Wednesday, November 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


House owners don’t have to inform about tenants
Admn opines Section 144 has wide scope for misuse
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — It is no longer mandatory for house owners of the Union Territory to inform the police about their tenants. The Chandigarh Administration had made compliance to this order essential under Section 144 of the Cr PC.

The orders are issued for 60 days and are renewed by the District Magistrate. As of date the orders have not been renewed in the past 90 days. In August when it was time to renew the orders under Section 144 of the Cr PC on landlords, the issue was kept in abeyance while senior officials thought over it and decided that no more will the order remain in force in Chandigarh.

Now house owners will not be bound by law to inform about their tenants and furnish their particulars in the police station concerned. The order on servants, domestic helps, maids and other category of workers in the residential as well as commercial areas, shall, however, remain in force, sources said. The issue has been discussed at the level of the Administrator.

During these meetings, on the basis of statistics, it was brought out that Section 144 of the Cr PC was being misused as only middle class and the lower middle class people had been booked while not a single case had been registered in the elite northern sectors. The idea was to have a deterrent in the minds of public and not book only a certain class of people.

Offenders under Section 144 of the Cr PC are booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and this invites simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to Rs 200 or with both.

The sources said the police had booked people with a typical colonial attitude which ignored the fact that several of the city’s well-known people and the so called influential class was not informing about their tenants. Atleast the cases registered under Section 188 of the IPC indicated that people who had no approach were being booked thus adding another chapter of harassment to their lives.

The offence also allowed lower-level cops to settle scores and action was being taken as vendetta launched by a neighbour or someone else. The idea to ask landlords about their tenants was to keep a tab on anti-social elements who may take refuge in the city under the garb of tenants in some ones’ house.

And when the Chandigarh police asked for permission to initiate prosecution proceedings in certain cases the Administration was very clear in refusing it. Quite interestingly the Chandigarh police has been booking person under Section 188 at an average of about 2 to 3 persons a week. And this practice has continued in the past three months too since the order was last stopped and not renewed.


Chandigarh police keeping tab on Punjab police personnel
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — The Chandigarh Police is keeping a close tab on the activities of certain Punjab Armed Police personnel allegedly involved in cases of extortion.

Sources in the police department confirm that more than once, traps were also laid by cops here to apprehend the law-breaking officials red-handedly.

It is “not only Punjab Police personnel that we keep constant watch on but on the activities of all police officials,” says Assistant Superintendent of Chandigarh Police, Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal. “Whenever we come to know that an offence has been committed by an official, we take immediate action”.

The decision to place suspicious cops under constant surveillance is significant as, besides extortion, they have also been accused of indulging in drunken brawls.

In a case of complete lawlessness, two Punjab Armed Police personnel, reportedly claiming themselves to be attached with Punjab Chief Minister’s security, had allegedly thrashed a Sector 23 landlord and his son on November 23, after being stopped from “bringing a girl” to the house. The duo, along with three or four associates, had also allegedly smashed furniture. The complainant had alleged that the two had given fake names while taking the room on rent in September. Their anticipatory bail application was rejected by an Additional District and Sessions Judge today.

In another case, a Punjab Armed Police constable, accused of extorting money from a Ludhiana Municipal Corporation draftsman, after posing as a CBI personnel, was arrested on November 24.

Swaran Singh, in the city on deputation, was nabbed while he was reportedly waiting for the second installment of money which he, along with an accomplice, had allegedly asked draftsman Ranjeet Singh to bring, for getting his wife’s earrings and chain released from mortgage.

The two, riding a cycle at the Sukhna Lake, had allegedly asked Ranjeet Singh to hand over Rs 50,000, following his “failure to prove his identity”. The deal was, however, finalised at Rs 10,000.

Sources confirm that these are not the only cases PAP personnel are involved in. Recently, an official had tried to rob an employee of his salary while he was returning home. The “victim” had, however, raised a ruckus forcing the personnel to run away.

A senior police official, on condition of anonymity, said that a reason behind this increasing trend is absence of instant action initiated against them. “In Chandigarh, the erring cop is immediately placed under suspension, but in case of a Punjab Police personnel, a report is sent. Action takes time”. 


PU students welcomed with song, dance
Hooliganism delays function by an hour
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — Aagaz-2000, a welcome function for freshers at Punjab University here today, was a great hit with students.

