17112021-ATR-01.qxd 11/16/2021 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE COLLEGE TEACHERS LIKELY TO COURT ARREST ON NOVEMBER 23 PAGE 2 Protest outside residence of Deputy CM OP Soni, seek implementation of 7th UGC Pay Commission. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF RELIEF FOR 13,431 POWER USERS Tarn Taran: As many as 13,431 power consumers in the district were exempted from paying the pending amount worth ~21.95 crore. Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh on Tuesday said till November 15, total 24,875 applications were received by the administration for exemption worth ~35. 51 crore. The DC said as 13,431 claims were settled, the remaining 11,444 beneficiaries would be given the benefit worth ~13.56 crore soon as the process was under way. OC DISTRICT REPORTS NO NEW CASE Amritsar: The district Health Department on Tuesday reported no new Covid case. The authorities have reported recovery of one patient with which the total recovery count has increased to 45,409. The district at present has a total of two active cases. The health officials stated that a total of 14,835 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination drive on Tuesday. Of these 6,150 received first dose of the vaccine while 8,695 received second dose. TNS SC PANEL PROBES LAND GRAB CASE Amritsar: Deepak Kumar, senior vice-chairman, Punjab State SC Commission, along with member Raj Kumar Hans visited Vadda Fatteal village in Ajnala to probe into the incident in which several persons allegedly tried grabbing the land of one Pal Singh. Pal Singh in his complaint had alleged that the accused thrashed him and used derogatory remarks against his caste and tried usurping his land. After visiting the spot, Deepak Kumar instructed SHO Ajnala police station to investigate the matter and submit a report within three days after appearing before the Commission. He also asked about the action taken report against the suspects. Among others who were present on the spot included Rajpreetpal Singh, Tehsildar and Block and Panchayat Development Officer Shamsher Singh. TNS BABLI IS STILL A PATAKHA, FEELS ACTRESS RANI MUKHERJEE PAGE 3 After 16 years, the actress says that the character of Babli has become an extension of her personality. MAX 25°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:30 PM Amritsar, November 16 A student lost his life while five others were injured, when their car rammed into a pillar on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) track here late on Monday night. PAGE 4 Sharad, who portrays the historical character Bakshi Jagabandhu in Vidrohi, talks about the role & more. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:01 AM WEDNESDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2021 | AMRITSAR Metro buses off road for 2nd day, passengers bear the brunt Staff to continue protest till they get benefits equal to that of Punbus employees other entire ❝Whatthe citytransport allows you to cover theyou need at length of in just ~10? If using rickshaws, Manmeet Singh Gill Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 16 The strike by the employees of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) has inconvenienced the general public, who had become accustomed to using the public transport system as buses were off roads for 48 hours. The employees have resolved to continue the protest till they are paid salaries and benefits equal to those given to employees of Punbus. The employees staged a protest at the BRTS bus stand for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. The Metro bus service running on the BRTS corridor started in the city around three years ago. Initially, it did not receive much response from the general public and buses were often seen empty. However, as the decision to slash fares was made, the least ~40 to reach Chheharta from Verka, which can be covered in ~10. Jaswinder Singh, A FACTORY WORKER AT CHHEHARTA ❞ promised things at the ❝We werebut none ofmanypromises havetime offulfilled. recruitment, the been Metro bus employees protest outside the BRTS bus stand in Amritsar on Tuesday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR public transport system witnessed immense response from the general public. At present, the Metro bus service had recorded a daily ridership of 55,000 to 60,000 passengers. Those employed for running the service alleged that at the time of recruitment, they were promised a 12 per cent hike in salaries annually. They alleged that the salaries have not been increased even once in the last three years. The Metro bus service in the city has around 500 employees. Of these, around 220 are drivers who were recruited at a maximum salary of ~10,700 per month. Others as managing the ticket counters or are in the support staff, who are paid even less. After the recent reduction Apart from 12% increment, we were promised help in case of accidents and deaths of employees. An employee is lying paralysed and at least three others have died while in service. Davinder Singh, PRESIDENT, BRTS EMPLOYEES' EKTA ASSOCIATION ❞ in fares, travelling in Metro buses became economical instead of travelling in autorickshaws. Davinder Singh, president, BRTS Employees’ Ekta Association, said: “We had been promised many things at the time of recruitment, but none of the promises have been fulfilled so far.” He said apart from 12 per cent increment, they were promised help in case XEN caught taking ~20K as bribe Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 16 The Vigilance Bureau officials caught an Irrigation Department Executive Engineer (XEN) red-handedly for allegedly accepting a bribe of ~20,000. XEN Avtar Singh was currently posted in the Jandiala division of Uppar Bari Doab Canal (UBDC), Amritsar. A case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at the Vigilance Bureau police station here. Sher Singh of Jhander village told the police that he was an approved government contractor and had registered a society named ‘Shergill