02022019-btd-01.qxd 2/1/2019 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE MINISTER GIVES APPOINTMENT LETTERS TO 233 CANDIDATES Power Minister hands over appointment letters to 233 qualified candidates for posts of lower division clerk. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 6 BOOKED IN TWO DOWRY CASES Bathinda: Bathinda: The police have booked six persons in two cases of harassment over dowry. In the first case, in a complaint lodged by Sukhwinder Kaur, a resident of Sirki Bazaar, it has been stated that she had been married to Davinder Singh, a resident of Daula village in Muktsar district. She has alleged that her husband and his parents tortured her over dowry. On the basis of her statement, officials at the women’s police station have booked Davinder, Sukhraj Singh and Gurmail Kaur under Sections 498A and 406 of the IPC. In the second case, in a complaint lodged by Sunita Rani, a resident of Janta Nagar, it has been stated that her husband Vikas Gautam, her father in-law Roop Lal and Renu Gautami, residents of Pathankot, tortured her over dowry. The accused have been booked under Sections 498A, 406 and 34 of the IPC. TNS GIRL REUNITES WITH FAMILY Muktsar: A girl child, found abandoned at the railway station here on January 28, reunited with her family on Friday. Officials of the District Child Security Unit said the girl’s parents belonged to Faridkot district. TNS PAGE 2 FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.45 DIESEL ~65.85 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA MASS MARRIAGE: The NRI Charitable Foundation, Canada, will organise mass marriage at Model Town Phase-1 Gurdwara at 10 am. KITE FLYING FESTIVAL: The district administration will organise Bathinda Kite Festival and Fete2019 at the Multipurpose Sports Stadium at 10 am. MAX 20°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:07 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:20 AM SATURDAY | 2 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA No tax on income up to ~5 lakh hailed, BKU leader says mockery of farmers ❝TheofBudget presented in view the upcoming INTERIM BUDGET elections is depressing and anti-people as health, education and employment sectors have been totally ignored. 2019-20 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 1 The interim Budget presented by Interim Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday evoked mixed reactions from residents in the city. Bathinda Tribune spoke to a few to know their opinions. Prof NK Gosain, an educationist, said eyeing the upcoming elections, the officiating Finance Minister has made an effort to please all sections of society. “The full tax rebate on an income of Rs 5 lakh annually plus Rs 1.5 lakh in investment is a big relief for the salaried class. No income tax on interest up to Rs 40,000 per year for women is another welcome step,” he said. “Apart from the salaried class, interests of small and marginalised farmers, labourers, business class and pensioners have been well taken care of in this Budget. Overall, it can be rated as a pre-election please-all budget,” Prof NK Gosain added. BKU leader Sukhdev Singh ❞ Dr Ajitpal Singh, SOCIAL ACTIVIST Residents watch Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presenting the interim Budget on television screens in Bathinda on Friday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Kokrikalan said, “It’s not a farmer-centric budget. It’s an election tactic as except giving Rs 6,000 to small farmers, nothing has been stated on debt waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.” He said the government had made a mockery of the farmers by announcing merely Rs 6,000 annual relief for them. He alleged that when it comes to farmers, the government says they don’t have funds, while it is working overtime to waive debts of corporate houses. CA Atul Garg said the Budget had been a mixed bag as the schemes announced in it would not be enough to alleviate farm distress as Rs 6,000 per annum package announced for the small farmers is too little and too late while on other hand, the government has given much bigger support to the middle class through tax breaks. Ankush Aggarwal, an MBA, said the interimBudget was pre- Budget ignored organic farming: Environmentalists Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, February 1 At the time of growing momentum toward sealing an ambitious deal to save the environment, soil health and larger issue of food security in a sustainable manner, India’s interim Budget for the coming financial year, presented by Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, admitted the need for organic farming, but environmentalists said it was more of a lip service rather than pointing to some concrete steps and appropriate allocations to promote sustainable agriculture in the country. “Funding for the organic farming sector in 2019 Union Budget has been decreased from Rs 360 crore to Rs 325 crore. Even out of Rs 360 crore allocated in the last budget, the government could spend only Rs 300 crore to promote organic agriculture,” said Kiran Kumar Vissa, an IIT alumnus and national co-convener of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA). Instrumental in raising the problems of farmers in the public domain since 2008, Kiran had quit his job to work full time as a social activist focusing on agriculture and natural resources five years ago after working for over nine years in the US. Every year, the Central Government spends crores on chemical fertiliser subsidies but, alas, there is not even a single penny of subsidy, incentive or bonus to the farmers who have shifted to ecologically sustain- able natural farming, said Kavitha Kuruganti, who is also associated with ASHA, a nation-wide alliance of organisations working to improve farm livelihoods. In his budgetary speech, Piyush Goyal on Friday said the government wanted to transform irrigation through micro-irrigation route and organic farming, which takes much less water. “The officiating Finance Minister’s statement to promote organic farming by combining modern technology with traditional practices verbally sounds good but it should have been supported with strong political will and clear cut policy shift towords organic farming managed by communities and farmers groups. Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Members of the 5178 Master Cadre Union burn an effigy of the state government in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO would be regularised from January 1, but there had been no official confirmation or notification. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Kulwinder Singh, general secretary of the union, said, “The government has assured us that our jobs would be regularised and we would start getting full pay from January next year. Now, we demand that the state government must issue a notification to officially confirm that our jobs would be regularised soon. But the state government has failed to deliver on its promises. After clearing the TET exam conducted by the state government, we have been working on a very low salary since December 2014. As per the appointment letter, our jobs had to be regularised after three years. Despite assuring us of providing appointment letters with regard to regularisation, the government kept delaying the matter for around a year.” Singh added, “The teachers recruited under the 5178 master cadre in November 2014 had been getting salary of Rs 7,000 per month since then. The state government had appointed us on the condition that our services would be regularised after three years of appointment with full salary. We completed three years in November 2017, but the government has not regularised our jobs yet.” c m y b sented with huge aspirations and ambitious announcements. It has something for major sectors — farming community, middle class salaried people, MSMEs and startups, he added. “While expectations were immense, the Budget seemed a mixed bag of political compulsions and economic prudence. From digitisation of villages to space mission targets, the Finance Minister tried to envisage a ‘New India’ by 2022 in a well-articulated PAGE 4 Great news for Riverdale fans as Archie and his gang are set to return for a fourth season! Please-all show with eye on polls 5178 master cadre teachers seek regular jobs Bathinda, February 1 Members of the 5178 Master Cadre Union burnt an effigy symbolising the state government’s ‘bundle of false promises’ with regard to regularisation of jobs in the city on Friday. Prior to the protest, the members of the union conducted a meeting at Teachers’ Home to discuss the plan of action regarding the regularisation issue. Later, scores of protesters gathered near Fauji Chowk and raised slogans against the state government for allegedly not fulfilling their demands. Thereafter, they burnt an effigy of the state government. The protesting teachers alleged that the state government had promised that the jobs of teachers recruited under the 5178 master cadre RIVERDALE GETS ANOTHER SEASON Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is making headlines ever since the film was made. FIVE COPS TO BE HONOURED Muktsar: Five policemen posted in Muktsar district have been chosen for the DGP commendation disc for their services. They include ASI Guranditta Singh, ASI Qasim Ali, ASI Gurjant Singh, head constable Naib Singh and constable Harpreet Singh. TNS PAGE 3 ‘KANGANA RANAUT STOOD BY THE FILM’ manner,” he added. Dr Ajitpal Singh, a social activist, said the interim budget presented on Friday in view of the upcoming elections is depressing and antipeople as health, education and employment sectors have been totally ignored. Except for the income tax exemption to the middle class, there is nothing positive in the Budget, he added. He said nothing had been brought to rein in unemployment, inflation, malnutrition and poverty. “The issue of increasing burden of loans on farmers and labour class has not been discussed in the budget and even interest rate on small savings schemes like PPF has not been raised. No relief has been given in the interest rates of bank loans of farmers, labour class and poor sections of society,” Dr Ajitpal Singh added. Barnala Cong leader terms it visionless Tribune News Service Barnala, February 1 The BJP government’s last interim Budget before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is visionless and disappointing for all sections of society, said Kewal Singh Dhillon, Barnala constituency Congress incharge and former MLA. It was not an interim budget, instead it was an election speech to lure voters, he said. “In the past four and a half years, the BJP government has only harassed farmers and made them suffer. Now, in this Budget, they are mocking the farmers again. They have announced a meagre sum of Rs 6,000 per year to underprivileged farmers in three instalments, which means if the farmer is having a family of five members each then he will get Rs 3.3 per day,” Dhillon said. Dhillon said the Interim Finance Minister had stated that farmers were getting fair MSP but if it was true , then why farmers were facing crisis and staging nation-wide protests against the Central government. He added that the BJP was only playing with the sentiments of the farmers by making false claims to double their income. “Not only farmers, the Budget has neglected nearly every segment of society. If we discuss facts then the BJP has further weakened our fiscal stability. They have missed the fiscal targets for the second consecutive year. The facts stated by the Finance Minister pertaining to the houses constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Scheme were totally misleading and false,” Dhillon said. The former MLA added that the BJP boasted about the Mudra Loan Scheme, which only led to increase in the non-profitable assets (NPA). Even the former Governor of the RBI had said that the scheme could lead to financial crisis in the nation, he added. “If we talk about electrification in villages, then during the UPA tenure the speed was much higher. Every year 12,030 villages were electrified as compared to 4,842 villages during the NDA tenure. NPAs have increased to a great extent during the BJP tenure. This Budget has totally neglected the middle class that has paid millions in excise duties on petrol and diesel,” said Dhillon.
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