30042022-JTR-01.qxd 4/30/2022 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CITY STUDENTS SHAKE LEG ON THEIR FAVOURITE BEATS Students of various institutes in city gave scintillating performances on the occasion of World Dance Day. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF AWARENESS VAN FLAGGED OFF PAGE 2 OFFICIAL TITLE OF TOM CRUISE’S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 IS OUT PAGE 3 The Hollywood star will be returning as Ethan Hunt in the 7th edition: Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part One. MAX 44°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 43°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:06 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:42 AM SATURDAY | 30 APRIL 2022 | JALANDHAR Improvement Trust EO, 3-fold increaseofin applications for installation power meters two staffers suspended Tribune News Service INDIAN OIL DONATES AMBULANCE PAGE 4 Bhumika Gurung, best known for starring in Nimki Mukhiya, is set to make a web debut on WOW originals. Action after major discrepancies noticed in JIT functioning Jalandhar: Under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascualr Diseases and Stroke, Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra on Friday flagged off an awareness van for the civil surgeon’s office today. The van will raise awareness on cancer, sugar, heart diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, among other diseases. Dr Ghotra exorted people to ensure cleanliness of surroundings and reduce the use of plastics for a healthier body and mind. The awareness van will visit various district areas to spread awareness among people on the prime causes of lifestyle diseases and hoe these could be kept at bay by adopting a healthier lifestyle. TNS BHUMIKA TO MAKE WEB DEBUT WITH CRIME THRILLER CHINGARI Jalandhar, April 29 Amid the ongoing upheaval in the working of Jalandhar Improvement Trust, its Executive Officer Parminder Singh Gill and two other staffers on Friday have been placed under suspension with immediate effect. The orders have come from Principal Secretary Local Bodies Vivek Partap Singh. In his orders, Singh has said that action has come after a report of Chief Vigilance Officer pointed to some major discrepancies on the part of the EO and two other staffers — Ashish Kumar, draftsman, JIT, and Anuj Rai, junior assistant, JIT. The Principal Secretary has said that a chargesheet would be issued to the three officials/employees as per the rule 8 of the Punjab Civil Services Punishment and Appeal Rules. Till the time of suspen- PANEL SET UP TO PROBE MISSING FILES ■ A committee has been formed to inquire into the missing files in the JIT office. The members of the panel are: Satinderjit Singh, Superintending Engineer; Vikram Kumar and Jaswant Singh, both Trust engineers; Inderjit Singh, head draftsman, and Pawan Kumar, clerk. sion, the trio has been asked to report at the Local Bodies headquarters in Chandigarh. The CVO has reportedly taken action against EO and the JIT employees as they withdrawn an amount of Rs 7 lakh from the Trust account without sanction from the higher authorities. A recommendation for the suspension of the EO had also been made by Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar-cum- Chairman Jalandhar Improvement Trust Ghanshyam Thori as he had reported that the EO as the administration head had failed to keep a track of all the files of the JIT owing to which the public was getting inconvenienced. He had said the EO was not able to table the files, which he had been asked to do and had instead said they were in the custody of a Senior Assistant upon being sought by the ex-Chairman. Thori had noted that the EO had failed to comply with his duty to get back all the files from the former Chairman. He had also taken a strong note of various complaints filed by allottees in the office pointing to irregularities in the Trust. Thori had taken up the entire matter with the Principal Secretary on April 14 and his complaint has reportedly further added weight to the already lodged complaints against the EO. Free power fallout? People give weird reasons justifyingneed for more than one power connection Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 The announcement of giving free electricity up to 300 units by the state government has ‘troubled’ the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) officials. There is a three-fold increase in the applications for installation of meters in the households. The applicants are coming to apply for more than one connection. Earlier if there were 35 applications per day for the installation of new connections, now the number has gone up to 100 everyday. High number of applicants can be witnessed standing in queues and waiting for their turns at PSPCL office. The officials are getting to hear several weird explanations, excuses and reasons by the people for applying for more than one connection. An official from the PSPCL department said two sister-in-laws living in same home came and requested to given them two more connections in their five-marla house. They already had one in the name of