|Thursday, July 20, 2000,
Police govts puppet:
Sukhbir Badal keeps officials on
CBI records statement of Kamaljit,
BJP rural campaign not to
Statute review: SAD sets up panel
CPI rally against govt policies
A wall of contention
vanishing tribe of potters
DGP assures aid to cops facing
Hospitals staff on fast
Price rise: govt urged to rescue
Prof B.M. Razdan a tribute
Novel way to smuggle imported
Revised schedule for admission
Embezzlement case: more facts
Janjua to head Markfed
Police govts puppet:
MALOUT, July 19 The PPCC president, Capt Amarinder Singh, today said the police had become a puppet in the hands of SAD-BJP leaders and was committing atrocities on the Congress workers and that corruption was rampant in the state.
Addressing an anti-repression rally here today, he alleged that Congress workers were being falsely implicated in criminal cases. He said, the murder of a Congress worker, Kapil Saluja, had proved that SAD-BJP combine was after the blood of Congress workers.
He said the police should act according to the rule of law and not according to the whims and fancies of ruling party politicians.
He also alleged that in Mr Badals regime government jobs were being sold and the development of state had come to a halt.
He pointed out that maladministration and mis-management were the main reasons for the financial crisis being faced by the state. He said the total debt on the state was Rs 2800 crore in 1997 but the amount of total debt now was Rs 40,000 crore.
Capt Amarinder Singh said the Congress had demanded the dismissal of the SHO in whose presence a Congress worker was murdered allegedly by some BJP activists.
He added that the Congress would also hold anti-repression rallies at Baghapurana, Khemkaran and Begowal in this month.
He pointed out that BJP-led coalition government at the Centre, which represented trader class, was deliberately not imposing the protection duty on the goods which were being imported under the WTO agreement to save the interests of farmers and small scale industrialists.
He said as per his information, Mr Badal had given declaration to the World Bank and RBI that the state government would withdraw the facility of free electricity to the farmers. He added that facility of free electricity to the farmers would be withdrawn in the next budget of the state.
Mr Jasbir Singh, Mr
Gurnam Singh Abulkhurana, Mr Apinder Sharma, Dr Malti
Thapar (all former ministers), Mr Jagjit Singh, Leader of
the CLP, Mr Mohinder Singh Rinwa, former MLA, Mr Avtar
Singh Sidhu, president, DCC (I), Muktsar, and Mr Surinder
Gupta, president, DCC (I)Faridkot, were present in the
Sukhbir Badal keeps officials on
RAJATAL (Amritsar), July 19 Government machinery remained busy throughout the day today in connection with the visit of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who addressed many public functions at Amritsar and border areas.
The police had made elaborate security arrangements for the visit. Police officials could be seen along the 30 km route.
Interestingly, the banners put up at the venue of the public functions at Rajatal (Indo-Pak border) read We welcome Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal the heart beat of youths. The name of Mr Gulzar Singh Ranike, Punjab Minister, was written below the name of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal who holds no public or government office. Similar pattern could be seen on welcome arches, en route Rajatal.
Interestingly, a senior PCS officer was sitting on the dais at the function. The name of Mr Balwinder Singh Bhundar, MP and general secretary SAD was also written below Mr Sukhbir Singh Badals name at a function in Amritsar.
While Mr Parkash Singh Badal is known for reaching the venue five minutes before the scheduled time, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal arrived almost five hours behind schedule. This caused a lot of inconvenience to the public which was brought in private vehicles, allegedly arranged by some government officials.
While the local people left the venue even before the arrival of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, other persons who had been brought from the adjoining areas in buses had to wait till the end of the function. However, the organisers had arranged many orchestra parties and folk singers for the entertainment of the audience.
Addressing the gathering Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that the Congress governments in the past had meted out step-motherly treatment to Punjab and Punjabis. He said the Congress had never bothered about the development of the state. However, after the formation of SAD-BJP government a number of development projects had been launched in the state.
Listing the achievements of Badal Government, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Thein Dam project which had been delayed by the previous Congress governments would be dedicated to the nation within two months.
Speaking at a function in Amritsar city, Mr Badal appealed to the Punjabis to cooperate with the Badal government to accelerate development in the state. Mr Balwinder Singh Bhundar, while advocating more autonomy for states said such a step would usher in a new era in the country. The country would witness more development if states were given more powers.
