|Saturday, July 29, 2000,
BJP bid to poach on
stint must for teachers: CM
notes cases registered
liquor mafia diversifies into
cut-off date plea admitted
cash centres open for 2 days
1.54 cr for modern traffic aid posts
shot dead by car-borne youths
found in water tank
camp for defence courses
services’ hit Rohtak
trade: 8 arrested
bid to poach on INLD pockets
GURGAON, July 28 — The Kisan Morcha of the ruling BJP has decided to broadbase and strengthen the party organisation in the rural belts of the state.
The development is pregnant with political significance and has the potential to spark a fresh row between the ruling INLD in the state and its ally, BJP. This move of the BJP is bound to be taken as "poaching" by the INLD on its bastion.
The move to increase organisational activities in rural belts of Haryana was crystalised recently following a visit to the state by the all-India president of the morcha, Mr Rajbir Singh. Also, the morcha leadership has been meeting party leaders and farmers in the past few days to assess the situation to fine-tune the party strategy.
A state leader of the BJP and a prominent Ahir leader, Rao Shiv Rattan Singh, told TNS that the BJP had captured power on its own in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi by expanding its base in the rural belts of these states. Hence, the party had started the initiative to fan out in Haryana villages.
One of the essential components of the morcha’s pro-farmer strategy is to consolidate its base among ex-servicemen. The state has a large section of retired personnel considered to be opinion makers.
Capt Vikram Singh, a member of the national executive of the morcha, who is considered to have played a significant role in drawing large number of ex-servicemen to the BJP fold before the last parliamentary elections, is said to be active among this target population in Haryana and the neighbouring state of Punjab.
To win over the Sikhs in Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Panipat the morcha’s all-India general secretary, Mr Harjeet Singh Grewal, is active. In South Haryana, especially the Ahirwal belt, leaders like Rao Shiv Rattan Singh and Rao Ajit Singh (son of former Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh) are some of the prominent figures who may be roped in.
Incidentally, the state president of the morcha, Mr Ishwar Singh, is a resident of Narnaul in Mahendragarh district which falls in the Ahirwal belt. A former MP and all-India vice-president of the morcha, Mr Mahender Singh Lather, is said to be actively working among the Jat section of society.
Mr Lather a relative of Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, parted company with the latter and joined the BJP.
The line of thinking in the BJP circles is that in order to make a presence in the next elections, the party will have to increase its base in the rural belt. It is in this context that Mr Rattan Lal Kataria an SC leader with a base among the rural masses, was made the state president of the BJP.
According to sources in the BJP, the party determination for a thrust in rural pockets is being actively pursued by the central leadership of the morcha. Mr Rajbir Singh has addressed 50 public meetings in remote areas of the state, including obscure villages, since he took over the post of president of the morcha. The president of the BJP, Mr Kushabhau Thakre, is strongly in favour of expanding the party base in the rural pockets of the country.
rural stint must for teachers: CM
KARNAL, July 28 — Every newly appointed teacher in Haryana would henceforth have to serve compulsorily for five years in the rural areas.
This announcement was made by Mr Om Parkash Chautala, Chief Minister, while addressing district officers in the Circuit House here today.
The Chief Minister further declared that teachers who had been so far sticking to postings only in cities would have to move to the villages. His Government was keen to ensure that such ‘privileged’ teachers should also get a chance to serve the rural fold.
In another major policy announcement, the Chief Minister said that five lakh unemployed youths would get jobs every year because of the enforcement of new industrial policy in the state. He maintained that the propaganda of the Congress and the opposition parties against the new industrial policy was ‘unfounded.’
The Chief Minister while addressing party workers, further disclosed that proposals worth over Rs 3000 crore had been received by the Haryana Government from outside entrepreneurs to set up industries in the state.
The Chief Minister, who arrived here by plane in the morning, warned officers that his government would reward honest and efficient officers while those who did not perform their duties properly would be punished. He maintained that if a large number of people from any district or block visited Chandigarh, it would be taken that the officers there were not properly looking into the grievances of the people. He, therefore, asked the officers to solve the problems of the people at the district and block levels itself so that no worker needed to rush to Chandigarh for the redressal of his or her grievances.
