Saturday, February 9, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Residents hold traffic to ransom
Tribune News Service

Yet another panel

* The Centre today set up an eight-member committee headed by Union Urban Development Secretary Koshal Ram to examine the recommendations of the second part of the Malhotra committee report on the regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the NCT.

* The committee would submit its report within the next two months. It would review the existing guidelines for regularisation of over 1000 unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

* Other members of the committee include Vice Chairman DDA, Principal Secretary Urban Development, Delhi Government, Commissioner of MCD, Chairman of NDMC, CEO of Delhi Jal Board and Joint Secretary Delhi Land.

New Delhi, February 8
The traffic in the city, particularly in South Delhi, was thrown out of gear as hundreds of agitated residents of Lajpat Nagar and Amar Colony squatted on the busy Ring Road at the Mool Chand Hospital crossing today, to protest against Wednesday’s demolition drive by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The vehicular traffic was diverted into the side lanes by harried traffic police officers, adding to the confusion. Motorists had to spend hours trying to extricate themselves from the ensuing chaos.

The MCD bulldozers had swung into action on Wednesday following a Supreme Court directive that all encroachments and illegal constructions in this congested colony be cleared. The MCD had subsequently served 3,500 eviction notices to the encroachers.

Tension prevailed in the area as agitated residents blamed the local councillors, politicians and civic officials for the mess and claimed that they had bribed these officials heavily on the assurance that all the encroachments and constructions would be regularised as recommended by the Malhotra Committee.

Such was the simmering discontentment among the affected families that a large number of them vent their ire on the board carrying the name of the area MP and smashed it into smithereens. They also raised anti-MCD slogans.

The residents were also preparing a detailed list of payments made to the officials of the MCD’s Central Zone when they built the unauthorised structures. The list would be forwarded to the Central government, the Central Vigilance Commission and the courts.

To prevent any untoward incident, the Delhi Police has deployed a sizeable contingent in the area, particularly around the MCD offices. While there was no official confirmation, sources said that a large number of officials today abstained from duty, fearing public wrath.

Particularly concerned were the top officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party dominated Municipal Corporation of Delhi over the political fall-out of the demolitions and the impact on the civic body elections due in late March.

In an effort to salvage the situation, the Mayor, Mr. Shanti Desai, today claimed that a delegation of councillors led by him would call on the Union Urban Development Minister, Mr. Ananth Kumar, and urge him to intervene in the matter, so that the second phase of the recommendations of the Malhotra Committee report could be implemented.

In a statement issued today, he claimed that the MCD had finalised the plan and referred it to the Delhi Government , which incidentally is led by the Congress, several months ago but the Delhi government was sitting on it. The second phase recommends the regularisation of acceptable constructed areas. There are more than two lakh unauthorised constructions in Delhi, particularly in the former refugee colonies.

Expressing his anguish over the attitude of the Delhi government, the Mayor appealed to the Central government to intervene and help sort out the mess.

Meanwhile, tempers were running high in the areas which came under the blades of the MCD’s bulldozers and many even threatened physical harm to the area councillors and officials as they were the ones who had led them across the garden path. They claimed that while the officials had acted with alacrity to raze their structures, nothing was done to prevent thousands of jhuggis from mushrooming on the Capital’s prime land, which were a strain on the civic amenities and a breeding ground for anti-social activities.

The residents alleged that both the MCD as well as the Delhi government were playing politics at their cost and demanded the heads of the area officials who turned a blind eye to the encroachments.



Gurgaon takes step to decongest Jaipur highway
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, February 8
The Gurgaon district administration has decided to divert long-distance commercial vehicles on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway, which are headed for Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The decision follows a Supreme Court directive banning entry of long-distance commercial vehicles into the national Capital.

Mostly, the vehicles originate from Gujarat and Maharashtra; they cruise through Gurgaon and Delhi before entering other states. This causes heavy congestion on the national highway. The main arteries in the Capital also get clogged. The alarmingly high pollution level, a bugbear of the residents of the National Capital Region, is a corollary of this congestion.

The Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner, Mr A. K. Singh, told an interactive session of the Gurgaon Industrial Association that under the new scheme, the vehicles will be diverted via Bilaspur-Patauadi-Jhajhar and Rohtak, to enable them to take the route to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Vehicles bound for places like Noida will take the Bilaspur-Patauadi-Taoru-Sohan route via Faridabad.

