Tuesday, August 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Delhi statehood Bill tabled in LS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
In the run-up to the Assembly polls, the BJP-led Central government today introduced in the Lok Sabha a Bill conferring statehood on Delhi.

The State of Delhi Bill, 2003, introduced by Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, seeks to endow the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi with full statehood. This will be accomplished with the insertion of Article 371-J in the Constitution.

The Article provides that notwithstanding anything in the Constitution, Parliament shall have exclusive powers to make laws for the whole or any part of the State of Delhi with respect to Entries 1 (public order) and 2 (police) of the State List and Entries 64, 65 and 66 of that list as far as these relate to Entries 1 and 2.

Entry 64 relates to offences against laws with respect to any of the matters in the State List, Entry 65 to jurisdiction and powers of all courts, except the Supreme Court, with respect to any of the matter in the State List and Entry 66 to fees in respect of any matter in the State List but not including fees taken in any court.

The Constitutional Amendment (102nd) Bill, 2003 was also introduced, which provides for repealing of Articles 239AA and 239AB, as per which the Union Territory of Delhi was granted the status of National Capital Territory of Delhi in 1991 and the Administrator was designated as Lt Governor.

The statehood Bill also provides that executive powers, in so far as they relate to Entries 1 and 2 of the State List in relation to the entire State of Delhi and Entries 5 and 18 in relation to only New Delhi area, shall be exercised by the President, acting to such extent as he thinks fit through the Governor of the state.

The Bill also confers special power on the President to give direction for good governance and proper development of the State of Delhi. According to the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill, the legislative measure was taken to satisfy the “aspirations of the people of Delhi”.

At present, the NCT of Delhi gets a non-Plan grant of Rs 325 crore in lieu of the share of Union taxes and duties. As a state, Delhi will be entitled to a share in the income tax and additional excise duties of the central government. The net share of the Delhi state in the excise duty of the central government shall be determined by the Finance Commission.

Consequently, the state’s revenue would be augmented and the non-Plan revenue deficit would reduce correspondingly. Clause 26 of the State of Delhi Bill empowers the President to determine by order the grant-in-aid of the revenues of the new state and its share of the Union duties and taxes.

The BJP, which is seeking to wrest power from the Congress in Delhi in the coming Assembly polls, had been demanding statehood for several years.

The demand also received support from the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee with its city government getting a resolution passed by the Assembly on September 11, 2002 to press for the move. Intense recriminations between the BJP and the Congress were witnessed in the run-up to the introduction of the Bill in Parliament.

However, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was not impressed when the character of the Bill became public with clearance by the Union Cabinet last week. She had said that without the police, the Delhi Government could not have full statehood.

The various provisions of the Bill are modelled on identical or analogous provisions in the State Reorganisation Act passed by Parliament earlier.

Congratulating the Home Minister, Mr Madan Lal Khurana (BJP) said Delhi would become the first Capital in the world, which was also a state. 


Dacoits strike at Panipat industrialist’s house
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 18
Nine masked dacoits, armed with revolvers and sharp-edged weapons, ransacked industrialist Parmod Garg’s house in Jagannath Vihar after injuring him seriously in the wee hours today. Cash, jewellery and valuables worth several lakhs of rupees were looted.

According to information, the dacoits barged into the house around 2.30 am and asked the occupants to hand over cash and jewellery at gunpoint. When Mr Garg tried to resist, he was attacked with sharp-edged weapons. He sustained injuries in the neck, hands and legs; the assailants left him thinking that he was dead. His son, Nitish, was also injured in the scuffle.

Thereafter, the dacoits searched the house for about two hours and decamped with cash, jewellery and valuables worth several lakhs of rupees. Mr Garg has been admitted to a private hospital. He is the son of a well-known industrialist, Mr Sumer Chand Garg, president of local SD Model School.

Panic gripped the affluent industrial community after the news of the dacoity spread like wildfire.

The SP, Dr Suman Manjari, DSPs O. P. Narwal and Baljit Singh Rathi rushed to the site in the morning. Incidentally, the wife of Mr Garg, Ms Sudesh Garg, and Dr Manjari, were classmates at Rohtak. The SP assured the family that every effort would be made to nab the culprits soon.

A dog squad has been pressed into service and fingerprint experts from Madhuban have been called in to help solve the case.


Minister takes refuge in diesel price hike
to justify bus fares
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 18
Haryana Transport Minister Ashok Arora has justified the recent increase in bus fares, pointing out that the department had been saddled with huge losses following the hike in the prices of petroleum products.

