|Monday, March 27, 2000,
Fresh survey for old-age pension
Rori to get tehsil status
Clintons warning to Pak
Empowerment of women must
Teachers, clerk held at exam
Vets seek revision of NPA
Childs murder: case against
5 of family
21 observers for municipal
CHANDIGARH, March 26 The Haryana State Election Commissioner, Mr T.D. Jogpal, has appointed 21 observers and 49 expenditure observers for the municipal elections scheduled to be held in the state on April 2.
Mr Jogpal said here today that the observers would reach the stations of their duty two or three days in advance to keep watch on the election process and to prevent any irregularities or any untoward incident.
Mr L.M.S. Salins and Mr Sanjay Kothari will be observers for ward no. 1 to 12 and ward no. 13 to 25 of the Faridabad Municipal Corporation respectively.
The other observers are
Mr Chander Singh (Ambala city and Ambala cantonment), Mr
Gulab Singh Sarot (Hisar, Ratia, Tohana and Fatehabad),
Mr K.S. Yadav (Jind, Narwana and Safidon), Mrs Aneeta
Choudhary (Rohtak and Meham), Mr Roshan Lal (Panipat and
Samalkha), Mr M.L. Tayal (Thanesar, Shahabad and Ladwa),
Mr Arun Kumar (Sirsa, Ellenabad, Rania and Kalawali), Mr
R.D. Sheokand (Rewari and Bawal), Mr Ankur Gupta
(Ferozepur Jhirka and Nuh), Mrs Deepti Umashankar (Hansi
and Barwala), Mrs G.Anupama (Jhajjar and Charkhi Dadri),
Mr Anurag Rastogi (Pehowa and Cheeka), Mr Abhilakh Likhi
(Karnal, Taraori, Assandh and Gharaunda), Mr P.C. Bidhan
(Narnaul and Mahendragarh), Mr M.R. Anand (Palwal and
Hodal), Mr Krishan Kumar (Gurgaon and Sohana), Mr Ashok
Khemka (Sonepat, Gohana and Ganaur), Mr S.S. Ahlawat
(Yamunanagar and Jagadhri), and Mr N.S. Tanwar (Kalka and
Fresh survey for old-age
HISAR, March 26 The Haryana Government will carry out a fresh survey to identify deserving people for old age and handicapped pensions. This was announced by the Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, during his two-day tour of the Bhattu Kalan constituency.
Prof Singh disclosed that a large number of people eligible to get this pension had been left out in the earlier surveys. To ensure that all the deserving persons get the pension, a fresh survey would be conducted, he said.
The minister said that during the last survey, the pension beneficiaries rose from six lakh to 10 lakh. He revealed that all these people get their pension before seventh of every month. In order to enlist those people left out in this survey a fresh survey has been ordered.
He made it clear, the fresh survey will also verify the credentials of the existing beneficiaries. This is being done following the complaints that some ineligible persons were getting the old-age pension. He said, all such persons will be deleted from the beneficiaries' list.
The minister assured the farmers that government was committed to providing water to all the farmers. He said, the government had already chalked out a strategy to ensure that tailend areas get adequate water for irrigation. In this connection he said, the government had taken various steps to prevent theft of canal water. He said, anybody found guilty of water theft will be severely punished. For ensuring full supply of the water at the tailend, entry will be made in a register duly countersigned by the panch and sarpanch of the area recording the level of water everyday. This has been done to prevent wrong information about the supply of water at the tailend.
Referring to basic
amenities, Prof Singh said, the government had allocated
about 65 per cent of this years budget for this
sector only. He said, the government was committed to
providing adequate water, power, health-care, education
and other basic amenities to all the people, particularly
in the rural areas.
Rori to get tehsil status
SIRSA, March 26 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala today declared Rori, which was earlier being developed as a modern village, would be given the status of tehsil for the speedy development of the area. Besides, he also announced water works to be constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh in Phaggu village. He was addressing a gathering at Rori on his thanksgiving tour of the Rori constituency. He also addressed a series of public meetings on the second day of his tour of the constituency in the district.