The diversions will be effected 10 km short of Gurgaon city on the Jaipur side. Only commercial vehicles bound for Delhi will be allowed to take the old route. Vehicles bound for Gurgaon will also be allowed to take the old route. Of course, the authorities will first check the bills of lading and other documents to ascertain whether the vehicles are indeed heading for Delhi.

The authorities are in the process of erecting hoardings at vantage points, alerting drivers to the diversions and warning them not to go to Delhi. While the authorities are trying their best to put in place a fool-proof plan so that the apex court’s directive is implemented, the denizens of Gurgaon have thanked the court for its proactive role. For quite some time now, the residents of Gurgaon were feeling the pinch of the mad rush, traffic jams and chaos on the highway.

Until now, the most recurring traffic jams were on the Gurgaon-Delhi border. There were often reports of people missing their domestic and international flights on account of the jams. In response to infrastructure demands made by the GIA president, Mr Jagan Nath Mangla, the Deputy Commissioner pointed out that the eighth-lane project had been awarded to a private party and the construction would commence in March.

The plan is to complete the project in three years. The 8th lane would extend from the T-point at Rao Tula Rao Marg in Delhi up to a distance of 42 km towards Gurgaon. The completion of the project would further streamline the traffic flow on the highway.

In a related development, the district administration has sought the help of the Commissioner, MCD, to help mitigate the problem of collection of toll tax by the Delhi Government on the border.

There is a move to provide a service lane for ordinary vehicles, so that they are not caught in the jam.



No more road cutting for cables, pipelines
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
The Government of NCT of Delhi has banned road cutting for the purpose of laying pipelines, telecommunication cables, etc. The ban will stay in force till the new road cutting policy is announced.

The decision was taken in Friday’s meeting of Urban Development Minister Dr AK Walia with Public Works Department Secretary Rakesh Bihari, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited General manager of Project Management Niranjan Singh, Pawan Rawal of G Interactive Multimedia Limited and chief engineers of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Vidyut Board and Delhi Jal Board.

Explaining the rationale of the ban, the minister told presspersons that the delay in completing the work of laying cables, etc, beyond the stipulated period was putting road users to much inconvenience. Acting on the complaints of individuals and organisations, he said the government had decided to ban all road-cutting works till a new policy of road-cutting was announced.

The minister informed the presspersons that agencies like the MTNL, Bharti Telenet Limited and G Interactive Multimedia Limited, which had been given permission for cutting roads on a stretch of 812 km, 150 km and 65 km, respectively, had not only overshot their deadlines for completing the works but also not bothered to restore the roads to proper condition or fill the earth dug up to lay cables, etc.

“Owing to various reasons these agencies do not show keenness in competing their works on time,” Dr Walia said and added that one of the reasons was the absence of any penal provision. “When a road has barely been restored after accomplishment of works by one agency that another approaches for cutting the same road. And this process is continuing which is why the originality of roads is also lost.”

The minister said a sustained policy had become essential so that road users were put to minimum inconvenience. The task of formulating a new policy for road-cutting, he said, had been entrusted to a high power committee which among other things would recommend reducing the need for road-cutting, fixing of new restoration rates and penal provisions if the works are not completed within the stipulated period.



Being challenged is no handicap, Ponty shows the way 
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, February 8
He has felt the pain and trauma of being physically challenged since birth, as he was born with deformed hands and grew up feeling different from others. The experience made him develop a soft corner for the deprived and the underprivileged children of the society. He always felt depressed when he saw children who were so sweet to look at but being challenged in one way or another could not participate in the day to day activities with other children of their age.

So moved was he by the plight of such children all around him that he decided to create a charitable trust, which would devote itself exclusively to lending a helping hand rather than the customary shoulder for them to cry on. And as a start, he decided to open a free day school for these children. With this noble aim, the Mata Bhagwanti Devi Chadha Charitable Trust was born in July 1999. The school in sector 8 of NOIDA not only imparts education in the traditional way but also provides vocational training to them to make them self-sufficient and enables them to join the mainstream.

