|Tuesday, May 2, 2000,
Decision on police posts hangs
Police rules out communal motive
Haryana may hike health charges
Give weeks notice to Bansi,
PWD demolishes 100 kiosks
Hike in bus fares flayed
Doctors blamed for death of
Bansi Lal joins issue
CM to flag off relief train today
Haryana recasts grievance panels
Seminar on physical disorders held
SUCI for autonomy to panchayats
Starving herds enter Haryana
Sarson ka saag may
Husband gets life term for murder
4 more ITIs for Haryana
RTA recovered 1.5 cr between July
98 and April 2000
Strict laws against foeticide
Stamp duty being evaded
Jeweller looted of cash, jewellery
Decision on police posts hangs
GURGAON, May 1 The Haryana Government appears to have bitten more than it can chew in deciding to create zonal ranges and reviving the post of Deputy Inspector General of Police for field postings in the state.
According to authoritative sources, the government is finding hard to implement its decision.
It had posted Mr S.S. Deswal as DIG of Gurgaon range, a few days ago, after his promotion from the post of Senior Superintendent of Police. But he was transferred as DIG, Crime, after two days of his taking charge as DIG, Gurgaon range.
According to observers, the development doesnt speak well about decisions relating to security set-up of the state. It assumes further significance as the Haryana Police wants to build itself to the standard of the London Police. The development has put egg all over the face of the police.
In the present set-up at the pyramid of police structure is the DGP, followed by the IGs in four ranges and the SSPs in 19 districts. The post of the DIG had technically been done away with after its upgradation to the post of the IG, a few months ago. As per the latest decision of the government, the hierarchy of the force was to be made into four-tier. The decision entailed clubbing the four ranges into two. The Rohtak range was to be merged with the Gurgaon range and Bhiwani was to be merged with Ambala. The two ranges were to be headed by IGs. In effect, two of the IGs stood to lose their present assignment.
A top IPS officer of the state told TNS that although the official version doing the round was that the implementation of the decision had been shelved, the move had almost been jettisoned.
Inquiries reveal that the origin of the decision was mired in as much controversy as in its implementation. An officer of the rank of the DIG is said to have played a significant role in the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautalas coterie in favour of the governments decision to enable him to get a posting in the field.
The reasons touted in government circles for shelving the move were resource crunch and inadequate number of personnel for the post of the DIG. However, the factual position militates against the "personnel shortage" theory as the state has presently more than half a dozen officers of the rank of DIGs, including the three SSPs who were recently promoted.
However, the sources
said a section of senior IPS officers had serious
reservations against the move to revive the post of DIGs
in the ranges on the ground that the police
administration would become top heavy, impeding swift
decisions and actions in the process.
Attacks on Christian missionaries in Panipat
CHANDIGARH, May 1 The criminals responsible for recent attacks on Christian missionaries in Panipat district of Haryana were from UP, highly placed police sources said here today. The sources, however, ruled out any communal motive behind these incidents.
It may be recalled that there were at least four incidents of attack on Christian missionaries and their establishments in Haryana. Three of them took place in Panipat district while one incident was reported from Narwana in Jind district. One of the miscreants was caught by neighbours during an attempted robbery at St Marys Church, Panipat, on March 10. The robber was found to be hailing from areas under Jinjani police station in Muzaffarnagar district of UP and on the basis of his interrogation, it could be established that there was one gang behind all incidents in Panipat district.
The sources added that the incident at Narwana could be the handiwork of a different gang. He said the latest incident, that of assault on three nuns at Rewari, was simply a case of drunken misbehaviour by a youth.
The incidents, it may be stated, triggered a furore as Christian missionaries in Delhi and Chandigarh linked these incidents with the attacks on Christian missionaries by Hindu elements elsewhere in the country. The United Christian Association, a Chandigarh-based forum of Christians, has also prepared a memorandum to be submitted to Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala. The association is also planning to hold a rally in Chandigarh on the issue of attacks.
Dr Gerald John Mathias, Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh, also recently accused the police of inaction while demanding security for all minorities. Reacting to the charge, police sources said Christian organisations were blowing the incidents out of proportion. The sources said that tribes, who were known for making a living out of violent robberies, carried out the attacks in Panipat. "They are also partially nomadic which makes their arrest all the more difficult", the sources said. Police officials, however, added that pressure was mounted on the gang through the UP police and the criminals were most likely to surrender in court soon.
according to the officials, appeared to be "soft
targets" for the robbers since such establishments
were usually situated at secluded places, away from the
thickly populated areas. While police deployment in
Christian establishments may not be possible on a
permanent basis, they have been offered gun licences, the
Haryana may hike health charges
CHANDIGARH, May 1 After power and transport, the Haryana Government may enhance charges for health and educational services.
