Friday, April 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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ESI scheme comes a cropper
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, April 11
The Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme is meant to provide medical care and cash benefits to organised workers in case of illness, accident or death. It is a scheme which draws its revenue largely from the contributions by both the employees and the employers for the benefit of the former.

This then naturally conjures up the rosy picture that if a person registered with the ESI scheme and also contributing to it from his salary falls ill would be ensured proper medical care or benefits, if necessary. However, the reality is otherwise, going by the experience of several ESI scheme registrants.

The complaints by the scheme users range from total apathy of the staff at the ESI dispensaries and hospitals, poor diagnostic services at these places, non-availability of even common drugs, long waiting spells to unusual delays in reimbursement of money spent for treatment from outside.

The services in the dispensaries were so shoddy that the patient might not get well even after several visits and in the end, he had no choice but to seek private medical assistance, said an ESI registrant. During emergency, one could never depend on ESI dispensaries. What is worse was that reimbursements would take several weeks at times, he said.

The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) which runs the scheme is an autonomous body. The scheme was started in early 1950s to provide medical care and protection against losses of wages to the workers registered with it during illness, maternity spell, employment injury and death.

Under this, it was mandatory for all organised labourers of units, having more than 10 workers using power or more than 20 not using power were employed, to be registered with it. The revenue for the scheme comes from contributions of employees and employers. Workers drawing up to Rs 3,000 a month (excluding conveyance and overtime allowances) were covered by the ESI. The monetary contribution, which is deductible at source per month, is 1.5 per cent of the total wage of the employee (excluding conveyance) and the employer’s contribution is four per cent of the same wages. This was deposited by the employer with the ESIC for each of its worker registered for the scheme.

The ESI is meant for the economically backward sections but they do not get proper treatment as most of the doctors were not available during the duty hours.


Rajan, Himanshu on a run riot for Shastri Club
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Rajan Gupta and Himanshu Mehta put on an explosive batting display to help Lal Bahadur Shastri Club beat Youngsters Club by four wickets to enter the semi-final of the 12th All-India Om Nath Sood Memorial Cricket Tournament for the HRS Trophy at the Khalsa College ground on Thursday.

Rajan Gupta played a captain’s knock of 82 studded with six fours off 82 balls, and Himanshu Mehta slammed 56 runs off 76 balls with seven fours, to set themselves on a run riot.

They hoisted a 110-run second wicket partnership to put Shastri Club on the road to a handsome total. Rajan Gupta was declared the man of the match.

Shastri, who opted to field after winning the toss, restricted Youngsters to 223 for 6 in the allotted 40 overs.

Shastri were in trouble when chasing the challenging total as opener Dalip T T fell cheaply with just 19 runs on the board. Himanshu and Rajan, however, took them out of the tight corner with a superb batting display to emerge the heroes of the match.

Scores: Youngsters: 223 for 6 off 40 overs (Sanjeev Rana 56, Paras Dogra 37, Surinder Dyma 32 n o, Dalip TT 2 for 30).

Lal Bahadur Shastri Club: 226 for 6 in 39.1 overs (Rajan Gupta 82, Himanshu Mehta 56, Rohit Sharma 26 n o, Anshul Lamba 2 for 47).

Friday’s fixture: FCI (North Zone) vs DSI; 8 am.


Daryaganj down LIC in DDCA League
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Daryaganj Gymkhana defeated Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) by 62 runs in an A-II Division match of the DDCA League at the Ramjas Sports Complex ground.

Scores: Daryaganj: 171 for 8 in 30 overs (Jagpal Singh Grewal 59 n o, Vijay Arya 58, Ajit Minz 6 for 23).

LIC: 109 all out in 26.5 overs (Raghubir 37, Rajesh Azad 34, Hardeep Singh 3 for 14, Jag Pal Singh Grewal 4 for 14).

Gush Club beat Delhi Audit by 23 runs in a Super A Division match at the University ground.

Scores: Gush Club: 188 for 8 in 35 overs (Manav Sharma 52, Sabi Kukreja 37, Gursharan Singh 36, Satish Salwan 4 for 30).

Delhi Audit: 165 all out in 30.4 overs (S Ayub Ali 31, K S Rana 69, Manav Sharma 2 for 40, Sunny Grover 2 for 27, Ankur Julka 2 for 30). Vipul Sarees beat Indo Club by 59 runs in a B Division match at Kotla I.

Scores: Vipul Sarees: 205 for 8 in 40 overs (Vikas Sharma 75, Sunit Yadav 33, Dimpal 31 n o, Angad 4 for 30).

Indo Club: 146 all out in 28.1 overs Rahul 40, Neeraj Tandon 4 for 23, Vikas Rathi 3 for 26).

