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refused to Majors widow
SJP to launch stir from Oct 2
Open darbar proves a boon
Child health project in
A forum for Dalits of
Chander Shekhar visits shrines
Campaign against polio from July 3
100 houses razed to ground
Gang of criminals busted
HUDA order on encroachments
Job refused to Majors
CHANDIGARH, June 29 - The Haryana Government decided families of all the soldiers who died after April 1,1999 will be given a compensation package of Rs 10 lakh in cash and other benefits .
The widows of Major Viney Chaudhary of the 13 Punjab Regiment and Major Gurdeep Singh of the 11 RR (10 Dogra) were given jobs in the HCS cadre following a Cabinet meeting on April 2last. Even though none of the two officers died in the Kargil skirmish. They died in an encounter with militants, after April 1.
Mrs Lata Yadav, whose husband Major Vikas Yadav died fighting militants in the Kashmir valley in 1996, has been running from pillar to post for the past four years for a job.
A post-graduate degree holder in sociology and economics, plus bachelor of education, she had sought a teacher's job soon after her husband was killed at Karim Sher village of Badgam district. Though Major Yadav was awarded the Sena Medal posthumously, she was refused a job on compassionate grounds.
Recently, following the nomination of the two war widows in the HCS, Mrs Yadav (37), who also has two young children to support, has once again written to the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala ,and sought a job "on extreme compassionate grounds". " I am a war widow and have two small children and my aged parents in- laws to look after. My late husband was their only son and I am sorry to state that neither the Government of India nor the State Government has done anything regarding my resettlement till date", reads her letter written to the Chief Minister.
However, as official sources pointed out that the government had to draw a line somewhere. Late Major Yadav might have fought gallantly against the militants in the Charar-e-sharif incident, but, nevertheless the State Government would not be able to offer Kargil kind of treatment for an Army officer's family who got killed in 1996.
SJP to launch stir from Oct
KURUKSHETRA, June 29 The Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) will launch a struggle on October 2 throughout the country in order to save India from disintegration and keep its integrity intact. The party will call an all-India sammelan of intellectuals either at Sabarmati Ashram or at Wardha to plan the strategy for the nationwide struggle and ponder over the challenges facing the country.
This was disclosed here today by former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, who is also the national president of the Samajwadi Janata Party, at an open session of the national convention of the party at the Theme Park grounds here today. Mr Chandra Shekhar said the SJP would work for creating a society based on the principle of samata".
Mr Chandra Shekhar called on the youth to come forward in large numbers to take part in this struggle to save the country from "disintegration". He maintained that the sacred land of Kurukshetra was known for the struggle between the forces of "dharma" and "adharma". Therefore, the SJP had chosen this place to start a fight against forces of untruth, divisiveness and communalism from the battleground of Kurukshetra.
Mr Chandra Shekhar regretted that signals to break the country were visible. The foreign powers were out to economically subjugate India and convert it into a consumer market. He emphasised that the SJP would not allow the Vajpayee government to sell the economic interests of India. SJP workers would go to the streets to awaken the people against these dangers.
Mr Chandra Shekhar warned that there was an international conspiracy to divide India. Efforts were on even to change our Constitution. He was surprised that even the main Opposition the Congress, was getting directions and guidance from outside.
Lashing out at the forces of imperialism, Mr Chandra Shekhar maintained that imperialism had always bred corruption everywhere. He asked his countrymen why they could not take stand against imperialism when a small country like Cuba had been fighting it for years.
Mr Chandra Shekhar bitterly criticised the policy of economic liberalism and said it had bred a slavish mentality among the India an political parties and leaders.
He said he had pinned some hope on RSS leaders to revive Swadeshi movement in India. That was the reason for his participation in four conferences of the RSS where not even a single BJP leader attended the proceedings because he had gone there. He called on the RSS that the SJP was ready to work in co-operation with it for the revival of Swadeshi jagran movement in the country. Tracing the history of economic liberalisation, Mr Chandra Shekhar said it started in 1984 when Rs 1,000 crore was raised from foreign countries to revive the Indian economy.
