|Friday, May 5, 2000,
Admn secretaries told to give
Pay 1.5 lakh to kin in custodial
Demolitions deprive them of
Registration deeds, revenue
records to be computerised
34 HCS officers
Chautala justifies bus fare hike
New policy on captive generators
4 killed in road mishap
Concern over low female literacy
Devinder Bhadana elected Mayor
Multi-crore land scam unearthed
Haryana to have 5 TV relay centres
Engineering students decry govt
Fire services a shambles
Admn secretaries told to give
CHANDIGARH, May 4 The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has directed the Administrative Secretaries to release the details of the administrative and financial powers given to the Panchayati Raj institutions within 30 days.
Stating this here today the Deputy Chairman of the Haryana State Planning Board, Mr R.S. Chaudhary, said after Mr Devi Lal, it was Mr Chautala who had taken the effective steps towards the rural development through the Panchayati Raj institutions.
The initiative taken by the Chautala government to make these institutions financially viable were very practical. During the current financial year, Rs 10.80 crore would be given to them by way of allotting them 3 per cent of the revenue receipts from the stamp duty and registration fee. Out of this 10 per cent would be given to zila parishad and 15 per cent to panchayat samitis.
A grant of about Rs 22 crore would be given to these institutions during the current year for undertaking developmental works in the villages. For the maintenance of community assets Rs 14.77 crore would be given at the rate of Rs 10 lakh per block, which would be increased by 10 per cent every year.
Claiming that Mr Chautala was the only Chief Minister in the country who had himself administered the oath of office to over 60,000 newly elected members of the Panchayati Raj institutions, Mr Chaudhary said till now the financial powers of the panchayats were limited to Rs 25,000. Now the panchayats could spend up to Rs 1.25 lakh for undertaking development works in the villages. They would have to seek the permission of the panchayat samiti to undertake work up to Rs 3 lakh and of the zila parishad for works between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. By giving such financial powers to the panchayats,, the funds would be used in a correct manner.
Mr Chaudhary said that
on the one hand, this step had given a boost to the newly
elected members of the Panchayati Raj institutions, on
the other it had infused a sense of confidence amongst
the rural masses who were now convinced that development
would definitely take place in the rural areas.
Pay 1.5 lakh to kin in
custodial death case
CHANDIGARH, May 4 Directing the state of Haryana to pay Rs 1,50,000 as compensation to the family of Narwana district resident Jassa Singh, allegedly murdered in police custody in 1996, the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has also asked the CBI take action for prosecuting the guilty after investigating the case.
Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice K.S. Kumaran also directed the that the file pertaining to Jassa Singhs death be handed over to the CBI. Regarding jobs for the victims' children, Mr Justice Kumaran ordered that the "if and when the petitioners make an application for appropriate appointment, the same will be considered by the state, in accordance with the law, rules and regulations."
Seeking compensation of Rs 10,00,000, besides directions to the respondents to launch prosecution against the cops involved in the "sordid affair", counsel for the petitioners had earlier stated on their behalf that Jassa Ram was murdered while in police custody at Narwana Sadar police station in July 1996.
He had added that the family was not even informed before the post mortem examination was conducted. Jassa Singh was not even medically examined, counsel claimed.
Giving details, counsel had contended that Jassa Singh was arrested in a false case under Section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act. The report on viscera, he had added, showed ethyl alcohol was in Jassa Ram's body leading to the conclusion that he was made to consume the same and was poisoned while in custody.
Denying the allegations, the respondents had stated that no police official had any grudge against the deceased nor was there any motive for them to murder him. Moreover, the prisoners arrested simultaneously had not seen anyone administrating poison to Jassa Ram, they had added.
After hearing the
arguments, Mr. Justice Kumaran observed: "In view of
the fact that death of Jassa Singh had occurred while he
was in police custody that too by injecting poison into
him, counsel for the petitioners is justified in his
contention that the investigation should be carried on
and those responsible for his custodial death should be
charge-sheeted and punished".
Registration deeds, revenue records
AMBALA, May 4 Ambala is all set to witness a sea change in the way property transactions take place, with computerisation of revenue records and registration deeds.