mother-in-law. “When asked why they want separate meters, they said they were now separated and wanted to have their own,” the PSPCL official shared adding that these are the excuses people come up with. Sources from the department said there was a chaos in the office. Also, because of the increase in such applications, those with genuine requirement are also suffering. Residents queue up outside Suwidha Centre to submit applications for installation of power meter. Inderpal Singh, Deputy Chief Engineer, PSPCL, said looking at the scenario, it is now decided that whoever will now come to apply for connection, he will have to give an undertaking that there was no prior meter installed in the house. “Also we are waiting for instructions from head office how to proceed in this case and we will be abiding by what the PSPCL rule states,” he said. As per the rules, the domestic supply consumer may get more than one domestic supply connection on the same premises where family members living in a house have separate cooking arrangements. Scholarship: SC students Power cuts: Farmers block highway, lodge protest, city traffic hit gherao PSPCL Chief Engineer’s office Tribune News Service Jalandhar: Indian Oil donated an ambulance worth ~13.5 lakh to Government Hospital, Phagwara, to serve people of nearby villages under the hospital. Kapurthala DC Vishesh Sarangal while handing over the keys of ambulance to the Civil Surgeon Dr Gurinderbir Kaur along with Chief General Manager of Indian Oil Pramod said the ambulance will save precious lives of people in emergency cases. The DC thanked the Pramod, Deputy General Manager Neeraj Kumar Singh and others for providing the ambulance to the Health Department. TNS MORE WATER FOR CITY RESIDENTS Jalandhar: Scorching heat has been troubling the city residents and it is getting impossible to bear the hot and humid weather. Eight councillors on Friday approached Mayor Jagdish Raja and handed him a memorandum requesting to provide water supply in the afternoon. Raja agreed and assured the councillors that the daily water supply from 12 noon to 2 pm will start from Monday. TNS WAGE HIKE FOR NREGA WORKERS Nawanshahr: The daily wages of workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been hiked to ~282 per day. Deputy Commissioner Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa said earlier the workers used to get Rs 269 per day which has now been increased to Rs 282 with effect from April 1, this year. He also told the officials to ensure adequate utilisation of labour employed for various development works being carried out under the scheme. TNS Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 Students from SC community on Friday held a protest against the state government outside Lyallpur Khalsa College here. The students led by activists, Deepak and Navdeep, burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and raised slogans against him. The students said they were protesting as they were not getting the scholarship as promised by the state government. They alleged that they had only being given tall promises by the AAP government but no relief has reached them as yet. They demanded that the scholarship grant should be released at the earliest. Deepak said after their protest, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori convened a meeting and assured them of sorting out of the matter by Monday, failing which Jalandhar, April 29 Farmers under the banner of Bharti Kisan Union (Qadian) and Bharti Kisan Union (Sidhupur) blocked the JalandharPhagwara highway to protest against the rampant power cuts. Farmers also gheraoed the office of the Chief Engineer, PSPCL, over the issue. However, after assurances of uninterrupted power, they later lifted the blockade. Bharti Kisan Union (Sidhupur), state president, Jagjit Singh Dallewal and district president Kulwinder Singh Machiana as well as union leader Pargat Singh Sarhali held meeting with the Chief Engineer. From the BKU (Qadian) Jasbir Singh Litan, district president, Kapurthala led the farmers. Farmers said rampant power cuts and the demand for electricity in sweltering heat Members of the Punjab Students’ Union burn an effigy of the CM in front of Khalsa College in Jalandhar on Friday. MALKIAT SINGH Soon after they lifted the dharna, the state government released 40% scholarship grant the students threatened to hold a protest at BSF Chowk. They said that soon after they lifted the dharna, the state government released 40 per cent scholarship grant. Owing to the protest, the traffic on the road outside the college remained blocked for some time and the traffic had to be diverted on alternate routes. KMSC PLANS PROTEST OUTSIDE DC OFFICES Farmers under the banner of the BKU (Qadian) gherao the office of Chief Engineer in Jalandhar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH weren’t just a farm issue. They said the CM, during his meeting with the farmers, urged them to grow Moong dal crop to promote diversity in farming. Sarhali said the wheat yield this year had been reduced by 50 per cent per acre. On top of it, due to non-provision of electricity by the Power Department, maize, sugarcane, green straw and veg- etable crops were dying out forcing farmers to use diesel motors to irrigate their crops. He said on one hand the government was asking farmers to take to direct sowing of paddy, on the other hand very minimal power is being provided to them at a critical time in the crop cycle. Farmers said there was no electricity to sustain DSR (direct seeding of rice) in the fields. Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) on Friday gheraoed the Power Minister in Amritsar in protest against power cuts. The KMSC will hold protests from May 5 outside DC offices to protest against power cuts and to demand surface water provision for irrigation to farmers so that groundwater depletion may be countered. Members of the BKU (Sidhupur) also said the union’s president Jagjit Singh Dallewal had a meeting with the PSPCL Chairman Baldev Sarah in which farmers were assured of at least five hours of uninterrupted power in the coming days and even if there is a cut, it will be substituted with that much more power supply in the next shift. 7-yr-old suffering from congenital heart disease is fine now IMPROVING CHILD HEALTH Was operated free of cost under Centre-run Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 29 Parents of seven-year-old Sarabjit Singh did not know that their son was suffering from a deadly disease until one day when their son got tested in the school and was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Sarabjit, a student at anganwadi centre in Raiwali village, Shahkot, had the disease since his birth. Dr Poonam Yadav and her team conducted screening under Centre-run programme, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), and it was during the examination of the child, the doctor diagnosed the problem. Random heartbeat of Sarabjit alerted her, after which the department took the initiative to treat him. Now the child is all fine. He got treated free of cost under the programme. Senior Medical Officer of Shahkot Community Health Centre, Dr Amardeep Singh Duggal, said clean and dirty blood were mixing in his heart, due to which his life was in danger. Immediately the file was made and patient was referred to the Jalandhar Civil Hospital and from there to Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Sarabjit’s father, Gopal Singh, said on the birth of his son, doctors told him about a minor defect in his heart and that it would heal on his own. As he grew, he started having trouble in breathing. He would get tired immediately whenever he was running or playing. The team checked and informed the parents and then the child 2,071 STUDENTS FOUND SUFFERING FROM VARIOUS DISEASES ■ The Health Department Sarabjit (7) after being operated successfully under the RBSK. was operated successfully. This is just one example. As many as 16 students out of 32 suffering from congenital heart disease have been treated successfully under the programme so far. c m y b The Health Department screened around 30,000 students under the RBSK from September last year to March, 2022, of which 2,071 students were found to be suffering from various diseases. The ail- screened around 30,000 students under the RBSK from September last year to March, 2022, of which 2,071 students were found to be suffering from various diseases ■ The ailments are listed under 30 categories, including convulsive disorders, severe thinning, vitamin deficiency, learning disorders, down syndrome, rickets, goitre, etc ments are listed under 30 categories, including convulsive disorders, severe thinning, vitamin deficiency, Otitis Media, learning disorders, down syndrome, rickets, goitre, etc. As many as 32 students suf- fered from congenital heart diseases, 499 students are severely anaemic, 596 are suffering from dental condition and 251 have various skin related problems. The students from government schools and anganwari centres are screened every year so that problems could be identified and then treated accordingly. Due to Covid, the screening was not done properly for the last two years. It was only after the schools reopened and the screening restarted. Under the programme, two teams have been formed in each block in the district. There are nine blocks in Jalandhar. The teams visit the schools and do check-ups of the students. If a student gets detected with any problem, the team then informs higher officials at district headquarters and treatment starts. Respective teams then do follow ups with the students and parents. Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Singh Ghotra said it was very important to take care of the baby when he/she is born. Breastfeeding is important so that the baby gets iron, and then it is very important to start weaning at the right age of six months so that the baby could meet the iron requirements from solids. “Students with severe anaemia are also treated by giving them iron supplements. Right dosage is given by looking at the need of the child,” he said. “Be it any disease starting from minor to congenital, the treatment is done free of cost,” the Civil Surgeon added.
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