|Tuesday, January 11, 2000,
Strategy to curb ISI activities on
11 recommended for Padma Shri
YC in grip of muscle, money
Jacob pays surprise visit to
No confidence move against MC
BJP infighting causing concern,
CM promoting family
SHSAD to fight against corruption
Singh Badal is CEO, SAD
Higher grades on total
Part privatisation of garbage
Situation tense in village
Medical staffs plea to CM
Computerised office inaugurated
Students complain on question
Notice pasted outside
CHANDIGARH Jan 10 The notice issued by the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr. B.S. Bedi, on Punjab Legislative Assembly member Ravi Inder Singhs appeal against the dismissal of an application seeking stay on his expulsion from the Shiromani Akali Dal, was pasted outside SAD President Parkash Singh Badals residence today.
The Sessions Judge, on the last date of hearing, had directed that "if despite diligent efforts service cannot be effected then it should be effected by pasting the copy of the summon and copy of the grounds of appeal on the out door or gate of his residence".
Counsel for the petitioner, seeking the service of summons through munadi, had earlier stated in an application that respondent number one (SAD) had refused to receive the notice while Mr Badal could not be served the notice as the process server was not permitted to enter his residence.
In his appeal, Mr. Ravi Inder Singh had earlier sought directions for restraining the Dal and its President from "taking steps" against him "on account of the impugned order passed on December 15".
Claiming to have a good case in his favour, Mr Ravi Inder Singh had stated that "in case the respondent was not restrained there was a possibility regarding the respondents expelling the appellant".
The expulsion, counsel for Mr Ravi Inder Singh had stated, "would cause irreparable loss and injury which could not be compensated in terms of money but would also lead to multiplicity of litigation".
Earlier, dismissing the application for "ad interim injunction" against his expulsion, UT Civil Judge (Junior Division) Mr Mahender Singh on December 15 had fixed January 21 as the next date of hearing.
Pronouncing the orders,
the Civil Judge had observed: "The applicant has no
prima facie case in his favour nor he would suffer any
irreparable loss in case the injunction is denied to him,
rather the balance of convenience lies in favour of the
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) meeting today took stock of the socio-economic and political situation in Punjab besides deliberating on the partys own internal contradictions.
It also prepared itself for the forthcoming Nawanshahr Assembly by-election and decided to even spread out the neighbouring Haryana to woo Punjabi settlers there in favour of the Congress candidates there.
The PPCC President, Capt Amarinder Singh, told newspersons after the meeting that his party was ready to go to the people for a fresh round of Assembly elections much before the expiry of the present term. He demanded the "dissolution" of the Assembly in the light of the "failures" of the SAD-BJP government. In fact, he hinted that when the party would present a fresh memorandum to the President of India seeking the imposition of a "financial emergency" in Punjab, the demand for the "dismissal" of the present government would also be made.
The AICC General Secretary, Mr Moti Lal Vora, who was present at the meeting, later told mediapersons that the party high command had directed all Pradesh Congress committees, where Opposition parties were in power, to prepare a "charge sheet" against the incumbent Opposition government. Once all the charge sheets were collected at the party head office, these would be placed before the nation.
In fact, the present exercise of "sankalp yatra" was in tune with the Congress policy to "educate" the people, make them "aware" of their own problems and also work for the eradication of "isms" from the society.
The meeting adopted three resolutions on the political and economic situation in the state and one thanking Mrs Sonia Gandhi for her Amritsar visit to flag off the "yatra", which, along with other similar marches from all over the country, will culminate at the Raj Ghat, New Delhi, on January 30, where a rally was proposed.
Insiders told TNS that at the Congress Bhavan meeting, which was attended by Congressmen, including former Chief Ministers, ministers and present and past MLAs and party MPs, the key issue pertained to those Congress leaders and party workers who had worked against official Congress candidates in the past Lok Sabha elections. Some charged that senior Congress leaders rather than working for party candidates had supported the Opposition candidates because of "relationships".
