sullage carrier. The work on laying a pipeline adjoining the sullage carrier has been initiated and once it is completed, the problem of waterlogging will be resolved. There is a shortage of funds as of now, but slowly and steadily, we will be able to complete the project BALWANT RAI NATH, Mayor A car and a rickshaw pass through a waterlogged road in Bathinda on Wednesday. lem, MC officials have not taken any concrete action to improve the situation.” Meanwhile, owing to water accumulation, traffic snarls were also witnessed at busy junctions in the city. Gurpreet Singh, along with members of his family, remained stranded in his car for about half an hour near Sirki Bazaar. He said, “Exces- sive water accumulation during the rainy season has become a common site on city roads. The administration announced a plan to tackle the problem of water- VB arrests policeman for Accused of taking money for issuing Form 16 to teachers taking bribe Balwant Garg DDOs warned over ‘corrupt’ activities Tribune News Service Faridkot, July 4 After receiving reports that some Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) in the Education Department have allegedly taken money from teachers for issuing Form-16, the Secretary, School Education, has warned such officers to refrain from the practice or face action. Form-16 is a certificate issued under the Income Tax Act for tax deducted at source from the salary of an employee by the employer. At the school level, the form is issued by the DDO who is the head teacher or principal in a school by virtue of his or her office. The teachers and other employees use Form-16 for the filling of their annual income tax return. “It has come to the notice that instead of preparing Form 16 on their own, many DDOs and their subordinate clerical staff in the schools are taking the services of other persons. The teachers are forced to pay for the same,” said Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education Department. “The delay in issuing has to notice that instead ❝onIttheircome many DDOs and their of preparing Form 16 own, subordinate clerical staff in the schools are taking the services of other persons. The teachers are forced to pay for the same. It is an illegal practice. We have issued instructions to all DEOs and school heads to stop the practice. They have been told that otherwise strict disciplinary action will be taken against such erring DDOs. ❞ KRISHAN KUMAR, Secretary, School Education Department Form -16 further causes deferment in the filing of income return and it leads to imposition of penalties and fine on the employee, so they are forced to pay the money to get Form 16 on time,” he added. “It is an illegal and unethical practice. We have issued instructions to all district education officers and school heads in the state to stop the practice. They have been told that otherwise strict disciplinary action will be taken against such erring DDOs,” said the Secretary. Under Section 234-F of the Income Tax Act, if an income tax return is filed after July 31, 2018, then a fine of Rs 5,000 is imposed on the employee. If the return is filed after January 1, 2019, then the late fee as fine is Rs 10,000. However if the income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh then the late fee is Rs 1,000. In July last year, the School Education Department had constituted special inspection teams to check these practices. That time, the Secretary, School Education, had received complaints from teachers, alleging that some DDOs and clerical staff were receiving money from the teachers for sending their salary and arrear bills to the treasury office. “We have issued a warning to those who are collecting and demanding bribe from the employees. To keep a check on such practices and to end the pendency of work in the offices, the department had decided to constitute inspection teams at the block level,” he added. Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 4 The Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday arrested a police officer for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 to struck the name of accused off a police case. The accused has been identified as Gurpal Singh, posted as a head constable at the Dyalpura police station. According to the police, a case has been registered on the complaint of Harpreet Singh of Aklia Jalal village. In his complaint, Harpreet said he, along with his brother and two others, was booked in a case and Gurpal was investigating it. SP Bhupinder Singh, said, “In his complaint, Harpreet Singh stated that Gurpal demanded Rs 10,000 to strike the names off the FIR. After negotiation, he agreed to take Rs 5,000 for the same. Harpreet contacted VB officials. Subsequently, we laid a trap and apprehended the accused red-handed while accepting the bribe.” The accused was produced in the local court, which sent him to police custody. c m y b logging effectively in the city. But all plans and claims remain on papers as water accumulates in the streets.” In 2015, the MC had tied up with a private company to ensure proper disposal of sewer, but the problem of waterlogging still haunts the city residents. The situation was such that even posh localities in the city were under 2-feet deep water till afternoon on Wednesday. