SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H A R Y A N A

Chautala asks Cong MPs from Haryana, Rajasthan to resign
Seeks nationalisation of rivers
Yamunanagar, July 22
Rejecting the demand of the Congress to move the Supreme Court against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act – 2004, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today asked the Congress MPs from Haryana and Rajasthan to resign from Parliament to exert pressure on the UPA government for the completion of the SYL canal. He demanded nationalisation of all rivers.

Cong MLAs not to resign today
Chandigarh, July 22
In a last minute change of mind, the Congress MLAs of Haryana have decided against submitting their resignation from the state assembly tomorrow to protest against the Om Prakash Chautala-led government’s reluctance to challenge the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act in the Supreme Court.

Punjab page: ‘No water dispute’ with Rajasthan, HP
I was consulted on waters’ issue: Hanspal

SYL canal: politics overshadows real issue
Rohtak, July 22
The common man is worried about the future of the SYL canal, political parties in Haryana are worried about their own. A close look at the reactions of different political parties on this issue reveals that behind every move is a one-point agenda — how to exploit the issue to stay in power or come to power. As a result, the issue of the canal’s construction has been relegated to the background.

Punjab ads on SYL irk Haryana
Chandigarh, July 22
Certain facts on the SYL canal as stated by Punjab in full-page advertisements have irked officers of the Haryana Irrigation Department.

Dharnas by Congress men on SYL issue
Sirsa July 22
Coming down heavily on the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for not taking any action on the SYL issue, senior Congress leader Dr K.V. Singh announced to intensify the agitation.


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BJP ‘yatras’ on SYL issue from July 28
Rohtak, July 22
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will take out “yatras” from six points in the state from July 28 to highlight the SYL Canal issue, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, general secretary of the party, announced here today.

Cong memo to Governor on SYL
Ambala, July 22
The District Congress Committee, Ambala Cantonment, today submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, addressed to the Governor, to protest against the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, 2004, passed by the Punjab Assembly recently.

Memorandum to Governor against Chautala government
Kurukshetra, July 22
Workers and functionaries of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Kurukshetra, led by its president, Mr Pawan Garg, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here today against the Haryana Government led by Mr Om Parkash Chautala for not taking up seriously SYL canal’s construction and completion.

Haryana seeks better fiscal management
Chandigarh, July 22
Increasing share of states from 29 to 50 per cent in the divisible pool, more funding for local bodies and better fiscal management as criteria for devolution of funds are among some of suggestions Haryana Government proposes to make to the 12th Finance Commission here tomorrow.

Karnal MLA in trouble again
HVPN slaps notice to recover Rs 31 lakh dues
Karnal, July 22
The Independent MLA from Karnal, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, is in trouble again. This time he has been issued a notice by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) to recover a pending electricity bill of his rice mill amounting to more than Rs 30 lakh.

Colleges to begin classes, results not declared
Hisar, July 22
Students of the local colleges who have taken the first and second year examinations can presume that they have passed even though Chaudhry Devi Lal University, Sirsa, to which these colleges are affiliated, is yet to declare the results.

Haryana transfers 7 IAS, 2 HCS officers
Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Government has transferred seven IAS and two HCS officers with immediate effect.

HSIDC profit surges 22 pc
Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) has earned an all-time high profit of Rs 16.04 crore during 2003-04.

Juvenile rearrested, 8 still at large
Sonepat, July 22
The police today claimed to have re-arrested one of the nine child prisoners who escaped from the Bal Sudhar Grah by breaking its wall on Tuesday midnight.

Judicial remand for MLA Tejvir Singh
Kurukshetra, July 22
Haryana’s Independent MLA Tejvir Singh, arrested on the charges of bigamy, rape and cheating etc on July 4, 2004, was produced in a court here under police security today. He was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

High Court
Petition filed
Chandigarh, July 22
A petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to respondents, including the State of Haryana, for properly reconstruction of two documents stolen from court records in the case titled State versus S.S. Mago, pending in the court of Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Seats increased in PGI, Rohtak
Rohtak, July 22
For the first time in its history, the local Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences will fill 150 seats for the MBBS course instead of 115 from the current academic session.

Sons kill man, beloved
Hisar, July 22
Alleged illicit relations claimed the life of two persons, including a woman, in Sainipura village, about 30 km from here, last night, the police said today.

