Probe into DPSS-run schools
GURGAON, Sept 28 A sub-committee of the Haryana Cabinet today held a high-level meeting here to probe into the functioning of the schools run by the Delhi Public School Society and the government model schools in the Mewat area of this district.
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Probe into DPSS-run schools
GURGAON, Sept 28 A sub-committee of the Haryana Cabinet today held a high-level meeting here to probe into the functioning of the schools run by the Delhi Public School Society (DPSS) and the government model schools in the Mewat area of this district.
The Minister for Education, Haryana, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, heads the sub-committee whose members include the Minister for Revenue, Mr Suraj Pal, who hails from the area.
Top management persons from the DPSS and the Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, Dr G. Prasanna Kumar, who is also a government nominee on the DPSS Board and Finance Commissioner and Secretary, Education, Haryana, Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, also attended the meeting.
The probe is understood to be undertaken at the behest of the Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, who had reportedly received complaints from people of Mewat, including some parents, regarding the functioning of the schools run by the DPSS and management of government funds.
To improve the literacy level in the Mewat area, the Haryana Government had set up model schools under the umbrella of the Mewat Development Agency (MDA) at Nuh, Ferozepur-Jhirka, Taoru, Punhana and Nagina. The MDA was constituted by the Mewat Development Board, headed by the Chief Minister. While continuing with the management of the remaining schools, the state government entered into an agreement with the DPSS and gave away the management of the schools in Nuh, Firozepur-Jhirka and Taoru, to it last year.
The committee is said to be probing into the functioning of the DPSS-run schools by doing a comparative study of the government model schools still run by the MDA.
Even while the government has initiated a probe, a new turn has been given to the entire controversy by the Director of the schools run by the DPSS. After the Ministry of Education had sought details about government model schools and the schools run by the DPSS, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MDA, headed by an IAS officer, in turn asked for details from the authorities of the schools run by DPSS. The Director was reported to have asked the account sections of the schools not to communicate directly to the office of the CEO regarding the details. The office of the Director collected the details and allegedly submitted an amended version to the CEO. Not satisfied, the CEO yet again sought for details independently from the authorities of the schools and procured the same.
This incident took place a couple of days before the meeting today, especially after specific details sought by the Education Department.
Recently, the CEO had written to the Director seeking an explanation regarding more than Rs 1 lakh given by the MDA for making payment of a video film. While the Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, said that the letter was issued on account of "communication gap", the Director asserted that the CEO has "apologised" for it.
Before the meeting of the sub-committee, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma said that the Haryana Government would focus on the subject of Sanskrit language in the schools run by it.
He said that the government was probing into the allegations of whimsical ways of fees laid by the private schools. Such complaints have been received from big towns and cities of the state.
RSS admonishes Industry
GURGAON, Sept 28 The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) admonished the Minister of Industries, Haryana, Mr Shashi Pal Mehta, a BJP leader, for not being forthright in taking decisions even on policy matters.
In the second annual meeting here yesterday of the Haryana unit of the Laghu Udyog Bharati, affiliated to the RSS, the president of the state unit of the RSS, Mr Darshan Lal Jain, pulled up the Minister when he tried to be non-committal on some of the demands raised by the Laghu Udyog Bharati in its memorandum.
Mr Jain reminded the Minister that he was incharge of the industries and he should not pass the buck on the problems raised by the industry on grounds that they had nothing to do with his ministry. As he was the Minister, it was his responsibility to get the problems of the industry incorporated in the agenda of the meetings of the Cabinet.
Earlier, responding to the demands of the Laghu Udyog Bharati, Mr Mehta gave broad hints that the present industrial and the infrastructure policies of the government would be amended substantially keeping the needs of the small-scale units in mind.
He announced the setting up of a Industry Facilitation Council (IFC), as directed by the Centre to the states,to effectively deal with the problems faced by the small-scale industries (SSIs). The minister assured the industrialists that an amended version of the Single Window Scheme would be formulated. To start with,the experiment would be at the state level.He said that he would soon visit some industrially advanced states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to have a better grasp of the functioning of the Single Window Scheme.
The minister indicated that the present policy regarding transfer of plots,change in land use and the problems relating to the mode of payment of sales tax would be revised. On the contentious issue of abolition of octroi, he said a sub-committee of the Cabinet was studying it.