Talking to mediapersons at Gohana, he said following the hike, the cost of running the state roadways buses had gone up from Rs 100 crore to Rs 176 crore.

He recalled that the Bansi Lal government had increased the bus fare by 55 per cent and the Bhajan Lal-led Congress government by 27 per cent. On the other hand, the Indian National Lok Dal government had increased the fare by only 12.5 per cent.

Now, the passengers will have to pay Re 1 extra for going to Kundli, Rai, Bahalgarh, Murthal, Ganaur, Kharkhauda and Sisana from Sonepat.

Rohtak: The bus fare has elicited widespread criticism.

Mr Krishan Murti Hooda, a former minister and spokesman of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, alleged that the state government had played a cruel joke on the common man. The government had never cared for the sentiments of the masses while taking such decisions, he added.

The Congress leader claimed that the hike was unjustified as diesel prices had been revised downwards by Re 1 per litre recently. He said the people in rural areas would be the worst-hit.

Mr Kultaz Singh, state general secretary of the youth wing of the Haryana Vikas Party, said that the government was least bothered about the sentiments of the masses. He warned that the Indian National Lok Dal would have to face the music in the next Assembly elections.

The state secretariat of the CPM said that villagers would be badly hit. In a statement here today, Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary of the party, said the step could not be justified on the ground that it would offset the loss to the government on account of the hike in diesel prices. He demanded immediate withdrawal of the hike.

Mr Satyawan, state secretary of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), described the hike as anti-people. He argued that most routes up to 100 km had been privatised and the fare hike would fill the coffers of the private bus operators. He sought the withdrawal of the hike and appealed to the people to express solidarity against this ‘unwarranted’ step.

Daily commuters to Delhi and neighbouring towns from here have appealed to the government to withdraw the hike. Mr Umesh, Mr Ashok and Mr Girdhari Lal, all cloth merchants of Shourie market, one of the largest in Asia, said they had to commute from distant places. The 12.5 per cent hike would also hit their recession-hit business.

Mr Ramesh Bhandari, a bank official employed in Delhi, said he would have to shell out more without being compensated with any commensurate improvement in services. A group of students, who attend PMT and engineering coaching classes in the Capital, said it was an undue burden on them.


When even a cop can’t trace his missing son
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, August 18
A head constable of the UP Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has been running from pillar to post for the last three months in search of his missing son. Neither the UP Police nor the PAC has proved to be of much help. In fact, the local police have been accused of shielding the culprits.

Ravinder Kumar (19), son of Sowaran Singh, head constable in the 47 PAC battalion in Govindpuram, was allegedly kidnapped on May 1. According to the family, the Sub Inspector, who was investigating the case, misled the Ghaziabad SSP and gave the latter the impression that Ravinder had been traced and was with his relatives in Delhi.

Sowaran Singh had filed an FIR naming five persons, including a head constable in the PAC and a classmate of Ravinder, under Section 364 of the IPC in Kavi Nagar police station here. The police allegedly did not arrest the accused head constable while the other four were let off after routine interrogation for two days.

Interestingly, Ravinder’s classmate, who had been named in the FIR, was not kept with the other accused in captivity during two days of interrogation, but was put up in a hotel by the police.

Ravinder’s family alleges that the classmate was responsible for the kidnapping. The latter had an affair with a girl at a tuition centre, with whom Ravinder was friendly.

The family had received only one phone call from Ravinder since he went missing; that was on July 8. Then, Ravinder had requested his father to save him from his friend. He had told his father that he had been taken to Chandigarh in a car. When his father asked for his whereabouts, the phone line snapped.

The family believes that the inquiry was stopped midway because of the misrepresentation of facts by the investigating officer. Apart from the local police, even the PAC officials have adopted a very indifferent attitude in the matter, the family alleges.

proclaimed offender

Ghaziabad: The Sihani Gate police have declared Ashok Yadav alias Pehalwan, who allegedly enticed and abducted a minor girl from Lohiya Nagar, a proclaimed offender.

An FIR had been filed in the Sihani Gate police station in July by Pushpa Devi of Lohiya Nagar, alleging that Ashok Yadav, a resident of Noida, along with two accomplices, had intruded into her house and abducted her minor daughter. OC


Gangster’s extortion bid from jail
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The Delhi Police Special Cell today claimed to have arrested two associates of a western Uttar Pradesh gangster — who was operating from a prison — for trying to extort money from a Delhi businessman. The sleuths also claimed to have seized a country-made pistol from them while their associate, Joginder, managed to slip away.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), Ashok Chand, said that following a complaint from the businessman, the accused, Rajiv Malik (31) and Nirmala (40), were arrested as soon as they came to the factory at around at 5 pm last evening to collect the extortion money.