Poverty drives man to suicide
Yamunanagar, July 22
A father of six allegedly committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Bilaspur here today. According to the police, Ramesh Kumar, 37, was rushed to a hospital, but could not survive the burns.

 


 

 

 

Chautala asks Cong MPs from Haryana, Rajasthan to resign
Seeks nationalisation of rivers
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 22
Rejecting the demand of the Congress to move the Supreme Court against the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act – 2004, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, today asked the Congress MPs from Haryana and Rajasthan to resign from Parliament to exert pressure on the UPA government for the completion of the SYL canal. He demanded nationalisation of all rivers.

“We do not have MPs in Lok Sabha but the moment the Congress MPs from Haryana and Rajasthan tender their resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker, all the five Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Rajya Sabha members will also resign”, said Mr Chautala while addressing a press conference here today. He was replying to a question on the Congress’ 72-hour ultimatum (expiring tonight) to the Haryana government to move the apex court.

“Why should we move the apex court. It has already decided in favour of Haryana and it is now the Central Government which has to construct the SYL canal”, said Mr Chautala. He was of the opinion that if all the 15 Congress MPs from the two state resign, the Congress led UPA government would be left with no option but to implement the Supreme Court’s order on the SYL canal.

He termed the threat of Haryana Congress MLAs of resignation from the state assembly as an eyewash. “What purpose their resignations from the assembly would serve? The central government has to construct the canal. The MPs from Haryana should instead resign. The Congress MPs from Rajasthan should also protest and resign as it is Rajasthan which would be the worst looser if the Punjab government succeed in its efforts”, said Mr Chautala. When asked what would be the course of action if the Congress MLAs from the state actually submit Their resignations to the Assembly Speaker, Mr Chautala said, “their ultimatum will end tonight but they will never resign”.

“The seriousness of the Congress regarding the interest of Haryana is evident from the fact that the two central ministers from Haryana have not come out with any statement ever since the Punjab Government annulled all the water-sharing agreements” said Mr Chautala.

Mr Chautala questioned the move of the Central Government to approach the Supreme Court once again on the SYL issue. “After the Punjab Government passed the annulment resolution, the UPA government should have immediately dismissed it”, opined Mr Chautala and added “getting water through the SYL canal is not the most important issue now but to protect the federal structure of the country”.

He alleged that the Congress had always politicised the SYL issue on the eve of elections. “I advocate that all the rivers should be nationalised. The UPA government should not find any difficulty in getting an Act passed for the nationalisation of rivers as the Bharatiya Janta Party also advocated nationalisation of rivers”, said Mr Chautala. He alleged that because of the policies of the various Congress governments water was flowing to Pakistan ever since the Indus Water Treaty of 1955. 
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Cong MLAs not to resign today
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
In a last minute change of mind, the Congress MLAs of Haryana have decided against submitting their resignation from the state assembly tomorrow to protest against the Om Prakash Chautala-led government’s reluctance to challenge the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act in the Supreme Court.

The Congress decision follows President APJ Abdul Kalam’s decision today to refer the controversial Act to the Supreme Court for examination. Earlier, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, officiating leader of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP), called a meeting here tomorrow of party legislators and Independent legislators supporting the party to pave the way for their resignation from the Assembly.

On Tuesday, Mr Mangeram Gupta, senior Congress MLA, had given 72 hours ultimatum to the state government to challenge the Punjab Act in the Supreme Court. He warned that otherwise the Congress MLAs would resign from the state assembly. The 72-hour deadline would be over at 12 noon tomorrow.

The Congress wanted to link the resignation of its MLAs with Mr Chautala’s unwillingness to challenge the Punjab legislation in the court so that Mr Chautala could be projected as the villain of the impasse on the SYL canal issue.

Mr Chautala, who too is engaged in deep politics over the SYL issue, has made it clear that he will not challenge the Punjab Act in court since the onus for building the remaining portion of the canal in the Punjab territory is on the Congress-led government at the Centre.

The Congress gameplan to resign from the Assembly after the expiry of the deadline tomorrow got into problem in the wake of the President’s step to refer the Punjab Act to the Supreme Court. Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, in fact, denied that they were planning to resign from the state Assembly tomorrow.

