Friday, July 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PGI research fellows await new perks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Despite enhancement in their pay scales almost a year ago over 100 research fellows at the PGI here are still awaiting the new emoluments due to the failure of the authorities in placing the matter before the governing body which has met thrice since then.

There are 103 research fellows of whom 43 are doing doctorate.

“Despite our repeated pleas to the PGI authorities to implement the revised pay scales, which were approved in August last year by the Council of Scientific Industrial Research, (CSIR) there has been no headway on the issue,” said one of the research fellows.

Even though representations have been given by research fellows to the PGI administration the file is learnt to be still gathering dust in the education cell.

“The indifference of the authorities towards us is evident from the fact that while individual cases of promotion and enhancement of salary were placed before the body yet no body bothered to seek approval for our case,” they lament.

Certain PGI officials said the delay in the grant of revised pay scales was because the approval of the standing finance committee and the governing body had not been obtained. It was the CSIR, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, which had in August last year recommended the enhancement. Some institutes and universities have reportedly started giving revised pay scales to research fellows.

“It is not just in terms of pay but otherwise also we are getting a raw deal from the PGI as we are taken on a one-year contract and the renewal of which solely depends on the authorities,” they point out.

They said while their contract is supposed to be renewed on April 1 every year, it is only in June that they are given backdated letter, leaving them in complete uncertainty about their future for three years. The research fellows work on various research projects and there are some who have been working for several years.

The research fellows point out that their services should be regularised as they can even be rotated for working on various projects. “The contract of almost 12 research fellows, who had been working at the PGI for 10 years, has not been renewed,” pointed the research fellows. The PGI said the candidates were selected as research fellows by the departmental committees on the basis of the recommendations of the selection committee as per the rules and regulations.



Ayurvedic centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Promising ayurvedic cure for the most complicated and chronic ailments, Dabur now offers treatment at its centre at Patiala Pharmacy, Sector 27, Chandigarh. Vaidya Meenakshi will provide free examination and counselling.



HSIDC spikers shine on world stage
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 17
The move by the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) way back in October, 2001 to harness talent in volleyball has finally borne fruit. Three of its players — Sanjay Kumar Singh, Dinesh Kumar Singh and Darshan — turned out to be star performers for the Indian youth volleyball team (under-19) that bagged a silver medal in the eighth World Youth Volleyball Championship that concluded on July 13 (Sunday) at Suphanburi (Thailand).

In October, 2001 Dr Harbaksh Singh, Managing Director, HSIDC and Mr Randhir Singh, general manager, HSIDC, had taken the initiative to recruit the best talent in Haryana and elsewhere in the country. Dr Harbaksh said around two years ago when these boys were absorbed in the corporation they were accorded status, designation and pay of assistant managers. He said two of their senior players, Amir Singh, now captain of the Indian men volleyball team, and Raghubir, were attending the senior national camp currently under way in Bangalore. He said they planed to give more incentives to the players who had brought laurels.

Randhir Singh said the opportunity provided by the HSIDC gave security to the players. He said the state was proud of their achievement and it marked the beginning of a new era for Indian volleyball. He said the Indian Youth-XI defeated Iran, Australia, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic besides defending champions Brazil in the league encounters. But they lost to Brazil in the finals.

Meanwhile, the star player of the tournament, Sanjay Singh of Bhiwani district, arrived last evening in Panchkula. Mr Om Prakash, senior manager, sports, said Sanjay and others gave the state a new direction in a sport that lacked public support. Sanjay said win for Indian boys in the Asian Junior Volleyball Championship held last April had raised their spirits. He said he got full support from their Chief Coach G.E. Sridharan.

Another spiker, Dinesh Kumar Singh, from Jharkhand played a crucial role in India’s win in the meet. The third spiker, Darshan, who hails from Karnal, also did a commendable job. Sandeep, yet another spiker from the HSIDC, was also in the Indian youth team but was not included in the final playing list.

Randhir Singh said the boys were being trained at the new sports complex, Sector 3, Panchkula, where best sports facilities were being provided to them.



Aita to lead football team
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 17
Aita Ram of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45 , will lead the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boys Football team for the 26th National Sub-Junior Football championship to be held at Haldwani from July 20 to 30. This was stated by Mr Ravinder Talwar, president, Chandigarh Football Association.

