Saturday, September 27, 2003, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Vow to restore apolitical role of shrines
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
The new executive of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today announced that the Shiromani Akali Dal will not be allowed to use gurdwaras as political platforms in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

‘’The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) will not allow its religious institutions or its resources to be exploited for political purposes. Nor will we ourselves do that,’’ Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna, former president of the DSGMC, said at the first news conference after his faction defeated SAD in Wednesday’s annual executive elections of the DSGMC.

His political position assumes significance in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi where SAD, a BJP ally, was expected to woo the Sikhs from its traditional gurdwara platform. Mr Sarna’s assertions also came ahead of a possible charge sheet in October-end against Mr Badal and his likely arrest by Punjab’s Congress government. In such an event it is apprehended that supporters of the former Chief Minister of Punjab would descend on the Capital to protest and use gurdwaras for food and shelter.

Former DSGMC chief Sarna said SAD intended to foist ‘’corrupt men’’ on the community’s religious administration by using the banner of the Akalis who had a history of sacrifices for the cause of the faith. The former DSGMC president vehemently denied the charges that he had virtually handed over the control of Delhi gurdwaras to the Congress by enabling the victory of Mr Prehlad Singh Chandok, a former acting president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and a close associate of the then President Giani Zail Singh, as DSGMC president.

‘’Anybody who is a good and pious Sikh, irrespective of his political leanings, can become a president of the gurdwara committee. Rather, it is a mockery of the faith if people claiming themselves to be Akalis commit malpractices worse than the Congress…’’ Mr Sarna added.

Mr Chandok put up a strong defence against being labelled a Congressman, claiming that he had never been a member of the party blamed for the 1984 riots and Operation Blue Star.

‘’I was a good friend of the Giani. At Rashtrapati Bhavan, both of us gave up our khadi attire, symbolising association with the Congress, after the events of 1984. I am a freedom fighter and had been wearing khadi since the Quit India Movement,’’ the new DSGMC president said. Mr Sarna, however, asserted he was not being defensive.


Durga Puja, Ram Lila under security cover this year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
The Delhi Police has made elaborate security arrangements, in tandem with intelligence agencies, to ensure foolproof security during the Durga Puja celebrations in the Capital.

Senior Delhi Police officers said that considering the threat perception from across the border special security measures were in place for this year’s festival season.

The press conference was attended by all the three Joint Commissioners of Police – Mr Maxwell Pereira (New Delhi), Mr Satish Chandra (South) and Mr Ranjit Narayan (North). The Deputy Commissioners of Police, who were present at the meeting, were: Vivek Gogia (South), Satish Golcha (West), Sanjay Beniwal (North), Praveer Ranjan (North-East), Nuzhat Hassan (East), Arvind Deep (Central) and Manoj Lall (New Delhi). This year more than 200 major Durga Pujas, 689 Ram Lilas and more than 100 Ravana ‘dahan’ (burning) are being organised. In case of emergencies, the Delhi Police has contingency arrangements assisted by the Delhi Fire Service, hospitals and the bomb disposal squads.

Mr Pereira said a number of restrictions had been imposed for the people visiting the puja pandal this year. Carrying baggage, cameras, tiffin boxes and water bottles was out. Besides, the Ram Lila committees had been asked to restrict their shows strictly till 11 am.

Mr Satish Chandra, while stressing on the role of volunteers in crowd management, said frisking, checking and regulation of devotees would be largely left to these volunteers and only if a situation arose where the policemen kept on standby at the puja venue were needed would they intervene. “The puja management committees have been instructed to strictly follow the dos and don’ts to ensure a safe festive season,” he added.

About the number of fake or hoax calls received by the police during the festival season, Mr Narayan said the police had the requisite infrastructure to trace such callers and punish them.

“But at the same time we take all calls seriously,’’ he added. The main Ram Lilas are held near the Red Fort where as many as four Ram Lilas are organised. 


MCD cashier embezzled Rs 1.3 cr in 43 days
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
The Economic Offences Wing has arrested an official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on charges of embezzling Rs 1.33 crore in government funds in barely 43 working days.

The accused, Jai Prakash (53), a former cashier with the Special Assessment Unit (SAU), MCD, was arrested by the sleuths yesterday after an audit revealed that he had allegedly diverted money deposited by individuals towards house and property tax to different heads, such as ‘’salary account,’’ in the balance books.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (EOW) Dinesh Bhatt said Jai Prakash ‘’fraudulently diverted’’ Rs 1.33 crore between October 4, 2000, and March 3, 2001. Of this, Rs 21 lakh still remained unaccounted for.