Official sources said that the state Finance department was of the view that the practice of providing free service to people must be phased out gradually. Free service also almost inevitably leads to poor service.
The Finance Minister, Mr Sampat Singh, reportedly feels that people will not object if there is an affordable increase in the charges for various services offered by government departments provided the quality of service improves.
The Finance Minister reportedly was encouraged to think in terms of a hike in charges for government services when he saw the positive results of the governments electricity arrears collection drive. The sources claimed that people were happy with the amount of power made available to them and as a result there was not much resentment against the government drive to collect the pending power dues.
"The bumper crop production, without much rainfall, itself shows that adequate power was provided to farmers," the sources added. A number of deputations from sensitive areas such as Bhiwani, Jind, Kaithal etc. reportedly also met the Finance Minister and urged him for "notional relaxation" of the charges so that their decision to settle the power bills did not look like a retreat.
The sources said apart from the health and education sectors, the Finance department is also thinking of introducing a toll tax for the use of roads. Negotiations are taking place with private parties for construction of road bridges at Panipat, Faridabad, Kurukshetra and other locations in the state on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, the sources added. Moreover, the Finance department has also reportedly sent letters to various other government departments to explore means to mobilise internal resources and lessen the burden on the government exchequer.
Interestingly, the idea to enhance the charges for services will signify a dramatic turnaround for the INLD. The INLD, it may be stated, came to power riding on a popular wave when it either reduced or completely withdrew various collections done by the government. Nor did the Finance Minister give any hint regarding his plans when he presented a tax-free Budget in the Assembly in March.
The sources, however, defended the Finance Minister and said that new taxes were not being introduced in Haryana. The sources added that implementation of the Fifth Pay Commissions recommendations for the overstaffed government departments had put the states finances in a tight position and some hard measures were needed to overcome the crisis. Government incomes from trade, industry and tourism were also adversely affected by the previous regimes prohibition policy and these incomes were yet to come up to a satisfactory level, the sources said.
Give weeks notice to
CHANDIGARH, May 1 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the state of Haryana through the Director-General of Police to give seven days notice in writing to former Chief Minister Bansi Lal and his son, Surinder Singh, in case "any non-bailable offence was registered".
Seeking the grant of anticipatory bail, the two, in their petition before Mr Justice R.L. Anand, had also asked for directions to the respondents to give two weeks notice, along with a certified copy of the First Information Report, to enable them to approach the court for appropriate relief in case the police proposed to arrest them "in any criminal case of a non-bailable nature in the state of Haryana" .
Counsel for the petitioner had stated that the Bhiwani Sessions Judge, while deciding an anticipatory bail plea earlier moved by Mr Bansi Lal, had directed all police stations in Bhiwani district to give a weeks notice. The Judge had, however, not directed the Haryana Police to give time to the petitioner if any case was registered outside Bhiwani district also, counsel had added.
Going into the background, counsel had stated that Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Mr Devi Lal were not merely political rivals of the petitioner but also had personal enmity with him.
Counsel had also stated that several false cases had been registered against Mr Bansi Lal in 1997, too, when Mr Devi Lal was Chief Minister. The petitioner was publicly humiliated by being handcuffed, counsel had added. An FIR, he had added, was registered in October 1999 at the Chief Ministers behest.
Describing Mr Lal as a
responsible citizen, counsel had added that the
petitioner would not misuse the concession of
anticipatory bail in any manner. He would rather abide by
the conditions imposed by the court.
PWD demolishes 100 kiosks
BARWALA, May 1 The Punjab Public Works Department PWD (B & R), demolished 100 wooden kiosks which had come up illegally on government land for the past many years.
According to eyewitnesses, the department had won a case in this context and the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ruled in their favour a couple of days ago. The land in question had been earmarked for the construction of a roundabout to ease congestion on the Barwala- Chandigarh and Dera Bassi-Yamunanagar road link.
The department officials had talked to the encroachers to clear the land on their own and had resorted to munadi (public announcement) for the past two days but to no effect. Today, a bulldozer and several workers were pressed into action to clear the kiosks. A large posse of police was present to prevent any untoward incident.
According to Mr Amar Singh, a former sarpanch of the village, the land had been encroached upon for the past several years. Until five years ago, the encroachers used to pay rent to the panchayat but had later ganged up and had refused to pay their dues.