A Delhi Police team has been sent to the Deoband jail in Muzaffarnagar to interrogate the gangster, Mitrpal, who had been making calls from the prison, asking the businessman to cough up Rs 5 lakh as protection money. The sleuths are hunting for the third associate.

The businessman, who owns an electronics factory in Sant Nagar, alerted the Delhi Police yesterday that he had been receiving threatening calls since August 8 and that the associates of the gangster would come to collect the money in the evening.

Malik and Nirmala, who hail from Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh, told the police under interrogation that they had been “directed” by Mitrpal to collect the extortion money. They drove all the way from Muzaffarnagar to collect the amount.

Mr Chand said the police had no records of Mitrpal operating in Delhi and further investigations were on to ascertain his involvement in other such cases.


Trader’s house looted in Sultanpuri
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Four masked desperadoes intruded into the Sultanpuri house of Mr Rajinder Jain, a paper merchant of Chawri Bazar, and escaped with cash and jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees after attacking him and threatening his wife and children late last night.

Mr Jain, who received minor injuries, was taken to a hospital and discharged after being administered first aid. The police said that a case of robbery had been registered and efforts were being made to trace the suspects.

The incident has caused a flutter in the colony, which is occupied mostly by traders and businessmen. The police said that patrolling in the area was being intensified.

According to the police, the incident occurred late last night when the trader, his wife and two children were about to retire for the night. The suspects, armed with knives, managed to enter the house and threatened the family. When Mr. Jain tried to resist, he was stabbed on the hand. The masked suspects then ransacked the house as the terrified family cowered in one of the rooms. The intruders managed to take away Rs 1.25 lakh in cash and jewellery worth a matching amount.

The police said that it must be the work of persons who were aware that the trader kept huge amounts in cash in his house. Some of the former employees were being questioned.


‘Our mission is to train managers to take up challenges of dynamic business environment’ 
Nalini Ranjan

Dr Nirmal Singh has been associated with management education, especially human resource management, for more than three decades now.

After having served for more than two decades at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he founded the Guru Nanak Institute of Management at Punjabi Bagh in West Delhi.

Apart from being the founder chairman of Guru Teg Bahadur Polytechnic Institute and Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology, he is the Honorary Management Advisor to the Government of Punjab and All India Council of Technical Education.

He hails from Gurudaspur district of Punjab, but has completed his entire education from Delhi. He also served as the Senator member of High Chamber of International Parliament for Safety and Peace for United Nations.

He has presented research papers in a number of conferences held in different countries.

Besides conducting and attending several national and international training programmes, he has been recipient of a number of academic fellowships in Italy and France.

He has also served as a visiting professor for a number of management institutes in USA, Canada, England, Italy, France, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Russia.

He has been instrumental in designing, evaluating and monitoring various new methods and techniques of higher management practices and administrative controls, improving efficiency, incentive schemes and motivation for better productivity.

In a conversation with the NCR Tribune, he talked about the different dimensions of modern management studies.

What is the USP of your management institute??

Guru Nanak Institute of Management is a premier center for higher studies in management education. It was conceived by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) in 1996 for imparting quality management education to students.

The institute has recently been rated as ‘A+’ grade in a countrywide survey of 578 management institutions by the All India Management Association (AIMA), Business India and Management Development Agency (MDRA).

Apart from this, it is rated 3rd among the non-IIM business schools in Delhi, 3rd in intellectual capital and 5th in industry interface.

The prestige and credibility of a management programme flow not from simple minded concern with status, but from the demands and pressure confronting business managers and the way such a programme equips graduates with the technical and managerial skills to face these challenges confidently.

Keeping these things in mind, we have tried to make it professionally managed and a mix of rich corporate experiences and best traditions in academics.

More and more emphasis is given on job training, seminars, symposium, workshop, demonstration, presentation, assignments and project works on line with demands of the market.

We have an advisory committee consisting of eminent persons from different walk of life such as academics, industry, government and management.

With a mission to train managers to take up the challenges of a rapidly growing and dynamic business environment, the institute organises training and development programme in various field of management.

The institute has an active placement cell, which keeps a continuous interaction with industry, business houses, multinationals and public sector undertaking companies with a view to provide appropriate and timely career opportunities for its students.