Pelicans Club beat Delhi Vidyut Board by seven wickets in an A II Division match.

Scores: DVB: 190 for 8 in 40 overs (Ajit Chaudhary 50, Satish Tyagi 36, Ashwani Tyagi 4 for 39, Sandeep Phogat 3 for 21).

Pelicans Club: 193 for 3 in 28.3 overs (Ashwani Kapoor 112 n o, 18x4; Praveen Gahlot 35, Navin Kumar 32).

Mayapuri Club beat Roop Nagar by five wickets in a B Division match at Kotla II.

Scores: Roop Nagar: 172 all out in 31.1 overs (Sanjay Yadav 68, Siddarm 34, A S Rana 4 for 47, Kishore Kumar 4 for 31).

Mayapuri: 178 for 5 in 17.1 overs (Kishore Kumar 51, Vipin Nischal 28, Ashish Kumar 2 for 22).


Salim gets Allwyn-Hindustan Award
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Goalkeeper Salim Ansari of Allwyn-Hindustan Club has been chosen for the “Allwyn-Hindustan Best Footballer Award” for his outstanding performance in the recently-concluded DSA Senior Division Football League.

Hindustan Club secretary D K Bose said that Ansari will be presented with an Allwyn refrigerator at a function to be held at the Chelmsford Club on Friday (April 12) evening.

A five-member selection committee, headed by former Olympian and FIFA referee S S Hakim, unanimously selected Ansari for the award.

The committee considered consistency, technical expertise and fair play while picking Ansari for the top award.

Hindustan Club lifted the DSA League title for the first time after a consistent performance throughout the league.

Twenty-six-year-old Ansari gave a uniformly good performance during the three-month long league and played a significant role in Hindustan’s title triumph.

“Ansari effected numerous saves, but the one he made against City Club in the semi-final was the pick of the lot. His anticipation, judgement, sharp reflexes and cool temperament were all found worthy of high recognition and as the last line of defence, he played his part with utmost responsibility”, noted the selection committee.

Ansari, who hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, had earlier played for Mahindra United (Mumbai) and Dempo Club (Goa).


Top guns for Hyatt-Trans Meridian Tennis
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
Diplomats and leading corporate bigwigs will be seen in action in the Hyatt-Trans Meridian Tennis Tournament, which began at the Hyatt Regency Tennis grounds in the Capital on Thursday.

Sixteen teams are participating in the tournament being held in association with Touchtel, Virgin Atlantic and Lladro.

Some of the big guns who will be seen in action are Belgian ambassador Guy Treouveroy, Virgin Atlantic general manager Paul Smitton, and joint managing director of Bharti Group Rajan Bharti Mittal.

The 16 teams have been divided into four groups. The winners from each group, after a round-robin league, will qualify for the semi-finals nd finals to be played on Saturday. The winners will receive free return trips to London on Virgin Atlantic. The winners will also get a lot of other attractive prizes. The matches will be held from 5 pm to 10 pm.

The grand finale on Saturday will have an added attraction -- a fashion show by twin sisters Mona and Sona.

The fashion show will be followed by a gala prize distribution function.


Joshi, Rishi shine for Najafgarh Club
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 11
A dashing knock of 69 runs (2x6, 7x4, 52b) by Vinod Joshi and devastating bowling of 3 for 14 by Rakesh Rishi enabled Najafgarh Sports Club beat Young Star Club by four wickets in the inaugural match of the first Najafgarh Cricket Tournament for the Rajdhani Cup in the Capital.

Put into bat, Young Star were all out for 107 runs. Rakesh Rishi and Bharat Rishi were the destroyers of Young Star’s batting line-up.

Vinod Joshi’s fine batting was sufficient for Najafgarh to cruise to an easy victory.

Vinod Joshi was declared the Rajdhani’ man of the match. His firing knock was appreciated by the crowd.

Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Dr Shiv Raj and Dr Rajesh Sharma.

Scores: Young Star: 107 all out in 32.3 overs (Dhiraj Kumar 37, Ajay Kumar 20, Rakesh Rishi 3 for 14, Bharat Rishi 2 for 19, Sawan Saini 2 for 24).

Najafgarh Sports Club: 108 for 6 in 21.1 overs (Vinod Joshi 69, Rakesh Rishi 20, Ajay Kumar 2 for 30).


CRPF kabaddi team excel

New Delhi, April 11
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) kabaddi team excelled in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Chasak All-India Kabaddi Tournament which concluded at Nagpur recently. 