Among others who
addressed the public function at Amritsar were Mr
Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, MP, Mr Swarn Singh Phillour,
Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, MLA from Gidderbaha, Mr Virsa
Singh Valtoha, a member Punjab Subordinate Services
Selection Board and Mr Hardalbir Singh Shah, General
CBI records statement of
CHANDIGARH, July 19 Formal investigation into the case of Harpreet Kaurs death progressed further with the CBI recording statements of Kamaljit Singh who claims to be the husband of Harpreet. Standing by his earlier version, Kamaljit told the CBI during the long session here yesterday that Harpreets abortion had been forcibly conducted and the same amounted to the death of their child. He blamed Bibi Jagir Kaur, Davinder Kaur, Paramjit Singh Raipur and gunman Nishan Singh for the same.
Kamaljit has also handed over important documents to the CBI which include several love letters, photographs and video film of engagement, greeting cards and some newspaper reports.
The CBI summoned Kamaljit Singh, his sister Manjit Kaur, mother Balwinder Kaur and father Darshan Singh here yesterday and recorded their formal statements in long sessions between 1 pm and 8 pm yesterday and 9 am and 7 pm today. The statements were recorded by the SP of the CBI, Delhi, Mr Harbhajan Ram, who was accompanied by the Inspector, Mr Anil Yadav.
Kamaljit has reportedly stated before the CBI that Harpreet had been forcibly kept in the house of Davinder Kaur Dhesi and Paramjit Singh Raipur at Phagwara and she had somehow managed to come to him at Bidipur on April 9. He stated that Harpreet confided in him about her being forcibly aborted. He also stated that she was again kept in the same house forcibly and he was given false assurances that they would be formally married off.
While talking to The Tribune here today, Kamaljit said he had told the CBI about how his relationship with Harpreet matured and also about how many problems they had to face. He said, I also told them that after hearing about Harpreets death I was not in my senses for almost about three days.
Kamaljits sister Manjit Kaur corroborated Kamaljits version entirely. Kamaljits mother Balwinder Kaur stated that after receiving the news of Harpreets death she went to see her body at Begowal. She stated that she saw Harpreet when her body had already been placed on the pyre which was about to be lit. She added that there were marks on Harpreets face.
Notice to A-G in Harpreet case
CHANDIGARH, July 19 On a petition filed by Mr Kamaljeet Singh, husband of SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaurs daughter Harpreet Kaur for providing a suitable mode of transportation, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the High Court today issued notice to Punjab Advocate-General for July 26.
Mr Kamaljeet Singh in his petition had earlier stated that the mode of transportation was required for him and his family for attending necessary duties and functions, including court hearings.
The court, on Mr Kamaljeet Singhs petition, had directed the CBI to conduct investigation into the circumstances leading to Harpreet Kaurs death.
Pronouncing the orders,
Mr Justice Amarbir Singh Gill had also ordered
necessary police protection to the
petitioner. The continuation of an earlier order
extending protection to of the petitioners family
was also ordered.
BJP rural campaign not
to affect SAD
SANGRUR, July 19 Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, and secretary-general of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD),today said the Gaon Gaurav Abhiyan recently launched by the BJP in Punjab, would not pose any challenge to the SAD in the villages rather it would benefit the SAD as the BJP was an alliance partner of the SAD in the state as well as at the Centre.
Talking to mediapersons at the local PWD Rest House, Mr Dhindsa further added that there would be no tension in the relations between the SAD and the BJP on the issue of Gaon Gaurav Abhiyan. He said the BJP had every right to set up its units in the villages as the SAD had its units in the urban areas. He also added that the existence of urban units of the SAD did not mean that the SAD was harming the BJP in any way.
On the issue of autonomy for the states, Mr Dhindsa said the SAD was only demanding more powers to the states and a true federal system in the country. He said the SAD had never demanded the separation of Punjab from the rest of the country. He also added that whereas the Jammu and Kashmir was demanding autonomy for itself, there the SAD wanted autonomy for all states in the form of more powers.
He also said the BJP leaders should not go to the media on different issues with regard to the BJPs demands or differences with the SAD. He advised the BJP leaders to use party platforms to remove differences and misunderstanding as both alliance partners had cordial relations.
Regarding the appointment of a new president of the Youth Akali Dal of the party, Mr Dhindsa said it would be decided by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the SAD.
Mr Dhindsa said the Punjab Government was considering the Ghaggar problem seriously. It had a big scheme for this project but funds were not available with it. It had also taken up the matter with the World Bank to seek funds, he added.