He called upon the officers to show due courtesy to the workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). He made special reference of the ‘wayward’ functioning of the employees of the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN). He asked them to mend their ways and attend to the problems of the people efficiently and quickly.
The Chief Minister called for setting up control rooms in each city, block, town and even villages where the HVPN men should be ready to attend to the complaints of the people. In a number of cases, telephone receivers were found to be off in the control rooms of the HVPN. This practice should be strictly checked, he directed.
The Chief Minister claimed that 80 per cent of the announcements made by him during the ‘sarkar aap ke dwar’ meetings had been implemented in Karnal. He asked the Deputy Commissioner that the remaining 20 per cent announcements should also be fulfilled before August 31.
Addressing workers in the Urban Estate, the Chief Minister called upon them to counteract the propaganda of the Congress.
Mr Chautala later laid the foundation stone of a new bhavan for the deaf and dumb kalyan kendra. He also opened the new district library in Karnal, which has been built at a cost of Rs 22 lakh. He also inaugurated a public health centre built at a cost of Rs 28.33 lakh in Kachwa village.
The Chief Minister further inaugurated the sewerage treatment plant under the Yamuna Action Plan which has been constructed at a cost of Rs 21.30 crore in zone No. 2 of Karnal.
fake notes cases registered
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The circulation of counterfeit currency notes in Haryana is posing problems for the state police force. The fake currency notes, being pumped into India by the ISI, reaches Haryana through its border with Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Sources said 11 cases have been registered in this year relating to fake currency notes and counterfeit currency of Rs 500 and Rs 100 denominations worth Rs 1,91,700 has been seized.
However, the number of fake currency cases in Haryana this year is stated to be considerably less. In 1995, the number of cases registered in this connection was 64, in 1996, it was 27, in 1997, 33 cases were registered, in 1998 there were 29 cases and 46 cases were registered last year. However, there are also believed to be a number of cases of detection of fake currency which go unreported.
Sources said the problem encountered by the police in checking this crime was that the police personnel were not fully trained to detect fake currency. Even the staff of the various banks, where the fake money often lands up, sometimes fail to detect them. While the police had made some arrests in this connection, it is often found that the criminals con innocent folks for circulating fake currency.
"This is also one of the reasons for some of the cases not being reported, as the bank staff when they find that someone has brought some fake currency unknowingly, let that person go instead of reporting the matter to the police", the sources said. The ringleaders behind the fake currency racket also reportedly do not put out the money in bulk, the currency notes, which are always either of Rs 500 or of Rs 100 denominations, are circulated in singles, two or three notes along with real money.
Sources said that fake currency
which is being brought by visitors from Pakistan who were travelling
through the regular channel as well as agents who cross the border
clandestinely, has the potential of destabilising the economy of the
country. While the police is trying its best to check this menace,
there is also need for intensive campaign by the Reserve Bank and
other banks to create awareness among people about fake currency and
how to detect them, sources said.
liquor mafia diversifies into
HISAR, July 28 — Even as trade and industry in Haryana prepare for the proposed bandh on August 9 against the introduction of ST38 form, businessman have devised ingenious ways to evade tax as well as fill the controversial form itself. On the other hand, the liquor mafia is slowly taking over transportation of goods without proper bills and other relevant documents at higher rates, it is learnt.
Ever since the form was made mandatory for all transactions on July 15, most industrial houses and traders have begun getting their purchases billed in the name of bogus firms in neighbouring states. The goods are, however, offloaded in Haryana. These bills enable them to dodge taxmen in Haryana since these goods are technically on their way to Punjab, Uttar Pradesh or Rajasthan as the case may be. This ruse eliminates the necessity of filling the ST38 form.
While goods meant for Hisar, Rohtak, Sirsa and Fatehabad districts are being billed in the name of non-existent firms in the Punjab portion of Dabwali or Sangria in Rajasthan, goods meant for Jind and Kaithal districts are billed in the name of similar firms in neighbouring towns of Patiala and Patran.