Some of the other demands of the industrialists included a reduction in government expenditure and privatisation or winding up of sick public sector undertakings in the state.
The industrialists also demanded that the Haryana Finance Corporation (HFC) should give time-bound approvals to various loans.The present system of the HFC putting a long list of conditions in the approval letter should be dispensed with. Also, they expressed resentment over the recent hike in power tariff, saying that it had hit the small scale units hard.
Speaking at the function organised by the Laghu Udyog Bharati, its national patron and a joint secretary of the RSS, Mr K.C. Sudarshan, asked the people to beware of international conspiracy to uproot the small scale units. Bolstering his argument, he cited the plundering of the Indian economy and the policies by the British imperialism to smoother the small units.The SSIs were the backbone of the countrys economy and it was they that had acted as its fulcrum against all the odds created on account of the regression of the world economy.Unlike in India, where the economy has not been affected much by the happenings at the international plane, the countries in the South Asia ignored their SSIs.This was the main cause why the economies there were in a tumble, he added.
Mr Sudarshan,who is also
the national patron of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, caused
ripples when he said that the recent adulteration of
mustard oil in some brands was an international
conspiracy to discredit the units in the country.
DSGMC school project hangs fire
FATEHABAD, Sept 28 When the Sikhs the world over are looking forward to tercentenary celebrations of the Sikh Panth, an ambitious project named after the ninth Sikh Guru is hanging fire due to a clash of whims of different groups in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).
Project of a public school and an Engineering College which were to be built on the land allotted to the DSGMC in lieu of committee's land in Pakistan which once belonged to Lakhi Singh Banjara a follower of the Ninth Guru has been put in cold store due to infighting in the DSGMC. No progress has been made since foundation stone of the school was laid by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SGPC on February 12, 1996.
A public school and an Engineering College in Bigher village of this district was conceived by Sikh residents of the area in October, 1994, who set up the Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Education Society (SGTBES). The society requested the DSGMC to provide it with land to build the school. The DSGMC had 250 acres of farm land at Bigher village under the possession of tenants, mostly Sikhs. The DSGMC, then headed by Mr Paramjeet Singh Sarna agreed to donate 13 acres and construct a public school and teachers' quarters on it on its own. The project of the Engineering college was to be taken up later.
Foundation stone of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur International Public School was laid on February 12, 1996 by Mr Tohra. Haryana Home Minister Mr Mani Ram Godara, who presided over the ceremony, renamed the road linking Bigher Village with Fatehabad as Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Marg. Mr Godara also assured Mr Tohra that Bigher village would be rechristened as Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar. The DSGMC promised to construct the school soon and tenders were called within a month of the function. A local Managing Committee comprising 10-member from Bigher and Fatehabad was also formed to look after affairs of the project.
The project ran into weather in September that year, when a new team of the DSGMC took over after the elections.
The new team took little
interest in the project. The project was put aside during
that term. However the new team which assured charge of
the DSGMC last year floated the tenders of Rs 2.10 crore
for the construction of the school in July this year. The
tenders were put off indefinitely at the 11th hour. An
alleged clash of egos of different groups within the
DSGMC and a row over the issue that who should take the
credit for the project is said to be the reason behind
the recent postponement of tenders. Local residents who
had been pinning hopes on the new team of the DSGMC for
starting the project, wonder why they have been made to
suffer for the whims of those at the helm of the DSGMC.
Strategy to combat crime
ROHTAK, Sept 28 The Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, has issued strict instructions to the police administration to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the district.
Mr Bansi Lal arrived on an unscheduled visit last evening to review the law and order situation and increasing incidents of crime in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts. He advised the police and the district administration to take preventive measures to combat crime.
The Chief Minister reportedly warned that he does not want a police force that does not function. He assured that there would be no interference from any quarter in implementing law and order.
The Commissioner, Rohtak division, Mr P.K. Chaudhary, today held a joint meeting of the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal districts to formulate a strategy in containing the worsening law and order situation.
Mr Chaudhary told TNS that a new scheme called "Sampark" has been launched under which the Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of Police would extensively conduct joint tours of the sensitive villages in their respective districts. The SDMs and the DSPs would also be associated in this campaign which would continue till December-end.
The purpose, he said, was to instil confidence and a feeling of security among the people and also to elicit their support in checking the activities of the criminals.