“We have called the meeting tomorrow to express our gratitude to the central government for referring the Termination of Agreements Act to the President of India. Of course we are also going to express our displeasure over Mr Om Prakash Chautala’s policy of playing politics over a canal which is called the lifeline of Haryana”, Captain Yadav said.
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SYL canal: politics overshadows real issue
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 22
The common man is worried about the future of the SYL canal, political parties in Haryana are worried about their own. A close look at the reactions of different political parties on this issue reveals that behind every move is a one-point agenda — how to exploit the issue to stay in power or come to power. As a result, the issue of the canal’s construction has been relegated to the background.

This is the main reason of lack of unanimity on this issue among different political parties in the state. Unlike Punjab where the Congress, the Akalis and the Bharatiya Janata Party joined hands to terminate the water agreements, Haryana’s major political parties failed to devise a common strategy on this important issue despite nationwide support for Haryana.

Translated into real terms the Congress threat of resignations and the deadline it set for the Chautala government to approach the apex court means it wants to create conditions for the imposition of President’s rule in the state and pave the way for early elections to the state Assembly to cash in on anti-incumbency wave which yielded it rich dividends in the Lok Sabha election.

The Congress wants Mr Chautala to move court for two reasons. One, it will bail out the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre which has been caught in a no win situation. Once Haryana moves court, the Centre can easily watch the battle from the sidelines two states fighting it out there.

Two, by going to the court the Chautala government would have to fall back on the very accords which the Indian National Lok Dal and its earlier avatars had opposed vehemently. This would convey a clear message to the masses that had the Late Mr Devi Lal and the BJP stalwart Dr Mangal Sein not opposed the accords the SYL Canal would have been in place today. To be fair to the Congress this feeling is rapidly gaining ground in rural areas. Nevertheless, how this strategy is going to strengthen Haryana’s case is anybody’s guess.

The BJP fell into the resignations trap laid by the Congress. It went a step ahead and its legislators quit their seats. The idea was to help create conditions for the dismissal of the Chautala government and advance elections to the Vidhan Sabha. But poor response to its bandh call on the issue put a damper on its hopes. BJP workers who went about canvassing support for the bandh were astounded by the queries posed by the people. The clear message from the public was: Why do you protest against the very accords you had been opposing all through? The Haryana Vikas Party’s refusal to ask its two MLAs to quit also dashed the BJP’s fond hopes.

The INLD has more or less similar strategy. The only difference is that while the Congress and the BJP want to oust this government on this issue, it wants to use the same issue to turn its political fortunes around after the drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections. So far, the Chautala government has only been reacting politically trying to put the blame on the Congress and the BJP hoping the voter will come back to its fold the next time he votes.

But in practical terms, there has been no indication so far of a serious strategy to counter the Punjab action and ensure that the ill-fated project is completed.
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Punjab ads on SYL irk Haryana
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Certain facts on the SYL canal as stated by Punjab in full-page advertisements have irked officers of the Haryana Irrigation Department.

According to a high-ranking officer of the department, it was wrong on the part of Punjab to project the Ravi and the Beas basins as independent of the Indus system. The Indus system is a geographical entity, which cannot be changed by the political division of either the country or a state. The Ravi and the Beas were sub-basins of the Indus system.

The officer, who did not want to be identified, said Punjab could not claim the ownership of the Ravi and Beas waters as these are inter-state rivers originating from Himachal Pradesh and ultimately merging with the Indus.

Asserting that Punjab was issuing misleading advertisements to justify the controversial Termination of Agreements Act, the officer said Rajasthan was allocated eight MAF surplus Ravi-Beas waters through the agreement of January 29, 1955. On the other hand, Haryana, as a successor state, was allocated 3.5 MAF of waters from the allocation made to erstwhile Punjab by the Union Government in March, 1976, in accordance with the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966. This allocation was retained in the tripartite agreement of December 31, 1981, which was being sought to be negated by the controversial Act.

Haryana's utilisation of the Sutlej waters was established even prior to reorganisation of Punjab. Haryana utilisation was limited to 1.62 MAF of the Ravi-Beas waters because of the constraints of carrying capacity of the Bhakra Main Line.

Punjab's claim over the Yamuna waters is not justified because the utilisation of the Yamuna waters at Tajewala was decided between U.P. and erstwhile Punjab in 1954. All areas of erstwhile Punjab utilising the Yamuna waters are presently in Haryana.

