12072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/12/2018 1:21 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 12 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Challans for noise pollution Up and away Anushqa croons song To check noise pollution, a joint team of PPCB and traffic police issued challans to three vehicles. P2 Avkash Mann is set to make a debut with an English pop single. P3 Anushqa is set to debut internationally with a single under the label VIRGIN EMI. FORECAST P4 RAIN LIKELY | MAX 33°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.29 AM Ambulance workers’ stir hits health services 12-hour strike extended to an indefinite period after termination of 30 employees Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 11 The 108 Ambulance services across the state remain disrupted on Wednesday as 108 drivers observed a statewide strike, suspending services for 12 hours. After the termination of as many as 30 employees, members of the 108 Ambulance Driver Employees Association have decided to extend their strike for an indefinite period. While the state committee of the 108 ambulance drivers had decided that the ambulance service would remain suspended in the state on July 11, after the termination of the staff on Wednesday, they decided to extend their strike. The service remained suspended from 8 am to 8 pm. While members of the association will also be meeting, Varun Roojam, MD of Healthcare Private Limited (the company that runs the ambulance service in the state) on Thursday afternoon, they said until the employees terminated on Wednesday and earlier in 2014, are reinstated, the strike will be continued. District president Amandeep Singh said: “Over 70 employees were terminated in 2014. An additional 30 have been ter- What they demand 108 ambulance staff protest in Jalandhar on Monday. MALKIAT SINGH The primary demands of the association include their duty hours be reduced from 12 hours to eight hours, pending increments and interest for the past four years be released and implemented, equal work equal pay provision be implemented, EMTs should be re-designated as EMTs rather than ambulance managers, the post on which they are currently deputed. minated on Wednesday as per initial reports trickling in. We are receiving reports that new employees are being sent to join the services who don’t lance drivers also stated a declaration to this effect had been made by the administrative director of the PHSC in Mohali on June 26. even have training for the job. Our strike has been extended to an indefinite period until our demands are met.” A release issued by 108 ambu- F&CC meet: Proposals worth ~4 crore cleared Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 11 The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) at a meeting held on Wednesday cleared proposals worth Rs 4 crore pertaining to the development of the city. Among the major projects cleared was LED light projects worth Rs 65 lakh in the area falling under the Jalandhar (Central) Assembly constituency. Claiming ambiguity into the cost of LED lights, which were approved for a price of Rs 6,886 per unit, the F&CC Mayor Jagdish Raja and other officials during the F&CC meeting at the MC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. MALKIAT SINGH members claimed that they were easily available at Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per unit. Mayor Jagdish Raja said the contractor was given a contract to replace the street lights with LED lights. “Now, he will only install the infrastructure and the lights will be purchased by us. Since he has already been given a contract for Rs 65 lakh, he will increase the number of street light poles in the city.” said Raja. He said the dog pound project at Nangal Shama village had been put on hold for the time being to remove some technical specifications and a fresh tender would be floated soon. “The House has approved to remove the clauses pertaining to the EPF ESI and , also their mandatory enlistment with the MC, adding Mayor seeks explanation from MC Commissioner Asks why action against illegal buildings delayed, says not satisfied with report Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 11 Challenging the delay caused in taking action against illegal buildings identified by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mayor Jagdish Raja has sought explanation from Municipal Commissioner Basant Garg. Raja said the report submitted by Dr Garg proved that the majority of the complaints were received before a few months ago but action on most of the buildings was tak- en after the minister’s visit. “I am not satisfied with the report submitted by the MC Commissioner, hence, I have sought reasons from him to explain the delay in taking action in the next 15 days. The minister has sought comprehensive report over the issue,” said Raja. While the MC received information about a building getting constructed illegally near Burlton Park in April this year, it could only sent a notice to the owner on July 5, days after the visit of the Local Bodies Minister. Also challenging the reopening of Virasat –e-haveli restaurant within a few hours of its sealing to hold a function, the Mayor has asked as to why the building was not sealed again after the function? He has sought details as to why the building was not sealed even after one year since the first notice was issued to it on February 2 last year followed by another notice on February 8 this year? He has also sought explanation in cases where the Commissioner claimed that the action for demolition was deferred due to the law and order situation at sites. “The officials should have sought more police force to handle the situation at the sites rather than bowing down to the pressure by illegal encroachers,” said the Mayor, adding that he had recommended the Punjab Local Bodies Minister to take a lenient view on the illegal buildings used for residential purposes but can take a tough stand against those made purely for commercial purposes. c m y b that the three bidders who came to apply for the tender are also not enlisted with the civic body,” the Mayor said. Other proposals approved at the meeting include purchasing of furniture worth Rs 3.5 lakh for the old renovated building and tree plantation worth Rs 30 lakh for the west, north and central constituencies. A proposal to upgrade the Fire Department infrastructure was also approved by the committee. The primary demands of the association include their duty hours be reduced from 12 hours to eight hours, pending increments and interest for the past four years be released and implemented, equal work equal pay provision be implemented, EMTs should be re-designated as EMTs rather than ambulance managers, the post on which they are currently deputed. Other demands included payment of salaries to be made from 1 to 7 every month, recent transfers and terminations be withdrawn, 36 employees dismissed in 2014 be immediately reinstated. MISUSE OF GURDWARA FUNDS Akal Takht team begins probe Jalandhar, July 11 Following a complaint about an alleged scam worth crores at a gurdwara in Preet Nagar, a seven- member team from Akal Takht on Wednesday visited the city to investigate the matter. The team comprising Ajit Singh, Bibi Tarlochan Kaur from the Dharam Prachar committee and Inspector Prem Singh visited the gurdwara and called its management. Despite waiting for four hours, none from the management came to join the probe. As per Dilbagh Singh, a former member of the management committee who had lodged the complaint, alleged that gurdwara president Chanbir Singh and a former employee, Gurinder Singh, had misused the funds for the past years. “Gurinder misused funds to the tune of Rs 7 lakh and was expelled from the committee a few months ago. Following this, people went to his home and demanded to return the money. Finally, he returned it,” said Dilbagh, adding that despite this, other management members did not take any action against the president, who was allegedly involved in the scam, and cleared the bills submitted by Gurinder without any scrutiny. continued on page 2
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