Simultaneously, he said, an intensive campaign had been launched to track proclaimed offenders and drive them out of the state. Pressure on such elements would be mounted by setting up permanent check-posts and mobility of the police force.
The state government has been requested to provide additional vehicles to ensure mobility of the police for tracking the criminals. The SHOs, have been told to update the list of criminals and keep an eye on their movements.
The SHOs have also been told to maintain vigil on the "akharas," particularly in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts, as these were the possible recruiting centres of criminals.
A campaign would also be launched to check the antecedents of the persons issued arms licences in the past five years. The drive for unearthing illicit weapons would also be launched, Mr Chaudhary told.
The Deputy Commissioners have been asked to make a weekly review of the heinous crimes and their investigation and progress of prosecution on a monthly basis.
The activities of the persons visiting the criminals lodged in the jails would also be monitored. The SHOs have been given strict instructions to crack down on the known gangs operating in their respective areas.
All vehicles plying on the highways and on the known routes followed by the criminals from UP and Delhi, would be undertaken intensively.
Govt 'underplaying' spurt in
ROHTAK, Sept 28 The Communist Party (Marxist) has accused the HVP-BJP government of underplaying the gravity of the law and order situation in the state.
The state committee of the party, which met here yesterday rejected the Chief Minister's contention that the spurt in crime was due to infiltration of criminals from neighbouring Delhi and Uttar Pradesh states. The party described it as an attempt to underplay the situation and called it "self deception".
Mr Inderjit Singh, state secretary, CPM, said the first hand information gathered by this district units speak volumes on the sorry state of affairs in Haryana. Apart from severe hardships heaped on the people because of sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities, the widespread crime was also haunting them.
The state committee,
through another resolution, demanded the payment of
compensation for loss to crops due to unseasonal rain,
improvement in public distribution system and resolving
the water issues between Punjab and Haryana SYL.
Haryana civic poll before December
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 The elections to the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad, 19 municipal councils, 59 municipal committees, 19 zila parishads, 111 panchayat samitis and more than 5,958 gram panchayats in Haryana will be held before December, 1999.
The state Election Commissioner, Haryana, Mr J.K. Duggal, said the term of these civic bodies was five years. The panchayat and municipal elections were held in November and December, 1994. The next elections to these bodies would be held before the expiry of their term.
He said symbols reserved for political parties recognised by the Election Commission as national or state parties under the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 had been reserved by the State Election Commission, Haryana under the Panchayati Raj Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1996.
He said only such political parties which had been registered with the Election Commission, under the Haryana Panchayati Raj Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment ) Order, 1996, and the Haryana Municipal Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment ) Order, 1996, would be recognised for allotment of symbols in the panchayat and municipal elections. He, however, said as elections to the office of panches and sarpanches would not be held on a party basis, political parties would not field their candidates for the same.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal had been registered by the Election Commission as recognised political parties and allotted the reserved symbols to the contesting candidates fielded by these parties.
He said political parties, other than the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal Party, which intended to field their candidates to contest the panchayat and municipal elections in Haryana in 1999 may send an application in the prescribed proforma to the state Election Commission by or up to December 31,1998, so that such parties might also be recognised for allotment of reserved symbols to the candidates fielded by them.
A political party once
registered with the Election Commission, Haryana, would
have to field its candidate in the panchayat and
municipal elections, failing which it would be
derecognised and its reserved symbol withdrawn.
Cops turn looters, Ladwa tense
KURUKSHETRA, Sept 28 Tension gripped Niwarsi village near Ladwa, 12 km from here and its surrounding area when, according to the villagers, four to five police employees forcibly entered four houses and misbehaved with women on Saturday late night.
According to the information, the police employees entered Mela Singh's Haveli and nearby houses. All but one assailant managed to escape from the site, leaving behind chemical powder for producing insensibility, iron rods, their caps, shoes and chappals along with a bullet-proof Gypsy. However, the villagers succeeded in nabbing one policeman, Inderjeet, who was handed over to the police.
Following the incident, villagers of the area blocked the Ladwa-Kurukshetra road. Policemen reached the site with lathis to facilitate the lifting of the blockade. But the lathi charge was averted following intervention by the certain leaders, including Mrs Kailasho Saini, MP, Mr Ashok Kumar Arora, MLA, Mr Pawan Garg, president, District Congress Committee, Kurukshetra, Mrs Darshan Kaur Dhillon and Mr Gyan Singh.
