05042021-JTR-01.qxd 4/4/2021 10:52 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE ADMN IS THERE ONLY TO ENFORCE WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING Authorities have in excess sounded need to stick to guidelines, but only a smattering of citizens are listening. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MP INAUGURATES A NEW TUBEWELL Jalandhar: Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary inaugurated a tubewell for the supply of fresh drinking water to Ward No. 32 and Abadpura area of the city. He was accompanied by Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku and Mayor Jagdish Raja. The tubewell has been installed at a cost of Rs 18 lakh by the Punjab Government. On this occasion, MP Chaudhary said the newly installed tubewell would fulfil the needs of residents of ward 32 and Abadpura area. “Many programmes are being implemented to install and upgrade infrastructure to supply water, ensure sanitation and disposal of sewage,” he added. MP Chaudhary further stated that the government has started work on surface water supply project, which would reduce the load on underground water and would provide 24/7 supply of freshwater from the Sutlej via a network of pipelines. TNS JMP PARK GETS ~10 LAKH GRANT Jalandhar: The JMP park situated at Jawahar Nagar and one of the biggest parks in the area has got ~10 lakh from the MP fund, of which the money has been spent on water harvesting, installing LED lights, open gym etc. Mayor Jagdish Raja and MLA Jalandhar Central Rajinder Beri visited the park on Sunday. He said no transfer certificate was required if a student switched from private to a government school. The Education Department has released instructions for the District Education Officers (Secondary and Primary) regarding the admissions in the government schools. The department has said if a student wanted to switch from a private school to the government school, he need not a transfer certificate. And if a student doesn't have an Aadhar Card or birth certificate, he cannot be forced to give the certificates on the spot. TNS SMOOTH WHEAT PROCUREMENT Jalandhar: The district administration is set to ensure hassle-free procurement of wheat in the district in wake of the prevailing circumstances due to Covid. The DC said elaborate arrangements would be made to facilitate farmers during the procurement of grains. He said keeping in view the prevailing situation and to ensure procurement in a segregated manner, the number of designated mandis would be enhanced by designating new mandis in the district as it was done last year during wheat and paddy procurement. He mentioned that for this purpose, the storage points, vacant government lands would also be utilised. The DC said this would help in reducing rush of farmers in the mandi on one hand, and maintaining social distancing during the procurement on the other. TNS HMV STUDENTS WIN MEDALS Jalandhar: Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya cyclists Lute Mayuri Dhanraj won two silver and one bronze medal and Mukul one bronze medal in the National Track Cycling Championship held at Hyderabad. Principal Ajay Sareen congratulated the team, coach Rajesh Kaushik and faculty Sukhwinder Kaur and Ramandeep Kaur. The Principal gave the students best wishes for their bright future. TNS PAGE 2 BHUMI PEDNEKAR JOINS HANDS WITH CLIMATE WARRIOR AMAN PAGE 3 URVASHI GOES PLAIN JANE, PIC GOES VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA Bhumi Pednekar has teamed up with climate crusader Aman Sharma on his initiative ‘Local Weather Warrior’. MAX 35°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:49 PM PAGE 4 Urvashi Rautela shared a de-glam look of hers in a simple saree on social media which has gone viral. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:10 AM MONDAY | 5 APRIL 2021 | JALANDHAR declare To open or not to open schools? Teachersprotests series of Parents in a dilemma during pandemic; pvt schools in favour of normal schedule Aparna Banerji ❝ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 Captain saab, jo corona cinemeyan te thekean vich nahi aunda te kirpa karke bacchean dian classan cinemeyan vich laiyan jaan, te paper thekean te lai laye jaan ji. Reads a message widely circulating on WhatsApp criticising the closure of educational institutions in the state. While many parents and residents are livid at the closure of schools when cinemas, liquor vends and political rallies are allowed to operate, the irony is that less than a month ago, there was a huge clamour among parents demanding the closure of schools after many students in the district tested positive. At a teachers’ convention in Jalandhar as well, one of the demands was the opening SAD to corner AAP, Cong on agriculture laws Jalandhar, April 4 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will be holding dharnas in the district on April 5. The SAD leaders said the dharnas will be held against the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress’ tactics to defame Akalis. The dharnas will be held in Jalandhar north (Maqsoodan), Jalandhar central (Company Bagh and Dhilwan Chowk, Hoshiarpur Road and Rama Mandi) and Jalandhar west (Babu Jagjiwan Ram Chowk and Basti Sheikh). Kulwant Singh Manan, chief, SAD (urban), alleged Bhagwant Mann’s presence during the on the Essential Commodities Act 2021 made clear that the AAP was antifarmer. — TNS Many students in the district and the state had tested positive before the schools were closed by the government. The move was taken keeping in mind students’ safety. While the studies of higher secondary classes indeed remain