"It will be for the first time in the state that the registration deed will be fully computerised. The computerised registration deed will be available soon at Ambala tehsil," said the Deputy Commissioner of Ambala, Mr Ram Niwas.
He said earlier the property documents were manually registered. "Now both the buyer and the seller will have to be physically present at the office. The photographs of both will be recorded in the computer. No pasting or putting staples will be needed," he stated.
Mr Ram Niwas claimed that computerisation would put a stop to forged documents. "Attempts have been made to forge documents. Computerisation will make the process faster and transparent. The impression of photographs will be on the registration deed, which cannot be altered," he said.
The Deputy Commissioner pointed out that besides the impression of the photograph, the impression of the signature would also be taken. "The computerisation of the registration deed will prevent multiple transactions. It will create a computerised database and the land will be reflected as sold. In case of any doubt, one can check details of the registration deed at the press of a button," he stated.
He said the computerisation was being done under the expertise of National Informatics Centre. "The hardware is going to be installed soon. We are going to have hi-tech digital cameras, scanner, printer and other accessories," Mr Ram Niwas said.
Computerisation of revenue records is also underway. "The revenue records of the district are being computerised. The basic revenue record, jamabandi will now be available on the computer. It will help us in knowing the title, possession and other crucial details at the touch of a button. While 400 jamabandis have been computerised, we are going to complete computerisation of 50 more jamabandis soon," Mr Ram Niwas said.
"With the computerisation of the revenue records, there will be no need to go to the patwari as details will be available on the computer. It will give details of the land holdings in the area," he said.
The Deputy Commissioner said the process of computerisation of driving licence, learning licence and registration papers of vehicles was also on. "The database of licences and vehicles enables us to find out the exact detail of any vehicle or its owner. Earlier, manpower had to be pressed into service to trace out the vehicle ownership," he said.
"We are also
planning to have online link with the SP's office for
more effective coordination and quicker retrieval of
data. The work on registration papers is on. With
computerised licences soon, there will be no touts,"
Demolitions deprive them of
BARWALA, May 4 The demolition drive against the illegal structures dotting the area in the vicinity of the bus stand has left shopkeepers distraught, depriving them of their livelihood and putting them on the road, they contend.
The drive will continue till all illegal structures are demolished. The action came after the PWD won a case in this context in the high court. While 100 kiosks were removed the first day, about 100 more were demolished Tuesday.
Recalling the day the action was initiated, shopkeeper Roshan Lal said, Men and machine descended on the scene out of nowhere and reduced our life to rubble and debris with little care for the hard work gone into building our businesses.
Another agitated shopkeeper, Surinder Kumar, adds, The department gave us only a couple of days to pack up and leave. The next thing we knew was that the officials began their work accompanied by over 150 police personnel as back up.
The shopkeepers, unmindful of the intense heat, get together near the demolished sites to chalk out their plan of action and what they intend to do while deliberating on how the loss can be borne.
We had occupied these shops since the last 30 years and one morning nothing is left of them is indeed a shock for us, hard to digest, Naresh Kumar Babli remarks.
Chautala justifies bus fare hike
SONEPAT, May 4 Haryana Chief Minister, Om Parkash Chautala said here yesterday that his government would complete its five-year term and all attempts made either by the Opposition to destabilise it would fail saying that the constitution of a "shadow cabinet" by former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal was only an attempt to befool the people of the state, Mr Chautala said he was not afraid of such tactics of the Congress.
He declared that all legislators of the party had repeatedly reposed confidence in him and they had rejected lucrative offers made to them by Congress leaders.
He justified the hike in the bus fares, saying that it was long due in the wake of the price hike in petroleum products, including diesel, by the Central Government.
He declared that the farmers whose crops had been damaged by natural calamities would be fully compensated by his government. Terming his government as pro-farmer, Mr Chautala said steps were being taken to ensure regular supply of water and power to them.
Referring to the drought conditions in various states of the country, Mr Chautala said a huge quantity of fodder and other essential commodities was being sent from Haryana to these states. Despite the scarcity of rain during the winter season, the people of Haryana would not be allowed to suffer from the drought conditions prevailing in the state.