During the following decade the consequences of economic liberalisation ruined the Indian economy. It became clear that the foreign countries and the World Bank were out to subjugate India, he alleged.
He disclosed that in 1994, he had written a letter to the Prime Minister, calling for a review of the policy of liberalisation, but unfortunately no heed was paid to his warning. The result was that the country had gone down in the estimation of the world, employment opportunities had diminished and the demand for reservation of jobs was increasing. About 40 per cent of small industrial units in the country had been forced to close down. The powers that be were thinking of even selling prestigious carriers like Air India.
He felt sad that companies in the public sector which were raised with the hard-earned money of tax payers, these "temples of modern India", were being sold. He declared that the SJP would not remain a silent spectator on these vital issues.
Mr Chandra Shekhar also oppose the autonomy demand made by Mr Farooq Abdullah and maintained that it would lead to numerous other demands from other quarters of the country.
The SJP president said India seemed to have lost its way. The Indian economy in the past was based on mutual co-operation, mutual respect and small village industries. But with the entry of multinationals India seemed to be on the brink of a disaster. Nobody had dared to speak about the malefic impact of the new liberalisation policy on the Indian economy. He gave a call for the revival of cottage industries and going back to the villages as steps towards reviving the Indian economy.
Ms Shelja Acharya, former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal, spoke at length on the foreign policy resolution in the open session.
Open darbar proves a boon
PANIPAT, June 29 An open darbar held at Madloda yesterday proved to be a boon for Mahender, Shanti Devi, wife of Narsingh of Madloda.
Th Deputy Commissioner, Panipat, Mr M.R. Anand, went through 121 applicationS and issued instructions to the departments concerned to take necessary action.
On the request of Mahender, a resident of Urlana Kalan, the DC ordered the District Welfare Officer to disburse Rs 5100 before July 20,2000, under the "Kanya Dan Yojna" announced by the Chief Minister for the marriage of Mahenders daughter Rekha on July 20.
Santra Devi submitted before the DC that she had six children and no house to live in. The DC directed the sarpanch to allot a plot from the panchayat land to Santra Devi and also sanctioned Rs 20,000 under the "Indira Awas Yojna" as a grant to build the house. The DC also announced an assistance of Rs 21,00 to her through the District Red Cross Society.
Old-Age pension was sanctioned for 14 widows, including Shanti Devi. Three persons got pension for the handicapped. Besides this, a Central grant of Rs 10,000 was sanctioned to six widows.
Santosh Kumari and Raj Rani of Madloda were sanctioned a grant of Rs 20,000 each under the "Indira Awas Yojna."
On a complaint from a delegation from Madloda village, the DC directed the Secretary, Market Committee, to hold auction of vegetables in new subzi mandi instead of an alley in old anaj mandi and directed that water and power should be provided there.
The DC said encroachments on around 1000 acres of panchayat land in the district had been removed and as a result panchayats would have an income of about Rs 50 lakh.
An officer of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam informed the DC about the non-payment of power bills in Madloda sub-division to the tune of Rs 206 lakh. The DC called upon the people to pay unpaid power bills or face disconnection.
Meanwhile, after a heated discussion between the Enquiry Committee members of the Old Age Pension Department and the local councilor Rajender Kumar of ward number 9, old people seeking pension went to the Deputy Commissioners office in the afternoon yesterday.
When they did not find the DC there, about 300 old persons, along with Rajender Kumar, went to the national highway and blocked the GT Road raising anti-government slogans.
Child health project in
YAMUNANAGAR, June 29 To educate the rural community about the need for population control and steps to ensure primary health care, maternal and child health care, immunization, proper nutrition, hygiene and family planning, the Government of India had started a project "Reproductive and child Health/Population Control (R.C.H)" in the selected states of the country. Yamunanagar is one of the district in the which the project has been started through the Zila Saksharta Samiti Jyotipunj.