Earlier, there were only
a few kiosks behind the bus stand but their number had
mushroomed over the years and some of them were now
literally on the road berms. Many of the shopkeepers, who
were running petty businesses, decried the pick and
choose policy of the department in clearing encroached
land and bearing pucca constructions untouched. The
demolitions will continue tomorrow.
Hike in bus fares flayed
ROHTAK, May 1 The CPM, Haryana unit, has severely criticised the Chautala government for hike in bus fares and the wheat flour supplied through the ration depots.
The party has described the governments argument that fare has been increased to cover the hike in operational cost of roadways buses as ridiculous and unjustifiable on the ground that the balance sheet of the Transport Department has not been made public.
Mr Inderjit Singh, State Secretary, CPM, said that many depots of the Haryana Roadways have claimed profits in the recent years. Moreover, the Roadways Workers Union has been making serious complaints of losses being incurred due to illegal plying of vehicle under political patronage and other irregularities at the management level.
Therefore, the party said, the act of the government to further burden the common man, instead of taking other remedial measures, was condemnable.
The CPM has also denounced the increase in the prices of wheat flour, from Rs 4 per kg to Rs 6.50 kg, and described the action as anti-labour. By taking this step on the eve of May Day, the Chautala government has not only exposed its anti-worker character but has also proved that the so-called opposition of the INLD to the subsidy cuts by the Vajpayee government, was not genuine.
The Chautala government, Mr Inderjit Singh said, should have protested against the cut in subsidies in the manner the E.K. Nayanar government of Kerala did by staging dharnas before the Parliament House on April 18 last.
The CPM has also refuted the claim of Mr Om Prakash Chautala made in his May Day message carried by various newspapers today, that labour laws were being implemented in Haryana. Mr Inderjit Singh has further described as misleading the announcement of upward revision in minimum wages.
He said that the minimum wages of Rs 1905 actually carries with it the addition of routine instalment of dearness allowance. The fresh revision in minimum wages, in fact, was still pending.
Extending greetings to the working class on the occasion of May Day, the party reiterated its support to the all-India strike being organised against the anti-national policies of liberalisation and privatisation of the Vajpayee government, on May 11.
The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) has also criticised the hike in bus fares and charged the government with succumbing to the pressure of private transport operators. It described the government action as another step in the direction of privatisation of roadways.
The SUCI regretted that
instead of cleansing the roadways of corruption, and
irregularities, the government has preferred to hike the
fares and converted the roadways into a profit
earning shop. The party reminded Mr Chautala that
he had opposed the hike in bus fares during the regime of
Mr Bansi Lal and had then held protest demonstrations at
Haryana Cong flays bus fare hike
CHANDIGARH, May 1 The Haryana Congress has criticised the hike in bus fares ordered by the Chautala Government.
In a statement issued here today the President of the party, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said the Chautala Government had imposed an additional burden of over Rs 20 crore on people travelling by the state-owned buses.
Claiming that the bus fare hike would trigger an alround increase in the prices of essential commodities, Mr Hooda said while the people were expecting some relief from the state government, it had put an additional burden on them.
Instead of increasing
the bus fare, it would have been better if the state
government had imposed some discipline on its wasteful
expenditure and adopted better management techniques in
the Transport Department.
Doctors blamed for death of
HISAR, May 1 Risal Singh, a murder convict, died in the local Civil Hospital last evening. The family of the deceased and a fellow convict undergoing treatment in the same ward have alleged that he died due to negligence of the doctors.
Bhagat Ram, a brother of the dead convict, in his statement before the Tehsildar, Mr Ashok Malik, stated that Risal Singh had been admitted to the hospital on April 29. He was prescribed certain medicines, which as per procedure had to be supplied by the jail authorities. However, these were not received even after his death the next day.
He said when the pain became intolerable, family members made repeated pleas to the nurse to summon a doctor but she refused to do so. He said ultimately he was given an enema in the absence of the doctors and he died 15 minutes later.
He further alleged that the doctor on duty came to the ward 35 minutes after the death and tried to revive Risal Singh. However, the oxygen cylinder was found to be empty. A few injections were also given to cover up the negligence.
Bhagat Rams version was supported also by Sube Singh, another convict who is undergoing treatment in the same ward and was occupying the bed next to the deceased.
It is learnt that Risal Singh had first developed pain around April 15. He was shifted to the hospital after a great deal of effort by the relatives on April 17 and discharged after four days despite protests by the family.