Mrs Saini said that this incident had proved that the terror created by 'Kaale Kachhewale' gangs in Haryana, had virtually been created by the policemen in khaki uniform. They were looting the people and committing dacoities. The public protectors had become the cause of suffering and terror, she added.
She also demanded the dismissal of Bansi Lal's HVP-BJP alliance government without further delay because the law and order situation in Haryana had collapsed, she alleged.
The blockade by thousands of people, including women and children, was lifted only when an assurance was given to them that stern action should be taken against found guilty by the District Police Chief, Mr Y.P. Singhal, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr K.K. Rao, and the SDM, Mr Lajveer Singh.
A police spokesman said that Constable Inderjeet who was posted at the local Civil Lines as a driver, alone had gone to Ladwa under the influence of liquor in a government vehicle. However, after he was nabbed by the people out of fear he told them that there were four to five persons in number.
Lawyers observe strike
ROHTAK, Sept 28 Members of the District Bar Association observed strike today in protest against the demolition of a PCO booth in the court complex. Lawyers took out a procession and met the commissioner and submitted a memorandum of their demands to him.
According to the secretary of the bar association, Mr Ranbir Singh Dhaka, the strike was being observed in protest against the demolition of the booth which was built on the land belonging to the association. Alleging that the structure was demolished on the orders of the Deputy Commissioner, he said no notice was served to the association in this regard.
He said the general body of the association had decided to observe three-day strike from today. The association would also boycott the courts of the DC and SDM. He said the demolition of the booth was illegal and demanded the reconstruction of the booth.
According to the authorities the 'land' was disputed one the booth leased out rent was illegal and was an encroachment on the land of municipal council.
Meanwhile lawyers at Bahadurgarh town about 40 km from here, also observed strike in protest against the incident at Jalandhar in which a lawyer was allegedly beaten. The lawyers will also go on strike tomorrow in support of the strike at the bar association in Rohtak.
FATEHABAD: Members of the District Bar Association will go on a token strike up to October 6 to press for its demand of the constitution of a district court here.
This was decided at a meeting held here on Monday under the chairmanship of its president, Mr S.K. Jain.
The association alleged
that the government was not serious about the issue of
setting up of the district court here. They alleged that
though the town was accorded the status of a district on
July 15, 1997, no effort were being made to set up the
district court here. The association decided to proceed
on a token strike from Monday.
Experts say farmers should grow
ROHTAK, Sept 28 Scientists of the CCS Haryana Agricultural University have asked farmers to continue to sow mustard crop as in the past. This advice comes in the light of farmers fears regarding sale of their produce in the wake of recent cases of dropsy.
Mustard is one of the major rabi crops of Haryana and in southern Haryana the crop is grown in two-thirds of the total cropped area. The farmers start sowing between the last week of September and first fortnight of October but farmers remain apprehensive about sowing mustard due to the dropsy scare.
Scientists say that the possibility of the mixing of argemone, the plant said to be responsible for dropsy at the level of farmers fields in remote as there is a wide gap between the maturity of mustard and of argemone.
Dr B.L. Jalali, Director of Research says that the mustard is ready for harvesting in March, while argemone ripens in June. He said mixing of both seeds, if at all it is done, is possible only at the milling stage.
However, to minimise any chance of contamination in the farmers fields, he advised them to purchase certified mustard seed from authorised agencies only as it was free from argemone seed.
Dr Jalali said that
argemone could easily be eradicated using weedicides. In
non-cropped areas 2, 4 d ethal_ ethyl-ester at the rate
of one kg in 1000 litres of water per hectare could be
applied and in cropped areas pendimethalin at the rate of
one kg per hectare or Isoproturon at the rate of 0.75 per
kg per hectare.
DC suspends MC resolution on
AMBALA, Sept 28 The Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Navraj Sandhu, here has suspended the resolution passed by the Municipal Council, Ambala Sadar, by which building plan of a house in the compound of Ahluwalia building was approved by the House, raising a controversy.
The local MLA, Mr Anil Vij, had objected to the DC and demanded a probe how the building-plan was passed for an open land which was against the government directives and law.