The Union Minister also stated that the Union Government wanted to close the work in the gold mines in the country as the gold procured from these mines cost the government Rs 20,000 per 10 gram. He also said privatisation of the gold mines was not viable as no one even came forward to get contract of the same.
In reply to a question with regard to delay in the national games in Punjab, Mr Dhindsa said the delay had been caused due to the non-availability of a synthetic track at Ludhiana which was now to be laid by a company which needed 30 to 45 dry days for completing the job.
Statute review: SAD sets up
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has constituted a seven-member committee for presenting the Shiromani Akali Dals viewpoint before the Commission for the Review of the Working of the Constitution, set up by the Union Government.
Mr Surjit Singh Barnala,
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura,Capt
Kanwaljit Singh, Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder , Mr Sewa
Singh Sekhwan and Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar have been
named members of the committee. Mr Badungar, who is a
secretary of the SAD, said a meeting of the panel would
be convened soon to discuss the issue.
CPI rally against govt policies
FARIDKOT, July 19 The Punjab unit of the CPI would hold a state-level protest march and rally during the next assembly session at Chandigarh to express resentment against the failure of the Centre to safeguard the national interests. This was stated by Mr Joginder Dayal, state general secretary of the party, while talking to newspersons here yesterday.
The CPI leader charged the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for selling the agriculture and industrial sector to the multi-national companies thus shattering the economic condition of the people. He alleged that the Union Government had stopped subsidies to the farmers and the commercialisation of education had not only distorted the multi-religious and multi-linguistic culture of India but had also deprived the poor of better education facilities. The prices of essential commodities had skyrocketed .
Mr Dayal criticised the Centre for its failure to check attacks on the minorities. He said socialistic and moral values had altogether been eliminated under the present regime.
Later addressing a district-level rally against the issue, Mr Dayal and Mr Hardev Arshi, senior party leader and MLA, assailed the SAD-BJP government for its failure on all fronts in Punjab. Its law and order situation had worsened and corruption had reached its peak. Both leaders alleged that due to the wrong policies of the state government, a large number of farmers had committed suicide. The Central Government, which had promised to give an aid of Rs 300 crore to the farmers in this connection had failed to keep its promise.
A wall of contention
SANGRUR, July 19 The local District Public Relations Officer, (DPRO) Mr Narinder Singh, has protested against the construction of a wall between Gurdwara Sahib and the old meeting hall on the first floor of the administrative complex here, known as the tehsil complex, and urged the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP get the wall demolished.
In two separate representations to the DC and the SSP, the DPRO stated that the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) had got this wall constructed. The wall had deprived employees of two offices, the Director Public Relations Officer and the District Treasury Officer, of paying obeisance at the gurdwara. This had hurt the religious sentiments of the employees, he added.
Meanwhile, a deputation of the employees under the leadership of Mr Raj Kumar Arora, chief spokesperson for the Punjab State Ministerial Services Union, met the SDM, Sangrur, Dr Indu Malhotra on Monday in this regard who assured the deputationist that the facilities of the drinking water and the urinals would be provided within a week to the employees of the DPROs office and the District Treasury Office.
Dr Indu Malhotra, told TNS that certain persons were trying to give a communal twist to the issue.
The vanishing tribe of
BATHINDA: About 40 years ago when Kishan Lals father gave him the responsibility of running the household, the position was comfortable, if not easy. He had visions of expanding the ancestral trade of pot-making and even thought of adding a couple of rooms to the house. Today, he sits on a bare cot in the yard of the old house and thinks only of finding food and clothing for his family. The two additional rooms he had wanted to build never came up. The familys trade of pot-making has slumped, and with a lump in his throat he tells himself: Why cant things be as they used to be, as his potters wheel (chak) lies motionless.
Nathu Ram, another pot-maker, narrates his plight in no uncertain terms. Toiling from morning till evening, he makes hardly Rs 100 a day when almost every member of the family lends a hand in the effort.
Traditional potters, known in the countryside as kumhars, have been for generations the suppliers of pitchers (gharas), flower pots (gamlas) and other utensils of baked clay. They are now in a pitiable condition. Refrigerators have replaced the traditional ghara or surahi. Even in the villages, where much of the cooking was once done in clay plots, stainless steel and other metal utensils have taken the pride of place. Gharas, says Nathu Ram, are sought only for ritualistic purposes. Otherwise water-coolers and campers are in use in most households.