Likewise, goods imported from Delhi in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts are being billed in the names of UP and Bihar-based firms. There is hardly a district in Haryana which does not share a border with a neighbouring state.
Many enterprising businessmen have even managed to float phoney firms in neighbouring states and obtain sales tax licences. In this case too goods are officially billed in the names of their own firms in neighbouring states but are offloaded in Haryana itself.
In another interesting development, the liquor mafia which flourished during prohibition has now shifted to transporting goods without the mandatory ST38 form guaranteeing hassle-free delivery of goods anywhere in the state at a price of course. The mafiosi charge 30 per cent more than the normal freight. The mafia was quick to grab the opportunity since transporters in Delhi and Bombay had begun to refuse to carry goods to Haryana because of possible complications after the introduction of the new form.
An unusual and unofficial interaction is taking place between businessmen and tax officials these days as both try to cope with the implications of the new form. They are sharing information on lacunae in the new rules and how businessmen propose to bypass the new form. At many such meetings strategies such as getting goods billed in the name of bogus firms in neighbouring states were fine tuned.
Leaders of trade and industry say more and more businessmen are being forced to adopt underhand means to avoid tax to keep their costs competitive enough to stay in the market. They claim that the imposition of Local Area Development Tax (LADT) had increased production costs by 4 per cent forcing goods produced in Haryana off the shelves in other states. The introduction of the ST38 form has added to their problems making it difficult for them to compete.
Pointing to these problems a local industrialist said before the form was introduced, he could book raw material over the telephone and goods were despatched immediately by the suppliers. However, now ST38 form has to be sent to the supplier before he can despatch the goods. This delayed despatch of goods by a week on an average.
They say the form is so complicated and it is not possible for illiterate truckers to fill these properly. A small mistake by a trucker could lead to seizure of goods by the tax authorities. That is why transporters were reluctant to carry goods to Haryana leaving the field open for liquor mafia turned underground transport mafia. Even when transporters agreed to carry goods to Haryana, they charge 10 to 15 per cent more because they fear trucks could be delayed during checking by tax officials in the state.
A spokesman for the Haryana Pradesh Beopar Mandal said the new form had exposed traders and industrial houses to exploitation by tax officials. Terming the taxation wing of the government as one of the most corrupt in the country, he said the new form would sound the death knell for business in the state.
On the other hand,
tax officials said opposition parties were misguiding trade and
industry. They say that the form had been introduced to eliminate tax
evasion. The honest taxpayer, they say had nothing to fear from the
ST38 form. They expect an increase in revenue with the introduction of
the new form.
cut-off date plea admitted
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — Admitting a writ petition filed by retired employees of privately managed aided colleges of Haryana seeking revised pension from April 1, 1995, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has observed that it was necessary to find out why May 11, 1998 was chosen by the state government for implementing the scheme.
Pronouncing the orders, the Bench, headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi observed: "A perusal of the record shows that the pension scheme was introduced for university teachers with effect from April 1, 1995 and the process of implementing a similar scheme for the employees of the privately managed aided colleges was started. However, by a notification, the scheme was implemented with effect from May 11, 1998".
"According to the petitioners, the date does not have any nexus with the object sought to be achieved by the 1999 rules.... The writ petition is admitted for hearing", it ruled
In their petition, the
president of Haryana Retired College Teachers’ Association at
Yamunanagar Mr K.C. Thakur and others had earlier asked for directions
to the respondents not to discriminate against the retired employees
of the affiliated colleges by "incorporating a totally irrational
cut-off date for enforcing the rules. Directions had also been sought
for striking down Rule (12) of the Haryana Affiliated Colleges
(Pension and Contributory Provident Fund) Rules, 1999, to the extent
of their enforcement with effect from May 11, 1998, instead of April
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The Vigilance Bureau, Haryana, has registered a case against Mr S.S. Bhola, Engineer-in-Chief, and other officials of the PWD on the basis of an inquiry conducted by the CM’s Flying Squad. The Flying Squad, in the course of an inquiry, found the public health division No 2, Bhiwani, had committed irregularities in the execution of a sewer line. Mr Bhola was charged by the Flying Squad of showing undue favour to M/s Goyal Project in Hisar, resulting in a huge loss for the government.
