03102018-CT-01.qxd 10/3/2018 1:04 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH No regular MS at GMCH-32 Chargesheet against 11 Bapu remembered For over 13 years, UT fails to appoint a regular medical superintendent at GMCH-32. P2 Panchkula police chargesheet 11 persons in connection with the Morni gang rape case. P5 Melody and devotional compositions mark Bapu’s birth anniversary. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 32°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.4°C MIN 20.2°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.06 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.17 AM After mother tongue, city more proficient in English But percentage has dipped from 33 in 2001 to 26 in 2011 Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 After their mother tongue, city residents are more proficient in English followed by Hindi and Punjabi. However, the percentage of people with proficiency in English has declined from 2001 to 2011. The census report on bilingualism and trilingualism, released recently, has provided data on the two languages in order of preference in which a person is proficient other than the mother tongue. The data was collected in 2011. An analysis of the data of the first subsidiary language brings English at the top. However, the percentage of people having proficiency in the language has dipped from close to 33 per cent in 2001 to over 26 per cent in 2011. The percentage of people with expertise in Hindi has seen a jump from 13.2 to 14.8 in 10 years. Punjabi has also seen a jump from 11 per cent to 13 per cent, but it has hardly made any connect with Maithalis, Malayalese, Bengalis, Odias and Tamils. The highest population in Chandigarh is of those with Hindi as the mother tongue at over 73 per cent. Over 26 per cent of them returned their expertise in English, JUMP IN PEOPLE WITH EXPERTISE IN HINDI An analysis of the data of the first subsidiary language brings English at the top. However, the percentage of people having proficiency in the language has dipped from close to 33 per cent in 2001 to over 26 per cent in 2011. The percentage of people with expertise in Hindi has seen a jump from 13.2 to 14.8 in 10 years. Punjabi has also seen a jump from 11 per cent to 13 per cent, but it has hardly made any connect with Maithalis, Malayalese, Bengalis, Odias and Tamils. Mother tongue Bengali Kannada Gujarati Maithili Malayalam Nepali Odia Tamil Telugu Urdu Hindi Punjabi Population 6,236 425 1,573 3,164 1,979 6,546 1,942 5,579 1,339 10,595 7,76,775 2,32,516 English* 20.8% 38.1% 5.9% 4.6% 37.9% 5.1% 21.7% 10.3% 33% 7.1% 26.4% 27.6% Hindi* 59.9% 44.9% 58.4% 74.1% 46.1% 72.3% 59.4% 59.6% 48.2% 60.7% — 55.2% Punjabi* 0.3% 0.2% 1.1% 0.2% 0.5% 0.7% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 2.2% 17.7% — * As first subsidiary language while over 17 per cent returned Punjabi. However, if we compare it with the 2001 census data, over 31 per cent were proficient in English and over 16 per cent had returned Punjabi. The expertise in English has dipped, but in Punjabi, it has marginally increased. Among Punjabi speakers, 27.6 per cent returned Eng- lish as their first subsidiary language, while those with proficiency in Hindi stand at over 55 per cent. In 2001, people with Punjabi as the mother tongue had 39 per cent population expressing proficiency in English and 40 per cent expressing more knowledge about Hindi than any other language. continued on p5 Hearing Bapu Special checks at city rly station Chandigarh, October 2 Following a threat letter by terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba to the Ambala railway station Director, the Government Railway Police (GRP) today conducted special checks at the Chandigarh railway station. The GRP checked bags of passengers, waiting hall, trains and other sensitive areas. A high alert was sounded by the authorities following the letter a few days ago. Officials said they would continue with their checks at the station. “Though in the letter, the name of the Chandigarh railway station has not been mentioned, we are taking no chances and have been carrying out checks for the past few days. Today, we intensified our drive,” said GRP SHO Raj Kumar. The group threatened to blow off the Saharanpur railway station, the Shakumbhari Devi temple, besides other railway stations and temples in Haryana and UP — TNS . POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 7, 8, 19, 23 D, 24 B & C and 27 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Complex, Tubewell No. 5, Kalagram, Railway Colony, Washing Plant and TA Camp, Mani Majra 38 yrs on, 83-yr-old woman may finally own her house Chief Administrator sets aside order seeking ~81L as transfer fee Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 The decision of Chief Administrator-cum-Finance Secretary Ajoy Kumar Sinha setting aside an order passed by the Estate Office for charging a transfer fee of Rs 81 lakh on account of re-transfer of a property has revived the hope of 83-year-old Bimla Devi, who has been fighting for the transfer of the property in her name for the past 38 years. This is a unique case in which the Estate Office failed to transfer the property for the past 38 years, ignoring the orders of the Chief Administrator and the Adviser to the Administrator. Finally, last week, the Chief Administrator directed the Estate Officer to consider the case of the applicant afresh and take a judicious decision in the matter taking into consideration the earlier orders passed by the Chief Administrator and the Adviser to the Administrator within four months. Bimla Devi, a resident of Sector 19, challenged the decision of the Estate Office, dated December 19, 2016, issued by the Assistant Estate Bimla Devi has been waging a long battle to get the property transferred in her name. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Officer whereby the appellant was asked to deposit transfer charges of Rs 81 lakh on account of re-transfer of House No. 1242, Sector 19-B. Bimla Devi purchased the site in an open auction in 1974, but she failed to make the entire payment. The Estate Office cancelled the site on December 18, 1976. The appellant then filed an Ambala civic body not to HC asks Chief accept cheque payments Cheques for ~1.25 cr have bounced in over 6 years Secy to step in Tribune News Service City residents listen to Mahatma Gandhi’s voice at the newly inaugurated Gandhi Museum at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE 5 Ambala, October 2 The Ambala Municipal Corporation has decided not to accept any payments through cheques for its services as cheques for around Rs 1.25 crore have bounced over the past six years. There are 513 defaulters whose cheques bounced between 2012 and 2018 for payments towards rent, house tax, building plan fees and services provided by the MC. The corporation has decided not to accept payments through cheques and has started recovering the money. Satinder Siwatch, Joint Commissioner, MC, told The Tribune that, “A huge amount is stuck as the cheques have bounced. A list of such defaulters has been prepared and notices are being sent to them. There is a non-plan liability of Rs 6 crore per month in the form of salaries, pensions and other expenses on the corporation and it has been decided to lay more focus on revenue generation and tax collection. The recovery of garbage collection tax will also be streamlined and it will be collected along with the property tax”. Jaibir Singh Arya, Municipal Commissioner, said, “It has come to our notice that cheques for around Rs 1.25 crore have bounced while the applicants have got certificates and payment receipts. They have not cleared their dues even though their cheques bounced. Notices are being sent to all 513 defaulters and they are being asked to clear their dues within a week failing which the corporation will take legal action”. Matrimonial firm fails to find suitable boy, fined Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 For not being able to find a suitable match for a city resident, the consumer forum here has penalised a matrimonial service company. Wedding Wish Private Ltd, Sector 36, its managing director, a company representative and an executive were fined Rs 12,000 while also being directed to refund Rs 52,704 to the complainant. A Sector 27 resident had approached the forum stating that on June 2, 2016, she availed of the services of the opposite parties, who deal in managing matrimonial alliance. She made a payment of Rs 58,650 for 12 months in lieu of which the opposite parties were to upload 21 profiles in her account, to arrange meetings/conferences in order to find a suitable match for her. However, she stated that the opposite parties had been proposing matches which were “meaningless” and not in line with her requirements. On several occasions, she made a request to the opposite parties to correct their action and to show profiles in accordance with her preference, but to no avail. She thus approached the forum after serving the firm a legal notice. In its reply, the firm pleaded that as per the service agreement, it was bound to provide 21 profiles to the complainant, but they had provided 37 profiles till date in her account as a goodwill gesture. The opposite parties were working on the profiles for the complainant in which she had amount. However, instead of re-transferring the plot, the Estate Office filed a revision appeal before the Adviser to the Administrator, which was also dismissed by the Adviser vide an order dated October 7, 2012, by upholding the order passed by the Chief Administrator. Thereafter, the Estate Office sought a clarification from the Finance Department in 2015 regarding re-transfer of the site. The Finance Department also advised the Estate Office to implement the order of the Adviser. Thereafter, the Assistant Estate Officer asked the appellant to deposit the transfer charges of around Rs 81 lakh by an order dated December 19, 2016, on account of re-transfer of the house with the name of the appellant. Aggrieved by the order, Bimla Devi again filed an appeal against the order before the Chief Administrator. SK Jain and Vikas Jain, advocates appearing for Bimla Devi, contended that fixing the transfer charges on the basis of the current rates was wrong as Bimla Devi had already deposited the transfer