03102021-JTR-01.qxd 10/2/2021 11:38 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 SEWAGE SPILLAGE AT KALIA COLONY IRKS RESIDENTS Despite several complaints, the problem of choked sewers and factory effluents persists in the colony. FORECAST RAIN OR THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF APPRENTICESHIPFAIR AT RCF TOMORROW Kapurthala: The state government, in collaboration with the Government of India, will hold an apprenticeship fair at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, on October 4, to facilitate youth who have industrial training skills by offering nearly 300 vacancies of apprentices. Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh said the orders had been issued to organise these kinds of fairs at all Government ITIs across the state so that they would be able to avail the maximum benefits. Students would be able to register themselves on the spot apart from visiting the www.apprenticeshipindia.org portal. They can also deposit their applications with required documents at government ITIs concerned. TNS TWO HELD WITH 125-KG ‘BHUKI’ Jalandhar: Maqsudan police (rural) recovered 125 kg of ‘bhuki’ (poppy powder) from two HP-based peddlers. The accused have been identified, Desh Sevak and Alamdin. Sukhpal Singh, DSP, Kartarpur subdivision, SI Manjit Singh, SHO, Maqsood police station, launched a special operation against the miscreants. Sukhpal Singh said the SHO had received information that the accused were scheduled to deliver a consignment in the city, following which, a checkpost was set up near adda Nurpur. Bittudin (29) and Alamdin (32), both of Kangra (HP), were bringing poppy seeds in a large quantity from Jammu and Kashmir. The contraband was hidden under apple cartons in a truck. A case was registered. TNS DANIEL CRAIG TO GET A STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME PAGE 3 No Time to Die actor will be the 2,704th star on the Walk of Fame & 4th James Bond to receive the honour. MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:10 PM Jalandhar, October 2 State RTI Commissioner Khushwant Singh has directed the officers of various departments to ensure proper implementation of the Right to Information Act at their respective offices in the district, so that applicants do not face any kind of hardship in getting the required information. Chairing a district-level meeting with the heads of PAGE 4 The Family Man-fame actor is currently seen in Ek Thi Begum Season 2 a role he says has good scope for performance. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:23 AM SUNDAY | 3 OCTOBER 2021 | JALANDHAR Farmers up in arms against delay in paddy procurement Gherao residence of Cabinet minister Pargat Singh | Accuse Central Government of amplifying agrarian crisis Pargat faces farmers’ wrath HIGHLIGHTS Tribune News Service ■ Pargat also went to Upset over the Centre’s decision to postpone the purchase of paddy till October 11, farmers on Saturday gheraoed the residence of MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh in Jalandhar. SARABJIT SINGH Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 The Centre’s decision to postpone paddy procurement till October 11 has not gone down well with farmers. On Saturday, hundreds of farmers gheraoed the residence of Cabinet minister Pargat Singh. Later, the agitating farmers shifted the venue to the Circuit House, after learning that Pargat was holding a meeting there. A protest was also held outside the residence of MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary. Balbir Singh Rajewal of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) said earlier, we had planned to hold the dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, however, due to the government holiday today, we shifted the venue. “It is disturbing to see farmers struggling due to unstable policies of the Central Government. While farmers are already agitating against the three contentious agri laws, how can the Centre and the state gov- ernment afford another unrest,” said Rajewal. The agitating farmers rued that the Central Government was only amplifying the agrarian crisis, by delaying the paddy procurement. The paddy crop has matured in several areas and delay would only damage the standing crop, said the protesters. Unaware of the postponement of paddy procurement, a large number of farmers had started thronging at the grain markets since morning. They later refused to take their crop back. Protesters said the state government has not made any arrangements for them in the mandis. “I have brought the crop in the mandi and if procurement does not starts, I will have to sit at the grain market for 10 days,” said Gurwant Singh, a farmer. Four zones of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee also burnt the effigies of the state government at different places. Salwinder Singh Janian, district chief, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said an effigy was burnt at Shahkot Dana Mandi due to the delay in procurement of paddy. “Farmers have been protesting for the last 10 months due to poor policies of the Central Government. The state government is also trying to add salt to the wounds of farmers by delaying the procurement of paddy,” he said. Jalandhar, October 2 Pargat encountered a gherao on the first day of his official programme, which got delayed by over three hours. The Education Department officials, including Secretary Krishan Kumar, DPI (Secondary) Sukhjitpal Singh, DPI (Elementary) Harinder Kaur, the DEOs and the Deputy DEOs, who had gathered at the DAC at 12 noon had to wait past 3 pm till farmers lifted their dharna from the Circuit House. Education Minister Pargat Singh gave appointment and appreciation letters to schoolteachers during a function held at the District Administrative Complex (DAC) on Saturday. Activists of the Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee and the Kirti Kisan Union gathered outside his place this morning as per an already announced programme to gherao ministers against the 10-day delay in paddy procurement. Finding that Pargat was not at his place, farmers tried to reach out to him. The administration pitched in and it was decided that a meeting of farmers and the minister would be arranged at the Circuit House. Santokh Singh Sandhu, member of the state committee of the Kirti Kisan Union, held talks with the minister, which ended around 2:45 pm. Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 2 The programmes to welcome Technical Education Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, who was to reach Kapurthala on Saturday, a week after being re-inducted into the Punjab Cabinet, got cancelled at the eleventh hour, reportedly due to the farmers’ protests over delay in paddy procurement. moto the hour, thus every department ❝Suodeclaredeclaration of information is the need ofincluding the names and address of should certain information on their websites, Public Information Officers and their appellant authorities. All applications under the Act should be replied within the prescribed time limit of 30 days and if there was any delay in providing the information on genuine reasons, that should be duly conveyed to the applicant. Khushwant Singh, STATE RTI COMMISSIONER ❞ departments, the Commissioner said suo moto declaration of information was the need of the hour, thus every department should declare certain information on their websites, including the names and address of Public Information Officers and their appellant authorities. He also reviewed the working of various departments to resolve the applications and appeals filed under the RTI Gymkhana Club where Hockey Punjab had invited the Olympians to honour them ■ He also inaugurated the government college at Shahkot, which has come up at ~11 crore. The college would offer three professional Farmers gherao Pargat Singh at the Circuit House over the noncourses, including BCA, BCom, & BA procurement of paddy in Jalandhar on Saturday. MALKIAT SINGH ■ Singh continued to attack former-CM Capt Amarinder Singh saying that the delay in paddy procurement by 10 days came just after he met Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. He said Punjab CM Charanjit Channi met PM Narendra Modi and got the orders withdrawn for Punjab The farmers also raised the issue that the farmers who reached the mandis on October 1 and 2 were forced to sell their paddy for Rs 1,100 per quintal to private rice millers against the MSP of Rs 1,940 per quintal. Meanwhile, reaching the venue late, Pargat addressed the DEOs, Deputy DEOs, District Smart School Mentors and Assistant Co-ordinators. He honoured Smart School teams of different districts with appreciation letters on pattern with state awards for their contribution towards infrastructural as well as qualitative reforms in schools. The minister also handed over as many as 27 appointment letters on compassionate grounds. The Education Minister lauded the efforts of teachers for bringing in educational reforms in Punjab, ultimately achieving the prestigious top rank in Performance Grading Index. Pargat stressed the need of strengthening sports infrastructural facilities, converting remaining schools into smart schools, computerisation and grievances redressal system to ensure conducive environment for education. Earlier, Education Secretary Krishan Kumar, apprised him about various initiatives undertaken by the department. Rana Gurjeet’s ‘show of strength’ cancelled at eleventh hour As many as six grand reception points were fixed for his cavalcade in the district. The minister was informed about the protests of farmers after which it was decided that the show of strength be cancelled as it could cause some embarrassment. As per plan, the first reception had been planned at Phagwara, where ex-minister Joginder Mann and dis- Implement RTI Act properly, officials told Tribune News Service I LOVE MY FAMILY TIME, SAYS FAMILY MAN FAME SHAHAB ALI Act, to further smooth the functioning of the departments with respect to the disposal of RTI applications. The Commissioner further stressed that all applications under the Act should be c m y b replied within the prescribed time limit of 30 days and if there was any delay in providing the information on genuine reasons, that should be duly conveyed to the applicant. He said keeping in view the present times, most of the information should be made available on departmental websites, which would ultimately reduce the burden on departments as applicants would seek relevant information from the website itself. trict coordinator of Kapurthala Daljeet Raju were to accord him welcome. Since workers gathered as per the plan, Mann had to ensure refreshment for all the invitees for over two hours. The next halt was at Addi Khui at the starting point of Kapurthala from Jalandhar side. The third stoppage was at Gurdwara Shaheedan in Khojewal where the minister was to pay obeisance. The next two stoppages were at Dhawankha village and Mall Road in the city. The last point was the Rest House where he was to be given the guard of honour. Since farmers withdrew their protest following the decision to start paddy procurement from tomorrow onwards, Rana’s supporters have now arranged for his welcome tomorrow. But as per the new plans, there would be no show of strength and he would be just given the guard of honour at the Kapurthala Rest House.
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