Saturday, February 22, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Meerut medical college hospital will 
soon need crutches 
Prem Pal Singh

Peanuts for budget

Budgetary allocation for various medical colleges in the state Budgetary allocation for drugs and
  • Jhansi Rs. 1,11,39,000
  • Kanpur Rs. 73,50,000
  • Agra Rs. 57,76,000
  • Allahabad Rs. 38,62,000
  • Gorakhpur Rs. 24,78,000
  • Meerut* Rs. 2,18,000
  • Jhansi Rs. 3,23,500
  • Kanpur Rs. 9,81,300
  • Agra Rs. 5,18,250
  • Allahabad Rs. 9,03,000
  • Gorakhpur Rs. 2,48,000
  • Meerut Rs. 91,000

* The budget for Sardar Vallabhai Patel Hospital was Rs 52 lakh three years back.

Meerut, February 21
The budgetary allocation of Sardar Vallabhai Patel Hospital, which is housed on the LLRM Medical College campus, has been slashed from Rs 52 lakh to Rs 2.18 lakh.
Result: The supply of milk, drugs and other medical amenities to the patients has ceased. The amount earmarked for purchasing medicines – Rs 91,000 – cannot last for more than three days, points out the Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS), Dr Ram Kishan.

All the basic amenities in the hospital have been affected by the funds crunch. The patients in the hospital may even stop getting food. Only beds and services of specialist doctors are available to the patients.

Incidentally, most of the patients are from poor families who are now at the mercy of the contractor. The contractor cannot be blamed either as he has not been paid for a long time. He only has the hospital administration’s assurance that efforts are on to secure more funds and that he would be paid his dues soon. Dr Ram Kishan says that the budget was Rs 52 lakh three years back. This time, it is only Rs 2.18 lakh and, of this, only Rs 91,000 is meant for drugs purchase. He says that the supply of drugs now depends on the goodness of the contractor/supplier.

He admits that several wards have been closed down, partly due to the perceptible decline in patients seeking hospitalisation. At present, there are only 175 patients in the wards. The cut in budget has also hit the upkeep of wards. To aggravate matters, the junior doctors and employees have threatened to go on strike, if they are not paid their salaries this month.

As reported earlier in the ‘NCR Tribune’, there is no proper lighting in the hospital and the medical college hostels. The power supply may be snapped, if the hospital does not cough up Rs 29 lakh to the power corporation. The power corporation officials had descended on the hospital two days back, but returned on the assurance that the dues will be paid in two days’ time.

The CMS told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that there are gensets in the hospital but due to the shortage of funds, the hospital cannot spend on diesel.

District Magistrate Rama Raman said that efforts were being made at the senior level to sort out the problems and he was hopeful that the hospital would be able to secure more funds.



VHP challenges Wakf Board’s right 
to 123 properties
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to the Centre, the city government and its agencies on a petition filed by the VHP challenging the conferring of the right to manage 123 properties attached to mosques and some monuments in the city on the Wakf Board.

While issuing the notice to the Delhi Wakf Board on a writ petition by the Indraprastha Vishhwa Hindu Parishad for revival of its earlier petition dismissed in default, a Division Bench, comprising Justice Usha Mehra and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, directed the respondents to submit replies by April 3, 2003.

VHP’s counsel Lala Ram Gupta and Alok Kumar submitted that it was an important issue as properties worth several crores of rupees were given on a lease of Re one per acre annually to the Wakf Board.

The VHP has challenged the transfer on the ground that the decision was based on the report of S M H Burney committee, which had no business to make such a recommendation. The parishad alleged that illegal constructions had been raised on several of these properties while the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Act prohibits any such activity around the protected monuments or historic buildings.

Seeking quashing of the March 27, 1984 notification of the Government implementing the Burney Committee recommendation on transferring the rights of these properties to the Wakf Board, the VHP contended that the Government action in this regard was against the provisions of the law. The VHP alleged that the constitution of the Burney committee was initiated by the then Union Food Minister Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in May 1974 even though the ministry under him had no jurisdiction to issue such a directive. The constitution of the committee was ultra vires, motivated and without any jurisdiction, the VHP said, claiming that the sole purpose of setting up the panel was to get Centre’s suits on these properties pending in various courts dismissed and confer the right of the same on the Wakf Board.



Will someone respond to Shallu’s cry for justice? 
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Ferozepur Jhirka (Mewat), February 21
Shallu (name changed), a resident of Raniyali village near here and mother of two, has learnt a bitter truth: That the long arm of the law is not long enough to punish those who violate women’s human rights. With powerful politicians and the police shielding such violators, there is little hope for victims of such heinous crimes. Even six months after Shallu was raped by a youth of her village, said to be the son of a person who was twice elected sarpanch and who happens to lord over a sizeable vote bank, she and her family members are running from pillar to post in their quest for justice. Eventually, they were able goad the police into lodging a First Information Report (FIR) in the Ferozepur Jhirka police station. For record, the case has been registered under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

According to the FIR, Shallu had gone to a nearby field in her village to answer the nature’s call in the twilight hours. A youth of her village attacked her and raped her in the field. He threatened that she would be liquidated if she uttered a word.

