25072018-JTR-01.qxd 7/25/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 25 JULY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Lurking danger Drama, day & night Pritam turns mentor Damaged manholes are posing a threat to commuters in various parts of the city. P2 Theatreperson Chakresh Kumar has the audience mesmerised with his performance. P3 Pritam has been tied up with a lot of projects these days. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.40 AM Justify your monthly salaries: GST hits donations to Sanjhi Rasoi MC Commissioner to officials Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Sets ~12.5 crore minimum monthly recovery target for them Mayor gets report of illegal buildings, calls it ‘eyewash exercise’ Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 24 Facing an acute financial crunch, Municipal Commissioner Diprava Lakra has set Rs 12.5 crore as the minimum monthly recovery target for MC officials. While speaking to The Tribune, Lakra said the MC had a monthly salary liability of Rs 12.5 crore. “The officials should at least justify their salaries. I have asked them to recover arrears at least equivalent to their salaries,” said Lakra. The officials were initially asked to recover Rs 120-crore arrears kept pending from the Property Tax and Water supply and Sewerage departments. “While Rs 60 crore remains pending in the Property Tax Department, another Rs 60 crore remains pending in the Water Supply and Sewerage Department,” said Lakra, adding that these arrears have accumulated since 2013 till date. While only 35 per cent of the city population pay their taxes on time, the officials are unable to recover over Rs 2.5 crore a month. The MC office in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO The Building Department on Tuesday submitted a detailed report of 71 identified buildings alleged to have been constructed illegally in the city. The buildings were among the 93 buildings identified by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as illegal. Mayor Jagdish Raja, upset with officials, have claimed the report to be a mere eyewash by them to save their skin. “The officials have managed to conceal the majority of the facts to hide their alleged connivance. Though I asked them to file a detailed factual report, they failed to comply with my directions. I will lodge a formal complaint with the Local Bodies Minister,” claimed Raja. Raja alleged that despite issuing repeated warnings, the officials did not comply with the orders of the General House. “They do not have any respect for the MC House and do not even attend its meetings or receive copies of the proceedings. This is a serious The Building Department on Tuesday submitted a detailed report of 71 identified buildings alleged to have been constructed illegally. The buildings were among the 93 buildings identified by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as illegal. Mayor Jagdish Raja, upset with officials, have claimed the report to be a mere eyewash by them to save their skin. “The officials have managed to conceal the majority of the facts to hide their alleged connivance," he said. matter and I will seek a detailed probe into the matter,” Raja said. He added that he would lodge a formal complaint with Sidhu over the issue. Earlier, the Mayor has submitted a report of over 45 buildings to Sidhu and sought more time to prepare the report of the rest of the buildings. While the Vigilance team was carrying out a separate technical inspection of the buildings, the building branch too was busy preparing a report for the same. Jalandhar, July 24 Sanjhi Rasoi being run at the Civil Hospital in the city, which was started on May 16, 2017, where food is being served at Rs 10 to the needy, is at present fighting financial constraints. Despite the fact that the rasoi provides a meal at Rs 10, the footfall have decreased. Plans which were in the pipeline for the scheme have got stalled due to the same. At present, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, an NGO, is running the project. Officials in the district administration had earlier said there was a plan to expand the scheme as nursing mothers would be provided meals in which porridge would be served to them and Despite the fact that the Sanjhi Rasoi provides a meal at Rs 10, the footfall has decreased. Plans which were in the pipeline for the scheme have got stalled due to the fund crunch. At present, Ann Jal Sewa Trust, an NGO, is running the project. “We are planning to display banners which will give information about the scheme that was started by the government in front of each ward of the hospital and ASHA workers will also be given the responsibility to tell people in the gynaecology ward about the scheme so that more persons can take advantage of the same.” said Shiv Ram Saroay, NGO official small children. But due to lack of donations, NGO officials said it was getting difficult to implement the plan. “After the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), donations have seen a drastic decrease,” said Shiv Ram Saroay, founding president of the NGO. He said: “Prices of various items of daily needs have also increased after the implementation of the GST.” “At present, we are trying to provide porridge or khichdi once a week but are planning to do it regularly for pregnant women,” he said. The NGO said when the project was started, 500-600 persons used to come to have meals in the rasoi daily, which had now reduced to 250-300. At present, meals are being provided in the afternoon, from 1pm to 3 pm. The rasoi is being run in the Civil Hos- pital building that was meant for a diagnostic centre. Earlier, for cooking and cleanliness, around 14 persons were employed by the NGO, which have now reduced to five. Saroay said even the cost of labour had increased and they always demand money in advance. Earlier, parties were held in the rasoi where organisers used to make donations. But now, these too have been stopped. “We are planning to display banners which will give information about the scheme that was started by the government in front of each ward of the hospital and ASHA workers will also be given the responsibility to tell people in the Gynaecology ward about the scheme so that more persons can take advantage of the same,” he said. Man booked for rape bid Woman found murdered Our Correspondent Phagwara, July 24 On a complaint lodged by Shano Kaur, a resident of Jagjitpur village, here, the police have registered a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Varinder Singh, who is a On mission