And the moving force behind it was none other than the person who had gone through the travails of childhood - Mr Ponty Chadha, now a leading industrialist of Northern India and Managing Director of the Chadha Group of Industries. In this mission, Mr Ponty Chadha is being actively supported by his brothers, Mr Rajinder Singh Chadha and Mr Hardeep Singh Chadha, who have always shared his zeal and encouraged him in his humanitarian ventures. The academic programme has been scientifically developed keeping in mind the all round development of the child. Before deciding on the kind of programme that a child has to go through, each individual is assessed on the basis of the checklist formulated by `The National Institute For the Mentally

Handicapped’. On the basis of this assessment a monthly individual education programme is prepared. This includes areas of development, self-help skills, language and communication, motor development, personal-social skills and functional academics. The Niketan has also visiting psychologists who with their expertise prepare Behaviour Modification Plans.

Consistent with the aims of the mission of fully integrating the challenged into the mainstream of the society it has made a small beginning by offering specialized, commercially oriented vocational training in the trades of Weaving, Toy Making, Block Printing, Fabric Printing, Sewing, Knitting, Cooking, Envelope Making, Card Making, Paper Carry Bags making and Computer Training. “Out of the 150 children, nearly eight percent of the students with us need either speech, occupational or physiotherapy. We scientifically evaluate the child’s speech, language and motor problems. For this the school is fully equipped. The school has employed two full time speech therapists”, informs Principal of this school, Ms. Vandana Sharma. Besides providing academic education to the children, the school tries to acclimatise the children with real life situations by taking them out in the field trips and recreational outings. These outings are not only a source of enjoyment but also help them understand what they are being taught in the classroom better. The students also participate in inter school cultural activities. It is one of the few private rehabilitation institutes, which does not charge any money for the services. provided to the students. Outlining his dreams, Mr Ponty Chadha says, “what we want to achieve here is that there should not be a single child who due to some malfunction in his/her body is kept out of the society. We want that these children should be loved and respected as any other normal child. We want to show to the society that given the commitment, any thing is possible”.



Rewari erupts over custody death
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, February 8
Hundreds of irate villagers blocked the Rewari-Rohtak road this morning in protest against the custodial death of a village youth, Naresh Kumar (25), of Rojhuwas village, in the Rohrai police station of the district yesterday.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Vineet Garg, and the district police chief, Mr Manjeet Singh Ahlawat, along with a heavy police contingent, rushed to the spot with the local MLA, Rao Inderjeet Singh, in tow. The mob shouted slogans against the police, demanding registration of a murder case and arrest of the guilty police personnel. The MLA, too, echoed this sentiment. The mob and the administration continued to slug it out for six hours, after which the district police chief and the DC gave an assurance that a case of culpable homicide registered under Section 304 IPC against Balwant Singh, Station House Officer of Rohrai Police station, and other police personnel, would now be converted into a murder case under Section 302 of the IPC. The road blockade was lifted after the assurance.

Later, talking to mediapersons, the Congress MLA flayed the Rewari district administration. He cited concrete instances of other custodial deaths. He deplored the high-handedness and demanded a compensation of Rs 15 lakh for the family of the deceased.

The Haryana Pradesh Janata Dal (U) President, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, joined the chorus and demanded the immediate transfer of the district police chief. He alleged that the SHO of Rohrai police station was guilty of gross irregularities in his previous posting too.

According to the villagers, two youngsters were summoned to the Rohrai police station, following a quarrel. It is reported that the duo again came to blows in the presence of the SHO and their supporters. By then many villagers had gathered at the spot; Naresh Kumar, who was going to Rathiwas village on his bicycle, also stopped. The police tried to disperse the clashing factions, making them run helter-skelter. Naresh hid in a mustard field from where three policemen dragged him out, tethered him to a tree and gave him a thrashing. Later, he was brought to the police station, where he was given another good thrashing, following which he began to vomit. When his condition worsened, he was rushed initially to a private hospital in Rewari and then to the local civil hospital. There, he gave a verbal statement to the medical officer against the police personnel, before succumbing to his injuries. Subsequently, a post-mortem examination was conducted by a board of three doctors who did not assign any specific cause for Naresh’s death. The villagers and other members of his family protested and demanded a fresh post-mortem at the PGI Rohtak. The demand has been accepted. Now, the Deputy Commissioner has asked Mr R K Garg, sub-divisional officer of Kosli, to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the incident.