He claimed work on flood-control schemes had been speeded up and would be completed before the onset of the monsoon. The state government had allocated special funds for the desilting of canals, distributaries, minors and drains to carry more flood waters in the rainy season.
He said his government wanted to decentralise powers and it had already decided to give full administrative powers to the gram panchayats and other panchayati raj institutions.
Mr Chautala also declared that the state government had not imposed any ban on recruitment and the staff selection board and the Haryana Public Service Commission were making recruitments on a regular basis.
The state government had already constituted a committee for framing the new education policy and its recommendations would be implemented.
34 HCS officers transferred
CHANDIGARH, May 4 In another administrative reshuffle the Haryana Government has transferred with immediate effect one IAS, 34 HCS, two non-HCS and one HSS officer.
Mr Rakesh Gupta, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Palwal, has been posted as such at Hodal vice Mr Dalip Singh. Mr Inder Singh-I, SDO (C), Faridabad, goes as such at Ellenabad vice Mr Roshan Lal who becomes SDO (C), Guhla.
Mr Jitender Kumar, Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Gurgaon, has been posted as SDO (C), Faridabad. Mr Shakti Singh, Assistant Director, Consolidation of Holdings, Rohtak, becomes SDO (C), Tohana vice Mr S.K. Setia.
Mr Dharam Paul, SDO (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Sonepat and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Sonepat has been posted as Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Gurgaon. Mr Maheshwar Sharma, SDO (C), Siwani goes as such at Hansi vice Mr R.C. Verma.
Mr M.K. Ahuja, Deputy Director, Local Bodies has been posted as SDO (C), Siwani. Mr Sultan Singh Ghoswal, SDO (C), Assandh becomes SDO (C), Sonepat and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Sonepat in addition, Mr Dharamender Singh, Secretary, Housing Board, Panchkula, goes as SDO (C), Assandh.
Mrs Anju Chaudhary, City Magistrate, Gurgaon, has been posted as SDO (C), Ballabgarh vice Mr S.B. Lohia. Mr Yashendra Singh, City Magistrate, Rohtak, goes as SDO (C), Rohtak vice Mr S.K. Katyal who becomes City Magistrate, Rohtak.
Mr Dinesh Singh Yadav, SDO (C), Jhajjar has been posted as Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Faridabad vice Mr R.C. Powaria. Mr Mahender Singh Yadav, SDO (C), Dabwali, becomes SDO (C), Jhajjar. Mr Pardeep Kumar, City Magistrate, Karnal, goes as SDO (C), Dabwali and Mr J.D. Maharwal, SDO (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Rewari and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Rewari becomes SDO (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Dabri vice Mr Ashok Kumar Bishnoi.
Mr Suraj Bhan-II, Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Yamunanagar, has been posted as SDO (C), Rewari and Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Rewari, in addition vice Mr J.D. Naharwal. Mr Wazeer Singh Goyat, Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mills, Karnal, has been posted as SDO (C)-cum-Additional Collector, Meham, and Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mills, Meham in addition.
Mr Satbir Singh Saini, SDO (C), Naraingarh goes as such to Kaithal vice Mr Narinder Singh. Mr Jaibir Singh Arya, SDO (C), Meham and Secretary, RTA, Rohtak, becomes SDO (C), Palwal vice Mr Rakesh Gupta.
Mr Praveen Kumar, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Chandigarh, has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Wildlife Preservation Department. Mr Mahabir Singh Yadav, SDO (C), Kalka, goes as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Chandigarh. Mrs Suprabha Dahiya, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Rohtak has been posted as Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Rohtak vice Mr Dharamvir Singh.
Mr S.B. Lohiya, SDO (C), Ballabgarh, has been posted as Joint Director, Panchayats against a vacant post. Mr R.C. Pawaria, Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Faridabad, goes as Joint Director, Local Bodies. Mr Dharam Vir Singh Dhankar, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Hisar, becomes Under Secretary, Public Health Department vice Mr Moti Lal. Mr M.L. Kaushik, Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mills, Meham goes as Joint Director, Local Bodies vice Mr G.L. Yadav.
Mr Lajvir Singh, Managing Director, Cooperative Sugar Mills, Panipat has been posted as such at Karnal vice Mr Wazeer Singh Goyat. Mr Dharamavir Singh, Estate Officer, Urban Estate, Rohtak has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Rohtak.