Even preparing the few items that still are in some demand, for instance flower pots (gamlas), has become difficult because of the high cost of production. A trolley of clay costs not less than Rs 500. There is not enough covered space to keep the unbaked material which is stored in the open, exposed to the vagaries of the weather. Some time ago, the Government tried to give them a helping hand by supplying potters wheels made of iron. But these could not be used because of their small size. Facilities meant for the weaker sections are not available to them, says Nathu Ram, because Kumhars are not listed as a Scheduled Caste.
Describing the plight of the Kumhars, Kishan Lal says: We prepare the pots and wait for customers who appear only once in a while. About 10 years ago, I was selling about 100 pots in a day. Today I can sell not more than five.
Pitchers and surahis used to be the items most in demand. Today they are almost out of use. The attendants of patients in hospitals were ready buyers of these items. Now in most hospitals, the doctors discourage gharas and surahis because they tend to mess up the floors. They now bring flasks and campers for water. Nathu Ram remembers the time when he used to sell 80 to 100 gharas or surahis to the patients in the hospitals in this town. Today this source has also dried up.
DGP assures aid to cops
TARN TARAN, July 19 Mr Sarabjit Singh, DGP, Punjab, has expressed satisfaction over granting of bail to officials of Punjab Police, including an SPO and a DSP, by the Calcutta High Court in a case of killing in 1993. He said the Punjab Police would extend full financial assistance to its employees and other officials facing cases relating to the militancy period. He added it would boost the morale of the Punjab Police personnel.
The DGP inaugurated a policemen welfare gas agency and provision store for employees of the local police district here today. While talking to newsmen, the DGP said bail applications could have been accepted due to the efforts of the Punjab Police started some times back. He said out of 1700 cases against Punjab Police officials only 700 cases were pending now. Talking about the increasing crime rate in Punjab the DGP said the urban crime rate had increased and property disputes were the main cause behind these crimes. He further said vacant posts in different categories in the police department would be filled by promoting SPOs.
Disclosing about the demotions of those Punjab Police officials who were given promotions as incentives while tackling the terrorism during the militancy period in Punjab, he said the officials who were demoted on the instructions of the court had now been given back own rank and pay to maintain the morale of the police force.
He further said the negligency behind the custodial deaths would not be tolerated and the official concerned would be booked under a murder case.
Commenting on about the revival of militancy in Punjab, the DGP said that though explosive materials and other fire arms were being seized frequently but the police was keeping a close vigil on these incidents and the revival of militancy would not be allowed at any cost.
The DGP also assured the
policemen of providing them better facilities and early
redressal of their grievances. Mr Bakshi Ram IG, Border
Range Amritsar, Mr Jagdish Kumar, local SSP and other
officials were also present.
Hospitals staff on fast
AMRITSAR, July 19 Employees of an ENT and eye hospital went on a chain fast protesting against their proposed eviction from government quarters built on surplus hospital land transferred to PUDA, even as the medical authorities are yet to receive formal government orders of the purported transfer of government hospital land to PUDA.
Fourteen employees quarters are proposed to be demolished to facilitate sub division of the land into residential plots by the PUDA authorities.
Meanwhile, the hospital authorities, too have taken strong objection to PUDAs forcefully occupying the land. While the Medical Superintendent, Dr H.S. Gill, claims he has not received any intimation about the transfer, he says he has received a letter by Dr S.S. Sidhu, Director, Medical Education and Research, dated June 26 which clearly states that till the permission is granted, the possession of the surplus government land should not be given to PUDA.
On the other hand Dr Gill maintains that this gross irregularity has come to his notice when the PUDA authorities showed him a Revenue Department report, (which functions under the Deputy Commissioner), report No 56 (indraj jama bandi) dated July 3, under which the land measuring 6.8 acre which was with the Health Department, has been transferred to PUDA. This has been done ex-parte as no approval signature of the health authority is present on the report and therefore it is a irregularity he adds.
Dr Gill further states that the only other document PUDA possesses is the minutes of the meeting of the empowered committee held in Chandigarh on May 31, which was presided over by the Chief Secretary, Mr R.S. Mann, whereas no formal orders has till now been received by even the PUDA authorities who are claiming the surplus hospital land, says Dr Gill
Meanwhile, employees on the chain fast decried the anti-poor policies of the government in forcing them to evict without providing any alternate house arrangements or compensation.