The Building and Works Committee of the council approved the building plans of the house at a meeting held on May 19 last. Incidentally, the same plan had been rejected by the council on March 12,1992 on the ground that the site was an open land. The same plan was again submitted by the applicant on December 31, 1997 on which decision was deferred for the meeting to be held on April 6 last.
The plans were sanctioned by the same House on August 24 last. The president of the council, Mrs Sudershna Dua, alleged that certain officials had deliberately kept the House in the dark on the issue knowing that the plans could not be sanctioned. She also requested the Deputy Commissioner to suspend the resolution passed by the House on the issue.
Mr Vij said here today that the Deputy Commissioner had also ordered an inquiry into all such cases in which the building plans had been approved for open land.
Mahasangh to intensify stir
SONEPAT, Sept 28 The Sarv Karamchari Mahasangh Haryana has decided to intensify its agitation in protest against the arrest of its senior leaders and anti-employee attitude of the HVP-BJP Government led by Mr Bansi Lal, Chief Minister in the state.
In a press release issued here, it revealed the programme of organising rallies and demonstrations during the second phase of the agitation commencing from October 13 next. The sangh would hold a rally on October 13 at Hisar, on October 15 at Rohtak, on October 23 at Ambala and on October 27 at Gurgaon.
A state-level rally would also be held on November 15 at Rohtak where the leaders of the sangh would announce the next programme of the on-going agitation.
The sangh would also hold
a demonstration on November 16 in front of the Parliament
House in New Delhi to focus attention of the Central
Government on the demands of the agitating employees of
Haryana and the rigid stand taken by the Bansi Lal
Government on this issue.
Medical conference from Oct 2
ROHTAK, Sept 28 The National Indian Medical Association Academy of Specialities Conference will be held here from October 2 to 4.
Mr A.K. Patel, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers will inaugurate the conference.
Mr Siri Kishan Das, Urban Development Minister, Dr B.L. Jindal, Director-General, Health, Haryana, and Dr R. Jaychandra Reddy, National President of the IMA will be the guests of honours.
Gujjar offers to quit over
YAMUNANAGAR, Sept 28 Mr Krishan Pal Gujjar, Haryana Transport Minister, offered to resign if his involvement was proved in the giving of illegal permits to any minister's kin in Haryana for plying maxicabs.
Talking to "The Tribune" here today, Mr Krishan Pal Gujjar, Transport Minister, Haryana reacted sharply to the statement of Mr Om Parkash Chautala in this context saying not a single permit had been given to anybody.
The Minister however, admitted that 27,000 illegal maxicabs were running in Haryana.
He said that the Haryana Cabinet had approved the appointment of four new R.T.As. (Regional Transport Authority) in Haryana to nab illegal maxicabs.
Mr Gujjar was in Yamunanagar to attend a grievances committee's meeting today. He appealed to those without permits to apply immediately as otherwise they would be prosecuted.
The Transport Minister stated that 20,000 Roadways employees had been given new pay scales as part of the 5th Pay Commission report.
He said 26,800 applications had been received from unemployed youths for 699 road permits.
He said the Haryana
Government was ready to abolish overtime for Roadways
employees to improve efficiency. With this the financial
burden would also be reduced. He said 200 new buses would
be purchased this year and the government would review
its policies for daily wage employees.
R.S. Malik seeks permission to prosecute CM
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 (PTI) A former Haryana cadre IAS officer, Mr R.S. Malik, today sought permission from state Governor Mahabir Parsad to "prosecute" Chief Minister Bansi Lal and newly appointed state Vigilance Commissioner S.H. Mohan under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Mr Malik in a representation to the Governor alleged Mr Bansi Lal granted extension to Mr Mohan till further orders on his superannuation from the IPS on December 3 last year."Therefore, Mohan framed some false cases against the political opponents of Bansi Lal during the extension period", he added.
He said when further
extension was rejected by the Centre, Mr Bansi Lal
created a new temporary post of state Vigilance
Commissioner on July 1 this year and appointed Mr Mohan
to the post on the same day in complete violation of the
Police Act and the law laid down by the Supreme Court.
Haryana loans for SC students
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 The Haryana Government will provide interest-free loans to 4000 Scheduled Castes students in the state with a view to promote education among them. A sum of Rs 55 lakh has been earmarked for this purpose.