The officer said since parts of Haryana and Rajasthan were part of the Indus basin, there was no trans-basin diversion as alleged by Punjab. Similarly, Punjab's contention that the Ravi-Beas sub-basins are deficit basins and the Yamuna basin is a surplus basin, is misleading. In fact, the Yamuna basin is a deficit basin as concluded by the National Water Development Agency. The Sharda-Yamuna link project is still on paper and may take decades to materialise. Even if the project comes up at all, Haryana is likely to get only meagre allocation from it.

He said Punjab had sought a review of the March 24, 1976, order of the Union Government allocating 3.5 MAF of the Ravi-Beas waters to each of the two states. When in 1981, the allocation of Punjab was increased to 4.22 MAF, Punjab hailed the agreement by issuing a White Paper in April, 1982.

The agreement provided that the SYL canal must be completed within two years. Accordingly, the construction was started in Punjab. The officer said the legality of the 1981 agreement was accepted by the Ravi-Beas Waters Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
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Dharnas by Congress men on SYL issue
Tribune Reporters

Sirsa July 22
Coming down heavily on the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, for not taking any action on the SYL issue, senior Congress leader Dr K.V. Singh announced to intensify the agitation.

Addressing a press conference, Dr K.V, Singh blamed Mr Chautala of ignoring the sensitive issue. The deadline of 72-hour ultimatum of taking official action on the issue would end tomorrow and the Chautala government would be exposed if Mr Chautala did not do something about it, he said.

Even in the past, he said, Mr Chautala always tried to play with the sentiments of the Haryanvis on the SYL issue. On the controversial Bill passed by the Punjab government, he said Capt Amarinder Singh had done a blunder of not consulting the party high command on the issue and tried to weaken the federal structure of the country.

He alleged that even after the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, invited the Chief Ministers of different states to resolve the issue, Mr Chautala failed to put forward his opinion. The senior Congress leader also minced no words in criticising the Punjab Governor for passing the Bill.

HISAR: Congress workers staged a dharna on the SYL issue at the mini-secretariat here on Thursday. District Congress Committee (Rural) president Ramji Lal and local MLA Om Prakash Jindal were present on the occasion.

The party leaders condemned the Punjab Government for the Bill on the termination of river water agreements. They said by getting the Bill passed, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the SAD (Badal) had disobeyed the Supreme Court’s order in this regard.

They said the move had also hit the interests of Haryana. The Congress leaders criticised Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala for being a mute spectator and not involving other parties in the matter.

Meanwhile, local Congress MP Jai Prakash has also condemned Mr Chautala for not pursuing the interests of the state.

JIND: Congress workers led by Mr Karambir Saini, former secretary of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, on Thursday staged dharna at the local mini-secretariat in protest against the termination of water pacts by the Punjab government.

The workers demanded that the Haryana Government should approach the Supreme Court against the Punjab government decision of annulling water pacts.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Karambir Saini said the Punjab Government had taken an unconstitutional step by annulling the water agreements.

He said Punjab alone has no right to annul the agreements since Haryana and Rajasthan were also parties to the agreements.

Later the Congress workers submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor to the Deputy Commissioner demanding that the Haryana Government should file an appeal against the Bill.
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BJP ‘yatras’ on SYL issue from July 28
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 22
The Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will take out “yatras” from six points in the state from July 28 to highlight the SYL Canal issue, Mr Veer Kumar Yadav, general secretary of the party, announced here today.

Addressing a press conference, he said the “yatras” would be led by the six legislators who had resigned from their Vidhan Sabha seats in protest against the termination of water agreements by Punjab.

The “yatras” would begin from Dabwali, Nangal Chaudhry, Hodal, Bahadurgarh, Kalayat and Kalesar. All these would culminate at Chandigarh on August 4.
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Cong memo to Governor on SYL
Our Correspondent

Ambala, July 22
The District Congress Committee, Ambala Cantonment, today submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, addressed to the Governor, to protest against the Punjab Termination of Water Agreements Act, 2004, passed by the Punjab Assembly recently.

Besides the Secretary of Haryana Congress Arjun Lal Kalra, district president, Mr Ashok Jain, block president, Mr Narender Pal Shera, the other senior leaders of the party like Raj Kumar Gama, Heera Lal Yadav, Satya Bharti, Neelam Sharma, Tilak Raj Taneja, Suresh Trehan, Arun Garg, and Darshan Budhiraja were also present on the occasion.