According to a press note issued by the state Vigilance Bureau, the company was initially allotted work up to Rs 30 lakh but subsequently the work was extended to the tune of Rs 138.99 lakh in violation of all rules/regulations and norms whereas the firm was not competent for work exceeding Rs 30 lakh.
Following this finding, a case
was registered against Mr Bhola (who was to retire on July 31), Mr
Udai Veer Singh, SE, Mr R.P. Gupta, XEN, and Mr N.K. Sharma, XEN
(City) of the PWD, Bhiwani, for committing forgery, misappropriation
of government money by way of cheating/fraud and misuse of official
power in connivance with the beneficiary agency, the press note
cash centres open for 2 days
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — On the persistent demand of agricultural tubewell and rural domestic consumers, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) today decided to keep all its cash-collection centres open in Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jind and Jhajjar districts on July 29 and 30 to accept payment of electricity bills.
An official spokesman of the nigam said here that the electricity consumers who wanted to avail of the benefit of 100 per cent surcharge on their pending electricity bills would have to make the payment in one go without surcharge.
The spokesman added that
consumers who were unable to make the payment of their pending bills
in lumpsum had been allowed to make the payment in instalments. The
rural domestic consumers and agriculture tubewell consumers had been
given the facility of making the payment in four equal bimonthly and
four equal quarterly instalments, respectively. In both cases, they
would be allowed the benefit of 75per cent of the total surcharge. The
first instalment must be made by July 31.
1.54 cr for modern traffic aid posts
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The Haryana Government has sanctioned Rs 1.54 crore and 19 Gypsies to equip 21 modern traffic aid posts (TAPs) being set up along four national highways passing through the state by the Special Traffic Police Wing, especially revived by the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to minimise road accidents besides providing quick medicare to accident victims.
While stating this here yesterday, the SP (Traffic), Mr V. Kamraj, said each TAP would be set up at a distance of 30 km along the national highways. He said that nine TAPs would be set up along National Highway no 10 (Delhi-Sirsa road), six TAPs along National Highway no 1 (Delhi-Ambala road) and three each on National Highway no 2 (Delhi-Agra road) and National Highway no 8 (Delhi-Jaipur road). The first such TAP being set up by Escorts at Faridabad would be functional within a fortnight. The remaining TAPs would be set up shortly with the help of public sector undertakings and reputed private companies.
He said the United India Insurance Company had agreed to finance three TAPs to be erected along National Highway No 8. The NHPC would erect one TAP at Palwal on National Highway no 2 and the Indian Oil Corporation would set up a TAP near Panipat on National Highway no 1.
He said each TAP, costing about Rs 5 lakh would be made of pre-fabricated material. It would have a recovery van, an ambulance, a police Gypsy, a motorcycle, a photographer, speed-checking devices and an alcometer. The ambulance would be equipped with an oxygen cylinder and life-saving drugs.
PANIPAT: Around 60 public parks in the city are crying for attention which the Nagar Parishad has not been able to bestow on them. Now some residents have come forward and selected five parks and vowed to maintain them through voluntary effort. Some socially active women have joined in the effort and devised a system to involve in it such men and women as are interested in social service and give the parks an aesthetic atmosphere and a pollution-free environment.
Ms Indu Dutt and Ms Rita Nanda have taken up the maintenance of the DAV Centenary Park in Model Town and have transformed it into an aesthetic spot. Initially they were on their own, but now an association has been formed to carry forward the endeavour.
The park had become a haunt of drug addicts and drunkards. Incidents of eve-teasing were also on the rise. They took the Deputy Commissioner’s help in having the park cleared of such elements.