The Law auditorium seemed to be packed with students trying to have a view of the stage. This left the stragglers haggling for seats as well as standing space.

The show began with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, lighting a lamp to inaugurate the function. In a short speech, he wished the students well for their future. Bhupinder Singh Bhuppi, president of the PU Campus Students Council, presented a bouquet to the vice-chancellor.

The show started off with a Sarasvati vandana but a solo dance on a recent hit ‘Que sera sera’, set the mood of the show. A girl student’s presentation of Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Jaaeya aap kahan jaeyenge’ and a dance of girls on Rahe rahe jaan valiae’ had the crowd clapping.

‘Duma dum mast kalandar’ embodying the robustness of the Punjabis surely needs a special mention, for the spirit of the singer matched with the spirit of the song.

The audience joined the troupe, performing bhangra.

An incident in which the turban of a Sikh student fell while entering the auditorium led to an hour-long delay in the start of the show.

A group of students, led by Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of the student council, entered the auditorium before the start of the function and stalled the proceedings. This was followed by unruly scenes where a group of students barged onto the main stage. Cups and plates were seen flying in the air.

The programme began about an hour late. Slogans from the protesters were met with slogans from the viewers. ‘Hai! hai! from the protesters was met with ‘We want peace’ slogans of the audience.

Chand Singh Madaan, chairman of the Haryana Students Association and Munish Anand, a former president of the Campus Council, criticised the incident, calling it ‘unfortunate’.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president of the Students Organisation of Panjab University, said that the incident was not ‘intentional’. ‘‘We went to see the function and saw the doors closed. When they were at last opened, I and two more of my friends were pushed around by the cops on duty’, Nabha said. He said that SOPU demanded proper action against police cops on duty. There was also lack of gate management by the organisers.

A fresher however, was of the view that ‘‘The entire incident was nothing more than a political stunt.

A police official asserted that the department had no favourites among the student parties on the campus.

A SOPU supporter, however, demanded that even if the auditorium was full, the gates should not have been locked. This was opposed by organisers who said that the auditorium was already chock-a-black full, so the gates had to be closed. 


Banks ‘ignoring farm sector’
By Sarbjit Singh
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — Banks have started ignoring the agricultural sector. The flow of money from banks to this sector has shrunk drastically. It is a bad sign as the farming community is already facing a crisis. The advancing of loans to this sector has come down to 12 per cent from the mandatory 18 per cent ratio fixed by the Reserve Bank of India.

With the gradual withdrawal of banks from the agricultural sector, farmers, who remained in the clutches of “sahukars” (money- lenders) for centuries, will have to go back to the same source to get funds to finance their operations. The country has a big agro-industrial base. The indifferent attitude of banks towards this sector can lead to the destabilisation of the country’s economy.

These views were expressed by Mr Tarakeshwar Chakraborty, general secretary of the All-India Bank Employees Association, a body with more than seven lakh members and one of the largest trade unions in the country. He said in the past decades banks played a major role in the development of agriculture in the country to make it self-sufficient. However, after the chanting of the privatisation and globalisation mantra by the Union Government, banks had turned to speculative business and were making more and more investments in the speculative money market. Earlier, small-scale industry, local artisans, the transport sector and self-employment generating ventures were a priority sector for banks but it was no more true.

In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, Mr Chakraborty, who was here to attend a conference organised by the State Bank of Patiala Employees Association, said the Union Government was treading a dangerous path as far as the privatisation of banks was concerned. There were four main financial institutions in the country — banks, insurance companies, pension funds and mutual funds. Except nationalised banks, the other three institutions had already been opened to the private sector. And the fourth — banks — would soon follow suit. He said that by capturing these four major financial institutions, foreign investors, in collaboration with influential persons in the country, would establish their control over the Indian economy.

He said those who would be controlling these institutions would be dictating terms to all concerned in the country. The Union Government was putting the country’s sovereignty and economic independence in jeopardy, he added. There were deposits (savings of people) totalling Rs 8 lakh crore in Indian banks and 80 per cent of these were in nationalised banks. He said that private persons could not be honest and sincere trustees of peoples’ money deposited in banks. Only the government could be the best trustee and would replough the deposits for the development of the country while private owners of banks would invest money to promote their own interests.