Mr Narinder Singh, Guru
Nanak Hospital Employees, convener and Mr Davinder Kumar
Hatu, president of All Employees Tehsil, said that
earlier, too, 20 employees quarters at the old Sant Ram
Hospital were demolished rendering them homeless when the
place was given to the Health Systems Corporation about
three years ago. Here too we are fearing
homelessness, they said. On one hand the government
hiked hospital fees for restructuring hospitals putting
an added burden on poor patients and next on the
government agenda was to throw out hospital employees
from their houses, they added.
Price rise: govt urged to
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has urged the government to take steps for the welfare of Class III and IV employees who have been facing financial problems following an increase in the prices of essential commodities.
Mr Hari Singh Tohra, president of the dal, in a statement issued here today said that kerosene, which was earlier available for Rs 3 a litre at government depots, now cost Rs 7 a litre. The quota of sugar at the depots had been slashed. The power tariff for the domestic sector had been enhanced. Wheat flour was available at Rs 8.50 per kg. All this had adversely affected the Class III and IV employees in the state, he added.
Demanding the provision
of essential commodities to these employees at subsidised
rates, Mr Tohra said they would hold a rally in Patiala
on August 2 to protest against the
anti-employee policies of the Centre and the
Prof B.M. Razdan a tribute
CHANDIGARH, July 19 Prof B.M. Razdan, a renowned Professor of English Literature, who died in Calcutta on July 17, was associated with the academic scene in the northern part of India for more than 35 years. Starting his career as a lecturer in the erstwhile Pepsu and Punjab Education Service, he taught in Punjabi University, Patiala, in the early sixties when the university was yet in its formative years. One of the most impactful teachers, Bijee, as he was affectionately called by his colleagues and friends, was selected by the US Education Foundation in India (USEFI) to teach as a Fulbright Professor in Berkley campus of California University in America. On the completion of his US assignments he returned to join the faculty of Panjab University, Department of English, in Chandigarh where he stayed till his retirement.
A Leftist in his approach and ideas, Prof Razdan was one of the high voltage teachers who was firmly of the view that a popular teacher should take a public stance on issues of vital socio-political importance. His radical ideas found powerful expression in Literary Studies, a quarterly journal which he edited on his return from the USA. The Black Number of the journal highlighting the sufferings of the black among the affluent white sections of the western world received a flood of eulogising comments from all over the world.
Hundreds of his students
occupying prestigious positions in administration such as
the central services, the police, the academic and
technical milieu have lost in Prof Razdan not an
individual but an institution. Joginder
Tremors in Hoshiarpur
HOSHIARPUR, July 19 (UNI) An earthquake of moderate intensity shook the town and adjoining areas in wee hours today, official sources said.
The tremors were felt around 0425 hrs, but no loss of life or property has been reported from anywhere in the district, the sources added.
Social security cess fixed at
CHANDIGARH, July 19 The Social Security and Women and Children Development Department of Punjab has imposed a social security cess of 10 per cent.
A spokesman for the
department said payment of the cess could be made in
authorised banks. However, the modalities for opening new
accounts for the deposit of the cess had not yet been
completed. Therefore, traders were advised to pay the
cess due till June 30 through bank draft or cheque in
favour of the Secretary of the development department.
Darshan Singh Chabal dead
TARN TARAN, July 19 Veteran CPM leader Darshan Singh Chabal died today after battling with blood cancer. He was 77.
He is survived by his widow and two sons and two daughters. Mr Chabal breathed his last at 3.55 a.m. at the Guru Nanak Hospital.
Mr Chabal represented the Attari (reserve) Vidhan Sabha constituency in 1952, 1969, 1977 and 1980. He was also elected member of the SGPC in 1954. He remained president of the Punjab Dihati Mazdoor Sabha for 20 years.
He was cremated today at
his native village Chabal. The body was wrapped in the
CPMs red flag. The pyre was lit by Mr Surinder
Singh, his elder son. A large number of party leaders and
workers were present at the cremation ground.
Registration fee collection up
CHANDIGARH, July 19
The Punjab Government today claimed to have
collected Rs 139.08 crore as registration fee and stamp
duty during the first quarter of this year, which is Rs
45.57 crore more than the collection made during the
corresponding period last year.
Novel way to smuggle imported
LUDHIANA, July 19 With the seizure of mobile phones and accessories worth over Rs 8 lakh, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a novel way of smuggling imported goods through the Speed Post parcels.
A team of the DRI officials comprising of Mr T.P.S. Sandhu and Mr Inderjit Singh today seized 96 sets of mobile phones, chargers and batteries from five parcels meant for a businessman in Gur Mandi. This parcel had reportedly been sent from a Chennai based concern Raj Impacts. As expected, the address of the sender was found to be fictitious.
