12JK01A.qxd 11/11/2013 10:04 PM Page 1 TAKING IT FORWARD tuesday | november 12 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT: DEVOTIONAL MUSIC CONCERT ÞPAGE 2 Basking in the success of Krrish 3 which is all set to break Rs 200 crore barrier, Hrithik Roshan is already looking ahead. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY SPORTS: GDC KATHUA BEAT MBS COLLEGE IN HOCKEY ÞPAGE 2 23°C MAXIMUM 12°C MINIMUM Multi-parking project in ‘cold storage’ ■ In addition to paucity of funds, the project is also facing disinterest of the administration Sumit Hakhoo Tribune News Service Jammu, November 11 The government has put the proposal to construct a multi-parking building at Gandhi Nagar in ‘cold storage’ as the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) has got no response from the Urban Development Department (UDD) on funding its construction. Local people had already been opposing its construction as it was to come up at a public park. Sources said the administration was not showing eagerness to go ahead with any of the planned parking projects in the city. A senior official in the ERA claimed that though much publicity was given to the Gandhi Nagar project, there were no funds available for the purpose. Besides, Asian Development Bank (ADB) had also not shown any interest in Tribune News Service Traffic jam is a routine affair in Jammu due to an unplanned parking system. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTOS Low-key affair ■ Funds avaialable are not enough for the construction of the parking area ■ Residents had already been opposing its construction as it was to come up at a public park ■ It is also facing apathy of the administration the absence of planning and blue prints. Last month, the government had announced a multi-parking building on a park site in Gandhi Nagar, but it faced protests from residents who said the construction would destroy the park. “A senior official said if there were no funds avail- able, what was the hype for?” said Capt Anil Gour, president of the Association for Self-Help and Awareness, an organisation that started a campaign against the project. “Unnecessary hype was being given to the project. The government does not have money and funds made available by the ADB are about to lapse. The administration is not serious enough to solve this burning problem being faced by the residents,” said a source. No check on traffic rule violations in rural areas ■ Safety norms thrown to the wind as overloaded buses, Matadors rule the city roads Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, November 11 The traffic department of the state is ignoring the outskirts and rural belts of the winter capital. There is no check on traffic violation on the outskirts of Jammu city. Matadors and autos continue to overload passengers, causing accidents. The traffic police might be showing extra vigil towards the traffic violators, but the rural belts are being ignored by the department. There is neither any check on the overloading in Matadors, buses and autos, nor on bikers without helmet or cars without seatbelt. “We hardly find any traffic policemen here in our village. There is no check on the violation of traffic rules, especially overloading in Matadors and buses. They are always overloaded,” said Ajay Sharma from Jindrah village. Some villagers said the local police occasionally kept a vigil on the check posts, but leave the violators on accepting bribe. Sumit Sharma, a resident of Ramnagar, said, “Whenever some accident takes place in rural areas, the main reason behind it is overloading. However, the authorities have failed to take any strict action against the practise.” Ravi kant Sharma, Super- Serious violation traffic ❝ We hardly find any village. policemen here in our There is no check on the violation of traffic rules, especially overloading in Matadors and buses. They are always overloaded❞ — AJAY SHARMA, A RESIDENT some ❝ Whenever areas,accident takes place in rural the main reason behind it is overloading. However, the authorities have failed to take strict action against the practice❞ — SUMIT SHARMA, A RESIDENT An overloaded bus in Jammu on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: ANAND SHARMA intendent of Police (Traffic), said, “Though I have taken the charge just a week ago, Ministry says no to opening of new primary schools ■ Claims state govt has not completed school mapping exercise Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 11 The Project Approval Board (PAB) of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has not given its approval to open new primary schools, claiming that the state has not completed the school mapping exercise. This was revealed at the recently concluded 198th meeting of the PAB for considering the Annual Work Plan and Budget 2013-14 for the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Kasturba Gandhi Bal Vidyalaya (KGBV). Sources said the state had proposed 309 primary schools and upgrade of 138 to upper primary schools. The sources further said out of proposed 138 upper primary schools, the PAB approved the upgrade of 27 primary schools to upper primary schools. But no new teacher posts were approved for these schools as the state had agreed on redeploying the existing teacher posts to new schools. “Out of 60,037 cumulative works sanctioned under the SSA, 25,919 (43 JKNPP backs workers' protest against ‘corporate oppression’ Fact file ❙ Out of proposed 138 upper primary schools, the PAB approved the upgrade of 27 primary schools to upper primary schools ❙ Of 60,037 cumulative works sanctioned under the SSA, only 25,919 works have been completed, 9,993 are underway and 24,125 are yet to be taken up per cent) only works have been completed, while 9,993 (17 per cent) works are in progress and 24,125 (40 per cent) are yet to be taken up. Out of the total allocation of Rs 1,70,275.86 lakh, an expenditure of Rs 1,37,661.254 lakh has been incurred. The percentage of expenditure is 81 per cent. The state has a cumulative