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, said, “A breach was reported in a sullage career in the district due to which pumps used to drain out water had to ❞ be stopped for some hours, leading to water accumulation in the city.” “Under a new project in which a 12-km long parallel pipe with diameter of 48 inches will be laid at a cost of Rs 17.20 crore to enhance the capacity of the sullage carrier. The work on laying a pipeline adjoining the sullage carrier has been initiated and once it is completed, the problem of waterlogging will be resolved. There is a shortage of funds as of now, but slowly and steadily, we will be able to complete the project,” the Mayor added. Malout, July 4 Heavy showers along with high-velocity winds claimed six lives in Malout subdivision on Tuesday night. Growing crops also affected due to the rain. Over 200 acres were inundated when a breach occurred in the Karamgarh minor. At Tarkhanwala village, water entered neighouring fields after the drain started overflowing. Some trees were also uprooted due to the highvelocity winds and the showers. The PSPCL too suffered losses and the power supply also remained affected. Nirmal Singh, a farmer of Karamgarh Dhani, said, “I had sown paddy crop after almost 20 years. Our area faces the waterlogging problem and earlier, I had grown eucalyptus trees. Now, paddy crop were submerged in rainwater. I have suffered a huge loss due to the state government as it had ordered not to start sowing paddy before June 20. Had we sown the crop earlier, rain would have proved to be a boon for the crop.” Similarly, Harvinder Singh of Tarkhanwala village, said, “The officials concerned are yet to clean the drains in our area, thus these overflowed. The administration is ill-prepared to tackle the situation. If there is more rainfall in the next few hours, we will suffer more losses. Even on Wednesday, the paddy crop was submerged in some parts of the district. The cotton crop also got damaged.” Meanwhile, the district administration ordered a special gridawari to assess the situation. Sumeet Jarangal, Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar, said the orders had been given to Revenue Department and Agriculture Department officials to assess the losses of farmers due to the rain. Roads and streets in Malout town were also inundated after rain. Water entered the local Civil Hospital, adding to the woes of the patients. Breach reported in sullage carrier Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 4 A breach occurred in a sullage carrier near Gehri Buttar village on Wednesday morning. It led to the closure of the sewerage system and rainwater disposal is affected in the city. Heavy rain in the wee hours led to waterlogging in various parts of the city. As a result, the Municipal Corporation had to use water pumps to drain out water. Thereafter, the sullage carrier developed cracks and broken partly (approximately 10 10-ft breach ■ Heavy rain in the wee hours led to waterlogging in various parts of the city. ■ As a result, the Municipal Corporation had to use water pumps to drain out water. Thereafter, the sullage carrier developed cracks and was broken partly (approximately 10 feet). The water pumps used for draining out water were stopped in the city for some time, leading to water accumulation on the roads. . feet). The water pumps used for drain out water were Continued on page 2 Twins born; spouse, daughters lost Archit Watts Tribune News Service Malout, July 4 Tejinderpal Kaur of Ward No. 14 had been quite excited for months, particularly the last few days as the delivery schedule neared. Same was the case with her husband Amritpal Singh (35) and two daughters but destiny had something else in store. A roof collapse incident amid heavy rainfall on Tuesday night claimed the lives of Amritpal along with Manshirat (7) and Agampreet (5), his daughters. Meanwhile, Tejinderpal gave birth to twin boys on Wednesday. Keeping her medical state in mind, her kin have not informed her about the incident. She has been told that her daughters Deceased Amritpal Singh were hurt in the incident and her husband is looking after them. As soon as the news of their death reached the locals, a pall of gloom descended on the ward. Amritpal, who owned a clin- ical laboratory at Khubban village in Fazilka district, had slept along with his daughters and wife on Tuesday night. When the roof collapsed, Amritpal and daughters came under the debris. Amrit’s parents were also sleeping in other room, thus they escaped unhurt. Harmel Singh, a friend of Amritpal said, “Amrit was worried about the health of his wife. On Tuesday, he arranged blood for her delivery. Doctors had told him that the delivery would take place on or around July 5. But it happened on Wednesday when Amrit and his two daughters left the world. He was spiritual and good human being.” Similarly, Ram Singh, pres- ident, Municipal Council, said, “I know the family for a long time. It is not just me, but all residents of the area are in a state of shock.” Meanwhile, the neighbours, who had taken them to the Civil Hospital, alleged that there was no doctor in the hospital at midnight. Sherry, a neighbor of the deceased, said, “Around 1.45 am on Wednesday, we took Amritpal, his daughters and wife, to the Civil Hospital, but there was no doctor available. When we spoke to someone, they told us to take them to some private hospital.” Despite repeated attempts, Dr Gurcharan Singh, Senior Medical Officer, Malout, could not be contacted for his comments. Officials told to step up efforts to check drugs Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 4 The district administration and police officers have intensified their efforts to make Bathinda a drugs-free district. To discuss a strategy to dealing with the drugs menace, DC Diprava Lakra and SSP Naveen Singla on Wednesday met officials. They said not only the unauthorised medicine shops in rural areas would be checked but those selling drugs in a clandestine manner would also be dealt with strictly. Teams of drug inspectors and SHOs have been con- stituted which will work at the village-level and submit a report of their activities to the office of DC and SSP every day. The DC said, “The government is already running Tandarust Punjab Mission with its focus on eradicating the drugs menace. Besides, a vigil has been increased in border areas. A close eye will be kept on those drug traders, who clandestinely enter the district from Haryana or Rajasthan to sell drugs. All police officers have been directed to either conduct checking or create awareness about drug abuse.”
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