Apart from receipt of house and property tax, the accused was responsible for disbursement of salaries and other contingent payments. The Drawing and Disbursing Officer and some other officials of the accounts department were also responsible since they ‘’failed to check the functioning with monthly reconciliation of the accounts. Investigations were on to ascertain the complicity of others,” Mr Bhatt added.

In another case, a junior engineer of the MCD, Anzarul Hassan, was nabbed by the Economic Offences Wing on charges of forging signatures of various senior officials in the MCD to promote his own case. Apart from the signatures, produced from advanced softwares, he also attached two recommendation letters from MPs to get a raise and recognition for his work.

Engineering award for Mashelkar

New Delhi: Dr A. S. Mashelkar, Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is being honoured with the prestigious Medal of Engineering Excellence by the World Federation of Engineering Organisation for his outstanding contributions to the practice, theory and public status of engineering. TNS


SC rejects farmers’ plea on land compensation
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 26
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal against a decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court relating to enhancement of compensation to those whose land was acquired by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) here, putting hundreds of farmers in a quandary.

Although thousands of farmers in more than a dozen villages in Gurgaon subdivision will be adversely affected by the decision of the apex court, the turning down of the appeal has immediate repercussions for the farmers of Jharsa, Kanhi, Islampur and Samaspur villages. The farmers had filed a special leave petition.

The high court had reduced the enhanced compensation amount fixed by the local district court. The district court had upheld an appeal of the farmers against the original compensation amount fixed by the Land Acquisition Collector of HUDA. The farmers responded by moving the high court, praying before it for further enhancement of the amount. HUDA also moved the high court in appeal against the decision of the lower court, contending that the compensation amount fixed was on the higher side.

While the amount fixed by the district court was Rs 265/sq yd, the high court had reduced it to Rs 212 /sq yd. The lower court had directed HUDA to pay the enhanced compensation amount fixed by it with a caveat that the payment be made against counter guarantees procured from the beneficiaries. In a large number of cases the farmers used their relatives and friends and their land as bond to draw the money.

With a large number of farmers left with smaller land holdings — which had shrunk on account of constant acquisitions over the years — and depleted earnings, they used the acquired money to meet their social obligations. It is then that the high court’s judgement came, necessitating HUDA to launch a drive to recover the balance amount from them.

Following the HUDA drive to recover the balance amount, the farmers had launched an agitation under the banner of Gurgaon Kisan Sangharsh Panchayat to impress upon the Bansi Lal government to use its administrative and legislative powers to circumvent the ruling of the court. The INLD leaders, who were then in the opposition, had also taken part in the agitation.

The farmers allege that Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala (then in opposition) had assured the farmers that should his party come to power the compensation amount would be further enhanced. But when the INLD came to power its leaders forgot the promise.


Goldsmith on morning stroll kidnapped at pistol-point
Our Correspondent

Meerut, September 26
A reputed businessman of the city was abducted by four armed youths while he was out for a morning stroll at about 6 am today. The goldsmith, Ashok Kumar Rastogi, was kidnapped from the Western Court road. The four armed youths pushed put him into a light blue Indica car at pistol-point. Some passersby raised the alarm but failed to chase the kidnappers.

According to some eyewitnesses, the car registration number was DL-7C/3334. According to the family members, Rastogi had a shop at Sadar Bazar. Three of his brothers are also in the same business. Ashok Kumar left home at 6 am for a morning walk as part of his daily routine. He had hardly walked 400 meters on the busy Western Court road when four youths in their mid-30s intercepted him and hustled him into the Indica car. Ashok Kumar and some passersby raised the alarm.

When the businessman did not return home till 9.45am, the worried family members contacted the Civil Line police station. Later, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Meerut Range, Mr Gurdarshan Singh, the SSP, Mr Badri Prasad Singh, and the SP (City), Dr Arvind, rushed to the spot. They also interrogated some eyewitnesses and passersby but failed to get any lead, except the registration number of the car used in the crime. Further inquiries revealed that this was the registration number of a Maruti 800.

No ransom call or any message had been received till 3 pm today. The DIG told the NCR Tribune that four teams had been constituted to crack the case and a police party had been despatched to conduct raids.