He said that though the USA promoted private investment, it did not allow the RBI to float Millennium bonds meant for NRIs in the country (the USA). The Federal Bank of America flatly refused permission for floating the bonds as it perceived that a lot of money belonging to NRIs could flow into India through these bonds. “If the US Government can guard its interest, why not the Indian Government”, he asked.

He said at present there were 64,000 bank branches in the country and 70 per cent of these were in the rural areas. This was because of the public sector banks. He said private banks only preferred class banking. They only catered to the needs of the elite sections and would not bother to cater to the rural areas. They prefered metro or other big cities. He made it clear that bank unions were not against globalisation but were only opposing the privatisation of nationalised banks because of the national interest involved.

When asked what unions were doing to improve the functioning of the nationalised banks, Mr Chakraborty said the full computerisation of these banks had been accepted by the unions. Round the clock opening of these banks on all seven days of the week in shifts had also been conceded. He said the unions were cooperating in the improvement of services. All nine unions having a combined membership of about 10 lakh employees were opposed to the privatisation of nationalised banks.

Mr N.K.Gaur, general secretary of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, who was also present, said the government had ordered that there should be capital adequate ratio (CAR) in all banks as per International standards. He said that banks could achieve this provided they were allowed to recover NPAs from defaulters by getting criminal cases registered against them. He said all banks needed only Rs 25,000 crore as CAR but there was over Rs 75,000 crore due against defaulters.

He said CAR was not the issue. The issue was the recovery of bad loans to which the Union Government had given the name NPAs. Back


Time to “address adolescents’ problems”
By P.P.S. Gill
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — If India is to transform its “burden of population” into an “asset of human resource”, it is time to harness youth power.

This sea of adolescents, in fact, is the resource of “social change, technological advancement and national development that would need a matching infrastructure and a comprehensive and progressive agenda to fulfil its growing needs and soaring aspirations”.

This was stated by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr U.N.B. Rao, while talking to a group of psychologists and sociologists here today. Mr Rao is in the city for the ongoing XXXII All-India Police Science Congress. A personal tragedy suffered by him in the loss of his 21-year-old son, Urivi Vikram, in a road accident in 1990 spurred him to devote his time and energy to solving the problems of adolescents.

He has set up the UVCT — the Urivi Vikram Charitable Trust — a non-government organisation based in New Delhi that has drawn up a programme called “Shakti”, basically for personality development and career orientation. This has drawn the attention of UN agencies. Now the UVCT finds support in the UN’s inter-agency working group on population and development with the World Health Organisation providing technical-cum-financial support. The trust was set up in 1991.

Mr Rao explained to the select gathering, organised by Ms Reetinder Mohan Kohli, how school dropouts and adolescents felt ignored and left out by society though they had their own problems and aspirations. Therefore, by organising such adolescents, the trust aimed at inspiring them and helping them rediscover themselves.

The “Shakti” courses (38 batches have already passed out) are specially designed to take care of seven areas of concern to an adolescent: physical, family related, financial, psychological, social, emotional and academic. Mr Rao firmly believes that “mass counselling” by psychologists can enable society and adolescents find solutions to problems faced by parents.

This is sorted out among adolescents through the “Prerna” programme, designed keeping in view the psyche of adolescents and their handling by parents and society.

Mr Rao has submitted his dissertation for a Ph.D degree to the IIT, New Delhi, on the topic “Impact of pro-active policing approach on attitude of adolescent students in metropolitan cities”. He gave statistics to show the poor track record of the country when it came to tackling the menace of school dropouts.

In 1947 the dropout rate was 79 per cent. At present, 50-odd years later, it is 71 per cent. The crying need is to take care of this large segment of youth that is easily frustrated. The purpose of “Shakti” and “Prerna”, therefore, is to make a “success” of the “failure” faced by adolescents.

Based on the experience and experiment of interacting with over 60,000 adolescents in various schools in New Delhi and elsewhere, the UVCT has now framed a “National policy for young adults — advocacy document” in association with several organisations. It was supported by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

This national policy document, to be released shortly, is basically about the nation’s commitment to the all-round development of young people through the establishment of a framework to meet their needs and aspirations. It takes into account globalisaion, scientific and technological advancement, constraints, opportunities and emerging challenges in the 21st century. A copy was presented to Dr Vidhu Mohan of Panjab University.

Talking to Tribune News Service, Mr Rao said India had a youth population of 34 crore, as per the 1991 census, in the age group of 13-35 years. This was anticipated to increase to 51 crore by 2016, which meant 40 per cent of the total population. Special attention had to be paid to the youth in the age bracket 14 to 21, the most crucial period for any person.