A vociferous demand was made for strict disciplinary action against such persons. At one stage an MP, Ms Santosh Chaudhary, protested against the "bad treatment" given to her.
The political resolution of the party castigated the SAD-BJP government for its non-performance and for pursuing wrong policies. As a consequence, Punjabs economy had been adversely affected and people from all walks of life were suffering.
The resolution on the economic situation was on the familiar lines and referred to further deterioration of the situation since the party submitted a memorandum to the President of India exactly one year ago on this day, demanding "financial emergency". The resolutions expressed concern over growing unemployment and rampant corruption in political administration in the state.
Strategy to curb ISI activities
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 Embarrassed over the plane hijacking issue, the Central Government has started an exercise to evolve a strategy to counter the challenge posed by the Pakistani-based ISI agency.
Mr Shiv Vasant, a senior functionary of the Union Home Ministry, after visiting Jammu, Amritsar border areas, here today held a meeting with senior police officers of Punjab and Haryana. Among those who were present at the meeting were the Punjab DGP, Mr Sarabjit Singh and senior officers of the Punjab Home Department. He had also interaction with the DGP of Haryana.
Sources said that after visiting Jammu and Amritsar, the Home Ministry official also had a detailed meeting with top officers of the Border Security Force in Jalandhar.
As a part of evolving strategy, among the tasks taken up include gauging the level of infiltration from across the border and through other routes like Nepal, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and ammunition and RDX in the country. Identification of ISI conduits in this part of the country is also part of it.
The sources said the top brass of the Punjab Police emphasised on increasing coordination among various security agencies to curb the activities of the ISI.
The level of preparedness of various security forces was also reviewed at the meeting. The reported failure of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) of the Central Government to react in a desired time following hijacking of plane from Kathmandu has caused a lot of embarrassment to the Union Government. Even the Prime Minister reportedly come to know about the incident 45 minutes after its occurrence.
The sources said the Central Government wanted that at least there should be a rapid action group of security forces at every state headquarters to react to the hijacking and other such incidents in time in coordination with the Union Government authorities.
11 recommended for Padma
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 Padma awards, which were withheld for sometime following petitions, have again been revived and resumed.
Punjab has sent a list of 11 persons who have made noteable contributions. Among those recommended for Padma Shri Award are three bureaucrats, two doctors and some social service activists.
Informed sources told TNS today that the bureaucrats recommended were the ones who reportedly did a yeomans job at the time of the tercentenary celebrations to mark the birth of the Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib last year. The three were the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr Kulbir Singh Sidhu, and the then Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Jaskarn Singh.
The third bureaucrat whose name had been forwarded to New Delhi was of Ms Vini Mahajan, who was with the Anandpur Sahib Foundation.
From the medical profession there were Dr Iqbal Singh Ahuja from Ludhiana and Dr K.S. Chugh, formerly of the PGI, who had done pioneering work in nephorology. Dr Ahuja had successfully done the first test-tube baby experiment in Punjab.
The others recommended were Mr Hardev Singh Sangha, a progressive farmer from Jalandhar, Mrs Baljit Kaur Bawa, of Jalandhar, Baba Budh Singh of Nawan Shahr and late P T Mohan Lal all for social service. Mr S.P. Oswal for trade and industry, Ludhiana, and Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, for his contribution as a Sikh scholar.
YC in grip of muscle, money
JALANDHAR, Jan 10 Admitting that money and muscle power is fast becoming a part of the Indian Youth Congress, Mrs Santosh Chaudhary, the General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and in charge of the partys front organisations, has observed that to make the youth wing more effective there is a need to revamp it.
Mrs Chaudhary, in a chat with TNS remarked that the IYC had gradually been deviating from its goal and was increasingly beingdriven towards criminalisation. Money had started playing a vital role in functioning in the recent past. Mrs Chaudhary, who also represents the Phillaur Lok Sabha constituency, said the youth wing of the party needed to be strengthened.