Condition of fasting student deteriorates

Greater Noida: The condition of one of the students of Galgotia Engineering College, Alok Mishra, who is on a fast unto death in protest against the fee hike, has deteriorated, but no one from the district administration or the college management has bothered to meet the students.

While the students had handed over a memorandum to the BJP president, Mr Venkaiah Naidu, yesterday, the college management had not bothered to meet the DM who had summoned the authorities for discussing the situation.

Students said the management was playing with their lives. A large number of students have not been able to fill the examination admission forms, the last date for which is September 26. The management had threatened that those who did not cough up Rs 60,000 by September 26 would not be allowed to fill their examination forms.

The students also alleged that the district administration was helpless before the college management. This was apparent when the DM, Mr L. Venketeshwar Lu, disclosed that the college Chairman Sunil Galgotia had not bothered to respond to summons from the DM’s office. OC


Non-registered pump owners to face the wrath
of administration
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, September 26
Those who have failed to register their submersible pumps used for extracting underground water appear to have missed the bus. After the expiry of the deadline, the administration has closed all options for the unregistered pump owners.

According to an official version, though about 9,0000 pumps have been registered, there are several times more pumps operating in the district.

The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) had placed major portion of Gurgaon city and about 80 villages surrounding it in the ‘danger zone’ on account of the fast depleting underground water. The CGWA put the entire susceptible area under notice and directed the administration to stem the rot.

The CGWA and the district administration had launched an exercise more than a year ago to inform the people to register their pumps. However, majority of them had not heeded the administration’s call.

Now, with the expiry of the deadline, the administration has cracked the whip against those who are making money by selling water through tankers. In fact, the water tanker owners have been chosen as the first target of the district administration.

The administration has given broad indication that there will be no let up against the commercial tankers who have been illegally exploiting the underground water. According to sources, there are hundreds of tankers operating in the city and the nearby villages.

Other people involved in illegally exploiting the underground water or not using water judiciously would be brought into the net at a later stage.

The administration has already sealed the pumps of about 36 commercial users in its month-long campaign.

The tough stand taken by the administration has scared the people, particularly the commercial tanker owners, who are belatedly looking for options to get their pumps registered.

The Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr Anurga Rastogi, has indicated that the Central Ground Water Authority would not oblige the late comers.

The administration believes that it had provided a one-year timeframe for the registration process and the defaulters cannot blame the administration for the tough stand on the issue.


Basic civic amenities still a distant dream for residents
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, September 26
The hopes of the residents of HUDA Sector-6, Bahadurgarh, to be provided with basic civic amenities stand shattered. They continue to grapple with plethora of problems.

Since this sector was developed about 20 years ago, HUDA had promised the residents all modern facilities and essential civic amenities.

However, this sector is a telling example of the miserable conditions in which the residents have to live due to the lack of even the minimum basic facilities like sewage and drainage system, roads, parks etc.

The residents complained that despite repeated representation to the local officials of the concerned departments, there has been no improvement in the living condition.

Mr Rajeev Tehlan, an advocate who shifted to the sector recently, repents his decision to settle here. He said the conditions here are totally opposite to what he had thought before shifting here. The most serious problem is the back flow of the sewerage water into the house, he said. He said even though the residents have complained to the authorities a number of times, there has been no improvement in the condition here.

The monsoon rains has damaged most of the roads in the colony. The potholes on the road filled with rainwater, has become dangerous for the commuters, said Naresh Kumar, another resident in the colony.

He said water is being discharged in an open ground opposite the colony, which has become a health hazard for the people living around the colony. He complained that the people living around the area were using the 600 odd plots lying vacant in the sector as garbage dumps.

The people in the colony also complaint about the absence of parks. Though there are about 14 park sites in the sector, Huda has no plan to develop these sites. In effect, these have now turned into havens for pigs and stray animals, which feed on the heaps of garbage thrown around.

Although, a park in the name of Choudhary Devi Lal was developed along the National Highway No. 10, it is unapproachable for the residents living in the interiors and on the other end of the colony.

The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) faced the ire of the people, which was disbanded recently for not taking up their problems strongly with the authorities.

Mr Rajeev Tellan informed that a new executive body would be elected next month and the process of registration of members has begun. The residents hope that things would improve when the new RWA would come into existence.


Highway robbers arrested, dacoity foiled
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 26
The special staff of the Sonepat police have arrested two highway robbers and foiled their plan to loot people on the Sonepat-Kami road near here last night.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramjit Singh Ahlawat, told mediapersons here today that the arrested persons were identified as Ramesh and Satbir, both belonging to Kami village.