What is the formula for the success of your institute?

Well, the success of the institute is due to the management support curriculum, revised and updated every year based on faculty interaction with industries, continuous evaluation of students and placement with over 200 blue chip companies.

Strong alumni network, with 360 members pursuing fast track careers in India and abroad, unique 16-week summer internship programme, on job training, executive education programme, focus on Indian and international case studies through video cassettes and CDs and students and faculty exchange programmes are the other plus points of the institute.

What are the new features that may be added to your institute in the coming days?

On the basis of an excellent performance, the institute has been granted affiliation by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, for conducting Bachelor of Information System (BIS) for an honours level four-year course. BCA and MCA courses have recently been started at the institute. We are also going to start MBA, BCAM, B.Ed and other professional courses soon.

The liberalisation of the Indian economy and the opening of the Indian markets have increased the demand for qualified managers.

It explains the need to educate young men and women in the complex field of management.

Therefore, it is imperative to add new dimensions to the institute to cope with the changing time.

We have also applied for affiliation to the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University for our MBA, MBM and such other advance management courses.

The institute is also planning to start one-year diploma courses in Marketing, Sales and Distribution, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, International Trade and Management Information System. The institute is also exploring possibilities of collaboration with other top universities of the world for exchange of students, faculty and research works.

You are an internationally acclaimed writer on the subject of management. Could you name some of your publications?

Some of my publications are: ‘Principles of Management–Concept, Theories and Practices’, ‘Human Relations and Organisational Behaviour’, ‘Human Resource Management’, ‘Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining’, ‘Organisational Behaviour in 21st Century’, ‘Discipline and Disciplinary Actions’ and ‘Business Laws’.

What is the role of DSGMC as far as community education is concerned?

DSGMC came into existence under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act 1971. The motto of the organisation is to provide profitless services to the society, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

The organisation is successfully running 15 schools, 4 colleges and 5 technical institutions.

It is the commitment of DSGMC to make this institute one of the best and bring it on similar footings with such institutions as Stanford and Harvard Business School of USA.

What is the contemporary trend in management studies?

Management study is an evolving field. Presently, the global trend is towards information technology management and marketing management.


INLD to go it alone in Rajasthan poll
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 18
Mr Ajay Chautala, MP and president of the youth wing of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), has declared his party will not enter into alliance with any other political party and contest the next assembly elections on its own steam in Rajasthan.

Talking to mediapersons at Gohana town, 35 km from here yesterday, he said the base of the INLD in Rajasthan was strong and the people of the state, fed up with the Congress regime there, wanted a change in the government.

He said the Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had not encouraged defections in the state. The Chief Minister, he said, had not pursued anti-people and anti-farmer policies. He had formed his government in accordance with the Constitution.

Mr Ajay Chautala claimed that the legislators of other political parties were trying to join the INLD but the Chief Minister had refused their admission to the party as he did not want to encourage defections. He also claimed that the Chief Minister had become a popular politician as he was redressing the grievances of the people at their doorstep.

Answering a question, Mr Ajay Chautala said that the Union Railway Minister had agreed to construct railway lines between Kalanwali and Dabwali as well as Sonepat and Jind via Gohana.

Referring to the alliance with the BJP, he said the party high command would take an appropriate decision in this regard. Regarding the statements issued by certain BJP leaders about the contesting of assembly elections by the party on its own, he said that these leaders were issuing individual statements without the knowledge of their party top bosses. He declined to make any comment about contesting the assembly elections from Sonepat.


Govt remark on master plan changes worrisome: DPCC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The DPCC president, Chaudhary Prem Singh, today said that the declaration by the Union Government that changes would be brought about in the master plan of Delhi, had only added to the confusion of the residents in the Capital.

Criticising the declaration, he said there was no need to drag in the master plan when the Union cabinet had already approved the regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

If the BJP plan in connection with the new master plan is implemented, each family will have to shell out anything between Rs 1,800 and Rs 3,600 which is beyond the means of the people living in unauthorised colonies.

He also clarified that only those colonies can be termed to have been built on government land which have been served notices under Section 181.

Addressing the newspersons, he said the Congress had always advocated that unauthorised colonies should be regularised on the basis of the policy laid down during the Indira Gandhi’s tenure in 1976-77. As many as 612 unauthorised colonies were then regularised without charging even a rupee (as development charges) from the residents of these colonies, he said.