However, she mustered enough courage to raise an alarm when she noticed a villager. The good Samaritan responded and the assailant fled. Since the incident, Shallu and her family members are receiving life threats. The family members have approached almost all the bigwigs in the area, seeking justice, but in vain. It is alleged that a state minister is trying to shield the culprit.

The police have reportedly completed the formality of registering a case and forwarding the same to the area magistrate. The medical examination of the victim had also confirmed rape. However, the culprit is still to be arrested and is still moving around with impunity.

Though the case falls in the category of a ‘cognizable’ offence and the FIR was brought to the notice of the magistrate, the court can act only if a challan is made and the accused is arrested and produced before it. Or, conversely, if the victim approaches the court with a complaint of non-action by the police. So far, the family has not approached the court.



MDU plans to cut interest rate on PF accounts
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, February 21
The Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) proposes to reduce the rate of interest on the Provident Fund (PF) account of its employees from 12 per cent to 10 per cent per annum from the coming financial year. The PF account money has been parked in fixed deposits in various banks at an average 11 per cent rate of interest. However, the banks have now considerably reduced the rate of interest on the FDRs. Thus, the university feels that the 12 per cent rate of interest on PF accounts cannot be sustained and it has proposed that the same be reduced to 10 per cent from April 1.

The Executive Council of the university, scheduled to meet here on February 24, will also consider a proposal to give representation to the non-teaching Employees Association on the Executive Council. The demand for representation was raised by the association in a meeting with the Vice Chancellor on December 24 last.

Information received from CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, suggests that the non-teaching employees of that university have been given representation on the Board of Management as a special invitee. No other university in the state has given any such representation to non-teaching employees on their Executive Council.

The Executive council is also likely to consider granting affiliation to the Sri Govind Tricentenary Dental College, Hospital and Research Institute, set up by the Dashmesh Educational Charitable Trust, Mayur Vihar, Delhi, at village Budhera in district Gurgaon, with a capacity of 100 students in BDS courses. The provisional affiliation to the college was granted by the vice chancellor on December 23 last year.

The Centre has reportedly conveyed its formal permission for establishing the new Dental College at Budhera. This permission, however, is only for one year and would be renewed in April. 



Parents to stage dharna for meaningful education 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
With repeated requests and reminders failing to produce results, angry and distressed parents have decided to stage a peaceful demonstration to register their concern at a school’s inability to provide meaningful education to their children.

Quality education eludes hundreds of students studying in the MCD Primary School at Hastsaal Resettlement Colony, and so do amenities like drinking water, electricity and classrooms. To highlight their woes the parents’ forum has decided to stage a demonstration outside the school premises on February 22.

“Residents are perturbed that their children are not provided meaningful education. The teachers are abusive and reluctant to teach and there are no provisions for toilets, leave alone pucca classrooms”, pointed out Mr. Ashok Aggarwal, of the Social Jurists, who had earlier filed PILs in the High Court seeking succour for the students.

The students complain of apathetic and detached attitude of the teachers, who they allege shun work. Besides the non-availability of basic amenities like potable water and electricity, the students have to manage without toilets. Moreover, the students have not received mid-day meals for the last two and a half months.

“Since there is no boundary wall, animals have a field day. There are no classrooms. A huge tent has been put up and children are made to sit underneath”, pointed out Mr. Aggarwal, adding, “Because there are no boundary walls, children have no privacy and cannot concentrate on what is being taught. Nor are there any sports and library facilities in the school”.

The concerned parents have now got together under the banner of the Delhi Students Parents Solidarity Front and want to draw attention of the authorities to the plight of the children. “We want to send the message that teachers have to shed their insensitive attitude. They cannot be impassive towards the students”, said Aggarwal.

He adds: “Way back in October 1998 the MCD authorities had, through their counsel, submitted in the High Court that within four months they will make sure that all such schools either have pucca buildings or portable cabins. Yet, so many schools continue to run from tents.’’

Aggarwal alleged that there are some unscrupulous elements who benefit from the tents that are rented out to these schools. “Why else should they continue to fork out Rs. one crore a year for tents that are in a decrepit condition and show reluctance to turn these schools into pucca schools ” he questions. 



Relive fantasy of walking through a secret tunnel…
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
Adolescents may soon be able to relive their Enid Blyton days by walking through a secret tunnel leading to the bank of the Yamuna. One such tunnel connects the Red Fort to the Yamuna; the good news is that it will shortly be opened to the public.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Jagmohan. The Red Fort is a marvel dating back to the 17th century in red stone and the secret tunnel adds to the intrigue.