spillover of Rs 32,614.604 lakh,” a statement from the HRD Ministry said. The sources further said in 2012-13, the state had a target of bringing 75,152 dropouts to schools again, including migrant chil- dren, but it could cover only 35,033 children. As a result, the PAB had categorically asked the authorities concerned to ensure that children of the migrating communities like the Gujjars and Bakarwals were admitted in school or seasonal hostels. An outlay of Rs 1,647 lakh for special training for school dropouts was approved on the condition that all children were enroled in schools and the school headmaster would inspect and supervise the centres at regular intervals, sources stated. They claimed that the state representatives had raised the issue that textbooks were distributed in 2012-13, but due to paucity of funds, payments for the same were not made. The sources said the issue of the medium of instruction was also discussed at the medium. A committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary discussed whether the medium of instructions should be English, Urdu, Hindi or Dogri, the sources added. we are doing our best to check this kind violation.” “It is true that traffic rule violations are more common in the rural belts than the cities, but we are mak- ing efforts to control these kinds of violations,” he added. Jammu, November 11 The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today extended its support to the agitation launched by the protesting workers and local people of Chenani, Nashri, Batote and Ramban against the alleged “repressive and oppressive policies” of corporate houses. Party workers alleged that these houses were exploiting the innocent workers in connivance with the local administration. Demanding a high-level probe into the highhandedness of the corporate houses, the party sought due compensation, besides early re-engagement of terminated workers and immediate release of all those arrested. “Corporate houses are depriving workers and local people of their due share in employment, wages, land compensation and allied development activities in the area,” Harsh Dev Singh, chairperson, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, said in a statement issued here today. He said people of Chenani, Batote and Ramban tehsils had contributed major part of their land holding for construction projects, tunnels and hydropower projects in the area, but were being neglected, deprived and exploited. He said the people had been, in several cases, unwillingly divested of their small land holdings by big industrial and commercial houses in the corporate sector without compensating them in a fair and equitable manner. “The poor, innocent vil- WELL-KNIT NEXUS ❙ The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has alleged that corporate houses are working hand in glove with the administration to exploit poor people ❝ Corporate houses are depriving workers and local people of their due share in employment, wages, land compensation and allied development activities in the area. The poor, innocent villagers of these areas have not only been deprived of their due and legitimate compensation, but they have also been declined their due share in employment avenues generated on their lands. Several labourers had been rendered unemployed on flimsy grounds causing great unrest in the area❞ — HARSH DEV SINGH, CHAIRPERSON, JKNPP lagers of the said areas had not only been deprived of their due and legitimate compensation, but they had also been declined their due share in employment avenues generated on their lands. Several labourers had been rendered unemployed on flimsy grounds causing great unrest in the area,” he said. Advocating the claims of the local youth for absorption in multi-crore and billion dollar projects launched in the area by outside corporate houses, he called upon the state government to immediately intervene so as to ensure justice to the aggrieved people. He also threatened that the JKNPP would no longer allow exploitation of the poor people of the areas by the outside business magnates who were minting money from the poor. Stolen goods worth Rs 16 lakh recovered, two held Our Correspondent Poonch, November 11 The Poonch police has arrested two youths, including a juvenile, and recovered stolen gold and silver ornaments, mobile phones and one motorcycle worth Rs 16 lakhs from their possession. Poonch SSP Shamsheer Hussain said the accused had burgled the houses of Shamas Din, Mohd Ashraf, Hafiz, Mohd Altaf and Mohd Akbar, all residents of Lari village, in the Saujian sector on August 24. They decamped with cash, gold/silver ornaments and other goods worth Rs 15 to 16 lakh from these houses. During investigations, stolen goods kept in the house of Irfan Khan, one of the accused, were recovered. The police nabbed one of the accused from his village with some of the stolen items while the second accused was arrested from Srinagar. The arrested youths have been identified as Irfan Khan and Shehjan Ahmed, residents of Shahpur Gountrian village in Poonch district. GROOM-TO-BE : A customer selects a currency garland in Jammu on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Muharram procession taken out Tribune News Service Jammu, November 11 Members of the Shia Muslim community of Jammu took out a procession to remember the martyrdom of Shahzada Qasim, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, here today. The procession was taken out in the Newplot area of Jammu city in which hundreds of Shias participated. The procession, taken out on 6 Muharram, was marked by mourning, Noha recitation and black banners. Different Shia organisations, including Anjumane-Imamia, All Ladakh Muslim Students’ Association, Anjuma-e-Haidery New Plot, Anjuman-e-Hus- saini, Bathindi and Shia Federation, participated in the procession. The main procession will be taken out on 10 Muharram to observe the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of the Prophet.
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