charges earlier. MOHALI JANTA REHRI MARKET FIRE Nitish Sharma Ishrat S Banwait application on February 22, 1980, requesting the Estate Office to re-transfer the plot under Rule 21 of Chandigarh Leasehold of Sites and Building Rules. She also deposited Rs 25,000, which was accepted by the Estate Officer. The Estate Office again demanded the outstanding dues from the applicant. Later, the Estate Office, vide a letter dated June 9, 2008, rejected her claim as Rule 21 of the Chandigarh Leasehold of Sites and Building Rules stood repealed by the Administration in 2007. Aggrieved by the order, the appellant filed an appeal before the Chief Administrator, who, through an order dated May 5, 2009, directed the Estate Officer to re-allot the site within two months of issuance of the order as her application was submitted in 1980 before the Administration repealed the rule in 2007. The Chief Administrator also passed strictures against officials with the observation that it was a classical case of criminal negligence on their part for not re-transferring the site in her name as the applicant had already paid the entire shown interest. However, in August 2016, she started rejecting the meetings and conference calls. They stated that she stopped picking up their calls and she herself terminated the service of the opposite parties. They stated that the reason was that her marriage was fixed in between and, therefore, she was interested in getting her money back. However, as per Clause 11 of the service agreement, she was not entitled to it. The forum observed that she had given details about the occasions she and her fami- opposite ❝The situationsparties created in which the complainant, instead of finding a suitable match, had to face frustration by talking to persons with mismatching profiles. FORUM ❞ ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI c m y b ly had felt humiliated/ harassed while talking to unknown persons and that defective profiles were sent, which were not in consonance with her requirements. “All this makes a clear pointer towards the fact that it was the negligent and careless attitude of the opposite parties who, despite framing their own terms and conditions, made situations very often where the complainant, instead of finding a suitable match, had to face frustration by talking to unknown persons with mismatching profiles/particulars,” reads the order. The forum asked the opposite parties to refund Rs 52,704 to her. They were also directed to pay Rs 7,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in service and causing mental and physical harassment, along with Rs 5,000 as the cost of litigation. Says decide cases of tenants/occupiers Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 2 Over a decade after a fire broke out at the Janta Rehri Market in Phase 3B1, Mohali, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the Punjab Chief Secretary to step in for taking an appropriate decision in case of tenants/occupiers whose claims were not considered on the plea of being unauthorised. A Division Bench of the High Court added that repeated directions issued in the past for consideration or re-consideration of their claims had failed to yield fruitful results. Displaying the humanitarian side of law, the Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudip Ahluwalia directed the Chief Secretary to intervene in the matter and take an appropriate decision. “If feasible, issue necessary instructions to GMADA to identify a site and start the project within six months from the date of receiving a certified copy of the order,” the Bench said. The directions came on a petition filed against the state of Punjab by Dewan and other petitioners through counsel Ranjivan Singh. The Bench asserted that most of the persons found owning kiosks or such sites were rehabilitated by formulating a scheme under which booths were allotted in the same market. However, the petitioners belonged to the marginalised section of society and their source of livelihood was smalltime businesses set up in kiosks they had taken on rent/tehbazari basis from the allottees or the occupiers. Speaking for the Bench, Justice Surya Kant asserted that it was not in dispute that the fire incident snatched the source of the petitioners’ livelihood and they were brought on the road. “It is quite possible that the state government or its agencies like GMADA may not in every unfortunate accident provide alternative sites at the state expense, for it all depends upon the fiscal condition of the state and the budget it can afford to allocate on social welfare means. “However, the petitioners would be fully satisfied if the state government issues instructions to agencies like GMADA to construct booth sites on the principle of “no profit no loss” and rehabilitates them without incurring any additional burden on the state exchequer or its agencies”. Disposing of the matter, the Bench added that the consent of each petitioner would be taken in advance and they would deposit the earnest money or advance instalment so that the progress of the project was not hampered for want of funds.
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