The Congress leaders urged the Governor to direct the Chief Minister to file a petition in the Supreme Court for the cancellation of the Act passed by the Punjab Assembly. They said the delay might harm the interests of the people of the state. They threatened to launch a state wide agitation on the issue if the petition was not filed within 72 hours.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement Mr Jasbir Malour, MLA, INLD, criticised the Congress for confusing the water issue for its political interest. He said the Congress should pressurise the Chief Minister of Punjab and the Union Government, who were responsible for the termination of water pacts. He said Mr Amarinder Singh had brought this anti-Haryana Act with the consent of Ms Sonia Gandhi. He alleged that the Prime Minister was also aware of it.

Mr Malour said the leaders if the Haryana unit of the Congress were really serious about the interests of the state they should demonstrate before their high command.
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Memorandum to Governor against Chautala government
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 22
Workers and functionaries of the District Congress Committee (DCC), Kurukshetra, led by its president, Mr Pawan Garg, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner here today against the Haryana Government led by Mr Om Parkash Chautala for not taking up seriously SYL canal’s construction and completion.

In the memorandum, addressed to the Haryana Governor, Mr Garg has requested him in intervene by using the special powers vested in him and stressing upon the Haryana Government to approach the Supreme Court to seek justice for the people of Haryana.

Mr Garg, in a signed statement released to media persons here today, said that in case the Haryana Government failed to act within the already given ultimatum of 72 hours expiring tomorrow, the Congress would be free to acts own because it could go to any extent to help the people and see that justice was done to the people of this state. After expiry of the ultimatum, that 11-member committee of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, under the leadership of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, would take a decision on the future course of action, he added.
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Haryana seeks better fiscal management
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Increasing share of states from 29 to 50 per cent in the divisible pool, more funding for local bodies and better fiscal management as criteria for devolution of funds are among some of suggestions Haryana Government proposes to make to the 12th Finance Commission here tomorrow.

Haryana feels that the divisible pool should be substantially expanded, maximum of the divisible resources be transferred to the states, and bulk of the transfers should be through tax sharing and the role of grants-in-aid be supplementary.

Haryana wants that poverty and backwardness should not be taken as the criteria for devolution of Central taxes, though, it might constitute a relevant proposition in case of statutory grants-in-aid. Instead, population should be the main criteria for distribution of Central taxes as it is the only natural and objective criteria to determine the real financial needs of the states.

The strategy of previous Finance Commissions to phase out the revenue deficit of the states by undermining the expenditure growth and inflating buoyancy in revenue receipts has been far away from being realistic. The state was denied of its rightful share in revenue deficit grants recommended by the 11th Finance Commission (EFC).

Haryana also insists that Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) may only be one of the indicators of improved quality of life, it cannot form the sole basis as drinking water supply facility in rural areas, electrification network, rural roads linkage and social security schemes etc. which, in equal measures, reflect upon and determine the quality of life.

Since under the Constitution a prescribed percentage of the proceeds of all Central taxes and duties is to be assigned to the states. Haryana feels that the share of states at 29.5% is inadequate compared to their expanding responsibilities. It wants it to be increased to at least 50%.

Haryana introduced Value Added Tax (VAT) system of taxation in April last year. But under the VAT system, the CST, which is a major component of sales tax, would have to be phased out to bring it to zero level within a period of three years. Thus, the state would stand to loose about Rs.1,100 crore, a year. Haryana wants that the Central Government should devise a mechanism whereby the states implementing VAT should be suitably compensated for the loss.

The state government also wants some important services be assigned to the states for levy of tax as there has been a steady increase in the share of service sector in the national economy.

Since the Central Government is bringing 95th amendment to the Constitution, it would be empowered to levy taxes on services, the proceeds of which would be collected and appropriated by the Centre and the states. There is an apprehension that the Central Government may retain the most elastic and buoyant services in the Union list, the proceeds of which would be collected and appropriated by the Centre itself and the less elastic or less important services may be assigned to the states for collection and appropriation. Haryana wants safeguards to be provided to watch the interests of the states.

