29092021-LT-01.qxd 9/29/2021 12:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE STUDENTS UNDER STRESS AS CBSE TO CONDUCT EXAMS IN TWO SETS PAGE 2 MIKE TYSON IS SET TO MAKE BOLLYWOOD DEBUT! The CBSE has decided to hold exams of Classes X and XII in two sets — November and March (tentative). FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 4 The former heavyweight world boxing champion is all set to mark his first appearance in an Indian film. MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:14 PM PAGE 4 He says there are interesting ideas and stories out there and if something clicks, I wo’nt mind trying out acting. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:19 AM WEDNESDAY | 29 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Finance Commission gives ~2,131-crhealthgrantsto state INBRIEF FOUR ARRESTED WITH 500-GM OPIUM, 285 INTOXICATING TABLETS Ludhiana: The Ludhiana rural police arrested four smugglers in separate cases and recovered opium and intoxicating tablets from their possession. In the first case, the Sadar police, Jagraon, nabbed three smugglers and recovered 500 gram of opium from them. The arrested smugglers have been identified as Amandeep Singh of Jalaldiwal, near Jagraon, Gurtej Singh, alias Teji, of Raikot, and Pritpal Singh of Goindwal, near Raikot. Investigation officer Sub-Inspector Davinder Singh said on a tip-off that the three smugglers were on the way to deliver consignment of opium to their clients, a police party laid a naka near Galib Kalan village. After intercepting their motorcycle, they were checked and opium was recovered from them. In another case, the Sidhwan Bet police nabbed a smuggler and recovered 285 intoxicating tablets from him. The smuggler has been identified as Harjit Singh, alias Kallu, of Salempur Tibba village. Investigation officer SI Sukhjinder Singh said a police party was patrolling near Sidhwan Bet where acting on a tip-off a naka was laid at a strategic point and the smuggler was nabbed. A case under Section 22 of the NDPS Act was registered against him. TNS PLAYING A MUSICIAN WILL COME NATURALLY, SAYS ARMAAN Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Snatchers and vehicle thieves arrested by the city police in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 14 thieves held; 17 two-wheelers, 20 mobile phones recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 28 Staff of the central police zone arrested 14 snatchers and thieves in the past six days and recovered 17 two-wheelers and 20 mobile phones from them. With the arrest of these 14 persons, the police claimed to have solved 35 incidents of snatchings and vehicle thefts. ADCP-I Pragya Jain, ACP , Central, Harsimrat Chhetra, SHO, Police Division 3, Madhu Bala, and SHO, Police Division 2, Satpal addressed a press conference regarding the matter. ADCP Jain said on September 23 three members of a vehicle lifter gang were arrested and 12 two-wheel- Stolen two-wheelers recovered from thieves by the Ludhiana police on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ers and two mobile phones were recovered from them. They had stolen the vehicles from the city and neighbouring districts. The arrested gang members were identified as Taranjit Singh of Dugri, Rajesh Kumar of Hambran and Jasvir Singh of Lohara. On September 24, the Police Division 3 arrested nine persons and recovered three two-wheelers and 18 mobile phones from them. Out of nine, seven were minors. On September 27, the Police Division 2 nabbed two thieves, namely Sonu Ansari of Kailash Nagar and Gurjant Singh of Malak village. The police had also recovered two motorcycles from them which they had stolen from the city. The ADCP said the police also identified some hotspots, including Civil Hospital, Court Complex, Rakh Bagh, Neela Jhanda road, CMC Hospital, Gaushala road and Shingar road, where the incidents of vehicle thefts and snatching took place. The ADCP said the police increased vigil at these hotspots to prevent such incidents in future. Ludhiana, September 28 The 15th Finance Commission has recommended a sum of Rs 2,130.71 crore for Punjab as health grants with rural and urban components from 2021-22 to 2025-26, the government has confirmed. The five-year financial allocation included Rs 808.72 crore rural component and Rs 1,321.99 crore urban component, the officials have said. The allocation would be used on urban health and wellness centres besides support for diagnostic infrastructure to the primary healthcare facilities in the urban areas. In rural areas, the allocated funds will be used for support of diagnostic infrastructure to the primary healthcare facilities, blocklevel public health units, building-less sub-centres, PHCs, CHCs, and conversion of rural PHCs and sub-centres into health and wellness centres. The approved year-wise break-up of the allocation, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that the state would get Rs 401.21 crore each in the current and next fiscal, Rs 421.25 crore in 2023-24, Rs 442.52 crore in 2024-25, and Rs 464.52 crore in 2025-26. The rural-urban break-up of the year-wise allocation revealed that Rs 248.96 crore each will be spent in the urban areas during the current and next fiscal, while the rural areas will RECOMMENDATIONS ■ The Finance Commission has recommended that the states should increase spending on health to more than 8 per cent of their budget by 2022. ■ Primary healthcare expenditure should be two-third of the total health expenditure by 2022. ■ Centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) in health should be flexible enough to allow states to adapt and innovate. ■ Focus of CSS in health should be shifted from inputs to outcome. All India Medical and Health Service should be established. get Rs 152.25 crore during 2021-22 and 2022-23. In 2023-24, the urban areas will get Rs 261.4 crore and rural areas Rs 159.85 crore. The financial year 2024-25 will provide Rs 274.47 crore for urban and Rs 168.05 crore to the rural areas. In 2025-26, the urban health sector will get Rs 288.2 crore, while the rural areas will be provided Rs 176.32 crore. Earlier, the 15th Finance Commission had recommended grant-in-aid amounting to Rs 43,996 crore to Punjab for the next five years 2021to 2026, with a maximum of Rs 25,968 crore under the head of revenue deficit grants. Also, the state’s individual share in the taxes devolved by the Centre has gone up from 1.577 per cent in 2015-20 to 1.807 per cent for next five years. The state had got a share of 1.788 per cent for the current fiscal 2020-21. The recommendations were made in a report of the 15th Finance Commission, headed by NK Singh, tabled in Parliament. According to the headwise distribution of grantsin-aid to Punjab for next