11102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/11/2018 1:12 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 11 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Institutes defy orders More skeletons tumble out Ravi Dubey turns producer Many govt and private schools found opened on Wednesday, defying state govt orders. Actress Sandhya Mridul has opened up about her alleged sexual harassment. P3 After having a successful career in television, Ravi Dubey has turned producer now. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28.3°C MIN 18.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.01 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.28 AM Contractual employees suffer sans decent salaries NATIONAL POST DAY Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 ‘Daakiya daak laya’, an apt song well describes the importance of a postman. On National Post Day, the other side of the postmen who are working on a contractual basis will be looked into. While talking to the contractual employees, a strange fact came to the fore that most of them despite working with the department for long are doing small-time jobs such as working in factories, working as an electrician and selling vegetables to earn for their families in the absence of proper salaries. The postmen and postwomen working on a contractual basis are getting nothing from the department, besides their meagre salaries, starting from Rs 10,000 to Rs 13,000. They don’t get allowances like medical or TA and uniform. Branch postmasters (BPMs) claimed that they had to pay electricity bills of their offices from their own pockets. There are many postwomen in the district who are A postwoman delivers a letter to a resident in Jalandhar. Most of the contractual staff working with the Department of Post are doing small-time jobs to make both ends meet. TRIBUNE PHOTO given various villages to cover and they used to go by their own bicycles. One of the women, grameen daak sewak (GDS) branch postmasters (BPM), posted at a rural area on the condition of anonymity said she was given numerous tasks such as opening of savings accounts and distribution of ‘posts’. She is 37 years old and has been posted in the department for the past seven years. She said she was getting Rs 12,000. She was the only one who handles everything single-handedly. Her husband does a private job and it was almost impossible to run the family. “We have been holding dharnas but nothing is being done, nobody listens to us. Even devices that are given to us do not work on many occasions due to which we have to work manually,” the employee said. She said she has three children and it was difficult to provide them good education that was why she also does the work of stitching. She said many women also go on foot for work in the absence of bicycles. “It is not easy for a woman to go to residences while earning a small salary,” she said. Karamjit Singh (39), secretary of the All India Gram Daak Sewak Union, said he Power performance was into the service for the past 22 years. He is a gram daak sewak (GDS) packer. He said he also works as an electrician as it was not possible to make both ends meet. He said many of the contractual employees were also doing the job of a watchman. “In the morning, they do the job here and during night, they are left with no other option but to work elsewhere,” Singh said. Makhan Singh (53), president of the union, said he was into the job for the past 30 years. He is also a branch postmaster in Goraya. “After all these years, I cannot even shift and carry out some another work as I only know this job. I have sent both my sons to Arab countries due to the poor financial condition of the family so that they should support the family from there,” Makhan said, adding that they would be going to Delhi on Thursday and would hold a dharna to raise the issue. “Though I have little hope that our demands of making us regular will ever be met, then what else can we do,” he said. Notification issued on regularisation Teachers given 15 days to confirm their decision Our Correspondent Jalandhar, October 10 In pursuance of the Punjab Cabinet decision on October 3 of offering regular jobs to teachers by reducing their salaries to Rs 15,000 per month, the Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, has issued a notification to regularise the services of teachers/ principals/headmasters working under the SSA, RMSA and Adarsh/model schools. As per the notification, the proposed beneficiaries have been given a chance to give option as to whether they want their services to be regularised within the Education Department or to continue working under RMSA society on a contractual basis. They have been given a 15-day period, i.e. till October 23, to confirm their decision. It also reads that “only those staff who opt for regularisation within this period ❝ This is a one-time opportunity given to these employees after a lot of hard work and if missed this time, it may not be available in the future. Hence, it is requested that all teachers working under the SSA, RMSA and Adarsh/Model schools be motivated to avail the option of regularisation. PRASHANT GOYAL, DGSE ❞ will have their services regularised in the department and others will miss the bus”. The department has also clarified in the notice that the opportunity is being given to employees of those Adarsh schools which are being run by RMSA society and not to the staff of the PSEB-run Adarsh Schools or Adarsh Schools being run through the PPP mode. The DGSE, Prashant Goyal, said: “This is a one-time opportunity given to these employees after a lot of hard work and if missed this time, it may not be available ever in the future. Differently abled unhappy over newly approved sports policy Avneet Kaur Students perform during a tech fest at Apeejay College in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Specially abled student denied writer Activists express their concern Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 10 Differently abled students in the district have alleged harassment by various school administrations who are not allowing them to appear for their compartment exams. While a Class X student on Tuesday was disallowed from taking his writer inside the exam centre, differently abled activists expressed concerns that the same might be repeated with other students, some of whom are visually impaired who won’t be able to write their exams. The activists said since the problem was being faced during the compartment exams, there is a possbility that the high-handedness of the educational institutes imperil the future of these children. Rayan Harris, a specially abled Class X student, who appeared for an exam at Kendritya Vidyalaya No.1 in Jalandhar on Tuesday, had to sit for his Home Science compartment exam Rayan Harris, a student of Class X, in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO without a writer since the authorities of the school where he was appearing did not allow his writer to give the exam. Rayan is suffering from impairment in his hands and legs. Speaking to The Tribune, Rayan said: “We had applied to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) 20 days ago. We were expecting the permission before the start of the exam, we didn’t get it. I have trouble writing with my hands but due to the While a Class X student on Tuesday was disallowed from taking his writer inside the exam centre, differently abled activists expressed concerns that