The deceased was serving a jail sentence along with three others for a murder committed in 1996. One of his brothers Jagdish who was also serving a prison term in this case died in 1998 under similar circumstances. A case of negligence had been registered against a doctor after his death.
The following year, Risal Singhs cousin Hanuman who was also jailed in the same case died after he was shifted to Rohtak Medical College Hospital on complaint of stomach ache.
Dr Rajinder Batta, PMO,
however, maintained that the convict had died of a heart
attack. He admitted, however, that the exact cause of the
death would be known only after a post-mortem
examination, which would be conducted later this evening.
No case had been registered till reports last came in.
Bansi Lal joins issue with CM
CHANDIGARH, May 1 HVP President and former Chief Minister Bansi Lal today joined issue with Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala over the lack of repair to the Bhakra Main Canal (BMC) and resultant curtailment in the share of Haryana in the river waters.
Mr Chautala had alleged that the BMC could not be repaired because the previous government had not released necessary funds. As a result of this, the capacity of the canal was reduced from 10,800 cusecs to 9,500 cusecs and thus Haryana was being deprived of 1,300 cusecs of its share in the river waters.
The Chautala Government had released Rs 5 crore to Punjab a few days ago for the repair of the canal, which would take some time.
In a statement issued here today Mr Bansi Lal said Mr Chautalas allegations were not based on facts. He said during his tenure as Chief Minister the Haryana Government had released Rs 11 crore to Punjab for repair of the BMC. But Punjab, he said, was not interested in repairing the canal,which would ensure the full share in the river waters to Haryana.
Mr Bansi Lal said it was provided in the Distribution Act that the Punjab Government would hand over the control of the Ropar, Harike Patan and Ferozepur headworks to the BBMB for fair distribution of waters between the two states. But Punjab was still retaining the control.
The HVP leaders said
since Mr Chautala had family relations with the Punjab
Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, he should
persuade his counterpart to relinquish control over the
headworks and give Haryana its due share in the river
CM to flag off relief train
CHANDIGARH, May 1 Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala will flag off a train carrying wheat fodder to Bikaner in Rajasthan tomorrow.
The entire contribution of fodder weighing about 6000 quintals and 240 quintals of cattlefeed has been donated voluntarily by residents of Ambala. The present rake is in addition to the 13 wagons of fodder already supplied by Ambala district to Rajasthan. The value of the present consignment is Rs 7 lakh.
Haryana recasts grievance panels
CHANDIGARH, May 1 The Haryana Government has reconstituted the district public relations and grievances committee.
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, will preside over the monthly meeting of the district public relations and grievances committee at Jind on the second Monday and at Bhiwani on the second Tuesday of each month.
Similarly, Finance Minister, Sampat Singh will preside over the meetings of the district public relations and grievances committee at Kurukshetra on the second Monday and at Karnal on the second Tuesday of each month. Town and Country Planning Minister Dhirpal Singh will preside over the meetings of such committees at Rohtak on the second Monday and at Sonepat on the second Tuesday.
Transport Minister Ashok Kumar will preside over the meetings of such committees at Fatehabad on the second Monday and at Sirsa on the second Tuesday Cooperation Minister, Kartar Singh Bhadana preside over the meetings of these committees at Yamunanagar on the second Monday and at Panchkula on the second Tuesday.
Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh will preside over the meetings of such committees at Ambala on the second Monday and at Kaithal on the second Tuesday.
Minister of State for Health M.L. Ranga, Minister of State for Animal Husbandary Mohammed llyas, Minister of State for Social Welfare Risal Singh, Minister of State for Local Government Subhash Chand and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Pal Majra will preside over the meetings of these committees on the second Monday of each month in the districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Hisar, Panipat and Jhajjar, respectively.
Seminar on physical disorders
ROHTAK, May 1 The Haryana chapter of the Association of Physicians of India (API) has asked the doctors and physicians to keep updating, their knowledge and skills so as to properly handle physical disorder cases. The appeal was made at a one-day programme of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) which concluded at the Pt BDS Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here on Saturday.
According to Professor P.S. Ghalaut, secretary of the API, nearly 150 physicians from Haryana and Delhi took part in the seminar. He said latest techniques of treatment of disorders like epilepsy, blood cancer, heart attack and respiratory diseases were discussed in the seminar.