One the tunnel opens, one would be able to enter the fort from the western side and leave it from the east. Speaking at a function organised here last evening, Mr. Jagmohan told the gathering that the tunnel, which goes to the river, connects the fort with the Yamuna.

The tunnel had to undergo an extensive cleaning operation. It was dug up and the passage cleaned. The passage was used by the courtiers to escape from the enemy.

Mr. Jagmohan pointed out that the tunnel was filled with filth and had to be renovated. He added that one can now enter the fort from the Chandni Chowk side (in the west) and leave it from the eastern side at Rajghat.

The ministry is examining archaeological finds to ascertain whether the fort was converted into a prison by the British rulers. The Minister also revealed that the land in front of the fort is being converted into the Dara Shikoh Park. At present, there is no memorial named after Shah Jahan’s son.



Tight security for dharam sansad

New Delhi: The Delhi police have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that the two-day VHP Dharm Sansad, beginning tomorrow at the Ram Lila grounds here, passes off peacefully.

The police said that armed police personnel in adequate strength were being deployed in and around the grounds under close supervision of senior officers. A similar assurance was also given to the Delhi High Court today. Metal detectors were being erected at all the entry points and physical frisking of all those entering the premises would be undertaken.

More than 12,000 saints and seers from all over the country are expected to participate in the Sansad in addition to the volunteers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal.

Senior police officers said that they were in touch with the organisers of the Sansad who had promised them full cooperation. TNS



Mahapanchayat on demolition
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 21
A ‘mahapanchayat’ will be held here on March 30 against the demolition. This was stated by a former minister and RPI MLA from Palwal, Mr Karan Singh Dalal, and the MLA from Mewla Maharajpur, Mr K P Gurjar, at a press conference held here.

Mr Dalal and Mr Gurjar were the first public representatives to hold a dharna outside the Governor’s House on February 18 at Chandigarh in protest against the drive. They contended that although they did not favour any encroachment on public land, it was grossly unfair and unjust to demolish colonies and houses which were very old and especially when the residents have been duly paying their taxes. They alleged that the demolition drive was aimed at harassing people who had dared to oppose the ‘oppressive’ Chautala government. They claimed that the mahapanchayat would be non-political and it would expose the ‘corrupt’ face of the government and its failures on various fronts. The conclave would be held at in Sector-16.



SC monitoring Yamuna pollution level
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
The pollution of the Yamuna is monitored by the Supreme Court under a public interest litigation. The apex court had directed the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in April 2001 for taking action to ensure the minimum desired water quality of class ‘C’ in the river by March 2003.

This was pointed out by the Minister of Environment and Forests, Mr T. R. Baalu, in the Rajya Sabha today. He said that in November 2001 the Government of NCT had submitted an action plan to the Supreme Court covering topics like augmentation of sewage treatment capacity, refurbishing the sewage system and regulation of resettlement colonies. It had sought an extension till the year 2005.

Mr Baalu added that river water quality in the Delhi segment was not meeting the desired standards because of discharge of partly treated sewage and industrial waste and insufficient fresh water flow. It was also pointed out that water quality of the Yamuna in the polluted segment in Delhi ranged from 10 milligram per litre to 27 milligram per litre against the desired standard of three milligram per litre.

The Minister of State for Railways, Mr Bandaru Dattaraya, told the Rajya Sabha that a bottling plant, ‘Railneer,’ was being set up at Nangloi.

The Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria, told the House the UGC proposed to select and support 100 colleges which had potential for excellence throughout the country.

This would allow them to improve their academic infrastructure, leading to achievement of excellence in teaching activities, and initiate research culture.

He added that these colleges would be given ‘Joint Degree Conferring Status’ with their names on the degree certificate along with the name of the university. This would in turn enhance their credibility.

It was also pointed out that the UGC was in the process of constituting an expert committee, which would suggest criteria and modalities for the selection of colleges with ‘potential for excellence’.

The committee would also suggest the level of financial inputs to these colleges under the scheme.



Unseasonal rain compounds civic 
problems of Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
Unseasonal rain that lashed the city during the past three days has left behind a trail of un-cleared garbage bins and waterlogged roads.
Conditions are appalling in slum clusters, particularly on the embankments of Drain 6 where many pockets are submerged. Nearly 20,000 people live in unauthorised slum clusters and resettlement colonies where planned development has taken the backseat.

In other parts of the city, the condition is no better. Residents in many colonies have to put up with choked drains, sewer systems and overflowing garbage bins. For instance, the municipal authorities have done nothing to improve the sanitary conditions in the entire place near the RSS ground opposite the telephone exchange, and in Ram Bazar, Mohalla Kalan and Kalan Masjid areas.

Waterlogging in the low-lying areas and overflowing of drains have done a great deal of damage to the roads.