The fiscal position of the states has been under stress since nineties. Debt stock of the states has risen sharply. There has also been a sharp increase in the ratio of revenue deficit to gross fiscal deficit implying that borrowings are going for meeting revenue expenditure which raises concerns about debt sustainability. The position has further deteriorated, inter-alia, due to pay revision on Central pattern, impact of economic recession on finances of the country, substantial decline in Central tax devolution to states, adverse impact of award of 11th Finance Commission on finances of well managed states, judicial pronouncements in regard to implementations of mid-day meal programme and Shatty Commission recommendations for subordinate judiciary, mounting debt burden resulting in higher interest cost and other commitments.

The states are taking corrective measures to reduce their debt burden. Haryana has constituted Consolidated Sinking Fund and a Guarantee Redemption Fund to meet the payment obligations of the state debt and state guarantees.

Haryana has special problems which put a heavy strain on its resources. It had to suffer financial loss of Rs.2650 crore for 12 years from the year 1983 onwards on account of terrorist activities in the neighbouring Punjab. Additional expenditure of Rs.650 crore had to be incurred during militancy period on police forces, besides revenue loss due to diversion of trade and business

Haryana is the second largest contributor to the Central foodgrains pool and has been incurring huge liability of about Rs.1100 crore per annum in terms of subsidized supply of power, irrigation water and other agricultural inputs to agriculture community. This cost is born by the state government without revenue equalisation in pursuit of the national priorities. Supreme Court has prohibited plying of heavy inter-state traffic through Delhi, resulting in heavy traffic intensity on highways of Haryana. Since roads are not strong enough to bear the increased traffic load, the state has to incur heavy cost for their maintenance and upgradation.

Haryana feels that the financial position, particularly of Urban Local Bodies, is very weak. Many of them have to depend on the budgetary support from the state even for payment of salaries to their employees. With the constraint of resources at State level, the continued availability of budgetary support to the local bodies to meet their development needs has become very difficult. Thus, there is an urgent need for augmentation of internal resources of the local bodies covering tax and non-tax areas. The commission should recommend measures as to make the local bodies self-sustaining so that they do not have to depend upon the state budgetary support for their survival.
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Karnal MLA in trouble again
HVPN slaps notice to recover Rs 31 lakh dues
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 22
The Independent MLA from Karnal, Mr Jai Prakash Gupta, is in trouble again. This time he has been issued a notice by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) to recover a pending electricity bill of his rice mill amounting to more than Rs 30 lakh.

He has also been facing a probe in a paddy scam amounting to Rs 92 lakh and allegedly duping arhtiyas of more than Rs 60 lakh. The police has also booked him under Section 13-1(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly amassing property beyond his known sources of income.

Sources in the office of the Executive Engineer of the HVPN (City) said a notice to recover an electricity bill of Rs. 31.13 lakh was served upon Jai Prakash Rice Mill yesterday. He has been given a time of one-week to clear all dues, failing which legal action would be initiated against him, the sources said.

Confirming this, the Superintending Engineer of HVPN, Mr C.S. Khurana, said: “It is a normal course of action adopted to recover the dues.” He also said the bill was pending for the past many years. A court case was also pending in this regard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, he added.

Another official of the HVPN revealed that Mr Gupta got the electricity connection on the name of rice mill in the early 1990s. He reportedly did not pay the bills for years which accumulated to Rs 31.13 lakh. The electricity supply to this firm was disconnected in 1999 and several notices were issued to the firm.

The MLA moved to a local court, challenging the bill but lost the case. He also lost the case in the local district court but later appealed in the high court. Which was pending in the apex court. “We have served on him a fresh notice after consulting our legal counsel as no stay has been granted by the apex court on the recovery of bill, said an official.
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Colleges to begin classes, results not declared
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 22
Students of the local colleges who have taken the first and second year examinations can presume that they have passed even though Chaudhry Devi Lal University, Sirsa, to which these colleges are affiliated, is yet to declare the results.

Managements and Principals of several colleges, including Government Postgraduate College, have decided to begin the second and third year classes even before the declaration of the results. The university has so far declared the results of final year students only.

While the Government Postgraduate College and Fateh Chand College for Women authorities have decided to begin the classes from tomorrow, the local Jat College authorities have decided to begin classes from July 26.

Government College Principal Usha Malik said the decision had been taken in students’ interest. The students could attend classes by producing their identity cards.

Jat College Principal I. S. Lakhlan said the classes of second and third year would begin on July 26. He said besides allowing the students to attend classes with their old identity cards, the option of provisional admission would also be there.