Probe into diversion of DSGMC funds sought
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
The elections in Punjab are generating heat in the Capital with Akali leaders coming out against the diversion of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee funds for the Assembly polls.

The pro-Tohra Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi president, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, today demanded an inquiry into the diversion of funds of a religious body for a political purpose. He alleged that the DSGMC has diverted lakhs of rupees to boost the prospects of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in the state. “Though the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971, bars the DSGMC from utilising the funds outside the National Capital Territory, the present committee, in contravention of the Act, has been diverting the funds for a political purpose outside the Capital,” Mr Sarna said.

He alleged that the DSGMC has withdrawn over Rs three crore in fixed deposits and has also sought a loan from the bank; this amount was being diverted for funding the candidates in Punjab.


Joshi promises a network of technical institutes
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 8
Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Human Resource Development Minister, today lashed out at other parties for not having any programme or plan for the state and promised to set up a network of institutions of technical education if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was brought to power.

He said the BJP was the only party which was conducting an issue-based election campaign in the state. He was addressing a public rally at the Railway road, Modinagar in support of BJP candidate Narender Shashodia.

The campaigns of other parties lacked in content, and they did not have any topics or issues of public interest. How could such people, who did not have a plan or a programme, form and run a government in the state? he asked, and regretted that other parties had not come up with any constructive programme during the elections.

Dr Joshi said here today that the BJP, if elected to power, would set up a network of institutions of technical education based on the knowledge and science in the state.

The Minister claimed that the teachers in the state had been appointed strictly on merit and without any discrimination whatsoever. “Academic standards have been established and improved upon in the universities. Examinations are being held on time. The state needs educational reforms as a large part of the country’s population lives here. We have made Uttar Pradesh an advanced state in science and technology,” he said.

There used to be a shortage of technical and engineering seats. Now 24,000 engineering seats had been made available and the number of engineering colleges was being increased in the state, added Dr Joshi.



Mulayam vows to give medical cover to poor
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, February 8
Promising free medical treatment to the poor and employment to the unemployed in the state if the Samajwadi Party (SP) was brought to power, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that an atmosphere of acute insecurity and panic has been reigning in the country. Nobody knows what may happen to him and the country tomorrow, he has said.

He was addressing an campaign meeting in support of Mr Surinder Kumar Munni here today. Mr Yadav said that the assembly elections were like a medication and worship. He said all devotees should ensure his victory in the elections so that he could lead the state and solve all its problems. Besides, he would protect the country also.

He alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre had proved worthless as the country was passing through serious problems. Internal security was so lax that terrorists could strike at will, sometimes at Red Fort, sometimes at South Block and even Parliament House was not safe in the national Capital.

The central government had been unsuccessful in meeting the terrorists’ challenge so far. Mr Yadav alleged that the government was kneeling before the US at the cost of national pride and self-respect. He assured that if his party was voted to power, his government would make medical treatment for the poor free and give employment or unemployment allowance to the unemployed youth.

Mr Yadav would not have an army of ministers like the present central government. The SP supremo said the present government in Uttar Pradesh was a mafia government. He appealed to the people to return Surinder Kumar Munni if they wanted the SP supremo to be the next Chief Minister.


Tainted nominees have GB Nagar police on toes
Parmindar Singh

Noida, February 8
The Gautam Budh Nagar police are having anxious moments as almost one-third of the polling centres in the three assembly segments in the district have been declared sensitive. To cap it, 14 of the candidates have criminal cases registered against them in different police stations.

The police have finalised the arrangements for deploying force at every conceivable point. Four assembly constituencies - Dadri, Javer, Sikandrabad and Ghaziabad - fall in the district where the boundaries of the Javer, Sikandrabad and Ghaziabad assembly constituencies converge.

The Gautam Budh Nagar police are responsible for maintaining law and order as well as providing security to these constituencies. Nine contestants in Dadri, four in Javer and one in Sikandrabad are alleged criminals.

There are 99 polling centres of a total 354 in the district which are declared sensitive. Only 255 are identified as normal. There are 49 sensitive centres in Dadri, 23 in Javer, 24 in Sikandrabad, three in Ghaziabad.