The other members of the team are: Amit Kumar, Prabhjot Singh, S. Vinecent, Parnit Chahal, Lakhbir Singh, Akshit Malik, Sukhdeep Singh (all from St Stephen’s-45), Gursewak Singh (GMHS-38), Mann Singh, Salil Aggarwal, Varun Deveshwar (all from St John’s-26), Gurjinder, Harvinder Singh, Gursewak Singh (all from DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8), Harpreet Singh, Sushil Kumar, Vijay Bhatt, Amandeep Singh (all from Sanjay Public School, Sector 44), and Parminder Singh (Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22).

Ramesh Bhatt and Bhupinder Singh will accompany the team as manager and coach, respectively. Chandigarh will play its first tie on July 20.

Air rifle meet

Roopmeet Mann in the Air Rifle ISSF senior and junior women and Navneet Singh in Air Pistol NR senior men were leading on the first day of the 28th Chandigarh State Shooting Championship-2003, which began on Thursday at the Patiali Ki Rao shooting ranges, Sector 25, here.

Earlier, the four-day meet was inaugurated by Mr Gaurav Yadav, SSP, Chandigarh.

The following are the shooters leading on the first day:

Air Rifle ISSF senior and junior women — Roopmeet Mann 381/400; Air Pistol NR senior men — Navneet Singh (357/400), Amardeep Singh (294/300); Air Pistol ISSF senior and junior women — Minerva Singh (355/400); Air Pistol NR junior women — Rinchen Lhama; Air Rifle OS (NR) senior and junior men — Jatin Kukreja (311/400); Air Pistol (NR) sub-junior men — Abhinav (214/300); Air Rifle OS (NR) senior and junior women — Gunjan (188/400); and .22 std Rifle OS (NR) prone senior men — Amardeep Singh (182/300).



Admn decision on NOC for RCs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
The district administration has decided not to ask residents for a “No Objection Certificate” from the Chandigarh Administration for getting address changed on the registration copies (RCs) of vehicles. The procedure for change of address on RCs will begin from Wednesday, i.e. July 23.

It is learnt that the decision to this effect was taken by the SDM and Registering Authority, Panchkula, Mr Inder Singh, yesterday after a delegation of the Indian Citizen’s Forum led by Mr R.K. Gaind, senior vice-president, met the SDM yesterday. They asked the SDM to specify the rules regarding the change of address of the vehicles registered at places other than Panchkula.

Mr Inder Singh said the Panchkula Registration and Licencing Authority (RLA) would not require an NOC immediately, but could be procured from the Chandigarh Administration within a year and then submitted to the Registering and Licencing Authority, Panchkula.

He said once the NOC was submitted to RLA, Panchkula, the vehicle owners would have to pay the road tax for the balance period of the registration of vehicle.

The existing registration number of the vehicle will not be changed and the slip issued in lieu of change of address will be issued separately to vehicle owners. The scrutiny of these vehicles will be carried out separately to check their stay in Panchkula, under Rule 49 of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Besides, residents will have to submit Form 33 in duplicate, photograph of vehicle owner, photocopy of the RC duly attested by a gazetted officer, an affidavit that the vehicle is free from all encumbrances, proof of residence of vehicle owner (copy of ration card, electricity bill etc.) and Rs 20 fee for change of address.



Bring four sectors within municipal limits: DC
Our Correspondent

* Sector 61 residents to be exempted from octroi payment on household goods.

* Council told to recover Rs 45 lakh due from octroi contractor.

* SDM’s office gets 1,000 applications for change of address in vehicle registration certificates.

* PUDA told to stop encroachments by those evicted form Chandigarh.

* Municipal Council told to bring Sectors 66 to 69 within civic body limits.

* Make the electricity board call centre functional within a month. 

SAS Nagar, July 17
The Ropar Deputy Commissioner, Ms Seema Jain, today asked PUDA officials to ensure that encroachers evicted from Chandigarh recently do not illegally occupy land in the town besides directing the PSEB authorities to get the call centre, where complaints form residents could be registered, functional within a month.

Ms Jain, who held a meeting with council, PSEB and PUDA officials here, directed the local Municipal Council to bring four developing sectors within the limits of the civic body on a priority basis.

The DC told the PUDA officials that she had received reports that jhuggi dwellers evicted from Chandigarh were trying to settle down at some points on the outskirts of the town which should not be allowed. She said that some encroachments had come up near the Balongi barrier which should be removed immediately.