Dr N. Kochupillai, Head of endocrinology, Department of Medicine, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi deliberated on the disorders concerning hypothyroidism. He said the disease assumed wider proportions and needed to be checked properly. While Dr Satish Jain discussed the epilepsy management in selected situations. Dr Satish Chaudhary of the AIIMS spoke on the management of intravascular coagulation (DIC).
SUCI for autonomy to
ROHTAK, May 1 The Haryana unit of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) has described the decision of the state government to give more powers to the gram panchayats as a stunt, and added that the democratisation of panchayats was a must before any such decision.
In a statement issued here yesterday the organising committee of the SUCI claimed that the gram panchayats and other local bodies were at present puppets in the hand of state government. The district authorities had been directing and using panchayats in the manner they like and the sarpanch or elected members of such bodies had no right to argue or to counter the decision of the district or state-level officers.
Starving herds enter Haryana
ROHTAK, May 1 Hundreds of head of cattle, including milk yielding cows, sheep and goats which had migrated here after the drought in Rajasthan have reportedly died due to lack of water and fodder. Thousands of cattle have taken shelter in the region comprising Jhajjar, Rohtak, Bhiwani and Sonepat districts of the state.
Although the herds of these animals have been more or less mobile, the shepherds accompanying these animals are worried about them. A shepherd belonging to Jalore district in Rajasthan, who is camping with his cattle along with many others in vicinity of a nearby village, claimed that his herd, which had about 1000 cows when he started about 20 days back, had lost about 95 of them during the journey due to lack of fodder and water. He said although a temporary stay had been allowed for his herd, but the shortage of fodder had been worrying him and his family members. This shepherd is travelling with his wife and small children along with animals. He said if he had not come here, all animals might have perished by now.
However, the exact number of cattle which have died during travel to Haryana is not known.
Most of the shepherds who have come here feel that temperature has been extraordinarily high in Haryana and it might force them to go to another place. A majority of the families of these shepherds have been surviving by selling milk.
It is also learnt that many animals were sold to local population to get money for essential commodities.
According to a shepherd they have to save some of the money to send it to family members staying back at their ancestral villages for security of their houses. Most of the persons staying back are family elders for whom travelling would have been difficult.
Most of the herds
usually stay at one place for four to five days. They
have come from Sikar, Jhunjunu, Jalore and Alwar
districts. They have demanded adequate fodder, water and
proper staying arrangement.
Sarson ka saag may become
HISAR, May 1 While you may have enjoyed lip-smacking sarson saag in winter, it has left a sour taste in the mouths of the growers who are forced to sell the crop at rates below the support price announced by the Centre. Growers say if the trend continues for another couple of years, sarson ka saag may become a rarity in Haryana.
The Centre had announced Rs 1100 as support price for mustard this year. However, there are hardly any buyers for the crop at this rate. The best quality mustard is being sold at Rs 1050 much to the disappointment of the growers. They do not hope to get the support price since government agencies hardly procure any oilseeds. The support price, therefore, has no practical meaning.
Enquiries made by The Tribune reveal that the edible oil market in India has become so dependent on Malaysian palm oil and American soya oil that there are hardly any buyers for the local produce. Trade circles say in a bid to dominate the international edible oil market, especially India, which is one of the biggest consumers of edible oils, both Malaysia and the USA are providing heavy subsidy to their farmers.
As a result the current landing price of crude palm oil on Indian ports is just Rs 17 a kg. Converted into litres, the price comes to about Rs 15 per litre which is only marginally above the rate for branded good quality mineral water. Since edible oils are in the OGL category, imports of these oils have soared over the past five years or so.
Experts say India had begun to produce about 60 to 70 per cent of its oilseeds requirement by 1995. However, the competition from the international brands has slowed down the production growth as local growers are not getting good price for their produce.
In Haryana last year, oilseeds were grown on 0.470 million hectares and the average productivity was 1225 kg per hectare. This showed a sharp rise over average production of just 667 kg per hectare in 1997-98 when the crop was affected severely by bad weather, particularly prolonged foggy conditions. However, the area under oilseeds had come down last year from 0.560 million hectares to 0.470 million hectares.
Dr Prakash Kumar, Senior Scientist, Oilseeds, at the local CCS Haryana Agricultural University, told The Tribune today that the area under oilseeds this year was almost the same as last year although a bumper crop has flooded the markets. He said mustard accounted for more than 92 per cent of the area under oilseeds in the state.
The leading producers of mustard in Haryana are Bhiwani, Hisar, Mahendragarh and Rohtak, although all other districts, with the exception of Panchkula, also grow mustard.
