Concern over CMs
decision on dam
DGP reviews law and order
10-fold hike in renewal fee for
Judicial probe sought into Sonepat
Lawyers go on 7-day strike
Man held for making obnoxious
Concern over CMs decision
AMBALA, Nov 27 The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has expressed concern over the decision of the Chief Minister, Haryana, to shelve the dam project on the Ghaggar.
Talking to mediapersons here today, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary, SHSAD, urged the Chief Minister to review his decision in this regard. He said the decision would harm the interest of the people of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. He stated that last year the Prime Minister had assured the MPs of Punjab that the Union Government would bear the expenses of the dam which would cost Rs 500 crore.
The Akali leader said if Haryana did not review its decision, the dal would summon an all-party meeting of Punjab and Haryana at Guhla Cheeka (Kaithal) to decide the future line of action.
Mr Chandumajra said Mr Badal should follow the Haryana Chief Minister to abolish the octroi in Punjab. He demanded the enhancement in the support price of sugarcane on the pattern of Haryana. He alleged that Mr Badal did not enhance the price of sugarcane under the pressure of sugarcane mill owners lobby existing in Punjab.
Criticising Mr Badal, Mr Chandumajra said Punjab which was a prosperous state a few years back was now facing a serious financial crisis due to the wrong policies of the SAD government. He alleged that Mr Badal had been misusing the central government grant for his political interest. He said the SHSAD, led by its President, Mr G.S. Tohra, would submit a memorandum against the SAD government to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
DGP reviews law and order
DHARUHERA(Rewari), Nov 27 The Haryana police has been successfully discharging its duties in spite of the constraint of manpower. This was stated here today by the DGP, Mr S.P.S. Rathore, who was here to review the law and order situation. He told newspersons that the present strength of the force for patrol was about 35,000 whereas the ideal strength should be about 1.5 lakh. He, however, said the government was short of funds and the police was working admirably.
He said the Haryana Police had represented its case to the Finance Commission and sought aid of Rs 904 crore for the upgradation in man-power and for its modernisation. He said the commission had asked the Haryana Police to list the priorities for which it wanted central assistance.
Mr Rathore said he had effected a number of experiments to sensitise the force and to make it more effective, adding that. "My dream is to raise the level of the Haryana Police to that of the dreaded police in London". He stressed that the number of FIRs should not be taken as the index of the rate of crime. According to him, the FIRs would go up if the police acted sincerely registered cases.
According to him, his holding monthly durbars, appointing a DIG as public relation officer, making himself accessible to employees of any rank were some of the efforts towards injecting transparency. He said he would hold durbars at the zonal level and at the district headquarters.
He said he had directed
officers that no women should be interrogated at police
stations. The police would have to go to her house for
the purpose. Also, any decision for police remand of any
woman,could only be taken at the level of the
Superintendent of Police concerned. A separate cell to
deal with crimes involving woman had been created.
Reinstatement of cops sought
PANIPAT, Nov 27 The Haryana Police Karamchari Sang has claimed that some senior officers of the Police Department were trying to create difference between the state government and the police force. In a press statement here today the General Secretary of the sangh, Mr Satveer Chahal, stated that for the reinstatement of the suspended and dismissed police personnel after 1995 the state Cabinet had already given an approval but the dismissed officials had not yet been taken back into service.
Mr Chahal alleged that some senior police officers in an effort to show their faithfulness to the government had been neglecting the implementation of the government decision. Such attitude of the seniors was not dictatorial and demoralising.
He said the state government had issued instructions to the head of the departments directing that all those employees who were suspended or dismissed after 1995 be taken back into the service with the condition that no departmental inquiry was pending against them.
In most of the departments, almost all suspended or dismissed employees has already been taken back into the service but the police department is keeping mum over the matter. The Haryana Police Karamchari Sangh had also raised this demand with the higher police authorities a number of times.
The Press Secretary of
the sangh, Mr Balwan Lamba, has alleged that 90 per cent
cases of suspension are false and fabricated. He pointed
out that even today the police rules of 1861 are in force
and the government has not taken any initiative so far to
amend these rules despite several representations of the
sangh. These rules are the biggest hurdles in the
promotions of the police personnel.