The police recovered two knives from their possession. Cases under the Indian Arms Act have been registered against the duo.

Giving details of the arrest, the SP stated that a police party was patrolling the Kami road when they received a tip-off that the suspects were sitting in a garden near a canal minor and planning a robbery.

The police, he said, immediately swung into action and raided the garden and arrested the suspects.

During the course of the interrogation, the arrested criminals told the police that they had committed a dacoity in the sub post office of the old Housing Board colony near Murthal Adda in June and had taken away Rs 22,580.

Further investigations were in progress and more cases were likely to be solved, the police said.

16 INLD workers injured

At least 16 workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were injured when a canter on which they were travelling overturned on the Gohana-Panipat National Highway No. 71 near Shahpur village, about 50 km from here last evening.

According to a report, the workers were returning to their homes after attending the ‘Samman Divas’ rally at Karnal.

The injured workers have been admitted to the community health centre at Gohana for treatment. They are stated to be out of danger.

The police have begun investigation into the case. However, no arrest has been made in this connection.

It is stated that the driver lost control of the vehicle when a bus banged into it.

The canter turned turtle and 16 of the 35 workers travelling in the vehicle were injured. It is stated that the canter belonged to Rindhana village in Gohana sub-division of Sonepat district.

Incidentally, the bus involved in the accident was also carrying INLD workers and it was coming from Karnal.

Cyclist Injured

A cyclist was hit by a tractor on the Khewra-Jhundpur road near Jagdishpur village, about 15 km from here last night. The injured was identified as Subhash of Tanda village, and has been hospitalised. He was going to a factory at Bahalgarh village for work.

The police have registered a case against the tractor driver, who was absconding.



Villagers’ complaints: CM orders probe
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, September 26
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Sonepat, Mr Balwan Singh, to conduct an inquiry into the complaints of the residents of eight villages who had voiced their grievances on the lack of development in their areas. Mr Chautala was here during his two-day tour of the Kailana assembly constituency on September 21 and 22.

According to a report, Mr Chautala has taken a serious note of the complaints. On the directive of the Chief Minister, the DC has asked the SDM Ganaur Mr Jeet Singh Mehra to depute the officials and conduct an inquiry into the complaints and submit his report within 15 days.

Assault cases

As many as nine persons were injured in the assault cases occurred at Bhatgaon, Deepalpur and Khewra villages in the district yesterday. According to a report, the police have registered the cases and investigations were in progress. However, no arrest has been made in this connection as the assailants are absconding.

House catches fire

Fire broke out in a house of LIC Colony at Biswan Meel on the G T Road about 15 km from here last night damaging the household articles worth several thousands of rupees. According to a report, the owner of the house is an employee of the Motilal Nehru School of Sports at Rai. He was not at home when the fire broke out due to a short-circuit.

‘Harassed’ SE seeks retirement

Fed up with the activities of the employees unions, the Superintending Engineer of the Public Health Department, Mr S K Kaushal, has sought premature retirement from the government service.

According to a report, Mr S K Bansal, Executive Engineer of the same department has demanded that he should be transferred from here without delay as he is being harassed by the leaders of the employees unions on some pretext or the other. Both the officers have alleged that they are not only being harassed but pressurised by the union leaders not to take action against the erring employees against whom serious complaints had been received from the public. These leaders continued to stage demonstrations and raise slogans, the officers alleged.

Bike stolen

A motorcycle was stolen outside a shop near the Civil Lines police station here last evening. According to a report, the owner of the motorcycle Parveen Johar is a mechanic in the Deena battery shop, situated about 10 metres away from the Civil Lines police station. He parked his bike outside the shop and went inside. When he came out after a while, he found the vehicle missing.


Two criminals held after encounters
Our Correspondents

Ghaziabad, September 26
Teams of Loni and Indirapuram police have nabbed two criminals, carrying rewards on their heads after encounters at two different places. The police seized two revolvers, cartridges and a bike from the criminals.

One of them was carrying a reward of Rs 2,500 and the other Rs 1,000, announced by the Delhi Police. Both were wanted in murder, dacoities, loot and kidnapping cases in various police stations.

The Indirapuram police arrested a criminal wanted by the Delhi Police in a murder committed two years ago. A revolver and cartridges were recovered from him. According to SO, the criminal Praveen Kumar is an accused of killing Jagdish, resident of Mayur Vihar, Delhi in 2001.