"Among other things, we are thinking of revamping the structure after the byelections. During the process of reorganisation, we will stress the proper implementation of age bar, which is 35 years in case of the IYC. Interestingly, nearly 14-15 state unit presidents of the IYC have crossed the age of 38 and are still holding their offices," Mrs Chaudhary said without directly referring the IYC chief, Mr Munish Tiwari.
Referring to the findings of the Antony Committee, formed by the Congress high command to ascertain the reasons for the partys humiliating defeat in some states during the recent Lok Sabha elections, particularly in Haryana and Bihar, Mrs Chaudhary, who is a member of the Committee, said the main factors were infighting, wrong decisions and lack of discipline.
"During a state-wise analysis and a lot of introspection, we found that in most of states where the partys electoral fortunes dipped, our own people sabotaged the party and worked against party candidates," observed Mrs Chaudhary.
"Our defeat, particularly in Haryana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, was owing to selection of wrong poll partners and delay in selection of candidates and in some cases eleventh hour changes of candidates, resulting in a lot of confusion that ultimately cost the party dearly," she said, without elaborating what action the party was contemplating against those who jeopardised the partys poll prospects."
It is the job of the party disciplinary committee, which will scrutinise the state-wise observations in the Antony Committee report to be submitted soon," she explained
She said changes in some state units had already been effected in the light of the committees observations.
Coming to the state of
affairs in Punjab, Mrs Chaudhary dubbed the suspension of
Mr Bir Devinder Singh from the party as
"unfortunate" and said, "Such things will
weaken the party, and I think we should not have taken
our home affairs to the streets." When asked about
the alleged division in the PPCC, over Mrs Sonia
Gandhis visit, she said,"I am an MP but I was
neither consulted by anybody about the visit, nor was I
involved in any of programmes in connection with our
party chiefs visit at Amritsar, I feel harassed
Jacob pays surprise visit to
DHAKANSU (Rajpura), Jan 10 Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R.Jacob surprised the district administration last evening when he expressed his desire to visit a village in Patiala district to check development work.
Returning to Chandigarh after visiting a commando training school at Bahadurgarh where he saw a demonstration of commando operations, the Governor paid an unscheduled visit to Dhakansu village.
Villagers came out to meet the Governor with enthusiasm, as it was the first time that a Governor of the state was paying them a visit. The Governor went around streets of the village and interacted with villagers to know their problems.
Villagers gave a long list of grievances to the Governor. They said though the village had provision of piped water from the public health system, the supply of water was erratic. They also complained that the dispensary in the village did not have any medicines and doctors rarely visited the village.
They demanded that the primary school of the village should be upgraded and playing facility provided to the children. Though the villagers demanded upgradation of the primary school, they said efforts must be made to ensure that teachers of the school arrived regularly to teach in the village. They also demanded that the phirni of the village should be metalled and approach road to the village widened.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Capt R.S. Randhawa assured the Governor that the grievances of people would be redressed at the earliest. He also assured that within a week, grounds for volleyball and basketball in the school premises would be ready and students would get sports equipment for both games. The Governor urged the villagers to motivate their children to play games like hockey, football and volleyball.
Earlier at the Bahadurgarh Commando Complex, the Governor watched firing display at a static target, mobile target from 60 m, 40 m range with SLR, AK-47 and 9 mm carbine. Later, commandos displayed their proficiency in obstacle course. The obstacle course included zig zag balance, crossing 9-m ditch, crossing fire lane, fire window belley roll, moneky roll, cat crawl and climbing of 60 m high wall.
The Governor asked
Punjab DGP Sarabjit Singh to train the commandos in water
features crossing. He said there was an urgent need to
train the men in snipper target practice on the pattern
of the NSG. The DGP informed the Governor that proposal
for the both were pending with union government.
No confidence move against
BARNALA, Jan 10 Following expansion of Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab ministry, fighting among supporters of Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Urban Development and and Poverty Alleviation and Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, former Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, here has intensified.
The Barnala Municipal Council has become the worst victim of this infighting.
Mrs Rajinderpal Kaur, President of the municipal council, who enjoys support of the Barnala group , is facing a no-confidence motion against her due to this infighting.