He said that instead of complicating things like this, the Delhi BJP people should have met the Prime Minister so as to get the unauthoriesd colonies regularised.

Talking about the closure of industries in the Capital, Chaudhary Prem Singh held Union Minister Jagmohan responsible for unemployment of skilled labourers and others from the economically weaker sections.

The industrial units in Delhi were closed in the guise of eradication of pollution which drove lakhs of workers out of their jobs and out of Capital. He alleged that during Mr Jagmohan’s tenure, the jhuggi clusters were removed in different parts of the Capital without relocating the affected families at alternate sites, he alleged.

Chaudhary Prem Singh said that the Congress would seek peoples’ vote in the forthcoming assembly elections by highlighting its achievements in the NCT of Delhi. Terming the Congress as symbol of development, he expressed confidence that people will once again repose their faith in the Congress during the elections on the basis of developmental works done by the Government.

He said that the August Kranti Yatra, which began on August 9, was receiving an overwhelming response from people all over Delhi. The Jyoti Yatra has so far covered 60 assembly constituencies and it will cover another 10 assembly constituencies in South Delhi in a few days.


Computerised information on DDA
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
The Delhi Development Authority is taking measures to provide computerised information to the public.

Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation B.C. Khanduri told the Rajya Sabha today that the DDA is taking steps to give computerised information.

The Minister said the DDA has opened five or six sub-offices to improve efficiency and reduce the crowd in its main office here. Admitting that there is some corruption in the DDA, the Minister said steps are being taken to check the malpractices.

AIIMS’ status

The government has no proposal to grant referral status to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Necessary steps have been initiated by the institute to redress the difficulties of renal patients, including extended working hours for the existing faculty and staff of the Department of Nephrology, Minister of State for Health and Family Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in a written reply.

The Minister added that two employees of the AIIMS have been placed under suspension for allegedly raping a woman patient in June this year. They are Jaipal Singh, Dark Room Assistant Gr. II and Patric, Medical Record Assistant Gr. II.

Safdarjung Hospital

The New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Jal Board have agreed to augment water supply in the Safdarjang Hospital. Reboring of dried tubewells will also be done, Mrs Swaraj said.

Government hospitals

There is no proposal to employ any professional agency to manage government hospitals. Improvement and upgradation on the assessment of the management of the Central government hospitals is a regular process and all efforts are made to provide effective health care facilities in these hospitals, she said.

Laxmibai Nagar quarters

As many as 125 complaints have been registered in the CPWD Enquiry Office, Laxmibai Nagar, for replacement of damaged or rusted G I pipelines in the area since January last year.

Estimates for Rs 5.39 lakh and Rs 2.98 lakh have been sanctioned for Type IV quarters and Type II quarters, respectively. Tenders have been accepted for completion of the work in about four months, Mr Radhkrishnan said.

Lady Hardinge Hospital

The doctors at the Lady Hardinge Medical College have been advised to take personal protection measures such as use of mask during examination of patients, especially those suffering from cough or symptoms of tuberculosis, Ms Swaraj said.

Sultanpuri Tomb

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) with the help of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) plans to conserve the area around Sultanpuri Tomb, Minister of State for Urban Development Pon Radhakrishnan said.

Dual pipeline in Dwarka

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) proposes to construct dual pipeline system in the new houses in Dwarka sub-city since the Delhi Jal Board is not able to meet 100 per cent requirement of water on account of non-release of raw water by UP and Haryana, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

The water for drinking and cooking purpose will be supplied only in the kitchen, while water for flushing, washing and other domestic purposes will be supplied in WC and bathroom through overhead tanks from tubewells..


CM on a stone-laying spree in Gurgaon
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, August 18
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, had a hectic schedule in Gurgaon yesterday. This included chairing a meeting of the District Public Grievances and Redressal Committee and inaugurating Shree Govind Tricentenary Dental College Hospital and Research Institute, established by Dasmesh Educational Charitable Trust, at Budedha village, about 15 km from here.

Speaking at a public function on the occasion, Mr Chautala said his government had taken a policy decision for students’ dental check-up in schools in the state.

The Union Minister, Mr S. S. Dhindsa, who was the chief guest on the occasion, lauded former Deputy Prime Minister, late Devi Lal, and Mr Chautala for taking Gurgaon and Haryana to new heights of development.

Mr Chautala also laid the foundation stone of Houses which are to be constructed for legislators. The work on this has been undertaken by the Haryana Peoples’ Representative Group Housing Society. He directed that the six-storied complex should be completed by September 25 next year so that it could be inaugurated on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Devi Lal.

