06012019-btd-01.qxd 1/5/2019 11:15 PM Page 1 SUNDAY | 6 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Plants dying slow death Food for thought ‘Opportunities take time’ Plants wilt and some of them are dying a slow death after not being watered at Joggers’ Park. P2 Globally, one-third of all food produced is thrown in the bin each year. P3 Shashank Vyas talks about his initial days in Mumbai and how his journey began. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 17°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.44 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7.27 AM Car rams into ramps of shops, one killed Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 5 A man lost his life when a car rammed into the ramps of shops on the Bhatti road here on Friday night. According to information, a person, who was allegedly driving his car rashly, was returning home when the incident took place. After getting information, volunteers of an NGO, Naujawan Welfare Society, reached the spot and took the victim to the Civil Hospital where he was declared dead by the doctors. The collision of the car with the ramps was so severe that the front portion of the vehicle got damaged. The deceased has been identified as Vikas, a resident of Ajit road area. Farmers lay siege to co-op agri bank Lock employees inside premises on Day 5 of their protest, want loan waiver and doing away with blank cheques Road mishap leaves man injured A person riding an Activa was injured when his vehicle slipped on the GT road near Delhi Heart Hospital here. Volunteers of the NGO reached the spot and took him to the Civil Hospital. The victim has been identified as Manraj Singh Sidhu, a resident of Multania. Farmers held bank officials hostage in Bathinda on Saturday. Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service The car that was damaged in a mishap in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bathinda, January 5 On the fifth day of their protest, a large number of farmers under the banner of the BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan on Saturday laid a siege to Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank and locked its employee inside the premises. They closed the main gate of the bank. However, the farmers allowed the woman manager to leave the bank. According to information, they were unhappy with the statement of a senior official of Punjab Agriculture Development Bank in the media that “the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) is trying to fail banks by stopping the recovery for their political gains”. At 10.30 am, they gheraoed the bank and did not allow employees to come out. Later, in the evening they ended their protest. A large number of police personnel were deployed at the protest venue. The SHO of the Civil Lines police station and other police officers tried to pacify the protesters and convince them to let the bank officials go home. But, the farmers remained adamant on their stance. They said no one would be allowed to go home as they would continue their protest. The farmers said they would provide food to the employees who are inside the bank. The farmers are seeking do away with blank cheques, total debt waiver, financial aid and government jobs for the relatives of the farmers who have committed suicide. While addressing the protesters, farmer leaders Shingara Singh Mann, Mothu Singh Kotra, Harjinder Singh Baggi and Harinder Kaur said banks officials were harassing poor farmers for the recovery whereas they were not taking loan money back from persons associated with big corporate houses, who are leaving the country (Clockwise from top) Farmers stage a protest; protesters cook food; and cops deployed in Bathinda on Saturday. PAWAN SHARMA without paying any money. They demanded the state government should waive all type of loans of the poor farmers. They said the banks had been getting fraud cases registered against them using blank cheques. They also announced to intensify their agitation in the coming days. Residents ask Manpreet Badal Employees may face action for skipping poll duty Deputy Commissioner marks inquiry into reasons for granting exemption to staff in Jaito block to fulfil election promise Balwant Garg Want solid waste mgmt plant to be shifted from city Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 5 Members of the Solid Waste Plant Hatao Morcha have met Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and asked him to fulfil his poll promise of shifting the waste plant from the city. Jeet Singh Joshi, convener of the morcha, said since the Congress fored the government in the state, they had given memorandums to the Finance Minister on a number of occasions, demanding the shifting of the solid waste plant from the city. He said a promise in this regard made by him before the Assembly elections. He said they again apprised him of the same demand. Joshi said Manpreet had told them that the solid waste plant would definitely be shifted from its current place, but the Municipal Corporation or the state government would have to pay a heavy price for this. The morcha members listed many anomalies while setting up and operating the plant here. They also alleged that the company had signed a written agreement and according to it, the firm had to spend ~5 lakh on controlling the bad odour, ~25 lakh on the maintenance of machines, ~5 lakh for keeping the environment fresh, ~5 lakh for a green belt, ~25 lakh for a sewerage treat- Members of the Solid Waste Plant Hatao Morcha submit a memorandum to Finance Minister Manpreet Badal in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ment plant, ~25 lakh for suppressing the gases and ~5 lakh for the purification of groundwater. According to the members, the green belt, which had to come up in 15 metres around the plant, is yet to see the light of day. They said the company had also failed to control