The UVCT had opened a branch at Cantilly, Virgina, in the USA, with the efforts of persons like Dr Balbir Singh Dhillon and Dr Darshan Singh Padda, a World Bank consultant, he said.



Only one Gurpurb procession tomorrow
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — This time, only one Gurpurb procession will be taken out in the city on November 30, the martyrdom day eve of Guru Teg Bahadur.

This was decided following a meeting of the organising committee of the Nagar Kirtan Taalmel Committee and the Chandigarh Gurdwara Asthapan Committee here today.

According to a statement by the latter, the procession will start from the Sector 22 gurdwara and end at the 22 gurdwara on November 30.

Earlier, two processions used to be organised. One of these used to culminate at the Sector 37 gurdwara.


Walkout by Cong councillors
Poll for Home Minister’s committee put off
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today admitted in the meeting of the general house that there had been a mistake at the official level in giving the contract of installing sector guide maps to a particular company without the necessary approval. Following this announcement, the controversial issue regarding the installation of sector guide maps was closed.

After heated arguments, the Commissioner, Mr M.P. Singh said the inquiry into the issue had revealed that the MC had entered into an agreement with a company without the necessary approval of the Finance and Contract Committee and the House. He said since the function of advertising had not been formally transferred to the MC, inviting tenders and allotting work was premature.

Following this, it was decided that the matter be closed. It would be taken up afresh after the byelaws pertaining to advertisements were approved and the function formally transferred to the corporation. The tenders would be invited afresh only once the Administration finalised the byelaws.

In the previous meetings, the discussion revolved around whether the contract should be given to Selvel company or not. The House had been divided on the issue. The discussion on this issue today led to a rift in the BJP, with a former mayor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, withdrawing his queries when the Commissioner admitted the mistake.

The agenda item pertaining to disposal of commercial property in Pocket 1, Mani Majra, was passed amidst stiff opposition from Congress councillors, who staged a walk-out. The hue and cry raised by these councillors stalled the proceedings of the House and it was adjourned for five minutes.

Mr Gurcharan Das Kala and Mr Raj Kumar Goyal demanded that the a major part of the money earned by way of auction of property be spent on the development works of Mani Majra, which was opposed by the councillors of the ruling party. Congress councillors returned to the House after two minutes once the item was passed in their absence.

The issue pertaining to the election of four members of the MC for the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee was deferred till the next meeting on the ground that the procedure of electing these members had not been specified in the Union Government’s notification. The draft byelaws pertaining to tax on advertisement (other than those published in newspapers) prepared by the Municipal Corporation on the basis of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, 1954, were passed with certain amendments. On the basis of suggestions put forth by the members, it was decided that the date and permission numbers would be displayed on the advertisements wherever these were displayed.

The House also accepted that penalty charges be included in the byelaws to punish those indulging in defacement of public property or putting up advertisements without permission. Earlier, the law officer of MC apprised the members of the advertisement policy. The rates of taxes, fixed on the basis of MC, Amritsar, were also approved. With the approval of these byelaws by the Administration, the function of levying fees on advertisements would be transferred to the MC, which was hitherto being looked after by the Estate Office. This would meet a long pending demand of the corporation.

Some members were in favour of advertisements on vehicles and parks, while others opposed it, saying it would amount to defacement of property. The official version was that the character of the city could not be changed. Moreover, the High Court directions and the Administration guidelines could not be overlooked.

While this issue was being discussed, Mr Gurcharan Das Kala, a Congress councillor, raised the issue of the irregularities committed by MC in procuring fodder for cattleponds. Showing a newspaper clipping, he alleged that fodder, available for Rs 125 per quintal in the open market, was being purchased at Rs 199 per quintal. The Commissioner said no purchase had been made at this rate and the members had asked him to explore the lowest possible rates since their demand was not being met from the Burail jail and open market. Heated arguments marked the discussion on the issue.

The purchase of 150 garbage containers of 4.5 cu m capacity and 40 containers of 6.5 cu m capacity was also passed. Mr Harish Bhanot assured the members that their suggestions with regard to further improving the sanitation of the city would be considered at the next meeting of the City Beautification and Environment Protection Committee of the MC.