a concern, online classes are regularly being held. Besides, much of the syllabus was already covered by the time the schools were closed. The closure was announced with just one exam of the fifth standard to go. The criticism is largely fuelled by the private lobby, which is incurring losses. Harinder Pal, JALANDHAR DEO of schools amid ‘Covid protocol’. While on March 5 itself, as many as 136 schools children in the district tested positive – a similar scenario in other districts also prevailed – with mass Covid infections among schools students the state government closed schools yet again on March 19. With the ❞ government coming under criticism yet again for the closure of schools – many say the criticism has been partly fuelled by the private lobby. Notably, while the exams of the board classes weren’t yet held when schools were closed, the government decided to promote the students of Classes VI, VII and IX without exams. The exams of the Class V were on – with one yet to go – when the schools were shut on March 19. A teacher of the government school said, “My daughter is in higher secondary and I am a teacher myself. I am indeed worried about my daughter’s 7 deaths, 387 new cases in dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 The district reported 387 new cases of Covid on Sunday, taking the infection tally to 7,79,481. Of the 387 cases reported today, as many as 59 belong to other districts. Seven people also died of Covid in the district on Sunday, taking the death toll to 944. While 27,190 people have so far been discharged, there are 3,284 active cases in the district. In Kapurthala, 135 people tested positive for Covid on Sunday. Three deaths were also reported at Kapurthala today. The deceased have been identified as a 43-year-old female resident of Phagwara who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; a 75-year-old male resident of Kapurthala who HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Helpline number of Ambu- JALANDHAR UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL DISCHARGED ACTIVE 387 31,418 7 944 499 27,190 3,284 died at a private hospital in Jalandhar; and an 86-year-old female resident of Kapurthala, who died at a private hospital in Jalandhar. A total of 9,371 people have tested positive in Kapurthala until now. lance: 108 ■ Emergency helpline: 104 ■ Jalandhar Helpline for Covid or other medical queries: 0181-2224848 ■ District Immunisation Officer contact: 94171-64164 ■ Website for Covid bed info: https://jalandhar.nic.in/ Seven die in Hoshiarpur The district on Sunday reported seven deaths due to Covid19, pushing the toll to 575. As many as 172 fresh cases of infections were also reported taking the tally to 14,299. higher education. Loss of studies with such huge periods of closure is inevitable. But given the new strain, parents also understand that the move is essential to safeguard their own as well as their kids’ health. The severity this time is much. Schools can resume after the worst is over.” Karnail Phillaur, of the Government Teachers Union, said, “Our demand is that schools must be opened amid Covid protocol, so that the education of students isn’t put in jeopardy. Abiding by the protocol is important. However, the criticism is also fueled by the private sector as they are not able to levy hefty charges similar to the pre-Covid times. The Government Teachers Union opinion that schools must be opened amid full security measures in place.” Groom violates Covid norms, held from venue Jalandhar, April 4 A 29-year-old groom (Vishnu Kant Kamboj) was arrested by the Jalandhar police from his reception party on Saturday night for breaking the Covid-19 protocol. Around 200 guests were present in the reception, which was being hosted in a park. After seeing the police, guests fled from the spot. An FIR under Section 188 of the IPC was registered. ASI Sukhwinder Singh said, “During the curfew, a reception party with around 200 guests was being organised at a park. The party was being held in direct violation of the DC’s orders. As per Covid protocol not more than 20 people can gather.” — TNS Tribune News Service KEY DEMANDS Jalandhar, April 4 The Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha on Sunday held a meeting at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here in support of their demands. During the convention, teachers also announced their plans to hold protests and dharnas in the months of April, May and June. The convention was held to announce the future policy of teacher bodies on their key demands. Their demands are regularisation of the services of all contractual teachers working in government schools (on full salaries); reversal of the procedure as per which thousands of vacant posts in schools were being eliminated in the name of transfer policy; opening of schools being closed in the name of Covid as per the protocols; restoration of the old pension scheme; implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission; payment of the pending instalments of dearness allowance; immediate implementation of pending promotions of all sections of teachers, etc. The meeting also laid stress on the ‘anti-teacher’ policies of the state government. The meeting was led by state conveners Sukhwinder Singh Chahal, Vikram Dev Singh, Balkar Singh Valtoha, Surinder Kamboj and Baljit Singh Salana as well as conveners Sukhraj Singh Kahlon, among others. A series of dharnas and protests were announced to be held in the months of April, May and June by teachers. They decided that on April 18, a large number of teachers would hand over a protest letter to the state education