04032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/4/2019 1:34 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE INDUSTRIALISTS MEET UNION MINISTER, SUBMIT MEMO Industrialists meet Union Minister and hand over memo to him to extend deadline of applying for NOC for using groundwater. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 FAME IS AN ILLUSION, SAYS ACTOR PANKAJ TRIPATHI MAX 18°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 10°C Tribune News Service THE FIGURES The civic body is likely to get Rs 225 crore for GST funds, Rs 12 crore from the PSPCL for its 2 per cent MC share. Besides, the MC is also likely to get Rs 16.50 crore from excise duty, Rs 1 crore from house tax, Rs 40 crore from property tax, Rs 4.40 crore from building application fee, Rs 5 crore from building application fees, Rs 1 crore from building composition fee, Rs 8 crore from change of land use and Rs 35 crore from water supply and sewerage bills. under the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), an amount of Rs 48 crore is expected. SUNSET MONDAY 6:27 PM Previous year Budget The MC had passed the Budget of Rs 587.13 crore last year.The MC had recieved Rs 205 crore in the form of GST refund and Rs 10 crore from the PSPCL for its 2 per cent municipal share. The civic body had got Rs 13.50 crore from excise duty, Rs 7 crore from house tax, Rs 32 crore from property tax, Rs 4.40 crore from building application fee, Rs 5.50 crore from building composition fee, Rs 18 crore from change of land use, Rs 35 crore from water supply and sewerage bills and Rs 15 crore after selling its property. An amount of Rs 203 crore was also allocated for establishment expenses, Rs 24.38 crore for miscellaneous expenses and Rs 358.25 crore for development works. Besides, the MC was also expecting to get Rs 133 crore from the PIDB under the AMRUT scheme, Rs 50 crore in the form of first instalment under the canal water project from the Asian Development Bank. In 2017-18, the MC approved a Budget of Rs 537 crore, but the government had reduced it to Rs 333.26 crore. Floral delight SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:50 AM Hoardings put up; Edu Dept tells DEOs to shoot encouraging videos of schools Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 3 To increase enrolment of students in their respective government schools, school heads and teachers are leaving no stone unturned by adopting one or the other innovative ideas to promote their schools among the masses. The Education Department has also directed District Education Officers (DEOs) to shoot encouraging videos of best schools, dedicated teachers, motivational messages, meritorious students and achievements, among others, which could be shown to people when they visit for admissions. Many schools in the district have placed big hoardings outside their schools and in other parts of the city to attract people and seek admissions. Even, the schools had got pamphlets printed in which the detailed information of facilities available in the schools, achievements of students and the changes that have come in after the implementation of Ludhiana, March 3 The Dugri police have nabbed three persons and recovered 40 cases of illicit liquor from them. They have been identified as Dinesh Kumar of Jagraon, Harpreet Singh of Jivan Nagar and Ajay of Gandhi Nagar. Head Constable Sukhjit Singh said a naka was set up at Panesar Chowk where an SUV was signalled to stop. A search of vehicle yielded illicit liquor brought from Chandigarh. The smugglers used to sell this cheap liquor brought from Chandigarh to their clients in Ludhiana. Visually challenged teacher lays stone for bridge Our Correspondent INSPIRED BY CM, MLA TAKES INITIATIVE Dr Raj Kumar, MLA, Chabbewal, got inspiration from the Chief Minister, who is working on removing the VIP culture in the state, and decided to get all government projects in his constituency inaugurated by common people. He said the move would address the longpending demands of residents as even with the causeway, commuting was a difficult task for them during the rainy season. MLA Raj Kumar and Atar Singh, head teacher of Sant Narain Das Blind School, during the stone-laying ceremony of a bridge in Chabbewal. TRIBUNE PHOTO floods in the previous monsoon. Dr Raj said he was thankful to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for according a special approval for the bridge. He said the move would address the long-pending demands of residents as even with the causeway, commuting was a difficult task for them during the rainy season. He expressed gratitude to the huge gathering for being a part of the historical moment. “My constituency, it’s people and their requirements are in my mind always and I will not leave any stone unturned for the betterment of people and development of Chabbewal,” said Dr Raj. He got inspiration from c m y b MONDAY | 4 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Principals, teachers adopt innovative ideas to promote government schools 3 held with 40 cases of liquor Students admire flowers during a flower show at Lovely Professional University near Jalandhar on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE 4 Ace musician Adnan Sami surprised everyone by unveiling a song he has written for his begum on a TV show. Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, March 3 People held their breath in awe when a visually impaired teacher inaugurated the bridge construction work and laid foundation stone for it at Bichhohi-Parsowal choe in the Chabbewal constituency. Dr Raj Kumar, MLA, Chabbewal, added another feather to his cap by giving honour to a visually challenged person for the inauguration of the work. S Atar Singh, head teacher of Sant Narain Das Blind School, Bahowal, who laid the stone for the project, was overwhelmed by the gesture of Dr Raj. People accorded their approval to the step with huge applause. They were full of praise for the MLA who fulfilled his commitment of getting a bridge in this choe as the earlier causeway got washed away by heavy rains and MUSICIAN ADNAN SAMI WRITES SONG FOR HIS BEGUM Actor says he often hears he has become a star, but does not dwell on it. For him, responsibility matters a lot. Civic body to present ~514-cr annual Budget Jalandhar, March 3 The Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar, is likely to present its annual Budget of Rs 514 crore for the financial year 2019-2020. Last year, the Budget that was cleared was Rs 587.13 crore. The civic body is likely to get Rs 225 crore for GST funds, Rs 12 crore from the PSPCL for its 2 per cent MC share. Besides, the MC is also likely to get Rs 16.50 crore