Also, Mr Chautala laid the foundation stone for the construction of a kisan bhavan in the New Grain Market complex.

He also inaugurated Manesar Club in Devi Lal Industrial Model Township in Manesar, about 20 km from here. The complex, set up in an area of 3.5 acres, has been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 4 crore by the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC).

While presiding over a District Public Grievances and Redressal Committee meeting during his visit, he disposed of 12 complaints from the public.


Glaring discrepancies in statistics released by DPRO
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 18
There are lies and then there are statistics. A majority of the statistics released by the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) are far removed from truth and often contradict each other.

A recent DPRO goof-up is regarding the amount spent on the “strengthening and augmentation” of the power system in Panipat in the past four years. Quoting the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Mulk Raj Anand, an official press note informed on August 4 that an amount of Rs 25 crore had been spent on strengthening the power distribution system in the district. It gave an elaborate list of the establishment of new powers stations in the district for the “convenience” of the residents.

However, true to its reputation of not counter-checking the administration’s claims another handout on August 13 claimed that about Rs 30 crore had been spent on the power sector. It went on to add that another Rs 15 crore had been spent on “other measures” to augment the power sector. It failed to highlight what these “other measures” were though unnecessary details like the number of new power connections released and repeated pleas of the Power Department to the residents not to draw power illegally were prominently highlighted.

Even as the state reels under a severe power crisis, the officials promise the moon to the residents. They promise that after the completion of the seventh and eighth units of Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station, intended to generate 250 MW each, 10 million power units would be added, making the power crisis a thing of the past.

Another interesting bit of information provided is about the establishment of “transformer banks”. It claims that in case the transformer is damaged or burnt power transmission will be restored within 24 hours. However, this belies the claims of the district administration as on a number of occasions residents have been forced to take to the streets for the replacement of the old and dilapidated transformers. For days together, the hapless consumers have gone without power in the sweltering heat this summer alone.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the summer had been a nightmarish experience for the citizens. With several power cuts, some lasting as long as eight hours, being a daily affair, the residents have virtually been left “powerless” by the Power Department. The so-called posh localities, including Model Town, Narain Singh Park, the HUDA sectors, Yamuna Enclave and Sukhdev Nagar have also been at the receiving end of the Electricity Department.

It is being alleged that the INLD government was deliberately discriminating against the city as the party’s candidates were not returned to the state assembly in a majority of the urban areas during the last assembly elections. However, basic amenities, including electricity, in the rural areas are also in a mess. Whom should the poor ruralites blame?


Sick of harassment, FSIA pleads its case before power board
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, August 18
The Faridabad Small Industries Association (FSIA) has asked the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam and its subsidiaries to make some drastic changes in the process with regard to the release of a connection and matters connected to power supply to industrial and commercial units.

While certain points were discussed during an interaction with the Power Department bosses recently, the association also presented a memorandum. The Power Committee of the FSIA took up and proposed several points and suggestions to reduce the harassment and inconvenience caused to the consumers in this regard. There has been a demand that the application form for the new connection, extension or reduction of load should be made available with the office of the SDO as the present system was complicated and harassing. It has been suggested that the application form should be sent to the sanctioning authority directly by the SDO’s office.

Expressing concern over the delay in the disposal of disputed cases, the FSIA has said that the adjudicant authority’s decision should be made final and the present system is unacceptable. It says in case of non-availability of material to release the connection

either the officer concerned should be authorised to purchase the material or the consumer be allowed to procure it and the cost be adjusted in the bill or refunded. The association has opposed the provisions of charging service fee in case of a change in the name of the industrial connection. It is claimed that such charges have already been taken by the nigam. The FSIA has asked for means to check on the alleged harassment by the vigilance cell of the nigam.

It is stated that the vigilance cell usually gives directions to the operations staff to charge penalty for 24 hours even when it is proved that the factory or a unit had run for eight hours only. The department should not treat such cases as that of theft until and unless it was confirmed. The association has added that the department should not penalise consumers on frivolous grounds like in case the capacitors are not functioning or those of lesser capacity are there, demanding that penalty be made the last resort.

The association said a notice should be given to the consumer if there was any fault or misuse was detected. It said that FSIA was against any kind of theft of power and would cooperate with the nigam if any case was detected.


Some momentum on Badarpur flyover project

Faridabad: There is some forward momentum over the long pending demand for a flyover at the Badarpur border here. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials, who held a meeting with the district authorities recently, informed this correspondent that six consultants had been listed for preparing a detailed project report.