minister by reaching at his residence. It was also declared that on April 29, district-level dhar- ■ Regularisation of services of all contractual teachers working in government schools ■ Reversal of the procedure as per which thousands of vacant posts in schools were being eliminated in the name of transfer policy ■ Opening of schools being closed in the name of Covid as per the protocols ■ Immediate implementation of pending promotions of all sections of teachers nas would be held by teachers across the state and in the second week of May, protest letters would be handed over to four Cabinet ministers. Finally, they declared that on June 1, a huge dharna would be held in the constituency of the state education minister. In the beginning of the meeting, tributes were paid to deceased principal Tarsem Bahia, employee leader Ramesh Kumar Sharma, employee and farmer leader Datar Singh and to all those farmers whose died during the ongoing farmers’ protests on Delhi borders. Addressing a gathering, teachers said a set of recent directions and policies of the state government were jeopardising education in the state. Taking on the Centre, they said the Modi government’s Education Policy-2020 was being implemented under the excuse of transfer policy through rationalization plan which was robbing government primary, middle and high schools of posts. They said side by side the school merger agenda was also serving the same ends. They also condemned the beating up of unemployed ETT teachers during the Education Minister’s Sangrur rally and demanded action against those responsible for the act. Residents get clean water, Councillor shows the way, urges but roads stay unrepaired slum dwellers to take Covid jab Pipes were laid for direct water suppy, but streets have not been re-carpeted leading to another problem Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 Scarcely had residents of Mohalla Karar Khan got respite from contaminated water after more than a decade when they started facing another civic issue. Councillor Davinder Rony said though the water pipes were laid, the roads had not been re-carpeted, leading to a bigger problem in the ward. The residents are a harassed lot and have been continuously demanding help from the councillor. Rony said, “The provision of direct water supply to the houses in the mohalla is an achievement in itself and I had been fighting for it ever since I became a councillor. But now, this problem has become another issue. I am going to raise this matter with the Municipal Corporation now.” Notably, for the past many years, residents of Mohalla Karar Khan, Ward No. 66, had been facing the problem. Around 25 houses were the worst affected and the residents were compelled to fetch water for their daily Councillor Davinder Rony (centre) shows the condition of a street at Mohalla Karar Khan in Jalarndhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO needs from a nearby gurdwara. Leaking sewers and water pipes had not been changed for years together and residents were unable to get out of the problem even after several complaints. Davinder Rony, Independent councillor from Ward No. 66, said he had been approaching both the Mayor and the Commissioner but to no avail. He had estimated that an expenditure of around ~1.50 lakh had been passed for the laying of new pipelines in the area. But even after facing several problems, he didn’t stop and kept on fighting for his ward residents. c m y b Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 4 Nearly 80 per cent area of the Ward No. 78 is covered by slums. While the slum area dwellers might be expected to be less aware of the developments regarding Covid, area councillor Jagdish Samrai makes sure to reach out to each one of them. These days, he has been visiting the slum areas on a daily basis to make people aware of the Covid vaccine. He has been handing over a list to the people where they can visit and get themselves inoculated. Samrai had just received the jab. So, he also shares his experiences with the people of the ward to encourage them to get jabbed. “I keep telling them that there is no side-effect and they must definitely go to the site to get jabbed,” he said. Samrai said he has also asked one of the Senior Medical Officers to send a team to the area so that he could ensure that people are getting vaccinated. Even when the pandemic began, there were several people in Ward No. 78 who did not have anything to eat. Samrai had come to their rescue. He made a list of people who did not have any- Jagdish Samrai (left) encourages slum dwellers to get themselves vaccinated in his ward in Jalandhar. thing to eat and distributed food packets to them. People had then run out of their LPG cylinders and were unable to cook for themselves. Samrai said slum dwellers were out of jobs and there was nobody to help them out. “It is my duty to stand for them. Thus, I made sure that nobody sleeps on an empty stomach,” he said. To tackle the problem, Samrai also took an initiative to visit each home with pamphlets that display precautionary measures against the disease. The ward has several economically-weaker families. The Congress councillor had got 5,000 pamphlets printed for the purpose and also put-up banners at various places in the ward. He has been known for his fight for rights of his ward residents. A few days after becoming the councillor, Samrai sat on a dharna against the Municipal Corporation and that too for a genuine demand of providing safai karamcharis for the ward. He then took a broom in his hands and started cleaning the roads.
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