Mr Chautala said that the main aim of his government was to serve the people of the state without discriminating against any area. His government had taken some policy decisions for the welfare of the people which included fresh survey to identify people living below the poverty line so that they could be issued yellow cards. He revealed that the power lines passing over the residential areas, schools and ponds would be removed to avoid accidents.
Acceding to the demands of the villagers in Burj Bhangu, he announced the construction of a link road from the village to Swaipur, the construction of the Scheduled Castes chaupal bricklining of the streets of the Scheduled Castes localities and the replacement of transformer. In addition, he assured to approach the Centre for the setting up of a railway crossing near the village.
At Dhaban village he sanctioned a veterinary hospital, ordered the completion of the Scheduled Castes chaupal, the construction of new backward class chaupal, the construction of link road from Baragudha bus stand to village etc.
Pollution galore in Panipat
PANIPAT: Residents of Panipat and villages around it have been affected by various types of pollution chemical pollution, environmental pollution, noise and smoke pollution. Since some time the extent of noise pollution had risen from 5 to 10 decibels.
Water pollution has resulted from approximately 400 dye and printing factories whereas atmospheric pollution is the consequence of heavy vehicular traffic on the main GT Road emitting smoke from spinning mills. Even though the authorities are trying to observe the rules to reduce pollution by taking strict action and big units have adopted measures to abide by the rules, yet the smaller and medium units have done little in this respect as the owners are unable to be bear costs. The administration is taking action against such units by disconnecting water and electricity, but the result is still unsatisfactory.
In Panipat, the water available to residents is highly contaminated, on account of the release of acidic waste by dying and printing units. The subsoil water has also been contaminated by the discharge of such wastes as a result of this water has become coloured and emits a pungent smell.
For maintenance of water quality, it is essential to conduct a study of the groundwater contamination due to discharge of industrial effluents. Water from handpumps is found to be dirty and having foul smell like that of petrol. The residents have, therefore, preferred to have water from tubewells but here too the extent of fluoride is high. Besides, dying and printing units, the local Nagar Parishad is equally responsible for water contamination, for waste water stagnating in open lots in the colonies has resulted in increased saline content in the drinking water of handpumps.
Although big units have taken steps to reduce water pollution small units have done nothing in this respect. Installation of a water treatment plant in the Old Industrial area is under consideration by owners of units.
It is estimated that such a treatment plant planned near Kabri Road is estimated to cost Rs 2 crore, out of which 50 per cent would be contributed by industrialists and 25 per cent each by central and state governments. Disposal of industrial wastes and domestic wastes is also a problem because the sewer lines appear to be inadequate and are always overflowing.
Air and noise pollution has also become a cause of concern. As the town is close to the GT Road, there is massive air and noise pollution. The amount of smoke emitted, particularly by three-wheelers, maxi-cabs and tractors, is the main cause of concern. Generating sets of spinning mills add to this pollution. The pollution controlling authority appears to be helpless, as it cannot contain this pollution.
Besides, industrial units, there are different private industrial undertakings which are also responsible for the spurt in pollution. Even though requisite steps appear to have been taken by these units, yet these appear to be insufficient. Residents of the town as also the employees of plants residing in official colonies are greatly perturbed due to ash and smoke emitted by the National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) plant. The surface of the land has been hit by the carbon ash emitted by the plant and has become unfit for agriculture. Despite steps taken by the authorities to avoid pollution, the cooperative sugar mill is also responsible for spreading pollution. The thermal power station s no less guilty in polluting the atmosphere around the town.
Yet another public sector undertaking, the Indian Oil refinery would add to the pollution when production starts, even though its management claims that it has spent about Rs 150 crore to check pollution. Time only will tell how far their claim is justified.
The Central Pollution
Control Board in consultation with the state boards will
undertake preparation of a zoning atlas for siting of
industries in selected districts and ensure its
completion by the year-end. The implementation and use of
such maps for siting of industries will be done through
the District Industries Centre.
Clintons warning to Pak hailed
YAMUNANAGAR, March 26 The Vice-Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mr Tarlochan Singh, has appreciated US President Bill Clintons warning to Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting terrorism in India.