Mr R.K. Chaudhary, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Kurukshetra has been posted as Under Secretary, Civil Aviation Department against a vacant post. Mr L.P.S. Tomar, General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Panipat becomes City Magistrate, Karnal vice Mr Pradeep Kumar. Mr G.L. Yadav, Deputy Director, Local Bodies has been posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Hisar vice Mr Dharam Vir Singh Dhankar.
Mrs Anita Yadav SDO (C),
Ganaur and Mr Jeet Singh, City Magistrate, Sonepat, will
swap their places of posting. Mr K.K. Sharma, Secretary,
RTA, Rewari, and Mr Mahender Pal Sangwan, District
Revenue Officer, Narnaul, will also swap their places of
posting. Mr Sube Singh, Under Secretary, Forests
Department, has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Staff
Selection Commission vice Mr B.R. Chawla.
New policy on captive
CHANDIGARH, May 4 The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has decided to allow the industrial units, which may not be regular consumers of the nigam, to install their own captive generating sets without obtaining any prior permission of the nigam.
An official press note said that this was done in view of the persistent demand for power made by the industrialists of north Haryana.
The press note said
following this new policy, the industrial units would be
required only to send prior intimation to the
Sub-Divisional Officer (Operations) concerned 15 days in
advance for installation or commissioning of the captive
generating set. The industrial units will also require to
get it certified that wiring is in order and inspection
in this regard has been carried out by the Chief
Electrical Inspector, Haryana Government.
4 killed in road mishap
AMBALA, May 4 Four persons were killed and six others injured in an accident on Ambala-Chandigarh road near Saddopur village, 5 km from here, today morning.
According to police report the deceased were identified as Datari Sharma, Durga Pratap, Bal Kishan and Chunni Lal. The injured were admitted to local civil hospital. Later some of them were shifted to PGI Chandigarh.
The deceased and the
injured were travelling in a jeep and were on their way
to Hardwar. According to reports the mishap occurred when
an unidentified vehicle hit the jeep. Four of the
passengers of the jeep died on the spot. The bodies of
the deceased were brought to civil hospital and were
handed over to relatives after the post-mortem
Concern over low female literacy
GURGAON, May 4 A state-level workshop on empowerment of women organised here today by the Director of High Education, Haryana, laid stress on education of women for their overall development.
In her keynote address, the Union Secretary, Department of women and Child Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mrs Aggarwal, expressed concern over the low literacy rate among women in the state. Although the number of enrolments of girls in the schools was average, the number of dropout cases was alarming. She particularly referred to the Mewat areas of Gurgaon and Faridabad districts in this regard.
She urged upon the authorities in the state to pay attention to the Mewat area. She expressed concern at adverse male-female ratio in Haryana.
The Director Higher Education, Mrs Shakuntla Jaku, urged upon the teachers to take initiative to educate women.
Mr Prem Prashant, Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Education, said the myth of the men being more efficient than the women had been exploded.
Devinder Bhadana elected Mayor
FARIDABAD, May 4Mr Devinder Bhadana of the ruling Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) was today elected the Mayor of the local municipal corporation.
The others who have also been elected are Mr Shiv Charan Sharma (Congress)as Senior Deputy Mayor and Mrs Kanta Bathla (BJP) as Deputy Mayor. All elections were unanimous.
The election of Mr Bhadana was a certainty after the state government amended sub-section 5 of Section 11 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, by issuing an ordinance on May 3.
In the draw of lots the post of Mayor had gone to the councillor elected from the wards reserved for backward classes. These wards had returned Mr Daya Shanker Giri and and Mr Bhagwat Nagar.
Although Mr Bhadana belonged to the backward class he was elected from a general ward which made him not eligible for the coveted post.
Multi-crore land scam
FARIDABAD, May 4A multi-crore scandal has come to light here in which 800 acres of land has been illegally transferred to influential persons.
According to official sources girdawri had been done in the name of a construction company owned by a minister, an entertainment resort of a man belonging to Mathura district, a Delhi hotelier and in the benami name of a former minister. The land in question which falls in Anangpur village is shamlat.