five fiscals, Rs 25,968 crore will be revenue deficit grant, Rs 10,305 crore grants to Local Bodies, Rs 2,764 crore to Urban Local Bodies, Rs 5,410 crore to Panchayati Raj Institutions, Rs 2,131 crore to the health sector, Rs 2,736 crore disaster relief fund (including capacity building), Rs 1,545 crore state specific grants, and Rs 3442 crore was allocated under sector specific grants. However, no grants-in-aid were given for upgrade of administration standards, special problems/specific needs, relief expenditure, debt relief, both principal and interest amount. In the past two decades, the Central Finance Commission had recommended Rs 10,287 crore grantsin-aid to the agrarian state for 2020-21, Rs 8,160.07 crore for Rs 2015-20, Rs 5,540.24 crore for 2010-15, Rs 5,203.49 crore for 200510, and Rs 1,112.16 crore for 2000-05. “Not all the recommendations were accepted by the Centre, while the statespecific grants of Rs 1,545 crore and sector-specific grants amounting to Rs 3,442 crore have been kept pending for due consideration by the Union Finance Ministry,” a senior government functionary told The Tribune here on Tuesday. No new case, death in district MC starts road repair work after dressing-down by Ashu Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 28 No Covid case and no death due to the disease were reported in the district today. There are 20 active patients in the district at present. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent. Nineteen patients were sent for home isolation today and one patient was admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said under the Mission Fateh of the Punjab Government, the number of Covid-19 patients getting cured in the district is increasing with each passing day. He said there are 20 active patients in the district at present. Today one person from other state/district tested positive for Covid here. Till date, a total of 24,96,349 samples have been taken, of which 23,97,134 samples were found negative. Now the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,538, while 11,677 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to Covid is 2,101 from Ludhiana and 1,051 from other districts. Whenever the district administration and Health Department finds out about any positive or suspected Covid-19 patient, their samples are immediately sent for testing. Sam- Ludhiana, September 28 Right after getting rap on the knuckles by Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu during his first visit to the city after his reinduction in the state Cabinet, the Municipal Corporation took in hand work for repair of roads at several places in the city. This morning, the Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Ashu had admonished the MC officials for their failure to repair city roads despite having adequate funds and material for the same. He had directed that all roads in bad condition be repaired within a week or else penal action would be taken A man gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 24,96,349 87,538 20 1 2,101 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 ples of 5,185 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety pro- 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 tocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently frequently of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves from Covid, but also keep everyone around safe. against the guilty officials. Commissioner, MC, Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal said repair work had already started on Ferozepur Road, Kaka Marriage Palace Road, PAU Road, Pavitter Nagar, Jagraon Bridge and in several other areas of the city. He said in accordance with the directions of the minister all MC officials concerned had been directed to complete repair of all city roads within a week. “A roadmap (for urgent repair of roads) has been prepared and in case of non-compliance or dereliction, responsibility of the officer concerned would be fixed and action taken as per rules,” he added. Earlier in the day, Ashu had issued a warning to the MC officials to immediately carry out repair of all city roads or face consequences for non-performance. He had also directed the MC Commissioner to serve show-cause notices to those MC officials who had failed to undertake repair work of the city roads despite having adequate funds and material for this purpose. MC, LIT defy NGT order on concrete around trees: CoE Kuldip Bhatia ■ For general problem: Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu presents a bouquet of flowers to Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu at the MC Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar; and (right) the MC starts repair work of roads in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Ludhiana, September 28 Kapil Arora, president of Council of Engineers (CoE) has moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against severe damage being caused to environment both by the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) here in defiance of directions made by the tribunal. Arora recalled in the petition that he had filed one petition with the NGT seeking directions to the Ludhiana MC, LIT and Greater Ludhiana Area Development c m y b Authority (GLADA) to remove concrete fixed within one-metre radius of bases of trees in the city and accordingly the NGT had directed all three departments to take remedial action as per law. He said even as GLADA had started removing interlocking tiles and concrete structures from around the trees at various locations, both the MC and LIT seemed adamant and continued to defy the NGT directions in this regard. “This act (of MC and LIT) is against the environment norms,” he added. The petitioner submitted that since both the develop- The MC and LIT continue to defy NGT directions with regard to keeping open space around trees planted in public areas in Ludhiana. ment authorities had not removed concrete structures within one- metre radius of bases of even a single tree in trees grown at public places under their jurisdiction even after sending various representations to both the depart- ments, the representatives of various NGOs, including CoE, organised peaceful protest in front of the offices of the MC and LIT. However, both the bodies deliberately and intentionally kept on defying the NGT orders. Citing the facts of forest cover in the city which is just 1.6 per cent of its geographic area against the national target of 33 per cent, he stated that around 84 trees were uprooted following two storms this year. “The Supreme Court has held that there should be a proper balance between protection of Continued on page 2
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