Electricity transmission poles
JIND, Nov 27 The Haryana Government has decided to replace metal electricity transmission poles with concrete ones so as to avoid accidents during the rains.
This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, talking to representatives of various panchayats at an open durbar held at Safidon, 35 km from here last evening.
Mr Chautala said bus routes would also be rationalised. The privatisation of bus routes had brought hardships to rural people. He said the bus operators do not comply with the prescribed schedules. They engaged their buses in other remunerative jobs. They parked their buses in a manner which caused inconvenience to commuters, specially to school children.
The Chief Minister said the State Government had also decided to repair all ring bundhs so as to save the villages from the fury of floods. Another survey of people living below the poverty line had been ordered. Yellow cards would be issued to them to draw subsidised ration from fair price shops, the Chief Minister said.
Mr Chautala said the government had decided to recruit 13000 teachers. He said the recruitment process had already been initiated.
The Chief Minister said an industrial training institute would be set up at Pilukhera. He also accepted the demands: upgradation of village schools; posting of veterinary doctors and ANMs in dispensaries, primary health centres and hospitals. He conceded the demand for the construction of the Kalwa-Dhanana drain. He also ordered the removal of encroachments on government land and construction of missing links of village roads on priority basis.
The Government has decided to construct a by-pass at Jind. The by-pass would link the Jind-Assandh road with the Jind-Narwana road and the Gohana-Jind road with the Jind-Assandh road via the Jind-Safidon road. The over 8 km by-pass would cost over Rs 4.80 crore. He said the PWD Rest House, Jind, would also be extended at a cost of Rs 9.71 lakh.
Mr Chautala ordered the beautification and renovation of parks in Jind city. Mr P.K. Dass, Deputy Commissioner, Jind, informed the Chief Minister that the drive for the beautification of parks had already been taken up.
Mr Chautala said potholes on all roads would be filled up by November 30. He also ordered for providing missing links on link roads. He said village Phirries would be constructed after removing encroachments. Brick-lining of all minor canals would be made on state expense, he added.
The Chief Minister also sanctioned funds for the construction of rooms for several schools, replacement of damaged electric poles and the upgradation of girls primary school, Siwana, to the middle level. He also allowed the shopkeepers of Palika Bazar to construct the first floor on their shops at their own expenses, but pay the rent to the Municipal Committee, Jind, because the construction so made would remain the property of the committee. He also sanctioned a mini bank for Bhairon Khera village, repair of chaupal of Kharak Ramji village and construction of retaining walls of the village pond of Sindhvi Khera.
Mr Surinder Singh Barwala, MP, Hisar, Mr Ram Phal Kundu, MLA, Safidon, and Chairman HARCO Bank, Mr Suraj Bhavan Kajal, Mr Des Raj Namberdar and Mr Ram Kumar Katwal, all former MLAs, were present.
Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, Member of Parliament from the Sonepat constituency was also present.
Addressing a religious congregation at the Sachha Sauda gurdwara, about 40 km from here, on Friday evening, Mr Chautala paid tributes to Guru Nanak Dev.
Mr Chautala said this year the government had purchased paddy six times more than the previous year. He said even the Government agencies purchased paddy having high moisture percentage for the benefit of farmers. He said the Government had raised the support price of sugarcane from Rs 95 to Rs 110 per quintal.
Mr Chautala said to provide financial assistance to members of backward classes at 4 per cent interest an artisan board was being set up.
Referring to electricity position in the state, Mr Chautala said the efforts were being made to provide round-the-clock power supply.
The Chief Minister paid obeisance at the gurdwara. A saropa was presented to him by the managing committee of the gurdwara.
Bibi Jagir Kaur, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, called upon the people not to be misled by the false propaganda of self-styled religious saints. She donated Rs 5 lakh for the development of a gurdwara education institute.