the same might be repeated with other students, some of whom are visually impaired who won’t be able to write their exams. The activists said since the problem was being faced during the compartment exams, there is a possbility that the high-handedness of the educational institutes imperil the future of these children. exam staff being adamant I had to write my paper myself. I have another exam tomorrow. I hope for tomorrow at least I would be allowed to appear for the exam with the writer.” Rayan said while a writer, a VIII student, with a proper affidavit was taken by him to the exam centre, the authorities insisted on a written permission from the writer’s school principal. Satnam Singh, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, said: “Either a permission Hence, it is requested that all teachers working under the SSA, RMSA and Adarsh/Model schools be motivated to avail the option of regularisation.” Meanwhile, condemning the government’s adamant attitude towards regularisation, the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha, Punjab, and the SSA/RMSA Teachers’ Union, while reacting over the notification in various WhatsApp groups, has asked teachers not to accept any deal being offered by the department and continue protesting for their rights till their demands are met. from the NIOS or from the principal of the school where the student, who is appearing as the writer studies, is mandatory for us to permit a writer to appear for the exam. Merely an affidavit does not suffice. We asked the student to get a permission from their principal but that did not happen. We are helpless in the situation. Unless this is done, we can’t allow the student to appear.” Vivek Joshi, who teaches many of these students under his NGO, Madhav Sewa Society, in Jalandhar said: “Rayan and another visually impaired student has an exam tomorrow as well. We had applied for permission for a writer from the NIOS well in time. If the students did not get it, is it their fault? The compartment exams will be conducted again next year. If these students don’t make it, it would mean an entire year would be wasted. School students do not get permission for writers. The authorities are harassing students.” c m y b Jalandhar, October 10 Though the Punjab Cabinet, led by Capt Amarinder Singh, last week gave in-principle approval to the new Sports Policy 2018 with an aim to promoting sports among youth, the differently abled community in the district as well physically challenged sportspersons have expressed their apprehensions over the same and said the community was excluded from the bracket. Though under the new policy, the cash award in case of the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other sports tournaments has been substantially increased, a state-level activist working for the rights of differently abled, Amarjit Singh Anand, said: “The state government does not care about persons with disabilities. In the policy, differently abled has been completely ignored as if it does not exist, adding that Special children perform during a summer camp in Jalandhar. FILE PHOTO the special players playing at international tournaments and bringing medals for the state are even not honoured nor do the government has fixed any cash prize for them.” He said: “In the sports policy of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc, special olympic, deaf olympic, blind and wheelchair cricket and bocce players are given special prizes and honours, however in the sports policy of Punjab, the differently abled was even not considered or given a thought. Claiming that the state government in its pre-poll promises assured that no policies would be drafted without consulting stakeholders, Anand said: “The new sports policy had been approved by Cabinet ministers, while there had been neither a single meeting convened, before the draft was finalised, with stakeholders nor did the government asked for our suggestions.” Moreover, no stress had been laid on intellectual disability in the policy and neither does the state government had allocated any funds in this regard, he added. Condemning the policy, Anand said how the policy could motivate the youth, when it has completely demotivated the 2.5 per cent of the disabiled population residing here in the district. He said Mallika Handa (deaf and dumb chess player) had brought laurels to the state as well as the country and had won many national and international championships in chess. However, she had hardly received any state honour. He added that in the recently held cricket championship, the Wheelchair Cricket Team of India defeated Pakistan in which two differently abled wheelchair-bound players were from Punjab, while the other players back in their continued on page 2 Prisoner escapes from Civil Hospital Provide safety kits to safai karamcharis, says Hans Cop shoots himself to death after case filed against him for negligence Phagwara, October 10 Vice-Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Hans Raj Hans on Tuesday sought amendment to rules to safeguard the interests of safai karamcharis. He asked the officials concerned to provide safety kits to safai karamcharis who have to enter the gutter sewer. He said in case of any casualty, the official concerned should be charged with murder. He sought regular jobs for sanitary workers and timely disbursal of salary into their bank account. He interacted with representatives of safai karamcharis unions and listened to their griev- Hoshiarpur, October 10 A prisoner, who was admitted to the local Civil hospital, escaped late last night. As per information, Vinod Sharma, a resident of Mohalla Sukhiabad, was caught by the police on June 19, 2016. He was convicted under the NDPS Act and the court had sentenced him to five years’ jail. He had come out on parole. The accused was trying to go to Australia when he was nabbed at the Delhi airport a few days ago and later, the police had brought him here. Vinod had been admitted to the hospital for treatment of a stomach-related ailment four days ago. As per sources, he escaped around midnight while ditching the police with an excuse to go to bathroom. Around six in the evening today, a policeman, Harish Kumar, who had been posted on duty at the hospital for the past two years, shot himself. Vinod had absconded during his duty from the prisoners’ ward in the hospital last night. As a result, the police had registered a case of negligence of duty against Harish. As he came to know about it, he got mentally disturbed and shot himself during duty. His colleague, who was present on the spot, said they both were in room and all of a sudden Harish shot himself. SSP J Elanchezhian, said investigation was on and the next action would be taken after the probe. — OC Our Correspondent ances. He held a meeting of officials of the civil and MC administration, Phagwara. He said contractual staff was being exploited as their salary was not being released on time. He held a meeting with MC Commissioner Bakhtawar Singh, Mayor Arun Khosla, SDM Sumit Mudh, Assistant Commissioner Surjit Singh, Joint Commissioner Jyoti Bala Mattu and Phagwara SP Mandeep Singh. Hans said the government must ensure that no person should go inside a manhole without uniform, gloves, equipment and other protective gears. He said a report was being prepared on the problems being faced by safai karamcharis and he would soon meet the PM in this regard.
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