The recent heavy downpour has exposed the hollowness of the claims of the district administration as well as other official agencies that they had taken the measures to improve the sanitary conditions. Potholed roads are a common sight even in the posh colonies. The roads leading to the mini-secretariat, telephone exchange and the

Bahalgarh are no exception. Driving has become dangerous on the main roads due to these potholes. Roads in almost all the areas are crying for immediate attention. Ironically, some of the roads had been relaid only a few months ago.

Social and political leaders have alleged that government contractors are misappropriating funds meant for construction and repair of roads in connivance with the PWD (B and R) higher-ups.

Several sarpanches, panches, members of the block samitis and the Zila Parishad have demanded a high-level probe into the working of the PWD (B and R) and alleged that the material used in the construction of the roads and other buildings was sub-standard.

A long stretch of the Sonepat-Gohana road had been in a state of neglect thanks to the failure of the authorities to repair it.

This road was widened and repaired after it was declared a national highway last year.

But cracks have appeared at many places and the drivers of vehicles are facing hardships.

The same is the condition of the roads leading from Gita Bhawan to the railway station and from PWD rest house to the double-storey quarters.



Save power for unhindered supply: Governor
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
The Haryana Governor, Babu Parmanand, has said power and energy play a very important role in the growth of several spheres of human life and per capita consumption of electrical energy is an indicator of the level of development of any country.

In a keynote address which was read in absentia at the two-day national seminar on power and energy on sustainable growth organised on the premises of the CR State College of Engineering at Murthal, about 8 km from here, yesterday, the Governor stressed the need for saving power and checking power theft for ensuring uninterrupted supply in the state.

The seminar is being organised by the Institution of Engineers (India). It was inaugurated by Dr Ashok Kumar, Director, YMCA, Faridabad, as the Governor was unable to come as he had to receive the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, at Chandigarh airport. The Prime Minister was on his way to Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Surjit Angra, honorary secretary of the Haryana centre of the Institution of Engineers highlighted the activities of the organisation in detail.

Mr R. K. Jain, Director (Operations), Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), in his address said the nigam planned to set up two new power units with a capacity of 1000 MW each in the state to meet the rising demand of the consumers. He said these two units would be set up at Panipat and one of them would start generation by the end of March next year and the other in April 2005. The hydroelectric project at Yamunanagar would be expanded and the work would be completed by the end of March next year.

This project would generate 16 MW power. At least 70 research papers on various aspects of power and energy like globalisation, privatisation, renewable sources of energy and conservation were presented by scientists, engineers and experts presented in the technical session of the seminar.



Rs 15 crore sanctioned for 224 works
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, sanctioned Rs 15.46 crore for 224 development works in 54 villages of the Rohat Assembly constituency in Sonepat district at an open darbar at Kharkhauda town, 19 km from here, recently.

According to a report, these works included the drainage of storm water to be constructed at a cost of Rs 97.02 lakh, construction of 21 nullahs (Rs 39.86 lakh), pavement of 10 streets (Rs 8.40 lakh), construction of seven classrooms in schools and repair of 76 chaupals (Rs 35.16 lakh), construction of six old age homes (Rs 10.80 lakh), construction of a park (Rs. 2 lakh), nine cow ghats (Rs 4.68 lakh), seven sheds (Rs 62 lakh), 18 cremation grounds (Rs 40.10 lakh), sheds on 28 cremation grounds (Rs 5.0 lakh), two boundary walls (Rs 5.25 lakh), providing of potable water in two villages (Rs 28 lakh), construction of a bridge (Rs 2 lakh), construction of a kutcha nullah (Rs. 9.80 lakh), construction of a boundary wall and repair of Harijan chaupals (Rs 11.35 lakh), repair of two school rooms (Rs 4.55 lakh), boundary walls of four schools (Rs. 9.80 lakh), streetlighting at Kharkhauda town (Rs 5 lakh), construction of an office of the Kharkhauda Municipal Committee, boundary wall of a veterinary hospital (Rs 1.85 lakh), boundary wall of a graveyard (Rs 5 lakh) and construction of two link roads (Rs 27 lakh).

The Chief Minister also gave the details of the development works executed by the government in this district during the past three-and-a-half years and claimed that his government was pro-people.



Admiral’s servant turns out to be Bangladeshi
Our Correspondent

Noida, February 21
A senior military officer, in fact an Admiral, has been saved from the blushes by the police when he tried to save his servant. The said servant was picked up by the police from Sector 12 near Metro Hospital here. He had tried to flee when the police patrol team wanted to check him. He was overpowered and taken to the police station.

Next day morning, the Admiral, a resident of Sector 23, arrived at the police station to get his servant freed. He said Munish (the servant) was from West Bengal and had been working at his house as a domestic help. Being a senior defence officer, he even tried to browbeat the cops.