Dr Kumar and his colleague, Dr C.D. Kaushik, are among 10 local scientists engaged in research on oilseeds production. The oilseeds research centre here is considered the best in the country and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) gives liberal grants for the purpose in view of the centres achievements.
They say new varieties developed here had boosted mustard production in the state to a great extent. However, they agreed that all the years they had put in and and funds that had gone into developing new varieties would be wasted if the growers did not get remunerative prices.
Enquiries also revealed that the area under sunflower had come down from one lakh hectares in 1996-97 to about 10,000 hectares this year. This is mainly because sunflower is no longer fetching a good price in the market. Another reason for this is that farmers had taken to sunflower instead of wheat because of the phalaris minor weed problem. The same has now been overcome and since sunflower is no longer remunerative, farmers have switched back to growing wheat.
Several farmers interviewed by The Tribune in the grain markets here said they planned to turn to some other crop from next year as they had to resort to distress sale of their mustard crop this year. They were aware of the problem caused by the glut in the international markets. However, they blamed the Centre for not taking steps to protect the rights of oilseeds growers in the country.
Husband gets life term for
FARIDABAD, MAY 1 Mr K. C. Gupta, District and Sessions Judge, today sentenced Udaybir Singh of Chhainsa to life imprisonment, for murdering his wife Santi Devi.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 or undergo one years further imprisonment.
4 more ITIs for Haryana
CHANDIGARH, May 1 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, has said that four new ITIs at Fatehabad, Nissing, Sadhaura and Kalka will be made functional from the current academic session.
The Chief Minister has also released a special sum of Rs 2 crore for this purpose, an official press note said.
The buildings of these ITIs had been under construction for the past over three years.
This step had been taken
in view of the governments policy to expand a
network of technical institutions in the state so that
the youth might be able to open their independent
ventures after passing out of these institutions.
Strict laws against foeticide
FARIDABAD, May 1 Mrs Mridula Sinha, Chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, today expressed concern about the large-scale murder of female foetus in the country.
Addressing a womens conference organised by the Haryana Social Welfare Advisory Board (HSWAB) here Mrs Sinha called for enactment of a strict law to prevent the practice. No country could progress unless it gave equal status to men and women.
She announced that 2001 would be observed as "Nari Shakti Varsh".
Stamp duty being evaded
SONEPAT, May 1 The Haryana Government has been suffering big financial loss on account of evasion of stamp duty by property dealers in connivance with officials of the Revenue Department at Gohana, Ganaur and Kharkhauda in the district.
According to informed
sources, prices of land have gone up manifold during the
past many years. To check undervaluation of the property
deals, the government had fixed different rates of land
and buildings in various localities in the urban and
rural areas. Similarly, the government had fixed the
minimum selling rates of land for payment of stamp duty
and registration fee about seven years back. But these
were less than the prevailing prices of lands and
buildings. The property dealers took the advantage of
these guidelines and had been registering the sale deeds
as per rates fixed by the district administration. The
district authorities had been allowing registration of
the properties without any inquiry into the authencity of
RTA recovered 1.5 cr between
July 98 and
AMBALA, May 1 The regional transport authority has recovered Rs 1.5 crore from traffic violators between July 19 and April 2000. This information was given by RTA Secretary, Mr R S Dhull, to the high-level team which was formed on the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to take stock of the traffic scenario.
The RTA secretary said
between July 1998 and April 2000, 6395 heavy and light
vehicles were checked out of which 1170 vehicles were
challaned for not keeping first-aid box, 602 vehicles
were challaned for having musical horns, 4387 vehicles
were challaned for not having pollution check papers and
1802 persons challaned for not having driving licence.
While 72 vehicles were challaned for having dark films,
192 persons were challaned for not wearing proper
uniform. About 1283 two-wheeler drivers were challaned
for not wearing helmets.The team then went to Arya Chowk
and Agrasen Chowk in Ambala City, Capital Chowk and new
bus stand in Ambala Cantonment to check the vehicles.
Jeweller looted of cash,
AMBALA, May 1 A jeweller from Saharanpur was looted of cash and jewellery in Ambala Cantonment last night.
The incident took place
at about 9.30 p.m. when the jeweller, Mr Tara Chand, who
was travelling by a rickshaw, was accosted by two youths
on a motorcycle. The duo intercepted the rickshaw near
Rukmini Devi Hall and brandished a weapon. After taking
the bag containing the money and jewellery, they sped off
on their unmarked motorcycle. The bag contained Rs 50,000
cash and 1.65 kg jewellery.
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