It is learnt that the consultants have been given five months’ time to submit their report, so that the process of allotting tenders could be taken up.

Incidentally, the U-turn at the border has been widened to give more space to the vehicles moving towards Faridabad and Mathura on the national highway and vice versa.

One of the major problem here had been parking and movement of the buses of the DTC and its undertakings, leading to acute congestion and chaos on the road on both sides daily.

The NHAI has also taken up the demand of decongesting the main intersections on the highway, which include NHPC Chowk, Badhkhal Chowk, Old Faridabad crossing, Ballabgarh and Ajronda Chowks. However, it is not known when work on making the service lane and slip roads functional will be started, though the issue has been taken up at all meetings with the NHAI. TNS


Anti-encroachment drive: 17 houses razed
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 18
As many as 17 houses were demolished by the officials of the district administration during the anti-encroachment campaign launched at Bad Khalsa village about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the officials pressed into service some JCB machines and demolished all the seven houses built unauthorisedly on the land of ‘phirni’ of a well. As soon as the officials accompanied by a strong contingent of police arrived in the village, people panicked and assembled at the site.

10 hurt in mishap

At least 10 persons were injured when a canter in which they were travelling was hit by an unknown vehicle and overturned near Biswan Meel of the G T Road about 15 km from here yesterday.

Youth ends life

Ved Parkash, a 20-year-old youth was reported to have committed suicide by taking sulphas tablets in his house at Maqimpur village about 13 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the police have sent the body for a post-mortem. The cause of the suicide was being investigated by the police.

Bid to snatch gold necklace

Four unidentified car-borne youths reportedly made an attempt to snatch a necklace from a woman in the Model Town area here.

According to a report, the woman was taking a walk outside her house when four car-borne youths tried to snatch her gold necklace. When she raised an alarm, the youths fled.

The police have registered a case and investigations are being carried on.

Residents demand probe in fire incident

The Residents Welfare Association urged the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) to order a high-level probe into the incident of fire, which broke out in the control room of the 33 kv power sub-station, near the office of the Superintending Engineer (Operation), on the Old DC Road.

In a press release, the association alleged that most of the transformers had become out dated and the authorities had not replaced them.

The fire was a result of such negligence only, said the association.

Two assaulted

One Kehar Singh and his son Raju sustained serious injuries when they were allegedly attacked by a group of persons at Guhana village, about 15 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, both of them were rushed to the local civil hospital, from where Raju was referred to a trauma centre at Delhi for further treatment.

The police are investigating into the case. However, no arrest has been made so far and the alleged assailants are still at large.

body found

The police recovered the body of an unidentified man in a dharamshala at Bahalgarh village, about 10 km from here, last evening.

According to a report, the body has been sent for a postmortem examination.


Youth killed by lightning
Our Correspondents

Sonepat, August 18
A 22-year-old youth Joginder sustained serious burn injuries after being struck by lightning while he was engaged in grazing the milch animals in a field at Kathura village about 40 km from here on Saturday evening.

According to a report, many farmers working in the nearby fields, came to his rescue and rushed him to the hospital, but he died on the way. The death of the youth cast gloom in the village.

Sonepat city and its surrounding areas had widespread heavy downpour on Saturday evening, flooding all the low-lying areas and paralysing the normal life and business activity. The rain caused severe waterlogging in many parts of the city and the villages. Standing crops were also submerged with rainwater.

Over 5,000 phones go phut

More than 5,000 telephones falling under the jurisdiction of eight telephone exchanges, namely Kharkhauda, Sisana, Farmana, Khanda, Bidhlan, Badhana, Rohat and Mehlana, became dead following a major cut in the underground cables by the JCB machine on the Sonepat-Rohtak Road near Jharoti village about 8 km from here yesterday.

According to a report, the Sonepat-Rohtak Road between Sonepat and Kharkhauda town is being repaired and widened by the PWD (B and R) and the JCB machines are being pressed into service for it.

When the JCB machines were digging the earth, underground telephone cables were cut, resulting in the paralysing of telephone services in the areas.

Affiliation of colleges

Bhiwani: Traders, ex-municipal councillors and other citizens have expressed concern on the ‘discriminatory’ attitude of the state government with regard to affiliation of colleges of Bhiwani district with Devi Lal University Sirsa, here today.

A former councillor Anand Basia said that raising fee structure and changing affiliation of the colleges with another university is not viable.