Mr Malkit Singh Keetu, MLA, Barnala, a close confident of Mr Dhindsa, is spearheading the no-confidence move against Ms Rajinderpal Kaur.
The Barnala Municipal Council has 26 votes in total inclusive of 25 municipal councillors and MLA, Barnala.
According to sources, the Dhindsa camp enjoys support of 18 councillors and just eight councillors are with Ms Rajinderpal Kaur at present.
To avoid pulls and pressures, the Dhindsa group had sent the councillors, supporting it, to Hardwar. They are now reported to be in Shimla and will reach Barnala on the day of meeting when the no-confidence issue would be taken up.
BJP infighting causing
concern, says Dhindsa
PATIALA, Jan 10 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has expressed concern at the reports of infighting among state BJP leaders over the issue of choosing BJP ministers in the recent Cabinet expansion done by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Stating this while talking to reporters here last night, Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said the reports about infighting in the BJP were causing concern but he was hopeful that the senior BJP leaders would iron out the differences.
Mr Dhindsa was here to attend a felicitation function held in his honour by the Rotary Club and the Sunam Citizens Club.
He said it was a wrong
impression among the public that the state was facing the
financial crunch due to policy of free power supply to
the farming sector. He explained that the state was
reeling under a financial burden of Rs 2000 crore out of
which only Rs 275 crore was due to free power supply
while Rs 1200 crore were spent in disbursing salaries and
arrears of the new pay scales.
CM promoting family
BARNALA, Jan 10 Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mr Gurcharan Singh Dadhahoor, a member of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) and a former MP, claimed that the Congress would win the Nawanshahr Assembly byelection because farmers, employees, traders, industrialists and weaker sections of society in Punjab were badly disillusioned with anti-public policies of the Punjab Government.
Mr Dadhahoor said the Punjab Chief Minister and the Shiromani Akali Dal chief was promoting family interests overlooking Punjabs interests. He regretted that Punjabs economy was in bad shape passing through its worst-ever phase with rampant corruption playing havoc with people in Punjab.
When asked whether the
Congress should contest assembly poll in Bihar on its own
or enter into alliance with some other party. Mr
Dadhahoor said the Congress had deep roots in Bihar and
it would do very well if it contested assembly poll in
that state on its own.
SHSAD to fight against
BATHINDA, Jan 10 The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD), in collaboration with other like-minded parties, will launch a campaign against corruption nepotism and the poor state of economy after the Maghi Mela.
Addressing a press
conference this evening, Mr Amrik Singh, Senior
Vice-President, SHSAD, alleged that the state economy was
in a shambles, corruption was rampart and no work was
done without paying a bribe in most offices as well as at
the political level.
Gurdev Singh Badal is CEO, SAD
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has appointed Mr Gurdev Singh Badal as Chief Election Officer (CEO) for conducting the organisational election of the SAD.
The Secretary of the SAD, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, in a statement here said today that the election process would start on January 15 and be completed by March 3. The election of the President and office-bearers of the SAD would be held at Teja Singh Samundri Hall, Amritsar on March 3.
Higher grades on total
JALANDHAR, Jan 10 The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) said here yesterday that the Human Resource Development Ministry had issued clarification to the Punjab Government regarding placement of teachers in the next higher grade after adjusting the total number of years of service put in.
The Punjab Government had asked whether the notification issued by the UGC on December 24, 1998, had the approval of the HRD Ministry.
The Ministry had replied that the UGC had issued the notification on the revision of pay scales after due procedure.
Dr V.K. Tewari, general secretary of the PCCTU, said the college and university lecturers would be placed in the next higher grades on the basis of their total service.
The lecturers with six years and 11 years of service would be placed in the senior scale and selection grade, respectively, and those with Ph.D and M Phil would get the benefit of the number of years already accepted by the ministry. The PCCTU had demanded action by the Punjab Government so that nearly 1,000 teachers, whose promotions had been held up, were given the benefit of the pay revision, he said.