Ensuring peaceful and fair polling in the segments is a challenging job. There is a serious apprehension of violence with candidates like Naresh Bhatti, who have a criminal background, in the fray in Dadri.

The district administration has often invited the candidates with criminals records to attend the briefings.

However, the tainted candidates just deputed their party office-bearers to attend them. And the party men just pretend to agree to the points made by the administration.

Only the other day, the administration faced a dangerous situation when a loaded pistol had been recovered from one of the candidates who had come to file his nomination papers.

The police said that the candidates with criminal background would definitely object to “wrong voting”. They did not rule out the possibility of bloodshed in such a scenario.

Meanwhile, both the District Magistrate and the SSP have made it clear that violence or any disturbance during the polling would not be tolerated at all.



Trans-Yamuna pines for water
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, February 8
The Capital is infamous for electricity and water shortages. For the residents of Trans-Yamuna, last three days have been a virtual nightmare as no water has been supplied to the area.

The residents in Mayur Vihar, Pandav Nagar, Vinod Nagar, Patparganj and the adjoining areas have been particularly hit. According to the local MLA, Mr Amrish Gautam, the main pipeline in the area has been damaged. He, however, has assured that repair work is underway and the supply would be restored in a couple of days.

Residents complained that they have been left high and dry; there is not even enough water to drink.

“Some of us go without a bath, the children are skipping school, and the unwashed laundry is piling up,’’ lamented Mr Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Pandav Nagar.

There has been no help from the water department either. It was pointed out that in spite of repeated calls to the water tankers, no relief is in sight.

“An outbreak of disease cannot be ruled out as many people are drinking water unfit for consumption. Everybody cannot afford to buy mineral water, they have to fall back on the handpumps”, added Kamal, a resident of Mayur Vihar.

The water department is receiving flak from the area residents for not informing them in time about the damaged pipeline. It is also being accused of failing in its duty to supply clean drinking water.

The water department, on its part, maintains that it does not have adequate tankers to ferry the water. Most of the tankers are in a dilapidated condition and cannot be used.

“ It is tough getting water, even if a stray tanker happens to come along. Standing in queues is exasperating. People jostle and scramble in the queue, ” said Renu who had taken a day off from work to “collect at least a bucket”. Till the damaged line is repaired, this well of woes will continue to overflow, pointed out a resident.



Treatment of cows invites Maneka’s ire
Our Correspondent

Rewari, February 8
Mrs Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister and national chairman of the People for Animals (Organisation), has taken a serious note of the incident in which most “inhuman and brutal” treatment was meted out to half a dozen stray cows by some villagers at Turkiawas, 8 km from here. The incident had occurred on Monday (February 4).

Having received specific instructions in this regard from Mrs Maneka Gandhi, Mr Naresh, chairman of the Haryana unit of the organisation, convened a meeting of the elders of both Turkiawas and Budana villages on Monday evening at Turkiawas. At the meeting, the alleged perpetrators of this “inhuman act” defended themselves saying that they had been forced to take this drastic action against these stray cows because they were persistently damaging their standing crops without any let up.

However, the elders maintained that the treatment meted out to the cows was most detestable. Later, some sort of agreement was arrived at after which the perpetrators (of the crime) were, in a way, allowed to go off the hook.

Having received information in this regard, the police also had swung into action. But they dropped the matter after interrogating the persons accused for reasons best known to them.



Can this be dubbed the ‘Talibanisation of Education?’

Do You Have A Grouse?

Do you have a grouse against the apathetic attitude of the authorities? Are you fed up with the dilly-dallying tactics of officialdom and the stranglehold of red tapism? If so please write to us. We have a full half page every week reserved just for you. The letters should be clearly marked Speaking out, NCR Tribune, First Floor, Dyal Singh Library Building, 1 Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg, New Delhi-110002.

The concern shown by Mr Krishna Iyer, Former Supreme Court Judge and president of the Save Education Committee, in his letter published in “Speaking Out” (NCR Tribune, February 2) regarding our education system is worthy of attention.

One cannot but agree with the conclusion drawn by the Save Education Committee that “Our education system is in grave peril” due to three-pronged attacks of commercialisation, globalisation and communalisation. But their logic is erroneous and double-edged, as the decline started not with the BJP rule but at least two decades earlier. The unfortunate fact is that the elite of the country have imposed on it such a tyrannical parallel system of education that it cuts at the roots of the very ideals enshrined in the preamble of the Constitution.