It is learnt that the Deputy Director of the DRI, Mr R.C. Sankhla had received a tip off about the parcels containing smuggled cellular phone sets. The five parcels had reached Ludhiana last night and the Central Post Office officials here had sent a notice to the addressee here, which was not accepted.
It was then that the DRI sleuths decided to open the parcels and the goods were seized. It is learnt that these goods are smuggled into the country from China and Korea. It is from there that these electronic goods are sent to the various parts of the country.
Earlier, the imported
goods were smuggled through the Railways. All the seven
to eight cases of smuggled goods detected during this
year were related to Railway parcels. Goods like
microwave ovens, Scotch whisky, gold bars and mobile
phones were thus smuggled.
Revised schedule for admission
PATIALA, July 19 Punjabi University has released the revised schedule for admission to various courses and classes in the colleges affiliated to the university.
Releasing the revised
schedule, Dr Janak Raj Gupta, Dean, College Development
Council, Punjabi University, said admission without late
fee will be open up to July 29. Admission with a late fee
of Rs 400 will be available from August 1 to 5. Admission
with the permission of the Vice-Chancellor along with a
late fee of Rs 800 will be open till August 11 and with a
late fee of Rs 1500 till August 21. The teaching work in
the colleges will start on July 24. This was stated in a
press note issued by the university today.
Punjabi varsity results
PATIALA, July 19
Punjabi University today declared the result of MA Part I
dance, MA Part II Sanskrit, MA Part I music and B.Sc Part
IV agriculture. This was stated by Mr Paramjit Singh
Khaira, Controller of Examinations, Punjabi University,
in a press note issued here today.
Forms submission date
PATIALA, July 19 Punjabi University has decided to entertain forms of such candidates up to July 20, 2000, with late fee of Rs 1000/- who inadvertently did not submit their forms by July 14.
Giving this information
Dr Kuldip Singh Dhir Dean, Academic Affairs, said due to
the non-declaration of results of B.Sc (home science),
the admission of such candidates whose merit of admission
was affected by the non-declaration of results would be
decided later. Such candidates had been given two more
days to deposit the fee, he added.
Embezzlement case: more facts
FATEHGARH SAHIB, July 19 More facts have come to light during the investigation into a case of embezzlement of rice worth Rs 15 lakh by a rice mill owner of Sirhind in connivance with a Markfed official.
Mr Babu Ram, owner of the mill, in an affidavit and his statement, has alleged that he had paid Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe to a Markfed official for allowing him to store paddy in his rice mill. He has further alleged that up to October 15, 1999, not a single bag of paddy was stored in his mill. He made a deal with the Markfed official and agreed to give him Rs 2.50 per bag for storing, then from October 16 onwards paddy was stored in his mill. The quality of paddy was very poor. When he objected the official assured him that he would adjust it. He said he had delivered 113 trucks of rice to the department whereas the remaining four truckloads of broken rice were lying with him. He has alleged that the official procured a blank cheque from him and made him sign some blank papers.
The Markfed official in his statement has termed all these allegations as an after thought. He said he had never accepted a single penny from the rice mill owner. He has said the certificate relating to the dumping of five wagons of rice in godowns of the PSWC was submitted by the rice mill owner.
During the verification on June 20 by the District Food and Civil Supply Officer, along with Ramesh Mukhija, Inspector, Amrik Singh, Sub-Inspector of Civil Supply and Sukhdev Singh, Field Officer and Gurbachan Singh, salesman of Markfed, has mentioned in a report that 64,412 bags of paddy were stored inside the mill, which was supposed to supply 27,770.91 quintals of rice, whereas the mill owner supplied 26,823.5 quintals of rice to the department, thus 947.41 quintals was still pending with him. The team has also mentioned that during the verification it was found that 940 quintals of broken rice was lying in the mill and 7.41 quintals of rice was short.
Whereas during the verification on June 28 by the Markfed official along with other department officials, 64412 quintals of paddy was stored in the mill and 2198 quintals of paddy was still pending with the mill and he has shown physical balance as nil in the report.
Janjua to head Markfed
CHANDIGARH, July 19 Mr K.S. Janjua, Financial Commissioner, Cooperation, will take over as Administrator of Markfed following the end of the tenure of the Board of Directors on July 22.
The Punjab Cooperation Minister, Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, told TNS that the process for electing the new directors would be initiated in due course.
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