According to Loni police, they noticed a youth coming on a bike on Khanpur village road late night during patrolling.

On seeing the police, the motorcyclist Mursoleen tried to escape by opening fire. The police overpowered him and recovered a 315-bore country-made revolver and cartridges and a bike without a numberplate from the biker, a native of Muzzafarnagar. He had stolen the bike from Delhi.

Cases of murder, dacoity, loot and kidnapping are registered against him in various police stations. He had been absconding for three years in a loot case also.

Stress on scientific temperament

Rohtak: The youth need to develop scientific temperament for the country to progress. This was stated by eminent environmentalist and retired professor of Zoology Department, Kurukshetra University, Dr J S Yadav while addressing the NSS volunteers of Maharshi Dayanand University in the leadership training camp which began here yesterday. Dr Yadav said that the need of the hour was to debunk superstitious rituals. He called for developing environmental concern amongst the youth.


Navratra Mela at Jhandewalan Temple
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
Navratra Mela is being organised at the Badri Bhagat Jhandewalan Temple starting today. The mela will continue till October 4, the last day of the festive navratras. On the first day of the puja, a ‘Shailputri swaroop’ of Goddess Durga was worshipped. The temple will remain open to the devotees from 4 am to midnight. Bhajan Kirtan will be performed daily from 3 pm to 6 pm. The temple attracts a large number of devotees each year during navratras.

NDMC to replace Lok Nayak Bhavan lifts

The NDMC in its monthly meeting has agreed for the replacement of seven elevators at Lok Nayak Bhavan, sanction of annual estimates for technical maintenance for sewers, parks and gardens in its areas and for security and traffic services on the NDMC premises.

A sum of Rs 20,779,362 has been sanctioned for the replacement of seven elevators at Lok Nayak Bhavan, which were installed in 1978. These elevators are being replaced after having been used for more than 20 years. For the technical maintenance of sewers in the NDMC jurisdiction, a sum of Rs 52.7 lakh has been sanctioned. This amount will be spent on the maintenance of 350 kms of sewer lines and 12,000 manholes existing in the areas.

A sum of Rs 1.80 crore will be spent on the maintenance of parks and gardens. Moreover, a sum of Rs 1.10 crore was sanctioned for the security and traffic services at all offices, commercial complexes and hospitals owned by the NDMC.

DPCC committees

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ch. Prem Singh today announced the composition of two committees—Election Committee and Election Manifesto Committees approved by the Congress president for the Delhi Vidhan Sabha election this year.


Arya smells scam in MCD ad dept

New Delhi
With the raid conducted by the income tax department in the office of Adwell Advertisement Services, a scam of crores of rupees in the advertisement department of the corporation came to light, the Leader of Opposition in the MCD, Mr Subhash Arya, alleged.

The records of the ad department were found missing with the connivance of officers and employees. Outstanding amount of the corporation amounting to crores of rupees is lying with the private companies—M/s Hindustan Publicity Private Limited, M/s Mod Advertising and M/s Advert Communications. Mr Arya alleged that of the three ad agencies which were highlighted in the raids , two were not in the list furnished by the department. TNS




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.

AT present, Shahdara Railway Junction is one of the most important railway junctions of the Northern Railways. The population of trans-yamuna is more than 38,0000 and 50,000 daily commuters use the Shahdara junction.

At the moment, 91 trains stop here. Being an important railway stations, the passengers’ amenities as well as trains facility given by the Railway Board are quite insufficient and is totally neglected one. The authorities are showing step-motherly attitudes to the Shahdara junction.

On October 9, 2002, the Railway Board introduced a new train between Delhi and Kotdwasr, namely ‘Garhwal Express’, especially for the public of two states - Uttranchal and Bijnor district. The train leaves Delhi junction at 6.55 hrs. But, the train does not stop at Shahdara Railway Junction, while there are hundreds of passengers are living in trans-yamuna and they travel their native places time to time. It causes a great inconvenience to them. If the Garhwal Express is made to stop at Shahdara Railway Junction for a minute or so, it will not create any difficulty to the administration. On the other hand, hundreds of passengers will benefit and will also generate income to the railway department.

Moreover, we suggest that the train should be renamed as ‘Kotdwar Express’ instead of ‘Garhwal Express’ as Garhwal is not a destination station and confuses the public.

Will the authorities of the railway look into the matter and provide its stoppages at Shahdara Railway Junction from the both sides, without any further delay?