Earlier, during question hour, the Deputy Mayor, Mr Mohinder Singh, raised the issue of construction of his room. The members seconded his demand and the Commissioner assured him that the room would be ready within the next 15 days as the construction plan for the same had been approved. The work on the room started today.

Later, the meeting was adjourned and the items pertaining to the revised approval for purchase of a deluxe bus for the MC and auction of commercial sites of various sites in Chandigarh and Mani Majra could not be taken up. Meanwhile, the councillors kept leaving the House from time to time and at the end, only five Congress councillors, three from the BJP, one from the SAD and one nominated councillor were present.Back


Admn gives freehold land for railway project
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — The Chandigarh Administration will allot land to Indian Railways on freehold basis, instead of leasehold basis for the Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway link project — a formula under which the Railways will be paying more than the present rate of Rs 1 lakh per acre will be worked out by the Chandigarh Administration.

An assurance in this regard was given by the UT Administrator, Lieut Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), when a high level Railways delegation met him here today, informed the Ambala Divisional Railway Manager , Mr Vijay Kumar.

The Railway team comprised Mr R.N. Malhotra, member, Engineering Railway Board and secretary to Government of India; Mr Vijay Kumar, divisional railway manager, Ambala Railway Division and Mr S.R. Ujalian, chief administrative officer, construction.

The Railways has been allotted 114 acre of land in Chandigarh and since then it has been asking for freehold possession of land. In order to acquire land in Chandigarh and Punjab, cost to the railways will be Rs 50 crore whereas the budgetary allocation in the plan for land acquisition is Rs 10 crore on due to this hike, the project will be now once again be tabled before the Planning Commission for approval.


SAS Nagar councillors to head committees,
 says Kulwant Singh
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Nov 28 — Decentralisation of power in the civic body will be the topmost priority of Mr Kulwant Singh, who has been elected President of the SAS Nagar Municipal Council. Constituting committees headed by councillors will be the first step to be taken by the elected body.

Disclosing the agenda, Mr Kulwant said in the past, the sanitation, finance, streetlight maintenance and development committees were there, but were ineffective due to different reasons. Such committees would now be made more effective.

Spending the budget of the civic body in a better planned way by taking along all the councillors, irrespective of their alliances, would also be on the agenda. Another important issue was the groupism in the employees of the civic body. In the past, some employees had got police cases registered against their colleagues due to the groupism.

He said all political parties had extended him unconditional support and he was ready for any inquiry regarding the allegations of horse-trading. He refused to comment on the statement given by certain councillors that the outgoing Administrator of the civic body had exhausted its budget on unrequired projects. The Deputy Commissioner yesterday said he would inquire into the allegations of overspending by civic body officials.

Mr Kulwant said he would write to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to allot land to the civic body for its office complex. He said the first meeting of the councillors would be called soon after the government issued the notification of his being elected as the President. The Senior Vice-President, Ms Indu Sehgal, and the Vice-President, Mr Manjeet Singh, today assumed their new posts. 


Incorrigible Postal Department

THIS refers to the report “Internet has hit postal delivery system” (Chandigarh Tribune, Nov 22). It is gracious of Mr A. S. I. S. Paul, Chief Post Master-General, Punjab Circle, to admit that the Department’s postal delivery has fallen by 40 per cent because of the spread of the Internet. A number of IAS officers and a huge staff who run the Postal Department may have become redundant with more and more people using the Internet for communication and other purposes.

It is surprising that even after the workload of the department has decreased considerably, it continues to function in its old inefficient and slipshod manner. I sent a speed post (receipt number EE00002105) on February 4 and a registered letter (AD-8421) on May 4. I have not received the acknowledgement due cards for either of the letters even after paying the prescribed fee. I sent three reminders to the department on February 21, March 9, and May 26, but I have yet to receive a reply from the authorities concerned. Why can’t the CPMG ensure efficient functioning of his department rather than taking up the responsibility of collecting telephone bills. If such is the state of affairs in the department, it will only be logical if private courier and Internet services were to take over the functions of the Postal Department.

Mr Paul’s statement that a telephone subscriber will have to pay a service charge of Rs 10 for depositing his telephone bill with the beat postman of the area out of which the postman will get Re 1 as incentive, shows the inability of the department to generate its own funds.