10-fold hike in renewal fee
ROHTAK, Nov 27 In a surprise move, the state government has increased the renewal fee for driving licence (laminated card) 10 times. The fee has been hiked from Rs 15 to Rs 150 resulting in resentment among the people.
According to sources, as per the order issued by the State Transport Commissioner few days ago, the fee for learner's driving licence (DL) has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 100, and that of the DL from Rs 50 to Rs 150. A duplicate DL would now cost Rs 756 as against Rs 25 earlier.
The renewal fee for DL (copy) has been hiked from Rs 15 to Rs 50 and for DL (laminated) from Rs 15 to Rs 150.
Similarly, the registration fee for two wheelers has been incresed from Rs 555 to Rs 700 and for heavy vehicles from Rs 2,100 to Rs 3,200.
Girl abducted from MDU campus
ROHTAK, Nov 27 A teenaged girl was abducted allegedly by a youth from the Maharshi Dayanand University campus yesterday. The police has registered a case of kidnapping and threat to kill against the accused on a complaint by the father of the girl.
According to police sources, the girl who had gone to attend college did not return to her house. Father of the girl Mr Narender Kumar alleged that his daughter had been abducted by a youth identified as Chetan Sharma residing on university campus. The complaintant claimed that the accused had also threatened to kill his daughter if police help was sought to trace the girl.
It is reported that some
youths who were on a motorcycle had also made a similar
attempt in Sector 14 on Wednesday last also when a girl
aged 20 years had been going towards her college on foot.
But the attempt was foiled when the girl ran for cover in
a police chowki in the sector and asked for help. The
alleged abducors fled when the cops came out. The
president of the Janadhikar Sanghtan Morcha, Mr Vidya
Bhushan Aghi has expressed concern over the deteriorating
law and order situation in the town and especially in
HUDA sectors. He has demanded adequate patrolling and
security arrangement to prevent such incidents.
Judicial probe sought into
SONEPAT, Nov 27 The President of the Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) Mr Ved Parkash Vidrohi today urged the state government to order a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court Judge into the fire tragedy of Diwali eve in Ashok Nagar (kutche quarters) areas of this city which claimed 49 human lives including 19 women and some children, so that the dereliction of duty on the part of the district administration could be exposed.
In a signed press statement issued here, he said that by entrusting the inquiry to the local SDM the district administration was making an attempt to save the civil and police officials who had failed to enforce the District Magistrates orders banning the sale of fire crackers and other explosives in thickly populated areas of the district. He warned that the people would not allow the district administration to hush up this case.
Hailing the move of the Haryana state unit of the BJP for taking up the important issues like construction of the SYL canal in the Punjab territory and the distribution of Ravi-Beas waters, the Janata Dal leader urged the state government to convene an all-party meeting for taking a united stand on these important issues and criticised successive Chief Ministers for not convening such a meeting.
It was the appropriate
time to get these issues solved and put pressure on the
central government as the BJP was not only sharing power
in Punjab and Haryana but was in power at the Centre
also, he said.
Lawyers go on 7-day strike
PANIPAT, Nov 27 Members of the District Bar Association have gone on a seven-day strike from today in support of their demands.
Talking to mediapersons, District President of the association Ramesh Sharma said Panipat as a district came into existence a few years ago but so far the state government had failed to construct mini-secretariat here.
Also, all cases pertaining to the sessions court were being heard by the District Sessions Judge, Karnal. Advocates and litigants had to go to Karnal for the trial of these cases.
Criticising the recent
decision of the Haryana Government under which the
transfer of land was to be done by patwaris, he said it
would increase corruption and family disputes. He
demanded immediate withdrawal of the order and
reintroduction of the court degree system.
Man held for making
FARIDABAD, Nov 27 The police yesterday arrested Vinod of Sector 14 for allegedly making obnoxious telephone calls at the residence of Mr Desh Raj Dagar of Gonchhi.
A police spokesman said here today that a case had also been registered against V.S. Nirman of Sector 24 for threatening Mr Dagar not to take action against Vinod. Nirman is yet to be arrested.
The police also arrested nine proclaimed offenders who were wanted in several cases.
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