Stating this here today the Haryana Social Welfare Minister, Dr Kamla Verma, said interest-free loans were being provided to these students for purchase of books and stationery.
She said the government would provide loans of Rs 800, Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 per annum per student for post-matric, post-graduate and technical courses, respectively. Such loans would be given only to those students whose parents were neither income tax payers nor gazetted officers. The repayment of these loans could be done either one year after the completion of the course or on getting into the service or after starting self-employment whichever is earlier, through monthly instalments of Rs 50 each. Last year the financial assistance to the tune of over Rs 51 lakh was provided to 5,611 students.
Dr Verma said to encourage
the students belonging to this category, the Social
Welfare Department had initiated a scheme under which
students passing their examinations in first division at
post-matric and post- graduation levels and in technical
courses would be given Rs 1000, Rs 1500 and Rs 2000
Faridabad ground water contaminated
FARIDABAD, Sept 28 Ground water in the entire areas of the Faridabad Municipal Corporation and Ballabhgarh is contaminated with chemicals due to haphazard industrial activity.
This was revealed following tests carried out by the Central Ground Water Board of the Ministry of Water Resources. The Central Ground Water Authority has also declared Faridabad and Ballabhgarh as critical areas in view of the depletion in ground water resource due to overexploitation.
The authority has also prohibited construction and installation of any structure for the utilisation of ground water to avoid its depletion and deterioration in its quality.
The authority has also
directed that no person, organisation or agency whether
government or non-government undertake any scheme of
ground water development and management in the region
without the permission of the authority.
HPCC for recall of Bihar
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 The Haryana Congress has welcomed the decision of President K.R. Narayanan, returning the recommendation of the BJP Government seeking dismissal of the Rabri Devi government by invoking Article 356 of the Constitution.
At a meeting of the office-bearers of the Haryana PCC presidents of District Congress Committees and heads of frontal organisations and PCC cells, held in Delhi yesterday, a resolution was unanimously adopted hailing the President's decision. The resolution said the decision indicated that the President was not convinced and satisfied with the findings of the Bihar Governor, forming the basis of the Union Government's recommendations, on the law and order situation in the state, warranting dismissal of the Rabri Devi Government.
The meeting, presided over by the party president, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, demanded the recall of the "recalcitrant" Governor, Mr S.S. Bhandari, and the resignation of the "most inefficient and incompetent" BJP-led Union Government in view of the virtual rejection of its recommendation by the President.
The meeting was of the
view that by returning the recommendations of the
Vajpayee Government, the President of world's largest
democracy had strengthened and upheld the rich democratic
values of the Constitution.
PRO aspirants' plea to govt
ROHTAK, Sept 28 Students holding degrees in mass communication and journalism have urged the government to make amendment in qualifications required for recruitment to the post of Public Relation Officer (PRO).
The qualification required for the post of the PRO is a postgraduate degree in Hindi or English along with five years experience of publicity in a government or autonomous body. The degree or diploma in journalism is a desirable qualification and not an essential qualification.
Students possessing degrees in mass communication and journalism argue that these qualifications were laid down over two decades ago when the universities in Haryana did not have departments of journalism and mass communication. At present all the three universities The Mahrshi Dayanand University, Kurukshetra University and Guru Jamabheshwar university have these departments where public relations is part of the syllabus.
The Kurukshetra and Guru Jambheshwar university also offer distance education courses in mass communication and journalism with emphasis on public relations.
This has caused resentment among such degree holders who say that persons holding degree in Hindi or English literature get preference over those who have studied public relations.
A group of such degree
holders have drawn the attention of the Haryana Public
Service Commission (HPSC) and the state government
towards this anomaly. They have requested the HPSC to
postpone the interviews for filling the six posts of
district relation officer and modify the qualifications.
Karamchari sangh leaders released
AMBALA, Sept 28 (PTI) Leaders of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh S.D. Kapoor and Dhara Singh were released on bail by a local court here today.
The police had registered a criminal case against them for threatening a senior officer of the Haryana electricity board in Ambala two days back.
Dhara Singh, said that the police had registered a false case against them.
He said that workers of Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam would stage a dharna in October at district level. A state-level rally of mahasangh will be organised at Rohtak on November 15, he said.
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