However, when SO of the police station D. K. Sharma told him the reason for arresting his servant, the defence officer was shocked. Munish is a Bangladeshi who entered the country clandestinely. He told the Admiral even the name the youth had told him was wrong.

The SO also told the Admiral that he would have been in trouble had the servant been arrested from his house and that he had been lucky that he was picked up from Sector 12, as giving refuge to a foreigner living in India illegally itself is a crime. 



Three-day bonanza in Capital for garden lovers
Garden of Five Senses opens
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated Delhi Tourism’s 16th Garden Tourism Festival and the Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib, on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road today. Mr Ajay Maken, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Power, Government of Delhi, presided over the function. Also present on the occasion were Mr Romesh Sabharwal, Chairman, DTTDC, Mr Rajeev Talwar, MD and CEO, DTTDC, and other important dignitaries. The Garden Tourism Festival, a three-day bonanza, is being held for the first time at the Garden of Five Senses.

The Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajaib, an ambitious project of Delhi Tourism, is a unique leisure park designed to stimulate one’s sensory response to his environment. The garden, with the chime of 500 bells in the background, the fall of water and soft play of sunlight through flowers and trees, can be termed as a unique city attraction and something very unique in the world of entertainment, recreation, learning and discovering experience.

Sculptures, amphitheatre, palm courts and exotic plants are some of the attractions of this landscape garden that stretches over 20 acres.

The GTF, being held for the first time at the Garden of Five Senses, is the biggest flower show in the capital in which a large number of horticulture societies, nurseries, local bodies, corporate houses and individuals participate. This time also a number of agencies of Delhi Government along with the public sector, corporate houses and hotels, Delhi Dahlia society, Delhi Chapter of Ohara School of Ikebana are the major participants.

Layout gardens with a specific theme are the highlight of every Garden Tourism Festival. This year’s theme of GTF is `Decorative Accents In Landscaping.’ Though Delhi has never lacked an abundance of flowers and foliage, the festival this year proposes to open new vistas to their creative decoration and display with various garden accessories. But the essence of the successful use of garden ornaments is not so much the objects themselves but the way in which they are used to create a sense of style and atmosphere.



Choosing a life partner


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.

This is with reference to the article, ‘Delights of falling in love’ (NCR Tribune, February 9, 2003), by Mr M. P. K. Kutty. I endorse the view that the choice of a life partner is a serious business and cannot be treated lightly, because marriage has the potential to make or mar the rest of one’s life.

In this connection, I wish to add that marriage is the most enjoyable of all human relationships. It is the true basis of a family life. One shouldn’t take marriage as a matter of routine. Many people are unhappy because of the haste with which they decided on the marriage.

True martial happiness requires that both husband and wife match in mind and body. In all larger issues of life, the feminine mind responds best to the guidance, counsel and cool judgement of the male. On the other hand, woman is more adept at guiding the family through the maze of decisions that make up life.

The well-being of society and enrichment of human lives depend to a large degree on homes built on mutual understandings and not on unrealistic expectations.

Someone has beautifully said: “Happy parents create happy homes. Happy homes produce happy children. Happy children make a happy community, and happy communities make a happier world.”

O. P. SHARMA, Faridabad

Indian Airlines had helped blind passenger

Apropos the news item, ‘Airlines putting the disabled through hell’ (NCR Tribune, February 13), I would like to say that as per the security guidelines, there are certain prohibited items for carriage in the aircraft. There are some restricted items, which are allowed to be carried in the aircraft by a passenger after thorough security checks. And the walking stick falls into the latter category.

Mr S. Deshpande, a 32-year-old blind passenger, travelled from Bangalore to Pune by the Indian Airlines flight IC 917 on January 27. On account of the red alert being notified and walking stick falling in the restricted category, the CISF personnel entrusted with responsibilities relating to the pre-embarkation security check had to follow the guidelines. Therefore, Mr Deshpande was requested not to carry the walking stick on board. In fact, Indian Airlines had offered to take Mr Deshpande to the aircraft in a wheelchair. He, however, preferred to walk. The IA staff helped him to board the plane and properly seated. Even the commander of the flight took personal care in making Mr Despande’s journey comfortable.

Mr Despande was further assisted in deplaning from the aircraft in Pune and his walking stick was handed over to him in the Arrival Hall at destination.

ANUP K SRIVASTAVA, Director, Public Relation, Indian Airlines

Easy access to HPSC application forms

The Haryana Public Service Commission recently advertised 93 posts. Surprisingly, The Tribune didn’t carry that advertisement. For regular readers like me, it is a big loss when we miss the HPSC’s advertisement. We don’t want to switch over to another newspaper.

Secondly, the HPSC has not adopted any viable method of reaching the application forms to the needy in time. The only place form where one can get the application forms is at Sector 17, Chandigarh. And Chandigarh is not an easy access for all aspiring candidates, who are deeply busy in other exams, like the UPSC and the SSC exams. The booksellers serve the needy, but charges Rs 50 to Rs 100 extra per form. And the syllabus of the HPSC is a compulsory item if one is buying an application form from the booksellers.