The SDM, Mr M.L. Sharma, who was present at the meeting, told the DC that his office had received about 1,000 applications for getting their addresses changed in the vehicle registration certificates. He said the vehicle owners would have to pay the road tax once again, though they could get the amount refunded paid earlier from the registering authority concerned. He informed Ms Jain that only about 30,000 vehicles had been registered with his office though the residents of the town owned about 60,000 vehicles.

While appreciating the operation undertaken by the PSEB authorities to remove kundi connections from jhuggi colonies here yesterday, Ms Jain directed the officials to carry out another operation and remove kundis from Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X. She said it had been brought to her notice that people were finding it difficult to lodge complaints relating to power as no response was received by them from complaint offices.

Mr K.S. Sidhu, Additional Superintending Engineer, PSEB, told the DC that efforts were being made to open a 24-hour call centre for registering complaints, Such complaints would then be flashed on pagers by a private company to the field staff who would try to rectify the fault within two hours. She said complaints relating to streetlight should also be covered by the call centre and additional charges to be paid to the company in this regard could be recovered from the council.

The DC asked the civic body to bring Sectors 66 to 69 under the municipal limits. She said that apart form losing revenue in terms of octroi the civic body was also depriving the residents of these sectors from civic amenities. The case relating to an increase in municipal limits should be sent to her office in a week.

Ms Jain said the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh had brought to her notice that residents of certain pockets of Sector 61, which fell in Chandigarh, were being charged octroi as they had access to their houses through the town. She directed council officials to give instructions to the octroi contractor not to charge octroi on household goods from the affected residents.

The DC asked the civic body to recover the default amount of Rs 45 lakh from the octroi contractor and if he failed to make the payment his bank guarantee should be got revoked.

She also told the council officials to get Phase XI tubewell functional in a week as residents of a pocket in that area had been facing water shortage. She said that no stray animals should be allowed to move on the main roads.

The civic body staff informed her that the building plan of the council office, to be constructed in Sector 68 here, had been sanctioned and the case had been referred for technical sanction. A municipal library was also being constructed in the Silvi Park in Phase X.



Nursing homes get reprieve
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The last date for the shifting of nursing homes from residential areas has been extended till March 31, 2004, even as nursing home owners said today that it was the Administration which was delaying matters as none of the seven nursing homes which had applied for the regularisation of their buildings have been approved

The Administration stated that nursing homes functioning in residential houses measuring less than 500 sq yards and not complying with the conditions of the original order of 1999 have to close down or shift to a site that conforms with the stipulations.

Meanwhile, nursing homes functioning in residential houses measuring 500 sq yards or above and complying with all conditions of the order can apply for the requisite permission or conversion in all respects. In case of failing to observe the rules the Estate Officer may initiate proceedings for the misuse of premises and violation of terms of allotment under the relevant rules, the order passed by the Chandigarh Administration said today.

Nursing homes which have applied for the sanction of a building plan for the construction of a nursing home at another site or have applied for conversion of the existing sites have been given one more year under i.e up to March 31, 2005. No further extension in time shall be given and it shall be entirely the responsibility of the person that construction or conversion is completed, the order further says.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of the Chandigarh Nursing Homes Association, Dr Neeraj Nagpal, alleged that the Administration itself was not clear on what needed to be done. Seven nursing homes had applied for regularisation. The money deposited as conversion fee has been returned to the applicants.



Uniform age criterion for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Chandigarh Administration said today that it had decided to adopt uniform age criterion of above 60 years for concession or privileges to old persons. At present, age criteria of above 65 years and above 60 years were being followed in case of men and women, respectively.

With this all men and women above the age of 60 years would be eligible for getting senior citizen identity cards, old-age pension and other concessions, a spokesman said.



New registration series by July-end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A new registration series for vehicles is all set to be started and VIP numbers will be put up for sale or auction. A spokesperson of the Chandigarh Administration said the new series, CH-03-M, is going to be started in the last week of July.

Vehicle owners who are desirous of obtaining a particular registration number on payment can submit their applications with the prescribed amount at the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority by tomorrow. Applicants for a particular number would be informed about the allotment on July 21.

An auction, if required, would be held on July 23 at 4 p.m. at the office of the Registering and Licensing Authority, Sector 17.



Aug 4 deadline for suggestions on alterations

Chandigarh, July 17
The committee formed to seek suggestions on need-based alterations in houses and flats, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, will accept suggestions from the public till August 4. These will be considered by the committee, which will submit its findings and recommendations to the Chandigarh Administration for necessary action. Recommendations can be sent to the Estate Officer. TNS


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