The main objectives of the project are to educate the rural community about their rights as consumers of medical services, to provide complete information to the rural people living in the remote areas regarding medical facilities available for ensuring better health of mothers and children and thereby limit their families size. Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman of the Zila Saksharta Samiti, said that the project was being implemented in the district through two cultural groups, Kala Jathas. These groups are being assisted by volunteers of the samiti at village level.
Mr Sharma said a
three-day orientation programme for the project
implementation team had been organised. The team had been
apprised of the objectives of the project. A 10-day
cultural workshop had also been organised at the district
level in which cultural programmes, including folk songs,
folk dances, nukad nataks, skits, drama and group songs,
on relevent themes had been practiced by the members of
these jathas. He said Rs 6.16 lakh had been earmarked for
the project in the district out of which of Rs 3.30 lakh
had been received so far.
A forum for Dalits of
CHANDIGARH, June 29 A UP-Haryana-Punjab axis is likely to emerge in the politics of the region if the efforts of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, former president of the SGPC, Mr Ajit Singh of the Lok Dal, and Mr Karan Singh Dalal of the Haryana Nirman Manch, succeed.
According to informed sources, Mr Tohra, who now heads the Sarb Hind Akali Dal, Mr Ajit Singh and Mr Prakash Rao Ambedkar of the RPI have decided to join hands and work in concert with each other.
Mr Dalal, who is the lone RPI MLA in Haryana, met Mr Tohra at the residence of Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary of the SHSAD, here a couple of days ago.
Mr Dalal was earlier responsible for bringing Mr Ambedkar and Mr Ajit Singh together. The two leaders have formed the manch with Mr Dalal as its convener.
It is learnt that it has been broadly decided that while Mr Tohra will support Mr Ajit Singh in UP and the Manch in Haryana, the UP leader and Mr Ambedkar will reciprocate in Punjab.
The formal announcement
is expected in mid-July when Mr Tohra along with the two
other leaders will address a press conference here. The
Haryana experiment of the Manch is a bid to bring the
Jats and the Dalits closer to each other. It is being
extended to UP and Punjab. Mr Dalal says the
Tohra-Ajit-Ambedkar axis will provide the Dalits of the
region with a non-Congress and non-BSP forum.
Campaign against polio from July
ROHTAK, June 29 A polio immunisation campaign will be launched from July 3 in southern Haryana and Alwar and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.
The extra round of administering oral immunisation against polio is being undertaken following discovery of a wild polio virus case in the Ferozepur Zhirka block of Gurgaon district.
The operational aspect of this campaign will be different from the IPPI programme which was organised till January, 2000. In the revised campaign, there will be no fixed immunisation centres and house-to-house and child-to-child surveys and immunisation will be done instead.
According to the police of the World Health Organisation (WHO), between one-and-a-half to two million children up to five years of age are to be immunised. Under this strategy, five districts of Haryana namely, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rewari, Jhajjar and Rohtak and Alwar and Bharatpur districts in Rajasthan have been selected for the immunisation drive.
co-ordination meeting of representatives of these
districts was held at Haryana Bhavan in Delhi on May 31
to finalise the immunisation programme. The special
campaign will be launched from July 3 to 6 and again from
August 7 to 10. If any child or house is left out, the
campaign will be extended.
100 houses razed to ground
SONEPAT, June 29 More than 100 kutcha and pucca houses were razed to the ground by officials of the demolishing squad with the help of the police in R.K. Colony on the G.T. Road near Murthal chowk, about 8 km from here, last night.
According to reports reaching here, all residents of the colony became homeless resulting in resentment among them.
Many residents alleged that the officials did not give any time to them for taking out their household articles.