The cost of a general category application form is Rs 20. But one has to pay Rs 50 to Rs 100 plus Rs 100 for the syllabus. That puts the total cost at Rs 200 for one application form. The HPSC should adopt some viable method so that aspirants can get application forms easily and economically.

Any bank could have been assigned the task of making available the HPSC forms to the aspirants. In the remote districts, DC offices could have distributed the forms. Even post offices at district centres could have assigned this job. Authorities should use the expanding technology and banking network in providing these application forms.

R. O. YADAV, Rewari

Paper tigers of cricket

The Indian team’s poor performance against Holland and the crushing defeat at the hands of Australia in the World Cup have proved that the Indian team consists mostly of paper tigers.

I strongly feel that the main reason for the debacle is that our Test players are more concerned with making commercial ads, which give them huge money. Whenever one switches on the TV, one sees our players pushing one product or the other.

It is high time the BCCI imposed a ban on the players accepting any commercial advertisement. The Board can compensate the players by suitably enhancing their match fees. After all, the burden of preserving the heritage of this noble game and inculcating in them the urge for winning lies with the board.


In a fairyland in Surajkund

The 17th Surajkund Crafts Mela was held on a sprawling complex. This time, the theme was the newly formed state of Uttaranchal. The star attraction was the replica of famous and historical Badrinath temple gate. One had to wait for long to get photographed there. The craftsmen from all over the country exhibited their wares. The mud and straw roof stalls, the serpentine ‘kutcha’ paths presented the typical Indian village ambience.

Garden umbrellas, saris and garments were available in various hues. Crockery and other artefacts were eye-catching. `Mehandiwallis’ were a big draw for the young and not so young women. ‘Chaupaul’ offered continuous ‘nauch-gana’ of various sects. Folk singers, dancers and musicians from various states enthralled the audience. The visitors were encouraged to dance to the beat of ‘dhols’ and the young ones made good use of it by swaying to the rhythm of Punjabi pop songs. The rest clapped their hands in tune with the beats. Joyrides and games of skill were aplenty. A large variety of cuisine to suit every taste was also available. After sunset, the colourful lights gave the feel of a fairyland.


Give death penalty to rapists

Though it was a matter of great satisfaction that a 40-year-old man was awarded life imprisonment for raping a minor recently, it is not sufficient for such a crime. It must have been death penalty. I may further add that unless and until death penalty is given to such violators, these kinds of heinous crimes will not come to an end. The anti-social elements and rather the ruffians will think hundred times before committing rape if they could be send to the gallows.


All’s well with the college

The teachers of Government College, Bahadurgarh, express great shock and anguish at the sweeping statements made against the college in the NCR Tribune report (February 8).

Apart from the monkey menace, all else are fine. The problem of the broken boundary wall was recently brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner, Jhajjar, who visited us as the chief guest during an athletic meet.

The lecturers do take classes regularly and if at all there was a lapse discovered during the Joint Director’s recent visit, it was individually explained by the lecturers concerned (most of whom were actually taking classes outside the classrooms due to the mess created by defecation of monkeys).

There has been a problem of late coming in the first period. But this is because the students have not been able to reach the college in time from their villages because of the spell of dense fog in the month of January. There has been no fake attendance of students, as reported.

Our college continues to keep up its old traditions and works towards achieving its motto. It may also be stated that besides academics, our college outshines in other activities like NCC, NSS, sports and cultural activities. The staff here works in perfect harmony and in co-ordination with the principal.

Teaching staff, Govt College, Bahadurgarh

Netas, protect supremacy of law

The chief executive of the Democratic Republic of India and chiefs of the states in the federal set-up of the country are constitutional functionaries. They are the eyes and ears of the people. In the old concept, they were fathers and mothers of the people. In the modern democratic system of government, they are the custodians of the rule of law.

In India, such authorities have coined impressive slogans like ‘Sarkar Aap Ke Dwar’, ‘The government that works’ etc. But the fact is to the contrary. Otherwise, after having performed so successfully, why have the erstwhile ruling parties have suffered reverses at the hustings in the states?

Recently, the Prime Minister confessed to mediapersons that the age-old values of politics have deteriorated irreparably.

In the ancient days, the kings and emperors always tried to know the pulse of the people. They used to roam in the states in the garb of commoners. The legendary Raja Ram Chandra Ji was no exception. In the Democratic Republic of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister, and Dr Rajender Parsad, the first President, and other stalwarts of the Union Government were easily accessible to the people. They were receptive to the people’s grievances and felt it their privilege to redress them.

