Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


GMCH employees intensify agitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
The contractual employees of Government Medical College, Sector 32, today intensified their agitation by forming a Joint Action Committee of contract employees of different categories working in the hospital here.

A procession led by Mr Sanjay Kumar and Mr Rattan Chand, Mr Anil Sharma, Mr Prem Kumar and Ms Sneh Lata, was organised in Sector 32, to express resentment.

They carried an effigy of the Medical Superintendent, GMCH-32, in which other employees of the hospital also joined in. They raised slogans of ‘Employee Unity Zindabad’ and ‘Bharashtachar Door Karo’ outside the residence of the Medical Superintendent. The agitated employees raised slogans against Medical Superintendent’s role and irresponsible statements with regard to contractual employees.

A Municipal Corporation councillor, Mr Gian Chand Gupta, criticised the administration for removing contractual employees in an ‘illegal and arbitrary’ manner. He said that these employees had been serving the hospital for the past seven years and assured them that he would take up the matter with the Chandigarh Administration.

The president of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Mr Jagdish Bajaj, its general secretary, Mr Subhash Talwar, urged the employees to remain united and fight for their rights.

The general secretary of the PGI Employees Union, Mr Ashwani Munjal, in his message, also condemned the action of the administration and assured support to the protesting employees. The president of the Safai Karmchari sangh, Mr Rattan Chand, also threatened to join the agitation if the matter was not resolved within a couple of days.

The GMCH employees alleged that they were threatened by the SHO of Sector 34 police station to discontinue their agitation. The employees union demanded that the contractor should be removed and employees kept on a contract basis by the GMCH administration. 


Health centre without water
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 22
The Primary Health Centre in Phase 3B 1 here is doing without water supply for the last over one week. The water connection to the health centre has been disconnected due to failure on part of the health officials to pay bills running in to over Rs 8,000.

A visit to the dispensary revealed that the staff in the centre was being forced to bring water from outside. The Medical Officer in charge of the health centre, Dr SKS Kahlon, said the funds had been arranged to pay for the bill amount and connection would be restored soon. 


“North India, a talent pool for hockey players”
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, April 22
“If Indian hockey is to make its mark at the world level, then emphasis should be laid on the midfield”, observed Sarpal Singh, a former international hockey player, a national hockey coach and the man who, as a player, and as a fellow coach of Dronacharya Mr Balkishan Singh gained a lot of experience both on and off the field.

Sarpal, who stays at Delhi, was in the city to meet his sister in SAS Nagar. In a brief interaction with The Tribune, Sarpal said Indian hockey players would have to maintain their temperament. Temperance had showed in the Bangkok Asiad,1998, when India had captured a gold medal. He also complimented the junior Indian players, who won at the international level. It may be recalled that Sarpal, now aged 69, played an active role at the national level in the 1950’s as a member of the Pepsu team, later playing for the Railways and Delhi.

He then moved to coaching, when given the task of training the Northern Railways team. He was instrumental in producing many Olympic players such as Harbhinder Singh, Mohinder Pal, Rajinder, Ajit Inder and Ravinder among others. A qualified coach from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, he was selected by the Government of India in the year 1966 to coach the Ghana National hockey team. Sarpal recalls that the players from Ghana were quite energetic and had the spark to perform well. He said three years of rigorous coaching helped that country in preparing a strong team, which did well in the African continent.

Sarpal praised Mr Balkishan Singh, terming him one of the best coaches he had ever come across, and said it was in 1971-72 when he was appointed a coach with Balkishan Singh to train the Indian senior men’s hockey team for the 1972 Olympics.

Sarpal said even as coach of the Railways hockey team, he developed an interest for golf and won many tournaments, including the KLM and Dalmia Meet held in Delhi.

Sarpal was of the view that North India had an enormous talent pool for this game and keeping in tune with the fast technological advances the world over, more synthetic turfs should be laid. He was happy that Chandigarh was being given a new turf at Sector 42, as the old one was in a dilapidated condition. He said the proposed launching of the Chandigarh Hockey Academy in July,a brainchild of the UT Administrator Lieut Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob, would also give a boost to the game in the region.

When asked as to what led to India faring badly in the World Cup at Malaysia, Sarpal said what was unfortunate was that the National Coach, Cedric D’ Souza, peforming duty quite diligently, was questioned mid-way in the tournament and asked to return.

He said basically Indians could not recover from the initial shock of defeat. Sarpal said other vital points which help a team score over others were, having a psychological and physical edge. Sarpal said there was need to pay more attention to the physical conditioning of the players. He also hoped that if more stress was paid to our budding sports generation, once again India could rule the world in hockey, our national game.


EAC meet WAC in football final
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, April 22
Eastern Air Command (EAC) will face Western Air Command (WAC) in the final of the Air Force Football Championship which entered the penultimate at the 3 BRD grounds here tomorrow. In the first semi-final played between the EAC and Air Headquarters (AHQ), it was the former which with the help of Sergeant Darshan beat the AHQ 1-0.

In the second semi-final, both the teams WAC and South Western Air Command drew 1-1 in the normal hours. It was only in the extra time that WAC players muster two more goals to finally gain a 3-1 win and entry into the final. For the winners the goals were scored by Kar, Francis and Sanjay and for the losers, the lone goal was scored by Mukherjee. The finals will be played at 3.30 pm. 


Parking lots auction evokes poor response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
The first of the three staggered auctions of paid parking lots in Sectors 17, 8 and 9 here today evoked a poor response with no takers for zone B of Sector 8 and zone A of the same sector barely going at Rs 1,000 above the reserve price of Rs 4.9 lakh. The reserve price of zone B had been fixed at Rs 3.23 lakh.

The response has cast doubts over the possibility of the most controversial and the biggest parking lots in sector 17 being auctioned at the reserve prices for different lots amounting to nearly a crore.

The corporation was so desperate to auction at least one of the two blocks in Sector 8 as it had to give at least one of the lots today to send a signal that there was business sense in new terms and conditions ahead of the auction of parking lots in Sector 17.

However, the auction of parking lots adjoining two cinema halls in the city got healthy response. The Piccadily Cinema parking lot went for Rs 3.58 lakh against last year’s bid of Rs 1.76 despite the contractor there having left mid-way. The Kiran Cinema parking lot was auctioned for Rs 2.5 lakh against last year’s Rs 1.55 lakh. The reserve price for both the lots was Rs 1 lakh each.


Stay on auction of mining contract
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the finalisation of the auction of mining contract of sand and gravel quarries in Panchkula district on April 24.

In his petition before the Bench, comprising Mr Justice V.K. Bali and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, Krishan Lal of Panchkula had earlier challenged the auction of mining contract for 44 villages. He alleged that the government wanted to create a cartel by allotting the quarries to a single person which would result in monopoly. The action, he added, was not only against the interest of the state, but also against people residing in the neighbouring areas of Chandigarh and Panchkula as the building material would cost more.


TTI officer’s residence searched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh April 22
Sleuths of the Chandigarh branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today carried out searches at the residential premises of the officer in charge of the Technical Training Institute, Ludhiana, Joginder Singh Kullar.

According to sources, the team, led by a DSP, started searches early this morning and continued till about 5.30 pm.

Sources add that while “some” amount of cash has been recovered from his premises, a large number of documents have been taken into custody by the sleuths.

Sources said it appeared that Kullar had made heavy investments.

The seized documents included bank records, investment certificates and other personal papers, which CBI sources say would take them several days to scrutinise and determine the exact amount of investments made by him.

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