07022019-btd-01.qxd 2/6/2019 10:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE 18 ITEMS ON AGENDA FOR F&CC MEET TODAY The meeting, to be presided over by Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, will see several developmental projects being approved FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 4 BOOKED FOR DOWRY DEATH Bathinda: Four members of a family were booked on the charge of abetment of suicide after a woman died here on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as the victim's husband, Sukhwinder Singh, her mother-in-law Paramjit Kaur, father-in-law Amarjit Singh and sister-in-law Poonam Kaur, all residents of Kotra Kaura village. The deceased has been identified as Reena (26). Her father Harpal Singh, a resident of Sehna village in Barnala, told the police that his daughter was married to Sukhwinder. Reena's in-laws were harassing her for more dowry, irked over which she ended her life by hanging from a fan on February 5. On the complaint of the victim's father, a case under Sections 304-B, 498-A and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at Ballianwali police station. However, no arrest has been made so far. Police officers said the accused were absconding and efforts were on to nab them. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.40 DIESEL ~65.50 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA F&CC MEETING: Municipal Corporation of Bathinda will conduct Finance and Contract Committee meeting at its office near Railway Road; 11:00 am PHYSICS SEMINAR: The department of Physical Sciences will organise a seminar on Indo-European Seminar on Nuclear and High Energy Physics at Central University of Punjab; 10 am onwards MOCK PARLIAMENT: A mock parliament would be organised for the students at DAV Senior Secondary School; 11 am PAGE 2 MADONNA TO BE HONOURED AT GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS Singer Madonna will be honoured for accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community MAX 15°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:12 PM PAGE 4 SHILPA SHINDE JOINS POLITICAL BANDWAGON As soon as the news broke, a hashtag saying Bhabhiji galat pakde hai started trending SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:17 AM THURSDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA 11 years on, PRTC staff PSIEC to lay new water pipeline to focal point haven’t received uniforms Tribune News Service Sameer Singh AT RECEIVING END Tribune News Service Bathida, February 6 Even as the financial health of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has improved a lot in the past two years, it has failed to fulfill the basic needs of its employees till now. For more than a decade, the contractual as well as regular employees of the transport corporation have not received uniforms. Citing one reason or the other, the PRTC authorities did not deliver uniforms to their employees. The union members, requesting anonymity, said the matter was brought to the notice of local as well as state authorities but nothing had been done by either of them. Sources said after observing the tacit stance of authorities, some PRTC employees preferred to buy uniforms on their own rather than expecting the same from the corporation. After pushing the authorities a number of times in the past, jackets were provided to a majority of the employees last year ■ For more than a decade, the A driver of a PRTC bus without uniform. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR contractual as well as regular employees of the transport corporation have not received uniforms. Citing one reason or the other, the PRTC authorities did not deliver uniforms to their employees ■ Some PRTC employees preferred to buy uniforms on their own rather than expecting the same from the corporation ■ Jackets were provided to a majority of the employees last year but a fresh lot of uniforms is yet to be released but a fresh lot of uniforms is yet to be released. A ticket checker employed with PRTC said while conducting surprise checks for those travelling without tickets, at times passengers enter into verbal spats with the staff, questioning their authenticity. Therefore, it was a must that the authorities provided them uniforms. The state transport policy clearly states that employees must get new uniforms every year, but the authorities have failed to do so. in the past few years but they choose not to wear them for the reasons best known to them”. When contacted, Amit Bambi, Assistant Managing Director, PRTC, said “I have to check the matter. If uniforms have not been provided to employees, we will make sure that they get them soon. The financial position of the PRTC has certainly improved and providing uniforms to the employees would not be much of a problem for us now.” Sources said a few years ago, the corporation officials used to cite fund crunch as the reason for not fulfilling even the most basic demands of PRTC employees but things had changed completely now and PRTC’s financial stature had improved immensely. The officials must do away with the tactics of giving ‘false promises’, they said. A PRTC official at the state head office in Patiala said “We have provided uniforms to many employees Neerja Bhanot Academy in city Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 6 Neerja Bhanot Institute of Hospitality and Fashion was announced by family members of Ashok Chakra awardee Neerja Bhanot during a press conference at the Bathinda Press Club on Wednesday. They said the institute would aim to provide vocational training to young people desirous of making a career in aviation, hospitality, travel and other sectors. The institute would be established on the 100-feet Road. Neeraj Bhanot, nephew of Neerja Bhanot, said “The institute is a tribute to Neerja’s fearlessness, courage and devotion to her duty”. Neerja Bhanot, 23-year-old Pan Am flight attendant, became an icon in the world of the aviation industry in 1986 when she gave