Thanks to the growing terrorism, the representatives of the people now sit in the comfortable air-conditioned rooms, roam in bullet-proof cars with tinted glasses and remain distant from the common man. Unless they become true representatives of the people, get down to earth in their business and keep supremacy of law over their individual importance, democracy won’t function successfully.




Mushroom growers unhappy over 
lack of marketing facilities 
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
Though a 80-village belt in Sonepat district has become a leading mushroom growing area of northern India, the state government has failed to provide marketing facilities here compelling the farmers to take their produce to Delhi’s Azadpur Market to get remunerative prices.

Mushroom growers have been demanding better marketing facilities, including a mushroom processing unit here, at the local level for long. “If we sell it in Sonepat Mandi, we do not get remunerative prices. Though we get good prices in Azadpur Mandi, it involves extra expenditure and fatigue,” said Narender Kumar of Harsana Kalan village.

The Fruit Processing Plant of the government near Murthal had already been closed down. The plant had worked for more than two decades and even processed mushrooms for a few years before 1998.

Influenced by the `Diversification of Agriculture’ programme of the government way back in 1984, mushroom cultivation was started by a few educated youths of Bhadana village to generate an alternative source of income. Gradually, it became popular among the people, particularly the educated unemployed, and they individually as well as in groups adopted this occupation.

At, present around 2,000 families in nearly 80 villages located in Sonepat subdivisional belt are reportedly engaged in mushroom cultivation.

The major mushroom growing villages are Bhadana, Kakroi, Harshana, Baiyanpur, Rohat Jharont, Lehrara, Nasirpur, Bhowapur, Grahi Sisana, Sisana, Kheri, Akbarpur Barota and Gannaur.

According to a report of the Horticulture Department, the number of mushroom growing trays has increased up to 3.32 lakh during this season, exceeding the annual target of 3.20 lakh trays, and its production is expected to cross over 1,800 quintals.



Mahila Morcha demands dismissal 
of Punjab ministers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
The Delhi Pradesh BJP Mahila Morcha and Yuva Morcha have demanded the dismissal of the two Punjab Government ministers and a Congress MLA for their alleged involvement in a sex scandal.

Alleging that the Congress party had always been in involved in such scandals, vice-president of BJP Yuva Morcha Roshan Kansal said here today that Congress President Sonia Gandhi must conduct an inquiry into the matter or else dismiss those involved.

He went on to point that the Congress had earlier been involved in the Naina Sahni tandoor murder case and the murder of councillor Atma Ram Gupta. Expressing their anger at the alleged sex scandal in Gujarat, BJP Mahila Morcha workers demanded that the involved persons be strictly dealt with as instead of focussing on working for the party they had indulged in what they called immoral activities.

Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah had last week alleged that Punjab PWD Minister Partap Singh Bajwa, Revenue Minister Amarjeet Singh Samra and Congress MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely had indulged in immoral activities during the Congress’ assembly poll campaign in the city in December last year.



New four-storey building for 
Shakarpur police station 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, February 21
A building matters but more than that the people who work there matter. This assumes more significance when people are there for the redressal of public grievances, Police Commissioner of Delhi, Mr R. S. Gupta, said today while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Shakarpur police station in East Delhi. He said the police officers, including reporting and investigative officers, should take every case seriously.

The DCP (East), Mrs Nuzhat Hassan, said it was a four-storey complex divided into four blocks interconnected with each other. There are separate spaces for Traffic, the special branch and an NGO associated with the Delhi Police, Pratidhi. The complex also has a recreation room and a conference room. Apart from the value of land, the total cost of the building is Rs 3 crore. She further informed that historically Shakarpur village was part of Uttar Pradesh. In 1895, the British Government notified this area and in 1915 it was inducted into Delhi. The area was first covered by a police post under the Gandhi Nagar police station. Later, in 1980 it became an independent police station. Since 1991, it had been functioning in the residential flats of Delhi Police at Ramesh Park. In the early nineties an 8,000 sq mt plot was allotted by the DDA to construct a new building for this police station.

Local MP Lal Bihari Tiwari, Delhi Health Minister A. K. Walia, Special Commissioner of Police Dr K. K. Paul, Chief Engineer of PWD, Zone-2, Anil Kumar were also present on the occasion.

The event was compered by well-known TV newsreader Gazala Amin. Students of Lovely Public School presented a lovely inaugural group song on this occasion. 



94 colonies regularised in Sonepat
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 21
The Haryana Government has regularised as many as 94 unauthorised residential colonies out of 163 in this city. According to a report, the remaining residential colonies will be regularised on February 24 at a meeting scheduled to be held at Chandigarh.

These colonies, which are situated in the old section of the city, were in existence at the time of Partition in 1947. However, scores of residential colonies which came to existence between 1947 and 1975 have also been regularised.

Employment awareness camp

A one-day employment awareness camp will be held on February 25 next on the premises of the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here. The officials would provide information in detail to the educated jobless youths about the new self-employment schemes launched by the government for their benefit.