The Panipat Refinery gave Rs 65,000 for laying a pathway in the park which has already been completed. The refinery authorities have also offered Rs 11,000 for installing mercury lights in the park. Landscaping work has reached an advanced stage, according to Ms Indu Dutt. Those living around the park have also pitched in with their contributions.
The association has appointed two gardeners, a watchman and a sweeper at the park. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr M. R. Anand, has promised to help in the development of the park to make it a "pilot project" for others to follow. The Nagar Parishad has been given permission to install games for children in the park.
Most of the other parks in the city are in a state of neglect and present a study in contrast. Besides raising the boundary walls, little has been done to improve the state of these parks. Funds for their maintenance and beautification running into lakhs are obviously used for other purposes.
The horticulture wing of the Nagar Parishad looks after the maintenance of the parks in the city, but going by the condition of these parks it is hard to believe that any money has been spent on the upkeep of these parks.
Another park in Model Town, opposite the residence of the present MLA, Mr Balbir Pal Shah, has become a godown for tents, pipes and shamianas. The one opposite the Model Town police chowki has become a junkyard of discarded vehicles. It is also being used by the police to park its vehicles. In both these parks, stray cattle and pigs roam around freely and one finds heaps of dung strewn around. The picture is not much different in other parks.
Besides the DAV Centenary Park,
another park which has been adopted by the residents for development
is Shameem Park near the DETC office, Model Town. Mr Mahesh Sharma,
SDO, Irrigation (Retd), has taken the responsibility of maintaining
and developing this park located on the rear of Kamala Bhavan near
Kinder Kin School. Tagore Park and Captain Sadanand Park are two other
parks that have been adopted by the residents for their development.
shot dead by car-borne youths
ROHTAK, July 28 — Four unidentified car-borne youths reportedly shot dead a person near Kharawar turn on NH-10 yesterday.
The deceased has been identified as Wazir Singh alias Mota of Ismaila village who was returning after attending a hearing in the Sessions Court here.
According to information Wazir
was on his way to Ismaila with his friends, Devender and Jaipal (both
of Ismaila) in his Maruti car (HR 12 B-5530). The assailants chased
his car and fired a shot on Wazir who was driving the car. Wazir
received the bullet on his shoulder and he diverted the vehicle
towards the fields along the roadside. However the car stuck in the
mud and, availing the opportunity, the assailants fired six shots in
the head of Wazir who died on the spot. The assailants, however,
spared the two friends of Wazir.
found in water tank
KARNAL, July 28 — Mystery surrounds the death of Prem Prakash whose dead body was recovered by the police yesterday from the water tank of a cold storage.
The tank is reportedly owned by kin of Mr Surjit Singh Maan, a former Haryana Congress Minister.
The body was recovered when it started floating in the tank. Prem Prakash is learnt to be working as a servant with the Maan family.
The police brought forensic experts from Madhuban to the site.
Reacting to the death, Mr Om
Prakash Chautala asked the district administration in a press
conference here today that the mystery would be solved soon and
anybody found responsible for the death of Prem Prakash would be
camp for defence courses
ROHTAK, July 28 — Maharshi Dayanand University has announced a special coaching camp for a career in Defence services.
According to a press note
issued here, the coaching will start from August 3, under the aegis of
the University Centre for Competitive Examinations (UCCE). Admission
to this coaching camp will be done on the first come, first served
basis and the last date for applying is August 1. The application
forms are available at the UCCE office in the Indira Gandhi Vidya
Bhawan here on payment of Rs 10 per form. The total fee for general
category candidates is Rs 600 and that for candidates belonging to SC,
ST and BC categories Rs 300.
services’ hit Rohtak
ROHTAK, July 28 — ‘Beauty’ and health care services are no longer ‘exclusive’ to metros or big cities any more. Now these services have started taking smaller towns into their fold mainly through media and advertising explosion through electronic channels.
While beauty parlours are passé now, it is the slimming centres and grooming centres, both for men and women, which are holding sway. Of late, at least two beauty care centres for men have come up in the town.