Speaking at a felicitation function held at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, here today, Mr Tarlochan Singh urged the minorities to contribute towards the progress of the country. He said the Sikhs adopted the country wherever they went and contributed to its progress. He said the main motive of the Sikh community was to serve the masses.
He expressed regret over the lowest literacy percentage of Muslim women in Haryana. He asked the people to educate womenfolk so that their coming generations could benefit.
He warned the people not to play into the hands of selfish politicians.
He said the Chief Minister of Haryana had set an example by keeping his Cabinet small and inducting representatives of various communities into his Cabinet.
A Muslim leader, Hazi Sayeed Mukhtiar Ali, apprised the Vice-Chairman of their demands, who assured them of all possible help.
Earlier, Mr Bhupinder Singh Jauhar, president of the managing committee of the college and Dr Amrik Singh, Principal, welcomed him to the function which was organised by Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Guru Nanak Khalsa Institute of Technology and Management Studies and Guru Gobind Singh Institute of Technology and Management Studies, Yamunanagar.
Empowerment of women must for
KARNAL, March 26 Mr Vishnu Bhagwan, Financial Commissioner cum Principal Secretary, Haryana Chief Minister, today called upon the Society to end "bias towards women in the country."
In his convocation address to the passing out graduates of Government College for Women, Mr Vishnu Bhagwan expressed the view that if the country was to face new challenges of development it should empower its women and equip it with education. He regretted that out of the total women population in the country only 36 per cent had read up to the primary level. The percentage of women who reached the college level was only 10 per cent.
He maintained that this situation was the result of discrimination against women. He accused Indian mothers of discriminating against daughters. He said if the country was to face new challenges there should be 100 per cent literacy rate in the country.
Stating that the exploitation of women was rampant in all spheres of life, he said such aberrations could be rectified only through education. That was the only tool to equip women for fighting the challenges of life and society.
He expressed the view that women were the stronger sex as they had more courage and resilience to face difficult situations.
Dr Prem Vasudeva, Principal of the college, demanded that the college should be granted permanent affiliation to claim grants from the U.G.C. She said the college lacked proper furniture and there was shortage of staff. A portion of college building was under the occupation of the regional centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University and with the raising number of students, the college was faced with accommodation problem.
Teachers, clerk held at exam
SONEPAT, March 26 The police arrested two school teachers and a clerk in a surprise raid at an examination centre set up for the Board of School Education, Haryana, for the middle standard examinations at Bidhal village, yesterday.
According to a report reaching here, a case under Sections 188 Cr. P.C. and 452, 420 and 120-B IPC had been registered against them.
Official sources said Mr Partap Singh Sheoran, DSP Gohana, reached the village and inspected the examination centre there. During the checking, he found two teachers Ishwar Singh and Bijender Singh of Government High School, Lath village, preparing answers for the question paper. During interrogation, they stated that they had got a copy of the question paper from Balwan Singh, a clerk of the school.
The Gohana police, it
may be recalled, had already registered criminal cases
against two police constables who were caught redhanded
for rendering help to the examinees at various
Vets seek revision of NPA
ROHTAK, March 26 The veterinary surgeons of the state have sought revision of the non-practising allowance (NPA).
In a statement issued here yesterday, the President of the Haryana Veterinary Association (HVA), Dr O.P. Chhikara, said a majority of the members of the association were "unhappy" with the alleged delaying tactics on the issue.
Demanding parity on the issue, he said veterinary surgeons in Haryana had been getting NPA on the old pattern while the recommendation of the Fifth Day Commission allowed parity with the general duty medical officers (MBBS) and dental doctors.
He said though a
notification in this regard had already been issued by
the Haryana Government on January 7, 1998, it had not
been implemented (revised) so far. He had requested the
Chief Minister, Mr O.P. Chautala, to take measures to
fulfil the vets demand.
Childs murder: case against 5
ROHTAK, March 26 The police has booked five members of a family in connection with the death of one and half-year-old child.
The complaint was lodged
by the mother with the Beri police by Parmila, the mother
of child Mohit. She has alleged that she was beaten
up and locked in a room on the fateful night and
Mohit was murdered by her husband in a fit of
rage. The police has reportedly found Mohits body
which has been sent for post mortem.
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