There is confusion among the college authorities as well as the students in this regard. Many second and third year students of DN College went to the college today, only to be told to go back and wait for the results. Shweta, a college student, said it would be better if the college management took a concrete decision in this regard to end the uncertainty.

College teachers admit that the delay in the declaration of results could make it difficult to fulfil the UGC norm on minimum teaching days.

“It also affects the students who are still not mentally prepared to attend the next classes without getting the results,” the principal of a local college said.

The Registrar and the Deputy Registrar of the university could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. However, sources said the university authorities had said the results were being prepared and would be declared soon.
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Haryana transfers 7 IAS, 2 HCS officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana Government has transferred seven IAS and two HCS officers with immediate effect.

Mr. Krishna Mohan, Commissioner and Secretary, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Director, Public Relations, Grievances, Cultural Affairs and Special Secretary, Grievances and Cultural Affairs, has been posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Health, vice Mr.Raj Kumar, who has been posted as Commissioner, Rohtak division, Rohtak.

Mr. Maha Singh, awaiting posting orders, has been posted as Commissioner, Ambala division, Ambala, and Principal , Revenue Training Institute, Ambala, vice Mr. Alok Nigam, who becomes Chief Administrator, Housing Board, in place of Mr. Amit Jha, who is proceeding on training.

Mr P.K.Das, Commissioner, Rohtak division, Rohtak, has been posted as Inquiry Officer, Vigilance, vice Mr. Nigam. Mr.R.K.Khullar, Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, has been given the additional charge of Director, Public Relations, Grievances, Cultural Affairs and Special Secretary, Public Relations, Grievances and Cultural Affairs.

Mr. D. D. Gautam, Deputy Commissioner, Bhiwani, has been given the additional charge of Principal Director, Haryana Irrigation Research and Management Institute, Kurukshetra, against a vacant post. Mr. Mahabir Singh Yadav, HCS, Secretary, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Panchkula, has also been given the charge of Estate Officer, HUDA Panchkula against a vacant post. Mrs. Pratima Chaudhary, HCS, Land Acquisition Officer, Power Department, Ambala, has also been given the charge of Land Acquisition Officer, PW (Irrigation) Department, Ambala, against a vacant post. 
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HSIDC profit surges 22 pc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) has earned an all-time high profit of Rs 16.04 crore during 2003-04.

This shows an increase of 22 per cent as compared to a profit of Rs 13.22 crore recorded in the previous year, the HSIDC Chairman, Mr B. D. Dhalia, who is also Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, said today.

He said the industry continued to bank substantially on term finance with the HSIDC sanctions touching Rs 104.5 crore during the last financial year. The Corporation had also substituted its high cost funds with the low cost funds.

The cost of borrowings had also been reduced from 12.5 per cent per annum to 8 per cent per annum. The benefit of lower rate of interest had been extended to the existing borrowers also by reducing the rate of interest to 11 per cent per annum from 14.5 per cent per annum.

A scheme for line of credit for existing profit making companies, he said, had also been launched during this period. In order to finance bigger projects, the exposure limit of the corporation under term lending had been enhanced to Rs 12 crore per project for IT and textiles industry and Rs 10 crore for other projects.

Mr Dhalia said the corporation had enhanced the maximum limit for term loan assistance under the Equipment Finance Scheme from Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore per proposal. A one-time settlement policy had also been introduced by the corporation to liquidate its non-performing assets.
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Juvenile rearrested, 8 still at large
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, July 22
The police today claimed to have re-arrested one of the nine child prisoners who escaped from the Bal Sudhar Grah by breaking its wall on Tuesday midnight.

According to a report, the child prisoner, Gulabser, was allegedly involved in cases of dacoities and murder registered against him in Sangam Vihar, Delhi and Faridabad police stations. He was arrested near Bahalgarh Chowk on the G.T. Road.

However, the police has not been able to trace the other eight child prisoners so far.

It is stated that a case of murder had been registered in the Hansi City police station against Sunil of Uchana village in Jind district.

A case of loot had been registered on March 24, 2002, in the Harsana police station against another child prisoner, Vinod. Pradeep, also a child prisoner, is involved in a case of murder registered at the Bahadurgarh police station in Jhajjar district.

A case of murder had been registered against a child prisoner, Jamuna, of Ahir village in Jind district. He is involved in two cases of thefts. Another child prisoner, Jaiveer of Bhaini Khurd village in Karnal district, had been involved in two cases of thefts, one at Karnal and the other at Panipat.