Mr Prithvi Singh
Chauhan, president of the Haryana Samajik Sangharsh
Morcha today condemned the action of the authorities in
demolishing the housing colony of the poor and the Dalits
and urged the Governor of Haryana to order a high-level
probe into the case and take stern action against erring
Gang of criminals busted
JIND, June 29 The Jind police has busted a gang of criminals with the arrest of five of its members yesterday. Mr Rajpal Singh, Superintendent of Police, said here today that the police had recovered three pistols, three catridges and one knife from the gang members. He said the police also seized a Maruti car from them which they used in various crimes. The arrested persons have been identified as Ramesh of Budana village, Vijender of Jagsi village, Gulab of Gangoli village, Krishan of Chhana village and Mahipal of Valamba village.
The SP said the police had received information that some armed youths were hiding in a room at a farm near the local Golden Hut Hotel and were planning to commit a highway robbery. He said a police party conducted a raid and surrounded the room where they were hiding. The criminals surrendered themselves.
The police said during interrogation they admitted that they had committed many crimes.
Chander Shekhar visits shrines
KAITHAL, June 29 Former Prime Minister Mr Chander Shekhar, visited the Dargah of Baba Shah Kamal here today and offered a chadar at the shrine. He also offered a chadar at another dargah at Jagdishpura village, 3 km from here.
HUDA order on encroachments
FARIDABAD, June 29 HUDA has warned residents to remove encroachments on government land themselves otherwise the cost of removing the debris would be charged from them.
Mr Vijayendra Kumar, Administrator, HUDA, said here yesterday that following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, no unauthorised construction like iron grills, rehri, dhabas and blockage of corridors in the shopping complexes would be allowed within 15 feet from the road.
ROHTAK, June 29
Power supply to most parts of the town will remain cut
off from 7 am to 5 pm tomorrow on account of repair of
certain feeders by the authorities, according to the
executive engineer, city division.
YAMUNANAGAR: The Haryana Harijan Kalyan Nigam has fixed a target of benefiting 850 persons in the current financial year through its self-employment scheme. According to Mr Rajiv Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Yamunanagar, the Nigam has taken up the task of uplifting the social and economic position of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He said 91 persons had already been given assistance worth Rs 10.66 lakh. In the last financial year, 337 persons were helped with Rs 72.62 lakh. The Haryana Harijan Kalyan Nigam provides financial assistance to rural families whose annual income is below 11,000. In the urban areas the limit is Rs 11,850.
The Yamuna Nagar Central Cooperative Bank Ltd through its 15 branches and two extension counters is providing financial assistance to farmers, artisans, weavers, non-agriculturists, ex-servicemen, small-scale industrial units, small businessmen, consumers and students going for higher education. The banks shares in lending runs up to 67 per cent of the districts annual credit plan. Last year it advanced loans worth Rs 15449.19 lakh out of which agricultural advance accounted for Rs 12385.39 lakh, medium term loans Rs 617.51 lakh, and assistance to the non-farm sector Rs 2445.29 lakh. The bank has been providing this assistance through a network of 525 cooperative societies. It has obtained a plot from the Improvement Trust and hopes to construct its office soon. Its building in Sadhaura is under construction.
Gaurav Chadha and
jaswinder Singh of Maharaja Agrasen Institute of
Management and Technology, Jagadhri, won the first
positions in the first and third semester MBA
examinations of Kurukshetra University held in January
last. Mr Raj Kumar, Adviser, Management Institute and
principal of the college, listing other achievements of
the college, said that in the first semester Mamta Gupta
had got the second place and Sujata Maggo third, Anju
Bathla fouth, Ashish Bharti fifth, and Amalisha Goel
eighth. In the third semester, Vikas Kumar was placed
third, Gagandeep Singh Gujral fourth, Priyanka Sharma
sixth, Sandeep Sachdeva seventh, Surinder Kumar eighth,
Gunjan Kwatra ninth and Devender Kumar Baweja tenth.
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