The loss of Capt Atul Sharma of Chandigarh, who laid down his life in an encounter at Baramulla on November 15 has left a permanent vaccum in the family. He was the only brother of his sister and the only son of his parents and was about to get married. A highly educated young man bubbling with zeal, he would have been a great asset to the country. Alas, now he lies in a coffin. A precious life lost forever.

We owe our lives to young men like Capt Atul Sharma who stand like a mountain between us and the storm. He fought for his country like a lion. I salute him! But when I think of his potential, the wonders he could have achieved, had things been peaceful, my heart is filled with agony and remorse. Such flower of the nation’s youth destroyed in the mindless orgy of violence let loose by some misguided elements.

I appeal to all those who are bent on destroying the peace of this country to realise the futility of this approach. Instead of snatching the peace and happiness of a neighbour, they should utilise their energies in creating a happy world of their own. Instead of trying to snatch Kashmir from India, they should try to remove poverty, disease, ignorance and strife from their land. I plead, please stop this bloodshed. Stop turning the lives of others into hell, if you can’t make them any better. For God’s sake, stop this madness.

Harpreet Baweja


The Organisation of Islamic Countries concluded its summit at Doha (Qatar) last week. Pakistan, as it always does, used its lungs to abuse and denegrate our country. India has the second largest Muslim population in the world. Yet it is not invited to this assembly for obvious reasons. But the irony is that a fundamentalist and secessionist organisation like the Hurriyat Conference which has an insignificant following (only in J&K), is invariably invited as observer to OIC meetings, where its leaders spit venom against India.

These leaders hold frequent confabulations with the Pakistan High Commission and also maintain a constant liaison with various terrorist groups. The Government should take note of the mischievous activities of these people and prosecute them for their anti-national and secessionist activities.



HUDA plan to curb power wastage
By Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 28 — A recent approval on the optimum utilisation of power by regularising the street lighting arrangements by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is likely to reduce its consumption by almost 40 per cent.

A circular to this effect has been issued to all urban estates in the state by the Chief Administrator, Mr N.C. Wadhwa, directing Estate Officers to take suitable action on the directions.

“We are alive to the criminal wastage of power owing to flood lighting in the commercial areas and certain other internal important roads. At most places 250 to 150 watts sodium lights remain on for the whole night irrespective of the actual needs which necessitated the regularisation,’’ Mr Wadhwa said.

According to the new scheme, the first four hours of the night, 6 pm to 10 pm in winter and 7 pm to 11 pm in summer, have been identified as hours when best illumination is required for the safety of the road users, vehicular and pedestrian traffic being at its peak during these hours.

Also, the traffic being reduced to not more than 15 per cent in the next couple of hours and need being essentially for the maintenance of security, it has been decided to keep two-thirds of the lights on during this time followed by cutting down lights switched on to one-third their actual number for the rest of the night till the next morning.

“We have instructed the department to put every third light on the same phase to achieve the target of regularisation of power. By switching off the lights of one phase after the initial four hours, every third light will go off while after six hours, two-thirds will be off,’’ he informed.

In the commercial areas, where flood lighting is not required in the late night hours, there is a proposal of putting up special lights on top of buildings, enabling complete switching off of flood lights. This decision will, however, be taken for individual location with the approval of the Administrator concerned.

The Additional Chief Engineer, Mr R.C. Taneja, added that the implementation would not involve any extra cost though modifications in the individual system would be required. “All new streetlights have been put on this principle and any changes will be made only in the lighting made years ago. All Estate Offices need to do is to put every third light on a separate phase, not a tedious task considering the benefits which will accrue,’’ he explained.

This is being taken up at the state-level and is likely to take a while before it comes into force considering the modifications required.

“If we cut down on power consumption, we will cut down on payment for the same as well. Instructions for the installation of energy meters have been issued to ensure bills are not charged by Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited on an average basis,’’ Mr Wadhwa said.Back


HUDA following wrong policies: builders
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 28 — The recent announcement of the Haryana Urban Development Authority to float new schemes came in for strong criticism from the Haryana Group Housing Promoters and Builders Federation.

In a press note issued here today, they alleged that the wrong policies of HUDA were responsible for the surrender of membership by group housing societies. They said construction by societies was not taking place on account of non-development in the area.

The societies added that HUDA had offered possession to housing societies without providing the essential amenities and infrastructure, which they were committed to provide. They said they were not fulfilling the terms of the contract, leading to harassment of investors.