A case of murder had been registered in the Baroda police station of Sonepat district against Somveer of Ahulana village. A case of loot had been registered against Rakesh of Lathi village in the Gohana Sadar police station.

Meanwhile, Mr R. K. Garg, AIG, Prisons, visited the juvenile home here today and enquired about the facts relating to the escape of the child prisoners. He took a serious note of the matter and directed officials to take steps for avoiding such incidents in future.
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Judicial remand for MLA Tejvir Singh
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, July 22
Haryana’s Independent MLA Tejvir Singh, arrested on the charges of bigamy, rape and cheating etc on July 4, 2004, was produced in a court here under police security today. He was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Congress workers demonstrated in front of the Mini-Secretariat here and raised anti-Haryana government slogans. They also held a rally. It was addressed by All-India Congress Committee, member and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC’s), former president, Birender Singh, former Haryana ministers, Dr Devender Sharma and Mr Jagdish Nehra and former member of Parliament Tara Singh while HPCC, Vichar Vibhag, former state chairman, Dr Subhash Sharma, former MLA, Sahab Singh Saini, former MLA and president DCC Kaithal, Mr Ishwar Singh, Kurukshetra DCC president, Pawan Garg and Kurukshetra DCC, secretary Dina Nath Arora and Thanesar Municipal Councellors’, former president, Mr Subhash Sudha were also present in the rally.
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High Court
Petition filed

Chandigarh, July 22
A petition has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking directions to respondents, including the State of Haryana, for properly reconstruction of two documents stolen from court records in the case titled State versus S.S. Mago, pending in the court of Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The petitioner, Mr Sanjay Bhardwaj, has also prayed for fixing responsibility on the court official responsible for stealing the vital documents. He has also sought registration of a criminal case against culprits who had stolen the documents.

The petitioner has stated that he had married the daughter of Mr Mago against his wishes, following which he was threatened with dire consequences. Later, his father-in-law filed an application in the court of CJM seeking registration of FIR under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code (rape).

Some vital documents regarding this case have gone missing from the court record, he has stated.

The case is likely to be taken up in a few days.
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Seats increased in PGI, Rohtak
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 22
For the first time in its history, the local Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences will fill 150 seats for the MBBS course instead of 115 from the current academic session.

According to the Director, Maj-Gen V. S. Poonia, the Medical Council of India (MCI) today officially communicated the increase in the number of seats in the institute.

The PGIMS had been sanctioned 115 seats despite the fact that it had the infrastructure for 150 seats as per MCI standards. However, it was forced to keep 35 seats vacant after a dispute arose following the shifting of five batches of students of the Agroha Medical College after it was derecognised several years ago.

The MCI had objected to the shifting of these students and thereafter for years the PGIMS had to remain content with 115 seats.

Recently, an MCI team visited the PGIMS and inspected the infrastructure. After some dilly-dallying by the MCI, the institute received official communication about the increase in seats today.

The counselling schedule has not yet been finalised for several reasons. The main among these were finalisation of fee structure for private medical and dental colleges and clearance from the Dental Council of India (DCI) regarding increase in the number of seats in the local Government Dental College. 
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Sons kill man, beloved

Hisar, July 22
Alleged illicit relations claimed the life of two persons, including a woman, in Sainipura village, about 30 km from here, last night, the police said today.

The woman, resident of Mohalla Rampura Hansi, had gone to the fields along with her daughter in the evening in Sainipura where her paramour Ram Singh resided.

It is alleged that three sons of Ram Singh attacked him and the woman with sharp-edged weapons and killed them on the spot in the fields.

The woman’s daughter informed her father about the incident who in turn informed the police. The police has registered a case. — PTI 
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Poverty drives man to suicide
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, July 22
A father of six allegedly committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Bilaspur here today.

According to the police, Ramesh Kumar, 37, was rushed to a hospital, but could not survive the burns. He was reportedly fed up with poverty. He is survived by five daughters, a son and wife.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir Singh, 40, of Budhia village here died after the bicycle he was riding met with an accident with an auto-rickshaw near the village today. A case has been registered.
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HAU helpline for farmers
Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 22
Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) here has started a toll-free agriculture helpline to provide expert advice to the farmers. The service has been started at its Krishi Vigyan Kendra located at Bawal in Rewari district.
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