up her own life while saving the lives of nearly 400 passengers. “For the past nearly 30 years, our family — through the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust — has been annually honouring persons who have lived up to her principles — ‘Do your duty come what may, never compromise on your self-respect and fight injustice’,” he added. Reena Rana Chauhan, managing director, said “The Neerja Bhanot Institute aims at providing worldclass professional training to the youth of the nation who have the vision, drive and ambition to make the most of the career options and available opportunities.” Faridkot Co-op, Revenue Depts land in loan waiver controversy Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, February 6 The Cooperative and the Revenue Department in Faridkot district were caught in a difficult situation after names of many bigwigs figured in the list of 5,056 beneficiaries of farm loan waiver. The issue also stirred a political storm here. Mantar Singh Brar, a former Akali MLA, is livid after the name of his mother, Manjit Kaur Brar, wife of late MLA Jaswinder Singh Brar, figured among the beneficiaries. Dubbing it as a mischievous act on the behalf of his political opponents and government officials here, Brar claimed that his mother had not submitted any undertaking to avail the waiver as she was receiving a pension from the state government. But the Cooperative and Revenue Department in the district, which prepared the list for granting waiver of Rs 31.6 crore to 5,056 ‘small’ farmers, claimed that they had the self-declaration of Manjit Kaur Brar in which she denied receiving any pension. PAGE 3 Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Dhillon gives a loan waiver cheque of Rs 1,96,107 to a farmer whose family owns more than 20 acre agricultural land in Golewala village. FILE PHOTO To avail the benefit of the waiver, the beneficiary should be owning less than five acres of land, not paying income tax and not getting pension or salary from government. Faridkot Deputy Registrar of Co-Operative Societies Sukhpal Singh Gill said no loan waiver was allowed without self-declarationcum-affidavit of the beneficiary. “We are in possession of the affidavits of all claimants”, he said. A loan waiver of Rs 1,05,386 each to wife (Jasbir Kaur) and son (Harsimran Singh) of Sher Singh Mand, the SGPC member, has also caught many by surprise here. Jasbir Kaur is also a former SPGC member. Mand claimed that the Cooperative Department employees got their signatures on some papers without giving details. “My wife and son signed the papers, not knowing much about it”, he said. “It is a media-orchestrated issue, otherwise there is nothing wrong with this waiver as my son and wife own less than five acres of land,” said Mand. Another SGPC member, Makhan Singh Nangal, has got a loan waiver of Rs1,66,618. While Mantar Singh Brar is demanding registration of a criminal case against those who ‘hatched a conspiracy’ to include his mother’s name in the list of beneficiaries, the Cooperative and Revenue Departments are planning to verify the authenticity of the self-declaration-cum-affidavits given by all beneficiaries, suspecting some of these being false. Rajiv Prashar, Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, said the departments were re-checking the declarations. Meanwhile, insiders in the Cooperative Department said there were some suspected cases wherein students in foreign countries were given benefit of loan waiver. Their fathers gave undertakings with these students’ fake signatures. “The department does not verify the authenticity of affidavits on its own. We seek objections from the public but rarely any objections are raised as people fear it will lead to enmity,” the sources said. c m y b Bathinda, February 6 Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has given its nod to establish a fresh water supply pipeline to the New Industrial Focal Point on Dabwali Road. As per the information, the new pipeline would be laid from a distributory of Sirhind Canal near Roshan Lal Oil Mill on Mansa Road till New Industrial Focal Point on Dabwali Road, covering a distance of approximately 3 km. The estimated project cost is Rs 42 lakh, the tender for which would be floated soon. PSIEC officials said after completing the requisite modalities, the work to lay the new pipeline would most likely be started in a month. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Sukhwinder Singh Jaggi, president of the Bathinda Small Industries Association, said “The new pipeline for water supply will provide a permanent solution to our drinking water problem, which we have been facing for a long time now. Erratic water supply owing to old worn out pipes (leakage and complete blockages of pipes) has been The water storage tank at the New Industrial Focal Point situated at Dabwali Road in Bathinda. FILE PHOTO an issue that remained unaddressed for years.” As potable water supply remained suspended for weeks at a stretch, majority of the industrialists had started buying water from RO plants in the city and transport it to the focal point. “The water pipes are completely damaged, RO system is not functional and the water supplied through pipeline is unfit for drinking. We had no option but to transport filtered water cans from the city every day. The water pipes installed in 1984 have neither been repaired nor replaced by the PSIEC. A few factory workers even fell sick ❝The water pipes are completely damaged, RO system is not functional and the water supplied through pipeline is unfit for drinking. We have no option but to transport filtered water cans from the city every day ❞ Sukhwinder Singh Jaggi, PRESIDENT OF THE BATHINDA SMALL INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION early this year,” Jaggi added. There are more than 100 small and medium-scale industrial units in the New Focal Point where more than 5,000 workers are employed.
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