M. B. DUBEY BIJNORI, Secretary, Dainik Yatri Sangh, Delhi

Simians put PWD residents in a spot

The apathetic and indifferent attitudes of the authorities concerned have forced me to approach you. Our locality, PWD Colony, Gohana Road, is facing a big problem. Monkeys are causing a nuisance here. Many incidents of monkeybite have been reported recently.

It has become difficult for the people to come out of their houses during daytime. Within the PWD Colony, the officials, who work there, are also the victims of the monkey menace. The officials face a lot of hardship in their day-to-day functioning.

Many complaints have been lodged to the departments concerned i.e. wildlife department, municipality and district administration, but in vain. It is the duty of the authorities to take this problem seriously and solve them instantly. In spite of several complaints, the authorities are not taking any suitable steps.

I request the authorities to look into the matter and protect us from this simian menace.

DHARAM PAL, PWD Colony, Rohtak

Malpractices in private public schools

This is with reference to the reports ‘When schools shun weak students’ (NCR Tribune, September 16) and ‘HSEB does some soul searching to arrest falling education standards’ (NCR Tribune, September 20).

In the first report, it is stated that certain schools affiliated to the CBSE, in order to maintain their ‘Pass Records’, force their weak students to appear as private candidates or seek transfer to other schools. In the second report, Mr Rakesh Gupta, secretary of the Haryana School Education Board, is stated to have said that at least 50 per cent of the private schools recognised by the Board, had been involved in fraudulent practices. This is a most disturbing trend and needs to be curbed.

In this connection, I wish to say that these private public schools, run by resourceful societies, trusts and individuals, do not care for any government department or education board and have become a law unto themselves. This defiance by the private schools, forced the Education Department of Haryana to enact the Haryana School Education Act, 1995, and promulgate the Haryana School Education Rules, 2003, which were published in the Haryana Government Gazette (extra), April 30, 2003.

The act and the rules give adequate powers to the Director of School Education, Haryana, to rein in erring private public schools, indulging in crass commercialism, fraudulent practices and financial exploitation of the parents.

It is learnt that Associations of Private Schools, affiliated to the CBSE and those affiliated to HSEB (Haryana) School Education Board), have come together and are agitating for toning down of certain provisions of the Haryana School Education Act and the Haryana School Education Rules, 2003. It is hoped that any pressure from the private public schools to amend some provisions of the said act shall be strongly resisted by the government to curb malpractices and commercialisation of school education in Haryana.

O. P. SHARMA, Faridabad

Civil Lines halt

The proposal for railway halt between Civil Road and Sonepat Road on Rohtak-Panipat branch line at Rohtak was taken up with the Railways by us in 1994 in view of its strategic importance. The stoppage would help two lakh people settled in a number of colonies within the periphery of the halt site.

The financial viability of the proposal was duly examined by the Northern Railway Headquarters at the instance of Railway Board and a detailed report to that effect was sent by them to Board for consideration vide Letter No 51-Rd/1309/91 dated 5.1.98. The report showed a deficit of Rs 134 per day on the provision of the passengers’ amenity. Interestingly, the Railway Board termed this nominal amount as a huge recurring loss and the proposal was rejected vide letter No 95/TG-IV/3/N/16/NR dated 24.12.98.

The attention of the then Minister of State for Railways was drawn in our letter No. RWA/MOS/99/1 dated 4.1.99 to this callousness. However, the minister, in his letter No MOS(R)/B/11143/99 dated 28.1.99, assured us that he was having the matter re-examined. The assurance was repeated in his letters No MOS (R)/B/11523/99 dated 11.2.99 and No MOS(R)/B/13223 dated 17.5.99.

The Board perhaps found it inconvenient to roll back the extraneous and futile reasons applied by them in rejection of the proposal. And the fall out therefore is that the proposal has been kept in limbo since then in spite of repeated reminders from us. We had also sent our latest representation to the Executive Director, Ms Padmakshi Raheja, on April 19, 2003. We haven’t received a word from the Railway Board since January 1999.

We hope that the Railway Board will translate the minister’s assurance into worthwhile action to put a happy end to this controversy.

H. L. Pawan, Mansarovar Residents Welfare Association, Rohtak

Gulf between private and govt schools

Performance of the private schools in Board examinations mostly remains better than that of government schools. Only teachers are not fully responsible for poor performance shown by the students of government schools. There are other reasons as well.