Our debates and criticisms ignore the basic issues of education and have become a source of revelling in political sloganising. Most often, NGO’s like Save Education Committee indulge in double-talk. For example, they object and criticise the borrowing of money from the World Bank and foreign countries, but they have never objected to the borrowing of a foreign language for educating the Indian child and the robbing of his mother tongue. Will the AISEC tell us what is its firm stand on this basic issue in the education of the child at the elementary stage? Have they ever shed a tear over this aspect? This is a major contributory factor towards this dismal and perilous state of education in the country. My appeal to all those who are concerned with the education of the child in the country is as follows:

Please ponder over what Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, emphasised on more than one occasion regarding the mother tongue being the medium of instruction of the child, and then introspect and probe your conscience in the light of his assertion. He forcefully said: “The baby takes its first lesson from its mother. I, therefore, regard it as a sin against the motherland to inflict upon her children a tongue other than their mother’s for their mental development.”

My first question to all those who claim to be the followers of Gandhi, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Ram Manohar Lohia, Jai Prakash Narain or even of Karl Marx is that “Why are you committing this sin against your motherland by imposing upon her children a language other than their mother tongue as a medium of instruction in their schooling at the elementary or primary level? And why are you forcing the country to do a cultural hara-kiri?”

All educational experts are uniformly of the opinion that pupils should begin their schooling through the medium of their mother tongue. Where the tender minds of the children are subject to an alien medium (here English medium), the entire educational and learning process becomes unnatural, torturous and cruel, as it inflicts a cruel mental strain on the children.

Is this cruelty that is being perpetrated on young tender child not visible to you people? Why are you playing in the hands of the exploiters, manipulators and other vested interests who are running their English medium shops/schools in the name of illusory quality education?

Imposing English medium on young Indian children in the name of quality education is against national interests and a fraud to the nation. This is, in fact, what can be called “Talibanisation of Education.”

The English medium at primary school level in India is just like a cultural anthrax and will annihilate Indian ethos, values and culture. Why are you injecting it into the body of the Indian Society?

For God Sake, please do not crucify the children at the altar of misconceived and misguided notions and views propagated by vested interests about education of the child. Don’t snatch his childhood and his birthright to be educated through the medium of his mother tongue.

Sudarshan Kumar Kapur, Krishna Colony, Gurgaon

Parks have no place in East Delhi

This is about the absence of greenery in East Delhi. This part of the city is completely devoid of trees and facilities for parks. In East Delhi, especially in the Shahdara area, there is hardly any park to write about.

The condition of the few parks there is so pitiable that it is quite difficult to recognise whether they are parks or just pieces of vacant land. What to talk of shrubs, not even a single blade of grass can be seen on these grounds. There are no swings for kids or other facilities even for simple games. You will only find muddy, uneven ground with lots of scattered stones. Nobody ever cleans these areas.

The lack of greenery has people in East Delhi facing many health hazards. The only panacea for this is growing more trees. People who wish to go for morning walks have to walk on filthy roads. Because of the non-existence of parks, you do not have a chance to view greenery.

Shahdara is a densely populated and congested area and in the absence of proper parks and greenery, the level of pollution is rising dangerously. If this situation continues, then the future generation will only see the greenery in drawings or books. Therefore, the Delhi Government should increase its expenditure on plans for growing more trees in the Shahdara area. It can also take public help to come out of this grim situation. It can provide free saplings to the householders so that they can grow these plants outside their houses. It must involve the community at large to develop more parks.

Shweta Kohli, Shahdara, New Delhi-32

Dangerous tank

A very tall over-head water tank stands on the plot adjoining my house (438, Sector 9, Faridabad). It is lying deserted for many years. The Municipal Corporation’s (MCF) Superintendent Engineer declared it as an unsafe structure long time ago.

Its walls are peeling off and can collapse at any time. Our requests to the MCF and HUDA to dismantle it have fallen on deaf ears so far.

I once again request to the authorities concerned, particularly the Commissioner, Gurgaon Division, who is taking great interest in the disaster management, to take immediate steps to prevent this disaster from happening.