Dr Tewari said the All-India Federation of University and college Teachers Organisation (AIFUCTO) had detailed talks with the Secretary of the UGC in New Delhi on January 5.
He said though there was
some progress on issues discussed at a high-level meeting
on October 6, 99, yet the AIFUCTO regretted the
"indifferent" attitude of the UGC since most of
the issues were held up at the level of the UGC and the
Part privatisation of garbage
PATIALA, Jan 10 The Patiala Municipal Corporation has decided to partly privatise garbage collection "as it is unable to cover the entire city, especially after many new colonies on its outskirts have been taken within the ambit of the corporation."
Though the corporation had been upgraded from that of a municipal committee nearly two years ago, there has not been a substantial increase in the cleaning staff responsible for garbage collection. The problem is acute in many outer colonies which do not get cleaned for days.
The corporation is also hampered by the haphazard construction and roads in most outer colonies. Many roads end abruptly and some are such that tractor-trailers find it difficult to negotiate these. There are also a few examples of telephone poles in the centre of roads, hampering vehicle movement.
Corporation Commissioner K.S. Kung said garbage collection would be privatised partly as the whole area under the corporation could not be cleaned by municipal sweepers. He said the focus of the privatisation drive would be the outer colonies which numbered 26.
He said the drive had been taken up on an experimental basis earlier also but could not be entirely successful. He said under the earlier scheme, the colony residents deposited money with the corporation and an equal amount was added by the corporation to create a corpus. He said following this, the colony residents hired a safai sewak themselves.
Mr Kung said a major disadvantage of this scheme was that the safai sewak cleaned a particular street and deposited the garbage at a vacant spot in some other street. He said under the new scheme to be started by the corporation, these problems would be tackled and a private cleanliness scheme evolved which covered the entire area effectively. He said attempts would also be made to remove garbage efficiently by collecting it at night. He said a task force was being prepared for the purpose and the night collection would start in a months time.
A number of residents of outer colonies when contacted also lamented the lack of efficient garbage disposal system. Inderjit Singh of Dasmesh Nagar said an endeavour to collect garbage by a safai sewak hired by the colony had failed due to this. He said with no fixed spots for garbage dumping there was usually tension as to where it should be dumped with empty plots being the final choice.
He urged that the
corporation should put garbage bins in outer colonies
from where garbage could be collected. Some residents
also complained about the unprofessional manner in which
the garbage was collected, saying much of it was strewn
on the road while being taken away. They also said
attempts were made to burn garbage at the spot, which
spread pollution in the area.
Situation tense in village
TARN TARAN, Jan 10 After the January 4 incident the law and order situation in Bhail village is tense.
The Dalits of Bhail village, 25 km from here, organised a nagar kirtan. A section of Jats of a Miankee patti decided to oppose them. Next day Binder Kaur daughter of Dalit Hazara Singh died. Her body was brought to the cremation ground of the village. The Jats of the locality restrained them from cremating her. Her body was immersed into the Beas.
The Jats restricted
Dalit women from going to their fields. This was opposed
by the Dalit youths. The DSP Goindwal Sahib, went to the
village. He has called a meeting of the village elders to
defuse the tense situation.
Medical staffs plea to CM
CHANDIGARH, Jan 10 In a memorandum submitted to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Power Minister, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka, the Medical Staff Association of the PSEB has urged them to make efforts to set the medical services right in the PSEB.
Dr Naresh Raj, President, and Mr Avinash Gupta, General Secretary of the association, in a statement said here today that some paramedical employees had been engaged by the PSEB to perform clerical duties. The association leaders urged the Chief Minister to direct the Board authorities to put employees of dispensaries on duties for which they had been recruited.
The Director, Health,
PSEB, should be declared Head of the department and
should be given full powers to manage the affairs of the
medical wing of the PSEB. There was a no ambulance at the
disposal of the PSEB in Patiala though three dispensaries
were being run by it there.
Computerised office inaugurated
LUDHIANA, Jan 10 The Punjab Chief Minister and the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has said that the party nominee for the Nawanshahr assembly byelection will be decided during the PAC meeting to be convened shortly.