cleanliness, NGO sets example resident of the same village, on the charges of molesting and attempting to rape the complainant’s five-yearold minor daughter. The police were investigating the matter. However, no arrest has been made so far in the case. Our Correspondent Phagwara, July 24 An unidentified woman was reportedly found dead in a dry well on the outskirts of Mahal village near Goraya on Monday. Goraya SHO Parminder Singh said the police had recovered the decom- posed body. The woman might had been murdered a week ago. The police have registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC against unidentified person(s). The body has been sent to the Phillaur Civil Hospital for the post-mortem examination. Cops identify drug-free streets, villages Deepkamal Kaur Identified spots under DAPO campaign Tribune News Service Turns neglected plot near hospital into a beautiful green belt Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 24 The logo ‘Clean and green is our city dream’ by Mission Clean Jalandhar, a city-based NGO, has again set an example for city residents and the authorities that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change society. A few months ago, a vacant plot of the MC lying adjacent to Guru Nanak Mission Hospital was littered with garbage and hospital waste. It is difficult for commuters to pass through the road due to the foul stench emanating from the garbage dumps. But at present, after an Footfall dips The plot near Guru Nanak Mission Hospital before and after (right) beautification in Jalandhar. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH initiative adopted by some of the vigilant city youth, the plot has been turned into an alluring site as 21 varieties of cactus plants and wall paintings are adding more charm to the place that was a neglected one in the past. Eight months ago, Raghav Chauhan, a founding member of the NGO, along with 34 volunteers, started the initiative to clean the filth-ridden plot. He said it had become a regular scene in the area that people were dumping their refuse on the plot and being centrally located, it became an eyesore. Therefore, with the efforts of residents and the volunteers of the NGO they have converted the spot into a ‘cactus garden’. Medicinal cactus plants, including dragon fruit, euphorbia trigona, prickly pear and Mexican fence post, are some of the varieties of cactus planted on the plot. Though during the beautification phase they were made to wait for ditch machines by the MC to lift the waste material, their constant efforts removed all hurdles. Raghav said the condition of the plot was so pitiable. While digging the plot, they also found that the place was also used for open defecation. The plot is located near residences of several officials of the administration and In sync Gymkhana Club. The volunteers said syringes used by drug addicts were also found on the plot. A sum of Rs 35,000 - Rs 45,000 was incurred on the beautification of the plot, which was funded by an NRI. Meanwhile, the NGO, which was co-founded by Tinu Luthra, Raghav Chauhan and Ravi, has beautified several other dumping grounds and turned them into beautiful parks. Jalandhar, July 24 With the government announcing it in the previous month that even a police station would identify and develop a mohalla or village as drug-free under its Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) campaign, SHOs of the Jalandhar (City) and (Rural) police seem to have begun the move at their own level. Though Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha has been telling his SHOs not to fall in any rat race in terms of such a declaration or getting more addicts admitted to hospitals but SHOs somehow believe that any such declaration in one mohalla would leave a positive impact for adjoining colonies too. The SHO, Sadar police station, Vimal Kant, said: “In the initial phase, Qadianwala village, falling under the jurisdiction of my police station, can be declared drug-free. We sent three youths from the village POLICE STATION DRUG-FREE STREET/VILLAGE Sadar (City) Qadianwala village Division 3 (City) Indraprastha Mohalla Jalandhar Cantt (City) Mohalla No. 31, 32 Basti Bawa Khel (City) Shaheed Babu Labh S Nagar Maqsudan (Rural) Chamiara Mehatpur (Rural) Buri village Lohian (Rural) Nawan Pind Khalewal for the de-addiction treatment recently. After their treatment, the village with a 2000-odd population would be free from the menace.” The DSPs too have been seeking such reports from their SHOs. Shahkot DSP Dilbagh Singh said the process of declaring a village drug-free under the DAPO scheme had been begun. “Buri village under the Mehatpur police station and Nawan Pind Khalewal falling in the jurisdiction of the Lohian police station can be declared drug-free. Though we have not put up any banner to declare the same, we are confident that there is no drug menace in these areas,” he said. The Police Commissioner, however, opines, “DAPO is a campaign requiring public motivation and commitment. So far, officials or the SHOs have been taking addicts for treatment. The real success of the programme will be achieved when a DAPO volunteer, who is a mohalla commoner, will start taking the affected youth to hospitals.” Illegal colonies demolished in villages Our Correspondent Students present Bhangra during an induction programme on the LPU campus near Jalandhar on Tuesday. MALKIAT SINGH c m y b P2 Hoshiarpur, July 24 Under the directions of Additional Chief Secretary Vinnie Mahajan and PUDA Chief Administrator, a team of the Jalandhar Developmental Authority (JDA) on Tuesday initiated action against illegal colonies in Sandhara and Randhawa Barota villages. The illegal constructions in these colonies were removed with the help of earth-moving machines. A five-member team, led by PUDA SDO Yadavinder Singh, surveyed the Randhawa Barota And Sandhra villages. The other members of the team included Gurninder Singh (planing officer), SDO Dev Prakash Rattra, JE Balvir Singh and JE The PUDA team razes an illegal colony in a village in Hoshiarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO Rakesh Kumar. During investigation it was found that the department did not have any relevant record of the colonies. SDO Yadavinder Singh said the colonies had been demolished with the help of JCBs. He said after identifying the owners of the colonies, next action would be initi- ated against them. The SDO said according to the government orders, no one would be allowed to raise an illegal colony.
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