T R Sindwani, Sector-9, Faridabad

Vice den

It was indeed shocking to learn that the residents of Nizamuddin West are leading a miserable life because the anti-social elements have captured their area. It becomes quite impossible to come out after sunset. The place has become a favourite meeting point for the dry addicts.

The police of the area must take steps to move out all such elements, who are creating nuisance as well as law and order problems.

S.C. Taneja, Rohtak

Phone connection

I had applied for a telephone connection to the SDO (Telecom), Rewari on January 27, 1999. An underground cable had been laid in my village in March 2001. Three connections have been issued which, probably, had been given on application submitted after me. Through your esteemed paper, may I request the authorities concerned to issue me a telephone connection with STD facility at the earliest.

Ashok Kumar, Rewari

A Sikh friend

Apropos the interview “Social service gives me enormous satisfaction” with Harmanjeet Singh published in your newspaper (January 22) makes a delightful reading. In the entire interview, Mr Singh looks like an unassuming, enlightened liberal and secular Sikh, devoted to promoting education amongst the community in the Capital. His efforts to build a hospital at Baba Sahib Gurdwara and an auditorium in STGB Khalsa College speak volumes about his interest in worthy causes.

A couple of teachers and karamcharis whom I have met informed me that Mr Singh had offered free garments worth thousands of rupees to the entire staff in connection with the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Khalsa College. We need more and more persons who are upright and honest like Mr Singh in Sikh politics.

Satnam Singh, Delhi

On bureaucracy

Inspired by the Principal, Mr Tek Chand Aggarwal, Department of Public Administration, Government College, Gohana headed by Mr Om Parkash Wadhwa invited Dr Subhash C. Arora, Head, Department of Public Administration, Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak on February 1, 2002, to deliver a lecture on the topic, “Bureaucracy to the students of Public Administration”.

Dr Arora mentioned that bureaucracy as a form of organisation is being discussed by different administrative scholars in their own ways since the days of Max Weber. Dr Arora told the students the characteristics of Weber’s bureaucracy, i.e. division of labour, hierarchy and rules.

The division of labour involves specified sphere of competence whereas hierarchy is called in simple terminology - superior’s control upon subordinates. Each lower official is under the control and supervision of a higher one.

Further, bureaucracy operates in accordance with the rules. These rules operate in relation to the official job of an office holder and not in his personal capacity. The role of rule is an important one and is stressed so that personal favours, arbitrariness, grace or gratitude may not hinder the smooth working of an administrative organisation.

Dr Arora explained that the characteristics of bureaucracy propounded by Weber giving examples to the level of students’ understanding. He mentioned in his lecture about the existence of bureaucracy and highlighted certain defects of the present bureaucratic model or system. The professor mentioned that there is a need in its (bureaucracy) improvement and suggested some measures, for example decentralisation of power, removing certain unwanted/avoidable formalities in our hierarchical system or process. Dr Arora explained the concept of bureaucracy in such a well-knit manner that the students were found enjoying the ideas.

When the topic was thrown for discussion, Mr R C Mor, Lecturer of Geography, took keen participation. After this, Mr Om Parkash Wadhwa, Lecturer-cum-coordinator of the extension lecture programme stood from the chair and came to the dais with certain surprise questions concerning the syllabi of public administration for the students. The students who answered the questions correctly were given prizes by the Principal. Mr Wadhwa thanked the Professor for arriving in his college to interact the topic with students.

In the end, Mr Tek Chand Aggarwal, Principal of the College thanked Prof Arora for his beautiful presentation and invited him in advance to the next session. I hope this small achievement of the college in rural-cum-sub urban area in the Sonepat district will take its space in the NCR Tribune as well as in the main The Tribune.

Om Parkash Wadhwa, Lecturer, Government College, Gohana



Lecture on Ranjit Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
Sardar Virinder Singh Jauhar, chairman of Thakurdwara Trust, is organising a lecture on “Remembering Maharaja Ranjit Singh” in the Capital tomorrow.

The Chairman of Food Corporation of India, Dr Bhure Lal, would deliver the keynote address.

Mr Prithlpal Singh Kapur, former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, will the chief guest. Mr P. N. Kachru and Mr S. N. Pandita would present papers on the contributions of Sher-e-Punjab.