The Chief Minister was talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the computerisation of the Sub Registrars office for the execution of land deeds, wills and powers of attorney here today.
The SAD President said that the ongoing crisis in the state unit of its ally, the BJP, had no effect on the alliance and that it was a matter of time that the dissidents would be controlled and the Central leadership of the BJP was fully aware of the situation.
Mr Badal, however, refused to comment on the statements of the Union Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Urban Employment, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, regarding some "disillusioned" members of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal approaching the SAD (Badal) leadership for rapprochement.
In answer to a question about the corruption charges levelled by two BJP MLAs, Mr Satpal Gosain and Mr Jagdish Sahni, against a senior party minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, the Chief Minister said that the two MLAs should submit a complaint before the Lok Pal, which has been appointed for the purpose.
On the controversy over the Nanakshahi calendar, the Chief Minister said efforts were being made to find an early solution.
Earlier, while addressing the function, Mr Badal said that a comprehensive plan was being chalked out by the state government to computerise the functions of offices of all departments, which would also help keep check on instances of corruption at all levels.
The stressed upon the introduction of advance information technology in government functions to meet the challenge of globalisation and revolution in technology at the international level.
The Chief Minister lauded the district administration for its sustained efforts in bringing about development, thus making the district "the pride of Punjab" by creating new records in the fields of agricultural production, industrial production, small savings, etc.
He also inaugurated a
new computrised block in the District Transport Office
for issuing registration certificates to new vehicles on
the spot and a new Bachat Bhavan building, constructed at
a cost of Rs 27 lakh.
Students complain on question
PATIALA, Jan 10 Students of Senior Model Higher Secondary School, Punjabi Bagh, complained today that they were given the Punjab School Education Board pre-board question papers in Punjabi, though they had opted to answer in English medium.
Mr Jaspal Singh Bedi, father of Damanjit Singh, said due to this muddle, the examination started one hour late, with teachers trying to locate the English medium question papers. He said though some teachers translated some of the questions, many students had a harrowing time.
Mr Bedi, along with
Ranbir Singh, Mansha Singh and Subhash Bansal, demanded
that the paper be cancelled and held again. They said as
the board had introduced the pre-board examination as a
qualifier to sit in the board examinations, scheduled for
March, their children should not be made to suffer.
Patient alleges ill-treatment
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Jan 10 Kuldeep Kaur was allegedly thrown out of the operation theatre in operation dress and having glucose drip by the SMO civil hospital here.
On Deputy Commissioners direction the Civil Surgeon is conducting an inquiring into the incident.
Mrs Ranjana Sahai
alleged here today that she brought Kuldeep for a family
planning operation to the hospital. She was admitted to
the hospital. As soon as the patient wore operation gown,
the SMO came to the operation theatre and pushed her of
the operation theatre.
Medical reps threaten stir
BATHINDA, Jan 10 The Punjab and Chandigarh Medical and Sales Representatives Union has threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if their long-pending demands are not accepted. The decision was taken at its general body meeting held here yesterday.
According to a press
note issued here today, the unions demands include
40 per cent increase in daily allowance and its linkage
with the consumer price index and stopping the marketing
of spurious sub-standard and narcotic drugs.
MOGA, Jan 10 Journalists representing national dailies industrialists and representatives of other commercial establishments here today protested to the management of the Telegraph Office, situated on the Grand Trunk Road, for unnecessary delay in transmitting their day to day telegraphic messages to remote stations almost daily.
They told mediapersons that their telegraphic messages were delayed for several hours daily and the telegrams sent through this office during early morning were transmitted in the afternoon only and, in certain cases, after 5 p.m.
A spokesman for the
Telegraph Office told mediapersons here today that there
was only one man on duty for transmitting all telegrams
from this office against the sanctioned strength of six.
He said the higher- ups in the department concerned had
done nothing to redress the peoples grivances and
the situation can only be improved if the strength of the
staff is increased.
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