Students’ strikes, holding of dharnas are not healthy signs for society and the government.

Re-affiliating Bhiwani colleges with the Sirsa University would create new problems for the district, he affirmed. Raj Kumar and Ashok Yadav while representing the backward classes, expressed displeasure and termed the affiliation as unfair.


Cricketers honoured for fostering national integrity

New Delhi: The Delhi BJP president, Mr Madan Lal Khurana, felicitated the film stars and cricketers at a function jointly organised by Rashtra Eikta Sangh and Sanjay Music Group at Talkatora Stadium.

Mr Khurana greeted anchor and film artist Aman Verma, actress Sangeeta Ghosh, Raju Srivastava (Artist), Narender Chanchal, Hans Raj Hans, Virender Sehwag, Aashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Dr H S Rism (heart specialist), Anil Khetrpal and Suresh Kumar Chopra, Sunil Khanna and C K Khanna.

Mr Khurana said that he was happy to present the awards to them for they spread the message of national integrity among the countrymen.


Couldn’t get dowry; gets his deserts
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 18
The husband and in-laws of a young housewife allegedly tried to burn her and later threw her out of the house in Delhi due to her failure to bring Rs 5 lakh as dowry. The police have arrested the husband, Rajiv Kumar, after her father Vinode Kumar, a resident of Sector 12 here, filed an FIR in the Sector 24 police station.

According to the police, Vinode Kumar of Sector 12 here married his daughter Vaneeta to Rajiv Kumar of Delhi five years ago. Although Vinode had given good dowry, the demands for more were raised after a few months of the marriage. Her parents had explained their position to the in-laws in Delhi and the harassment stopped for a while. Soon after, it started again. After she gave birth to a daughter, the in-laws sharpened the ill-treatment. Last month, they tried to kill her by burning, but somehow she was saved, the FIR alleged.

When she protested against this, she was thrown out of the house and her parents brought her to Noida. When they tried for a settlement, her husband said that she could not live with him at any cost.

Vinode Kumar has at last filed a case against Rajiv and his two relations in the Sector 24 police station. The police have arrested Rajiv and a hunt is on for the other two named in the FIR.Back


Former minister’s brothers commits suicide

New Delhi
Naresh Chand (50), the brother of former Delhi Industries Minister Narendra Nath, allegedly committed suicide at his residence early today.

He allegedly hanged himself from a fan in his room in Farsh Bazar area of East Delhi and was found dead at around 6 am when the family members found the body.

Chand was working as a peon in a bank. Although no suicide note has been found from the spot, the police said that the deceased is believed to have been depressed for some time.

Betting racket busted

With the arrest of two persons the East district police today claimed to have busted a betting racket (during the South Africa and England cricket match on August 17) in Geeta Colony area.

The police also claimed to have recovered three mobile phones, one landline phone, one colour TV set and four registers from their office.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the office of the accused and nabbed Raj Kumar Malhotra alias Raju, 32, and Raj Kumar Chopra alias Golu, 29, both residents of Geeta Colony.

Woman’s body found

A body of an unidentified woman was found in a sack near Mazidia Hospital in Tughlaqabad Extension. The police said that two sacks were found near the hospital in which the woman’s neck was found wrapped in a green dupatta.

The victim is about 5 feet and of a wheatish complexion and was wearing a maxi. TNS


It’s curtains for SNF factory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 18
Modern Food Industries (India) Limited (MFIL) has decided to close down its Supplementary Nutritional Foods (SNF) factory at C-4, Lawrence Road Industrial Area, Delhi.

The factory, which employed 71 workmen, had been lying idle since March-end.

It may be recalled that MFIL was one of the earliest cases of disinvestment by the Government of India as part of its privatisation programmes of public sector undertakings and Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) was the successful bidder for acquiring 74 per cent shareholding at the first instance in this company.

HLL has since then acquired the balance 26 per cent stake from the Government of India to make MFIL a 100 per cent subsidiary of the company.

At the time of disinvestment, MFIL had two principle activities within its fold, namely (i) manufacture and sale of bread and (ii) manufacture and sale of SNF for use by the state governments as part of their social welfare activities, particularly for pregnant women and malnourished children. The turnover of bread constituted 50 per cent, and around 46 per cent of turnover came from SNF.

SNF was thus a very significant part of MFIL operations.

However, greater significance of NSF business rested on the fact that while the bread business accounted for significant losses, SNF business was profitable and indeed helped MFIL to partially recoup the losses incurred by the bread business.

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