10012019-btd-01.qxd 1/9/2019 10:57 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 10 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Patients suffer ‘Sorry, got carried away’ Lohri came early Patients are a harried lot as the digital X-ray machine has been lying non-functional. P2 Hardik Pandya apologised after being slammed for making remarks on Koffee With Karan. P3 Paridhi, who plays Babita aka. Babes in Patiala Babes will be seen in a festive avatar soon. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.48 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.28 AM Trade unions demand regular jobs Medical representatives want medicines out of GST ambit Hold march from Ambedkar Park to Fire Brigade Chowk on Day 2 of strike Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 Members of various trade unions took out a protest march from Ambedkar Park to Fire Brigade Chowk on the second day of the nationwide strike on Wednesday. Earlier, the protesters (members from 25 unions) staged a protest at Ambedkar Park and raised slogans against the state and Union government for not fulfilling their long-pending demands. The protesters alleged that the government had laid emphasis on privatisation of all sectors and was ignoring demands of government/contractual employees. Gursewak Singh, executive member of the thermal plant union, said, “The government has failed to clear outstanding instalments of DA for the past four months. Instead of regularising jobs contractual and Members of various trade unions during a protest march from Ambedkar Park to Fire Brigade Chowk in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA outsourced employees, the government has been privatising various sectors. We demand that privatisation of different sectors must be stopped and jobs of contractual employees who have been rendering services in different government departments for the past many years should be regularised on priority basis.” Singh added, “Equal work equal pay must be implemented by the government. Jobs of all contractual employees must be regularised with a minimum salary of Rs 18,000 per month. Similarly, the minimum salary of ASHA workers who work on commission basis and anganwadi workers should also be increased to Rs 18,000 per month.” The executive members of the union also alleged that there are a number of laws brought in by the government that are owner-centric and interests of employees have been completely ignored. Now, workers are more vulnerable to fall prey to anti-employee policies of the government/firms, he added. Meanwhile, commuters faced a lot of inconvenience when the protesters carried out the protest march up to Fire Brigade Chowk. For about half an hour, commuters were left inconvenienced after traffic snarls on the Bathinda-Mansa road. PSEB engineers protest amendment in Electricity Act Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 Members of the PSEB Engineers’ Association of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, and of the west zone region staged a protest in front of the main gate of the thermal plant on Wednesday to express resentment over the alleged unilateral amendment in the Electricity Act 2003. A meeting was also conducted after the protest, which was attended by more than 50 engineers tricity Act 2003 wherein the Central government has proposed division of carriage and content which will put the power utilities in backward mode. We condemn the proposed amendment and interference of the government in the matter of tariff policy.” The members of the union jointly decided that the state government must take up the issue with the Central government as electricity was a concurrent subject and the proposed amendments are against the basic nature of the federal structure of the country. The members also opposed the implementation of the new pension scheme and proposed that old pension scheme be implemented on all employees/officers. Sidhu added, “During the meeting, it was also decided that the anomaly of two types of pay scales of assistant engineers in the PSPCL should be cleared and single starting scale of Rs 18,030 should be granted to all assistant engineers as the same has already been granted to all other categories.” Members of the medical representatives’ union during a protest march in Bathinda on Wednesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union (PCMSRU) and Punjab Medical Representatives Association (PMRA), Bathinda range, staged a protest demanding removal of medicines from GST’s ambit. Members of the unions carried out a protest march from Gandhi Market up to the District Administrative Complex and submitted a memorandum of demands to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Gurbant Singh Brar. During the protest march, the union members raised slogans and demanded that their long-pending demands must be fulfilled by the government on priority basis. Deepak Singh Buttar, president of the PMRA, said, “The government must fix Promotion Employees Act (SPEA) must ❝The Salesin full capacity. The government must be implemented make sure that there are specific provisions so that MRs are not subjected to unfair labour practices by pharmaceutical companies. ❞ HARMEET SINGH, spokesperson for the medical representatives union Submit memorandum of demands ■ Members of the unions take out a protest march from Gandhi Market up to the District Administrative Complex and submitted a memorandum to the Assistant Labour Commissioner, Gurbant Singh Brar. . minimum wages of medical representatives at Rs 25,000 (for workman category). Moreover, the government needs to clarify fixed timings for fixed eight working hours for medical representatives as there is no clarity about the time of the day these working hours apply.” Harmeet Singh, spokesperson for the union, said, “The Sales Promotion Employees Act (SPEA) must be implemented in full capacity. The government must ensure that there are specific provisions so that MRs are not subjected to unfair labour practices by pharmaceutical companies. And finally, the government must remove medicines/equipment from the GST’s ambit so that people can afford cheaper medicines.” Post complaint, VB seizes Destitute man dies of cold in city records from RTA office Muktsar admn, IMA come up with ‘Imdad’ Members of the PSEB Engineers’ Association of the GNDTP protest in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO (executive members). Jatinder Sidhu, regional secretary, said, “We have stage a protest to express our opposition to the unilateral amendment in the Elec- Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 A team of the Vigilance Bureau (VB) conducted a raid at the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) office and confiscated official documents and computer records. Sources in the Vigilance Bureau said officials had received a complaint that an agent was allegedly working in connivance with department officials to provide RCs to applicants. Ashok Bath, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), VB Bathinda, said, “We had received secret information that an agent was working in connivance with an employee of the RTA office to prepare RCs. So a VB team led by Vigilance DSP Manjit Singh scrutinised records of the agent concerned and RTA office.” The SSP added that computers of the agent and RTA employees, who make RCs, had been sealed. Further action would be taken in the matter after thoroughly scrutinising the records confiscated by the department officials. Thus far no FIR has been registered in the matter. Sources added that as many as 40 copies of RCs were recovered from the agent’s personal office. The vigilance sleuths also seized documents from the RTA department and have started investigation in the matter. It was learnt that the regional transport officer was not in the city when the raid was conducted. When contacted, Udaydeep Singh Sidhu, Regional Transport Officer (RTO), said, “I am not in the city. It was a routine check, which must be conducted at regular intervals. All our records are available online and we operate in a completely transparent manner. To ensure fair functioning in the department, I also conduct routine checks.” Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau during a raid at the Regional Transport Authority office in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, January 9 A destitute man in his sixties was suspected to have died of cold on Wednesday. The body of the man was found near the Mal Godam road. After receiving information from area residents, members of a city-based NGO and police personnel from the Kotwali police station reached the spot in the morning. After investigation, the police carried the body to the Civil Hospital for postmortem. The police said the deceased could not be identified. According to area residents, the deceased used to ■ The administration through the District Red Cross Society has initiated a project ‘Imdad’ to help the poor people get treatment from private hospitals in the district. The administration is taking the assistance of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on the project. P2 sleep on the footpath near the Mal Godam road and he had no family. According to the members of Sahara Welfare Society, this is the second death in the district in January due to cold. Docs caution against calcium deficiency in children healthy pregnant ❝For amust startand fullyofgrown baby, a vitamin-D from woman intake calcium and Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 9 Owing to lack of awareness among parents, a considerable number of children are being diagnosed with calcium and vitamin-D deficiency through ‘incidental diagnosis’ at the government hospital in the city. A number of parents are bringing their children to the paediatrics unit of Women and Children Hospital with problems of pain in legs, short stature (short height), delayed coming out of teeth, whitish patches on face and overall delay in growth of children. Apart from that there are children coming up with different problems and diagnosed for calcium and vitamin-D deficiency after conducting medical tests.. According to paediatricians at the hospital, apart from a general lack of awareness and the fact that a majority of them come from low socioeconomic strata of society, c m y b second trimester itself. Our body (age group of one to 70 years) needs minimum 600 IUs (international units) of vitamin-D on a daily basis. DR RAVIKANT GUPTA ISTOCK parents have failed to ensure proper nutritional diet for their children. And more specifically, it has been observed that there are a number of children with mild to severe calcium and vitamin-D deficiency. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Dr Ravikant Gupta said, “Out of 200 children (average OPD) brought to the paediatrics OPD for treatment, approximately 15-20 of them are getting diagnosed with calcium and vitamin-D deficiency on daily basis. The reason is quite simple that there is lack of awareness among parents. Moreover, a majority of them cannot afford to pay for the diet rich with calcium and vitamin-D. A majority of the affected children are in the age group of one-five years.” Doctors in the city warned that such conditions must not be taken lightly and if ignored then their long term manifestations may result in rickets (twisted ❞ bow shaped body structure) among children. It has been observed that parents from low socio-economic groups often make light of the condition, thereby making their children more vulnerable to rickets. Apart from pain in body parts and delayed growth, early fatigue, weak muscles and fragile bones are some of the other manifestations of calcium and vitamin-D deficiency among children. Dr Gupta added, “Sunlight is the direct source of vitamin-D, apart from that sea food, soya milk, egg, cheese, mushroom and cod liver oil are some of the rich sources. Similarly, milk and milk products, green leafy vegeta- bles, soya products, nuts, fish, meat products are source of calcium. Talking of our body’s growth requirements, vitamin-D and calcium complement (interdependent) each other as the former helps in absorption/re-absorption of calcium and phosphate and then transports them to bones in our body, assisting them grow naturally.” “For a healthy and fully grown baby, a pregnant woman must start intake of calcium and vitamin-D from second trimester itself. Our body (age group of one to 70 years) needs minimum 600 IUs (international units) of vitamin-D on a daily basis,” he said.
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