Ideally, students study in government schools belongs to poor families. Most of the parents of these students are quite ignorant about education and they don’t care about them at home. Besides, the students have to do household chores and other agricultural works. They get very little time for study. They cannot afford costly tuitions also. Secondly, posts in government schools remain vacant throughout the year. Newly upgraded schools remain understaffed for many years.

But private schools are never short of staff. Though the teachers are exploited there, they have not to do extra-educational work, like elections duty and census etc. Consequently, the students of private schools do not suffer. While in government schools the students do suffer. In private schools, the syllabus of one board class is taught for two years. To be clear, the syllabus of eighth standard is taught in seventh as well as in eighth classes.

In this way, the students of private schools show good performance in the Board examinations. They are not able to cover and understand the syllabi of seventh and ninth classes and so remain ignorant about those untaught books. Besides, private schools try to admit only intelligent and brilliant students. Other students like average and above average students are denied admissions. But this does not happen in government schools.

And the new rationalisation policy being adopted by education department in Haryana will only aggravate the already dismal situation. In this policy, only one teacher is required for sixty students.

Despite all these reasons, teachers of government schools cannot be absolved in to of their responsibility for the poor performance shown in Board exams. There are some unscrupulous elements in government schools who remain negligent and lackadaisical in their attitude towards their work and thus cause a lot of harm to the students.


Rename the varsity

This is with reference to the report ‘Chautala defends setting up of Sirsa varsity’ (NCR Tribune, September 16). The universities in India are established by an act of either the State Legislature or Parliament. Ch Devi Lal University at Sirsa came into being by an Act of the Haryana government a few months back.

When Haryana came into being as an independent state of India in November, 1966, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (KUK), was in existence. This university came into being by an act of the composite Punjab Legislature in May, 1956. The university’s character remained residential until June 30, 1974. On this date, 105 colleges affiliated with Punjab University, Chandigarh, were transferred to KUK.

The Bansi Lal government established another university at Rohtak. Which came into force on April 19, 1976. The university’s name was changed in 1977, by a government headed by Ch Devi Lal from Rohtak University to MDU.

In November 1995, the Haryana government headed by Ch Bhajan Lal established another university in Hisar, Guru Jambheshwar University (GJU). This is virtually a residential university till date.

Bansi Lal’s government had established Rohtak University and Bhajan Lal’s government established GJU and Ch Devi Lal was also supposed to establish a university in Haryana, but could not.

Devi Lal’s son Om Prakash Chautala has got the university established in the name of Ch Devi Lal at Sirsa. I would suggest renaming this university as ‘Dvison University of Haryana’, Sirsa.

OM PARKASH WADHWA, Lecturer, Govt College, Gohana


Seven thieves held; goods seized
Our Correspondent

Pilkhua (Ghaziabad), September 26
Pilkhua police claimed to have nabbed four auto thieves after an encounter. Two motorcycles were seized from them. The theft from a towel merchant’s godown has also been solved with the arrest of three persons. Four bundles containing 700 towels each have been recovered from them.

SP (rural) B K Shekhar said that the police have also arrested three thieves in connection with the theft of hundreds of towels from the godown of a towel merchant Munish on 21 September.

About four of the seven bundles of towels have been recovered from them. The value of the towels is estimated at Rs 40,000. The arrested criminals, Zia-ul-Nabi and Utta-ul-Nabi belong to Pilkhua while Muskeen is from Bhojpur police station area.


Four held for dacoity bid
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 26
The Crime Branch claimed to have apprehended four desperate gangsters who had assembled near the Rajendra Place area to commit dacoity. Country-made pistols and surgical blades were recovered from their possession.

The gang members Satish Kumar alias Chaudhary, resident of Bulandshahr, Harpal Yadav alias Haria (35), resident of Azamgarh, Charanjeet Yadav alias Raju (22), resident of Jhajjar and Gopal (24), resident of Jahangirpuri were arrested. All the accused had a previous history and confessed to their crimes.

Based on a secret information, the sleuths waited in the area and spotted them in two Maruti cars HR-26-H-3923 and HR-51C-3892 near the UCO bank. When the gangsters tried to escape, they were overpowered.

The East district police claimed to have arrested the gang leader of Bhai Saheb Gang, Bhim Sen alias Bhim alias Bhai Saheb involved in more than 20 cases of robberies and snatching cases. The accused was wanted in more than five cases and declared a proclaimed offender (PO) by a court in another five cases.

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