The president of the federation, Mr B.K. Sanghi, demanded that accountability and responsibility of the officials concerned should be fixed. A reshuffle of staff should be carried out as well, he added.Back


Patwaris stage dharna
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Nov 28 — Patwaris of Kharar tehsil staged a dharna and raised slogans in the tehsil complex here today in protest against the alleged misbehaviour of the SDM, Kharar, with the patwaris.

The dharna was addressed, among others, by Mr Gurnam Singh, district president, and Mr Satnam Singh, (vice president, Punjab).

They demanded the transfer of the SDM from Kharar.

Meanwhile Mr Devinder Singh, SDM, Kharar, denied the charge levelled by the patwaris. He said in fact he got a complaint that no patwari was present in the patwar khana yesterday and he got this verified from the Tehsilar, Kharar.

He said he had taken a serious note of the absence of the patwaris and that had angered them.


Water supply disrupted
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Nov 28 — A number of areas remained without drinking water today as one of the tubewells near old Kila Chungi break down. The said tubewell had been supplying muddy water for the past couple of days. A large number of residents were seen rushing towards handpumps for getting water. Mr Gian Chand Gupta, Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, said efforts were on to repair the tubewell. He said the committee would supply drinking water in tankers and would take steps to lay pipeline to supply water to the affected areas from other tubewells.


Addl Director honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — The Additional Director of Industries, Haryana, Mr Kulmohan Singh, has been honoured by the Haryana Union of Journalists. Mr Kulmohan Singh, who has been honoured for his outstanding service to the cause of industry, was given a citation by the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Suraj Bhan. The function was attended, among others, by the Indian Federation of Working Journalists President, Mr K. Vikram Rao.


One killed in accident
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — Jai Prakash, a helper, was seriously injured when a heap of iron rods fell on him while he was helping the driver of the truck in reversing the truck. Later he succumbed to the injuries. The accident occurred near Usha Martin Godown, Darua village. A case under Sections 279 and 304 A of the Indian Panel Code has been registered.

Mr Naresh Kumar of Sector 41 has reported to the police that Narinder Jaswal of the same sector trespassed into his house and allegedly attacked him. According to sources Mr Kumar has reported that the accused attacked him over a minor issue. A case under Sections 323 and 452 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Pedestrian hit
Mr Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 34, was injured when he was hit by a scooter in front of the gate of Government College for Girls, Sector 11. He was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16. The scooter driver allegedly fled the scene. A case under Sections 279 and 337 has been registered.

Car-jeep accident
Mr Prem Chand’s car was hit by a jeep near the roundabout of Sector 29, 30, 31 and 32. The jeep driver fled the scene after abandoning the jeep. However, no one was injured. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered.

Two arrested for gambling
The city police arrested Shiv and Ganga Mandal, both residents of Bhagalpur district in Bihar, for gambling at a public place from Sector 21 park. A case under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered.

Scooter stolen
Mr Sant Lal Sharma, a resident of Phase VI, SAS Nagar reported that his scooter was stolen from the Sector 40D parking. A case under Section 379 of IPC has been registered.Back


Executives asked to face globalisation challenges
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 28 — A week-long custom-designed Management Development Programme for senior executives of the Bank of India started on November 27 at the Centre of Research in Rural and Industrial Development.

Mr O.N. Singh, Executive Director of the Bank of India, in his inaugural address called upon the participants to convert the challenges posed by liberalisation, globalisation, information technology and rising customer expectations into opportunities for improving corporate governance, competitive efficiencies, product portfolio and delivery system.

He said this warranted qualitative change in the mindset of all bankers, optimisation of techno management skills, developing an efficient and service oriented work culture and above all technological sophistication in operational aspect of Mr Rashpal Malhotra, Founder Director of the CRRID welcomed the chief guest, Mr O.N. Singh and highlighted the valuable contributions the Centre made to the national development.

Mr S. Chandra, Principal Coordinator of Management Development Programme, explained the objective of the programmes and said eminent experts like Mr N. Vittal, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Mr T.K.A. Nair, Chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board, Mr Khizer Ahmad, Banking Ombudsman, Dr B.B. Bhattacharya, Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Mr Pardeep Singh, Chief Executive Infrastructure, II and F.S. Mr G. Kathuria, former CMD the Bank of India, and Mr Ravi Mohan, MD CRISII and Mr Prabhakar Sharma, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India will be sharing their knowledge and experience during the programme.

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