It was in April that the Haryana Chief Ministers office came to know that girdawri had been changed in violation of the government order.
The Deputy Commissioner of Faridabad, who was asked to hold a preliminary inquiry, had already submitted his report to the Chief Ministers office. A full enquiry had also been ordered.
Inquires reveal that as per government orders no registration, girdawri or mutation could be done on the land. In 1995 the state high court had appointed Mr Vaishnav, a former Chief Secretary of Punjab to probe the scandal when some persons unauthorisedly got registered a few khasra numbers in their name in 1986.
Following the directives issued by the court after submission of the report the Haryana Government ordered that no registration, girdawri or mutation would be allowed on 800 acres of land in Anangpur.
The sources said two revenue officials who helped in the change of girdawri had already been suspended. A case against them had been registered by the police. The girdawri is all set to be cancelled.
ordered that no registration, girdawri or mutation would be allowed on 800 acres of land in Anangpur.
The sources said two revenue officials who helped in the change of girdawri had already been suspended.
Haryana to have 5 TV relay
KARNAL, May 4 The Union Government has decided to open five Television relay centres in Haryana shortly. Two of the five relay centres built recently would be inaugurated tomorrow according to Mr I.D. Swami, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs.
Mr Swami told The Tribune today that he had met Mr Arun Jaitley Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and urged him to inaugurate the relay centres lying dormant for some time. Each of the five relay centres was constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore each. The aim behind the opening of these centres was to strengthen the viewing and relaying of the programmes of the Metro Channel of Doordarshan, New Delhi.
Mr Swami disclosed that with the start of these relay centres, the Metro Channel viewing would be more transparent and clear within a radius of 20 km. In the towns from where these centres would start functioning, the viewers would not need any antenna for viewing the Metro T.V. programme.
Out of the five centres, three are located at Yamunanagar, Karnal and Narnaul, respectively.
The relay centre at Karnal would be inaugurated by Mr Swami on May 5.
No nomination papers filed
CHANDIGARH, May 4 No nomination papers were filed for the May 26 Rori Assembly byelection in Haryana on the third day of submission of nomination today. The last date for filing of nomination papers is May 9 and scrutiny of papers will be held the next day. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is May 12.
Consumers motivated to pay power
CHANDIGARH, May 4
More than 6000 electricity consumers from about 500
problematic villages were recently motivated by officials
of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and the
local government officials to pay their outstanding
electricity bills, an official press note said. It added
that with the collection from these villages, the total
recovery up to the end of April from the defaulting urban
and rural consumers had come to Rs 12.50 crore.
Engineering students decry govt move
PANIPAT, May 4 Resentment prevails among students of Nemi Chand Engineering College, Israna, against the decision of the Haryana Government and the college authorities to disaffiliate the college from Kurukshetra University.
According to information available, students of the college were forced to deposit full years fees in May though the semester starts from August.
One of the students told this correspondent that the college authorities and the state government had cheated them.
The students also criticised lack of basic facilities in the college.
The college is also without power connection for the past one year.
Fire services a shambles
FATEHABAD, May 4 Fire services in this town are a shambles, thanks to official apathy. A shortage of fire engines and staff have rendered the fire services out of gear. Whenever there is major fire in the town or the surrounding areas, the fire-fighting services are found wanting.
To cater to the needs of the town and the surrounding areas, there is only one fire engine. The local fire service station has just 13 employees on its rolls. This includes the senior fire station officer, who is in charge of the office. Senior Fire Officer K.L. Godara said at least four fire engines were needed to cover such a vast area. Though there was a fire engine with the market committee it usually remained out of order. Mr Godara said the town needed at least four fire engines, 54 more firemen, 18 for each fire engine, six leading firemen and at least three drivers for each fire engine.
The local fire service station does not have a rescue tender which is a very important item for a fire service station. The rescue tender is useful in all kinds rescue operations. The fire station does not have fire-proof dresses or fire-entry dresses. It had only one breathing apparatus set. Mr Godara said at least two such sets were required for proper functioning of the fire station.
Mr Godara said he had
already written to the authorities concerned for two more
fire engines and a foam crash tender. Besides , the
pressure of water is inadequate to meet the requirements
of the fire station.
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