Co-operative L& C Society Limited, Jhander, District Tarn Taran’. He said Irrigation Department’s XEN who was caught accepting bribe. he obtained a tender for the widening of the KVL Canal, Saraspur, embankment in the month of May this year from the Irrigation Department, Jandiala Division. He said he obtained this tender by following due process. He said the embankment was to be widened along the 7 km stretch with 16 feet 4 inches width. The work was to be completed in June 2021, which was cross-checked by the officers of the department. He said for the work, a bill of ~14.38 lakh was sent, but XEN Avtar Singh started delaying the payment on one pretext or the other. Later, he sought 20 per cent of the total bill for clearing it. He alleged that he forced him to cough out ~1.5 lakh in his office at PIMTI complex in lieu of the release of the first instalment of ~7.7 lakh. He alleged that he started demanding the remaining ~2 lakh for releasing the remaining amount of ~6 lakh. On Tuesday, Sher Singh had to pay ~20,000 as instalment of the remaining bribe amount of ~2 lakh but instead, he approached the Vigilance Bureau and lodged a complaint. Later, a team of the vigilance headed by DSP Harpreet Singh nabbed Avtar Singh while accepting bribe of ~20,000. Student dies, 5 MC revenue collection takes a beating, govt to blame? hurt in mishap Property tax collectionfreebiespay staff salaries only hope to Tribune News Service I LOVE MY MOTHERLAND, SAYS ACTOR SHARAD MALHOTRA They were returning from a marriage function, when the incident took place. The deceased has been identified as Gurbir Singh Virk (inset), a resident of Muktsar, while the injured include Subhdeep Singh, Uday Singh, Continued on page 2 The mangled remains of the car that collided with a pillar on the BRTS track near Gwal Mandi Chowk. TRIBUNE PHOTO Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 16 After the pre-poll announcements of the government, the Municipal Corporation’s revenue collection has taken a severe beating. There are only a few departments of the MC, which contribute a major share towards the civic body’s revenue, including the collection of water and sewer bills. The state government had reduced water bills to ~50 per month for houses that are more than 125 sq yard. In addition, the government also waived arrears of water supply and sewerage user charges for domestic connections, including principal amount, interest and penalty. The MC had more than ~14 crore arrears of water supply and sewerage user charges. Earlier, the government PRE-POLL ‘WINDFALL’? ■ Water, sewer bills contributed majorly but the govt reduced water bills to ~50 per month for houses over 125 sq yard and waived arrears of water and sewerage user charges for domestic connections ■ It ended collection of chungi (octroi), a duty levied on goods entering the city, which was the backbone of the MC as they used to get money from it daily ended the collection of Chungi (octroi), a duty levied on goods entering the city. The officials claimed that the octroi was the backbone of the MC from where they used to collect the daily amount. There is a good potential in advertisement sector, but the government failed to implement the advertisement policy properly. The tenders for advertisement are yet to be finalised. The Municipal Town Planning wing also witnessed low collection of revenue. “The government has c m y b implemented the 6th Pay Commission and it would increase the financial burden on the MC. We need more money to pay salaries. The government didn't make any effort to increase the source of income, but due to freebies, the day to day routine may start suffering," an MC official said Now, the property tax collection is the only hope for the MC to collect funds to pay the salaries. The MC had sealed around 150 properties in the Continued on page 2 MC COMMISSIONER JAGGI TRANSFERRED of accidents and deaths of employees. “One of our employees is lying paralysed and at least three others have died while in service,” he said, adding that they started their job during the tenure of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was the Local Bodies Minister then, and hope that he would take up their matter with the state Continued on page 2 Amritsar: Malwinder Singh Jaggi, Commissioner Municipal Corporation (MC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Amritsar Smart City, has been transferred. He will now assume charge as Director, Social Justice Empowerment and Minorities. In the orders issued by the Punjab Government, no officer has been appointed in place of Malwinder Singh Jaggi. Jaggi joined as MC Commissioner and CEO Amritsar Smart City Limited on May 28. In less than six months, he made efforts to enhance the revenue of the MC. Under his leadership, the MC sealed 150 properties of defaulters. He made efforts to improve city’s sanitation and beautification. However last week, some activists filed complaint to the Local Government Department against him in an encroachment case on MC land at Lawrence Road. TNS Man ends life, 3 booked for abetment to suicide Tribune News Service Amritsar, November 16 A man committed suicide after which the police booked his wife, her mother and brother on the charge of abetment to suicide. The case was registered after his family found a suicide note in the medicine slips. Earlier, the police had initiated inquest proceedings in the case. The victim Lovepreet Singh (25), a resident of Chawinda Devi village, had taken the extreme step on October 23, but he succumbed at a private hospital two days ago. He was married to Parampreet Kaur, a resident of Sultanwind Road, a year ago. Jaspal Singh, father of the deceased, told the police that Lovepreet married Parampreet on November 18 last year. He alleged that after a few days of marriage, the couple did not enjoy the cordial relations as Parampreet used to fight with him over trivial issues. Four months ago, she left the house and Continued on page 2
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