from excise duty, Rs 1 crore from house tax, Rs 40 crore from property tax, Rs 4.40 crore from building application fee, Rs 5 crore from building application fees, Rs 1 crore from building composition fee, Rs 8 crore from change of land use and Rs 35 crore from water supply and sewerage bills. Also, under the schemes such as Urban Environment Improvement Programme (UEIP), Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and schemes PAGE 3 the Chief Minister, who is working on removing the VIP culture, and decided to get all government projects in his constituency inaugurated by common people. S Atar Singh’s unparalleled contribution for society through the blind school was highly appreciable and he was chosen as an acknowledgement for his contribution, the Chabbewal MLA said. A passer-by has a look at a hoarding put up by Government Girls’ Secondary School, Ladowali Road, on its premises in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project and among other things have been displayed. Baljinder Singh, a government school teacher, here, said: “This is the first time that a competition among the government schools could be seen. Every school in almost every district in the state is in a race to perform better and enroll as many children it could.” The teachers are coming up with unique ideas such as placing banners or hoardings, making students brand ambassador, indulging in community programmes and making short movies to change the mindset of people regarding government schools, he added. Talking to the Tribune, District Coordinator, Parho Punjab Parhao Punjab project, Varinderveer Singh said: “Teachers are dedicatedly working to increase the enrolment at their respective schools. Many schools have placed hoardings in their villages, outside schools and at other places in city, while many teachers are also engaged in door-to-door campaigns and are publicising their schools so that parents in their areas get to know about the development in the schools.” He said around 2,700 students had been enrolled in the pre-primary classes in the district. “We are soon going to start the enrolment of the primary classes once the teachers are free from the board examinations duty. The students are also helping the teachers and are given the responsibility to interact with local residents and encourage them to enroll their wards in government schools. Improvement Trust penalised for delay in possession of flat FACT FILE CONSUMER FORUM Our Correspondent Jalandhar, March 3 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum while hearing the case pertaining to a complaint filed by Darshan Lal Narula of New Santokhpura, here, told the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) to pay the entire price of the flat, Rs 6, 51,482, with 12 per cent interest along with Rs 90,000 as harassment and litigation expenses for the delay in handing over the possession of the flat that was meant to be given in 2012. In his complaint, Darshan Lal has said he was allotted a LIG flat under the 51.5-acre development scheme of the JIT in a lucky draw held at the Red Cross Bhawan here on August 8, 2009. He said later in the same year, he deposited Rs 6, 51, 482 as the total cost of the flat and completed all requisite formalities. As per the terms of the allotment letter, the JIT had to complete the construction within two-and-a-half years from the date of the allotment letter and thereafter, the possession was to be delivered in 2012, he said, adding that till date, the JIT had failed to complete the construction in all respect, what to speak of the delivery of possession. Darshan Lal said he had visited the office of the authorities concerned several times to know the status of his flat, but he was not provided any suitable reply. The complainant said he had written letters to the JIT to refund the earnest money. As per the terms of the allotment letter, the JIT had to complete the construction within two-and-a-half years from the date of the allotment letter and thereafter, the possession was to be delivered in 2012, complainant Darshan Lal Narula said, adding that till date, the JIT has failed to complete the construction in all respect, what to speak of the delivery of possession. He had visited the office of the authorities concerned several times to know the status of his flat, but he was not provided any suitable reply. Darshan Ahuja, chief, Bibi Bhani Residential Welfare Association. Darshan Lal Narula, the complainant. However, the JIT, he alleged, kept on adjourning the matter on one pretext or other. A notice of the complaint was given to the JIT by the forum. However, the JIT maintained that the complainant himself was at fault as he did not turn up to take the possession of the flat as per the terms and conditions of the allotment letter. It further took a plea that the JIT was still ready and willing to handover the possession of the flat to the complainant as per rules. President of the forum Karnail Singh and member Jyotsna in the judgment said: “We find that the JIT has miserably failed to bring the evidence, proving that the construction work of the flat has been completed and the same is fit for delivery.” “Moreover, as per the allotment letter, the Trust was liable to complete the construction work within twoand-a-half-years and thereafter, handover the possession to the allottees complete in all respect, i.e. along with amenities and ultra-modern facilities with quality of standard construction,” the forum said. However, it had not delivered the possession of the same to the complainants yet, the forum said. The forum directed the JIT to return the earnest money of Rs 6, 51, 482 to the complainant with interest of 12 per cent per annum from the date of delivery i.e. July 28, 2012, till realisation. It further directed the Trust to pay compensation to the tune of Rs 80,000 for harassment and mental agony and litigation expenses of Rs 10,000 to the complainant. According to Darshan Ahuja, president, Bibi Bhani Residential Welfare Association: “The JIT has committed a big scam. Even after paying lakhs, allottees had neither received possession nor refund.” He said a total of 74 allottees had filed complaints with the consumer forum, among those 20 have won the cases, while 54 judgments were still pending. He said the JIT had made payments to the 14 allottees, while seven allottees had still not received the payment. “I asked JIT officials where has the money gone when not a single penny has been spent on development work? Moreover, buildings in the Bibi Bhani Complex are in the same condition as they were five years ago”, he alleged.
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