fire twice at the plant. They added that except for minting money from people and spreading the bad odour in nearby areas, it had done nothing. They also demanded a probe into all these all points listed in the agreement and a penalty on the company. Joshi said, “W have failed to understand that despite so many irregularities in setting up the plant here during the SAD-BJP tenure, the current govern- ment is still showing concern for the previous government saying that the civic body or the state government will have to pay a big price for shifting the plant. It means that the burden will be put on people as the company will be seeking money in the court.” Residents of around 20 colonies, including Mati Dass Nagar, Nachattar Nagar, Jogi Nagar, Harbans Nagar, House Fed Colony, Guru ki Nagari, Deep Nagar and Silver Colony are affected by the plant. They are also part of the morcha. Started as a pilot project in Bathinda, the solid waste treatment plant faced the ire of public within a week after it got operational on a trial basis in January 2016. Since then, residents are protesting against the plant. Tribune News Servcie Faridkot, January 5 Coming up with ingenious excuses to skip the election duty is set to give a jolt to many government employees and officers in Jaito block of Faridkot. After over 200 employees abstained from the election duty in Jaito subdivision of Faridkot, the Deputy Commissioner has ordered an inquiry into the reasons on the basis of which a large number of employees got exemption from the election duty. The DC has also ordered to probe how the authorities failed to make timely alternative arrangement of the polling staff for the election duty. For 65 polling stations in Jaito block, the Sub-Divisional Electorate Officer-cumSDM had constituted 134 polling parties. Every polling party had consisted five members. As many as 670 government employees were members of these polling parties. Apart from that, 134 employees were in extra. Speaking to The Tribune, DC Rajiv Prashar said, “After receiving a report from the Sub-Divisional Electorate Officer-cum-SDM of Jaito on December 27, I was surprised to know that 81 of these 670 employees were absent in the rehearsal for the election duty. Additional 100 employees were roped in for the elec- Sub-Divisional ❝After receiving a report from theon December 27, I was Electorate Officer-cum-SDM of Jaito surprised to know that 81 of 670 employees were absent in the rehearsal for the election duty. An additional 100 employees were roped in for the election duty. RAJIV PRASHAR, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot tion duty.” On December 29, a day before voting, all polling parties were to reach the booths in order to get familiarized with the polling station, said the DC. “In the late evening, I came to know that there was a shortage of polling staff and polling parties of 34 booths were yet to reach their stations in Jaito block,” he added. ❞ “As not reporting at the station by the polling staff is misconduct and I was upset as things were going awry, I personally rushed to Jaito and contacted various government employees, asking them to perform the election duty. They obliged and the staff for 34 polling stations were dispatched at 12.30 am on December 30,” said Rajiv Prashar. “I have come to know that many employees invented ingenious methods to abdicate the election duty and the officers concerned also did not take a serious note of those feigning excuses to elude the election duty. Even the Jaito SDM did not make sincere efforts to arrange the polling staff in lieu of the absent staff,” the DC said in a letter to Anamjyot Kaur, a PCS officer, who has been asked to hold an inquiry into the matter. Feigning illness to escape the election duty was a common practice and the inquiry officer would surely consider genuine cases, but fake excuses would not work, said the DC. Man loses bag containing Chunk of roof collapses in MC building ~1.34 lakh, tab to snatchers Archit Watts Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bike taken away Bathinda, Janaury 5 Three unidentified persons snatched a bag containing cash and a tab from a person at Mari village. In his complaint, Nardev Singh, a resident of Charthal village, told the police that on Friday, three unidentified persons came in a car and snatched a bag containing ~1.34 lakh, a tab and a receipt of a machine from him. On the statement of the victim, a case under Section 379-B has been registered against the three unidentified persons at the Nathana police station. Three persons took away a motorcycle by pushing a man at Bucho. In his complaint, Kaka Singh, a resident of Bucho Mandi, told the police that Sukhchain Singh, Sikander Singh and Sukhmander Singh, residents of Chak Fateh Singhwala village, pushed him from his Platina motorcycle at Bucho Mandi and took away it on Friday. A case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the suspects at the Nathana police station. c m y b Malout, January 5 The roof of the Municipal Council (MC) building, constructed barely two decades ago, has started peeling off, raising questions over the quality of the construction material. Notably, a portion of the roof of the office of the executive officer (EO) collapsed a few days ago, but the matter was hushed up. However, local residents highlighted the issue on Saturday, apprising the Deputy Commissioner (DC) as well as the officials of Local Government Department verbally. A portion of the Municipal Council’s building that has started peeling off in Malout. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sources said that when the big chunk of the cemented roof fell, nobody was sitting there. It left the ceiling and furniture damaged. Earlier, a portion of the roof of the District Courts Complex in Muktsar town had fallen in 2016. Continued on page 2
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