Youth kidnapped for ransom

Faridabad: The police have booked a case against unknown kidnappers. According to a report, Vijay Singh (20) of Jawahar Colony has been kidnapped and taken to an unknown place. It is alleged the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of several lakhs of rupees for releasing the victim. The police have started investigations.

Money stolen from scooter

A cash amount of Rs 25,000 was stolen from a scooter parked outside a bank here on Thursday. The victim, Mr U. K. Chaudhary, in a complaint said the money was kept in the tool box of the scooter and when he came outside it was found broken and the cash missing. Meanwhile, the police have arrested 15 persons in connection with a satta racket in the NIT area.

Student beaten up

Jhajjar: A student was reportedly beaten up by certain persons on the campus of Government College, Bahadurgarh, on Thursday. According to information, Vazir Singh of Goyla Kalan was first beaten up by some persons on Wednesday. However, when he came to the college with his family members to make a complaint to the principal, they again attacked him near the Principal’s office. His teeth were broken in the presence of his kin. In the meantime, the Principal called the police, who took one person into custody. However, no case was registered.



Conductor dies as wall collapses on him
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
Kartar Singh (21), a bus conductor, died this morning when a wall collapsed on him near Rakesh Roadways office in Kamla Market. The wall collapsed when a truck coming from the opposite direction hit the wall. Kartar was giving some signal to the driver of the bus when the wall collapsed. The truck driver has been arrested for causing death due to rash and negligent driving, the police said.

In another incident, Bhupender Kumar, a motor cycle rider, was crushed to death by a truck in Welcome area in North-East district. He was returning back home after attending the marriage of a friend. He died on the spot. The truck driver has been arrested, the police said.

Murder case solved: The North District Police on Friday claimed to have worked out a blind murder case of Dharmpal, a resident of Gandhi Vihar, with the arrest of two suspects. The suspects were identified as Prem Pal and Mahipal. During interrogation they confessed to having committed the murder over a few hundred rupees that Dharmpal was not giving them. They were all labourers, the police said. 



Woman ‘thrashed by in-laws’, dumped on road
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, February 21
The in-laws of a woman allegedly beat her severely and threw her at the Shiela bypass chowk here in an unconscious condition last evening. The only fault of the victim was that her father could not satisfy the ‘thirst for dowry’ of her in-laws.

Mamta, a resident of Tilak Nagar locality here, stated in her complaint that she got married to Naresh Kumar at Rathiwas village in Gurgaon district in November 2001.She said her father had spent a sufficient amount on her marriage and provided her various household things. However, she said, her in-laws started harassing her for bringing cash from her father just after the marriage.

The complainant said her father was a class IV employee in the Irrigation Department at Rohtak and could not afford the increasing demands of her in-laws. However, she said her father managed to provide Rs 80,000 to her husband by taking out Rs 40,000 from his provident fund account and selling two buffaloes for Rs 40,000 in April last. But the hard-earned money of her father could not satisfy the greed for dowry of her in-laws who raised the same demand after a few months.

She alleged her husband Naresh, mother-in-law Santara and sister-in-law Kamlesh continued thrashing her on Wednesday evening till she became unconscious as she had refused to comply with their demands for dowry. She said she found herself lying on the road at Shiela bypass chowk here when she regained consciousness. She also charged her in-laws with depriving her of her five-month-old son.

Mr Sahab Singh, father of the complainant, has appealed to the district authorities to register a case in this regard and take stern action against the culprits.



Four held as betting racket is busted
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 21
With the arrest of four persons, the North-West district police today claimed to have busted a racket of match betting on the World Cup Cricket being played in South Africa. The district police had a tip-off that a few persons were running satta in Mukherjee Nagar. A raid was conducted. The four persons arrested were found fixing bets on the cricket match between Holland and Australia. A decoy customer was sent there, the police said.

The decoy mixed around with the other visitors and gave one note of Rs 500 denomination with specific identification marks. He laid a bet for Rs 3,000 on Australia winning the match. The organisers booked the satta. As the satta was booked, the decoy signalled the raiding party which swiftly moved into action, raiding the premises and overpowering the suspects.

The suspects were identified as Sushil Kumar, alias Chhotu, Tarun Chada, Sandeep Kumar and Ruchhi Ram. During search of the premises the note of Rs 500 which was given by the decoy was recovered from the possession of the organiser. Besides, five mobile sets, one TV set, one voice recorder and a walkman were recovered from their possession. During interrogation, Sushil Kumar disclosed he and his associates operated satta and fixed commission for paying the landlord, Ruchhi Ram. The gang is known as “Chottu Wala” and about 20 to 25 clients visit for satta every day. They earn money to the tune of Rs 2-3 lakh in a single World Cup match by way of gambling, the police said.


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