Earlier, the conservative generation was surprised to see advertisements of a new parlour, exclusively for men, a few months back. The owner of the parlour claimed it was the first attempt of its kind in Rohtak, a conservative town. According to him response, so far, had been encouraging and he was even thinking of going as far as opening an other branch soon.
The parlour is extensively advertised on the local Siti cable. Men from all age groups had been showing a great interest in the services offered, which includes steam bath, mud therapy, facial and body massage and hair cut. He is not bothered about the reactions and comments about a beauty parlour for men. He maintains it has been a great help to those who had to rush to Delhi or other cities earlier.
There were many young men and women who were ready to spend in the range of Rs 500 to Rs 2000 per month on beauty treatment.
Rohtak is also slowly witnessing a change in attitude towards health and overall fitness. While the older generation still prefers and relies on walks in the mornings and evenings, young persons would rather go to a gymnasium or have fitness equipment installed at home.
A shopkeeper, who sells Asian
Sky Shop and UTS products said there were regular enquiries about
fitness products shown on TV channels. Some enterprising persons have
already started advertising locally for providing weight loss
services, as in the metros.
trade: 8 arrested
ROHTAK, July 28 — The police has arrested eight persons, including three women, on charges of being involved in a flesh trade racket here.
According to police sources the accused were caught "red handed" from a house in Dairy mohalla after a raid was made on a complaint lodged in this regard. It is alleged that house of one of the accused identified as Mahender was being used for such activities.
Two women identified as Bala
and Nirmala, along with Chandermukhi, wife of owner were nabbed along
with some women. Other arrested have been identified as Mahender,
Surender, Om Dutt, Madan and Ram Sarup. It is alleged that the racket
had been going on for the past several months.
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The Haryana Government today introduced a new scheme to provide employment on compassionate grounds to dependents of those employees of government-aided institutions under the control of the Technical Education Department who die in harness.
The employment will be given under the ex-gratia scheme and it will be confined to Class III and Class IV posts only, irrespective of the status of the deceased employee. It will be at least one step lower than that of the deceased employee, except in cases where the deceased employee was working at the lowest level in the institute. An applicant having a monthly income of Rs 2,500 per month or more from all sources will not be eligible for employment under this scheme.
Such dependents will be
required to apply for employment within three years of the death of
the employee. The prescribed qualifications for a given Class III post
will not be relaxed for appointment. However, the competent authority
may relax the qualifications on a case-to-case basis in respect of a
Class IV post.
body found hanging from tree
HISAR, July 28 — A youth allegedly committed suicide in Uklana, about 40 km from here. His body was found hanging from a tree this morning.
According to a report, Sunder, the 17-year-old youth from Nadhori was attending with his associates a camp organised by the Shiv Shakti Sewa Samiti in Uklana.
BHIWANI, July 28 — Four out of a total of 31 candidates were re-elected in the municipal council elections here yesterday. Mr Gobind Ram Sharma, alias Billoo Badshah (ward No 20), was elected for the fourth time. Mr Mohan Lal (ward No 24), Mr Ishwar Singh Maan (ward No 2) and Mr Ramesh Chand Masta (ward No 17) were elected for the third consecutive term.
hiding inefficiency: CPI
PANIPAT, July 28 — The state council secretary of the CPI, Mr Raghbeer Singh Chaudhary, has alleged that the chief minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, is concealing his inefficiency.
He has alleged that the entire government machinery was misused to organise the state-level congregation at Kaithal to mark the completion of one year of his rule.
Singh made vice-chairman of sainik
CHANDIGARH, July 28 — The Haryana Government today appointed Mr Maha Singh, a freedom fighter (INA), vice-chairman of the Haryana Swatantarta Sainik Samman Samiti.
spokesman said freedom fighters Hari Ram Arya, Babu Nand Sharma, Puran
Chand Azad, Suraj Bhan Mittal, Capt Bhanvar Lal Bahmni (INA), Chand
Ram (INA), Lala Balwant Rai Tayal, Ch Lalti Ram (INA), Banu Ram Gupta
and Khoob Ram Sarpanch had been nominated official members.
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