CRPF beat Rajasthan to clinch the gold. Sub-Inspector of CRPF Sunder Singh was adjudged the best raider of the tournament. The CRPF sportspersons have excecelled in many other sportsthis season. OSR


Sonnet Club enter Sheetal Jain Cricket final

New Delhi, April 11
An unbeaten knock of 81 by Shikar Dhawan and 54 not out by Yashpal Singh helped Sonnet Club beat Rajdhani Sports by nine wickets to enter the final of the third Sheetal Prasad Jain Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Mohan Meakin ground.

Sonnet will take on Chand Khanna in the final on April 22 at the Mohan Meakin ground.

Scores: Rajdhani Sports: 148 all out in 37.2 overs (Suresh Thanwar 48, Manish Chawla 21, Sumit Kapoor 3 for 25).

Sonnet Club: 152 for 1 in 29.2 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 81 n o, Yashpal Singh 54 n o).

ARBDM Cricket Tournament

Twelve teams will participate in the third A R Gymkhana BDM Cricket Tournament starting at the Jawaharlal Nehru ground at GDA on Friday (April 12). Patel Times will take on Sheela Publications in the opening match.

Other teams in the fray are: Indira Gandhi Stadium, Brighto Club, Sonnet, A R Gymkhana, Lal Bahadur Shastri, J N Golden, Young Friends, R P Academy and Sumit Dogra Academy.

The title winners will pocket a cash award of Rs 15,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 10,000.

Dronacharya Foundation win

Dronacharya Cricket Foundation beat Star Cricket Club by 131 runs in a friendly cricket match played at the Yamuna Sports Complex.

Scores: Dronacharya Cricket Foundation: 281 in 50 overs (Amarneet Singh 97 off 68 balls, 20x4; Amitole Singh 72 in 51b, 10x4; Shrey Gupta 50, 41b, 7x4; Lohit Sharma 2 for 17; Rastogi Carron 2 for 48; Mayank Sethi 2 for 49).

Star Cricket Club: 151 all out in 34 overs (Ankush Raghav 29; Mayank Sethi 18; Shrey Gupta 2 for 21; Sahil Mongia 1/13).



Bahadurgarh MC defends absentee staff, flays action

Jhajjar, April 11
The district administration’s campaign to tackle the problem of absenteeism in various government offices has come in for severe criticism from the Municipal Council of Bahadurgarh (MCB) after two of its officials were found absent during a surprise visit by the sub-divisional officials in the town.

On the directions from the Deputy Commissioner, the SDM and Tehsildar had raided the council premises two days ago and found the Executive Officer and the Junior Engineer absent from their offices. On which, the SDM withheld their monthly salaries as a punitive measure. However, the authorities of the municipality has come out in the open against the recent raids and asked the civil officials not to interfere in the functioning of the council.

A local councillor, Mr Baljeet Nandal, speaking on behalf of the MC chairwoman, Ms Roshni Malik, said that the staff of the local civic body was very “dutiful and hardworking”. He stated that the MC Board and the chairperson were capable of handling such a problem among the council staff. For making such inspection, the administrative official should take the MC authorities in confidence.

A press note has also been issued by Mr Nandal, in his authority as Zila Maha Mantri of the INLD and a Councillor, stating that workers and the officials of the MC used to be “on duty” for performing nukkad sabhas even in the official holidays on the instruction from the local MLA, Mr Nafe Singh, and the district administration. And such actions had come as a shock and this had been taken to lower the morale of the honest employees, the press note alleged. It further clarified that on the day of the raid on their offices, the EO, Mr C. L. Varma, had gone to Rohtak in connection with a labour court case with due permission from the Chairperson and the JE, Mr Satya Pal, was on an emergency leave after informing the EO.

On the other hand, Mr Dinesh Yadav, the SDM, told this correspondent today that both the officials were found absent from their offices without any leave and they had been punished for playing truant last month also. He said that he had written to the State Treasury to withhold their salary. When he was informed about the version of the council authorities, Mr Yadav retorted: ”Tell them that they (EO and JE) are government servants and they will have to work according to the government rules. The state government and not the MC chairperson or the Board gave them salaries”. The SDM stated that the Deputy Commissioner had directed other officials also to make surprise visits and deal strongly with whoever found absent from the office. 


MCD zonal committee members elected
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 11
Newly elected members of the House of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today elected president, vice-president and one standing committee member each of the zonal committees from each of the 12 zones. Narela is the only zone of the corporation from where Aruna, an independent candidate, was elected as president, Narain Singh and Raj Karan of the BJP were elected as vice-president and standing committee member respectively.

Navratra Mela from April 13

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the Chaitra Navratra Mela starting at the historic Badri Bhagat Jhandewala Devi Temple from April 13 to April 21. The secretary of the society, Mr Om Prakash Sharma, said that all adequate arrangements had been made for the mela and for the quick dharshan. 

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