Stepson, friend arrested for woman’s murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 8
With the arrest of two persons, the North-East district police today claimed to have solved a murder case in which a 25-year-old woman was stabbed at least 20 times on December 7 last year in Gokulpuri. However, the third accused is still absconding and efforts are on to nab him.

The police reached the spot on the day of the murder on receiving an information that some fight was going on in the area. By the time the police team reached, Haseena (25) was already stabbed in the neck and chest. She was rushed to GTB Hospital, but was declared brought dead. Preliminary investigations revealed that Arif, Haseena’s stepson, and his friends had been present when the incident occurred. The police also found out that Haseena’s husband, Salim, was married earlier to another woman, Afroz (Arif’s mother), and the both had some quarrel with Haseena on monetary issues.

As Haseena was acting as a roadblock to his plans, Arif decided to eliminate her with the help of his friends, Adil and Munna.

On the fateful day, they entered Haseena’s house in the absence of Salim and stabbed her to death. The trio fled the spot after committing the crime.

The police have arrested Arif and Adil yesterday and have launched a manhunt for the other accused, Munna.

Two die in mishaps: Two persons were killed in road accidents today morning at different places in the city. The first accident took place when Beerpal alias Kalu (25), resident of Ghitorni village and a truck driver, was hit by an RTV bus from Gurgaon side while crossing the road. Beerpal was rushed to the AIIMS where he was declared brought dead.

The Mehrauli police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and arrested the bus driver, Rambeer (22), hailing from Uttaranchal.

Another incident occurred when Bhupender Singh (28) of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh was killed when he was hit by an unknown vehicle at a pedestrian crossing near Badar Pur Red Light today morning.

Bhupender reportedly had Rs 1,00,000 with him at the time of the incident, for his father’s treatment at Batra Hospital. The amount has been given to his father and the Badar Pur Police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

2 held for graft: The anti-corruption branch of the Delhi Police has apprehended two persons from the office of the SDM, Defence Colony for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 for providing a ‘fard’ pertaining to a land in Okhla. The police team, acting on a complaint by Mohammad Ifrar, laid a trap in the SDM’s office and nabbed the duo, Pappu Kumar Meena, Patwari and Madan Lal, retired Patwari, red handed while accepting the bribe from the complainant. A case has been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and further investigation is in progress.

Boy found dead: The body of an unidentified boy was reportedly found in the Shakti Sthal area of Daryaganj today morning. The deceased, aged about 15 years, was found with multiple wounds, caused by a sharp weapon and stone. 



Atlas executive on Indo-Myanmar business chamber
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 8
The senior vice-president (marketing) of Atlas Cycles, one of the largest bicycle manufacturing concerns in the country, Mr Gautam Kapur, has been nominated the Vice-President of the Northern Zone of the Indo-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

According to a report, the chamber has been working for a long time to enhance business and social and economic relations between the two countries.

The Indo-Myanmar relations, it may be recalled, are centuries old and being very close neighbours in the East, cordial ties between the two countries have always attracted the attention of the authorities of both sides. The Indo-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industries plays a very pivotal role in the above exercise.

And Atlas Cycles enjoys the distinction of being the first company in the country which started exporting in 1958 by sending its first consignment of bicycles to Afghanistan. As many as 44 years have passed and it remains an unforgettable event for Atlas cycles as the initiative was blessed by great Indian freedom fighters like Dr Rajendra Prasad and Mr S. Radhakrishnan, first President and Vice-President of India, respectively.

Thereafter, Atlas had exported its bicycles to Afghanistan for several years and it became a household name in that country in the years to come. It was an hour of great pride for Atlas Cycles, Sonepat to have played the willing host to the Minister of Light Industries of new Afghanistan Government, Mr Mohammad Arif Noorzai, who visited the plant of the company early this week, a press note issued by the company said. Now when Afghanistan had emerged in the comity of nations of the world under the new inspiring leadership, “the management of Atlas Cycles wishes the great people of Afghanistan all the success in their economic rehabilitation and development”, it said.

Atlas Cycles looked forward to a new era of export of its bicycles to Afghanistan in the near future. It would give all-out assistance to the Government of Afghanistan and the people to set up a manufacturing unit in their country for the long-term benefit of its people, it said.


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