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47,000 acres submerged
Guhla Chika (Kaithal), August 6
More than 47,000 acres in 40 villages of this subdivision have been submerged in flood waters following the collapse of a dam on the Ghaggar passing through this area near Bhattian village last night. The district administration has sought the help of the Army for relief operations. No loss of human life has been reported.

Govt sitting over AG’s letter on IAS posts
Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana Government is sitting over a letter written by the Accountant- General (Audit) regarding creation of posts for supertime scale IAS officers without abiding by the rules laid down for this purpose.

Haryana transfers five IAS officers
Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana Government today transferred five IAS and five HCS officers. Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Labour Commissioner and Special Secretary Industrial Disputes and Labour Departments and member secretary and Chief Administrator, Morni Development Authority, has been transferred as Labour Commissioner and Special Secretary Industrial Disputes and Labour Departments.

Sangwan’s Z-security cover withdrawn
Sonepat, August 6
The Union Home Ministry has withdrawn the Z category security cover provided to Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and national secretary of the BJP.

Shortage of docs in PGIMS
Rohtak, August 6
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here is facing an acute shortage of teachers because doctors have steadfastly refused to work as “bonded labour”.

Fee structure of technical courses finalised
Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana State Fee Committee headed by Justice R.K. Nehru (retd) has finalised the fee structure of self-financing diploma-level technical courses being offered by aided polytechnics.


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  MLA in judicial custody for 14 days
Kurukshetra, August 6
Haryana independent MLA, Tejvir Singh was produced in a court here yesterday and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

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47,000 acres submerged
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Guhla Chika (Kaithal), August 6
More than 47,000 acres in 40 villages of this subdivision have been submerged in flood waters following the collapse of a dam on the Ghaggar passing through this area near Bhattian village last night. The district administration has sought the help of the Army for relief operations. No loss of human life has been reported.

The district administration has, however, claimed that the water level in the Ghaggar has gone down by six inches during the past 12 hours and there were 60,003 cusecs of water at 4.00 pm in it on Friday.

The District Magistrate of Kaithal, Mr H.S. Malik, who visited flooded areas in the morning, said efforts were on to evacuate persons and cattle trapped in the flooded areas. “Ring barriers to hold back water are being re-built with the help of bulldozers to prevent water from entering populated areas,” he said.

The most affected villages include Bhusla, Maingra, Majehri, Sihali, Khambera, Rattakhera, Karham, Mohanpur, Budanpur, Sarakpur, Daba, Chaba, Lukman, Nandgarh, Bhattian, Seon Majra, Bubukpur and Lalpur. People had taken shelter on the roofs of their houses at Sarola village.

Traffic on the Patiala-Chika road was yet to be restored when reports last came in. There was at least 2 to 3 ft of water on this road at many places.

The district administration has compiled a report, estimating that the loss in terms of damage to crops was Rs 21 crore, damage to roads Rs 2 crore, and damage to houses Rs 30 lakh. The report was forwarded to the Chief Secretary today for immediate relief, said the District Magistrate.

Meanwhile, the district administration has set up a control room at the district headquarters to monitor the relief operations. The Civil Surgeon has initiated an action plan in the flood-hit areas to provide medical aid to the people.

The district administration has asked the Civil Surgeon to ensure adequate stock of essential medicines and equipment in all health institutions. Medical and paramedical teams have been constituted for the flood-affected areas.

The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1987, was being strictly enforced and water samples were being taken for testing to ensure safe drinking water, said the District Magistrate.

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Govt sitting over AG’s letter on IAS posts
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana Government is sitting over a letter written by the Accountant- General (Audit) regarding creation of posts for supertime scale IAS officers without abiding by the rules laid down for this purpose.

Sources in the Haryana Government said that sometime back they received a letter from the AG which, quoting portions of the IAS (Cadre) Rules,1954, said no post of Special Secretary had been sanctioned under the rules.

The AG wrote that while the state government was having power to create posts carrying duties similar to cadre posts, the power could be invoked for increasing the number of posts with a particular designation already included in the cadre schedule.

If a post with designation does not figure in the cadre schedule, it cannot be created by the state government, the AG is said to have written.

The letter, according to the sources, further pointed out that the IAS (pay) rules mentioned that no member of the service would be appointed to a post other than a post specified in the schedule unless the state government made a declaration that the new post was equivalent in status and responsibility to a post listed in the schedule.

The AG reportedly wrote that the payment vouchers received in his office showed that 23 posts held by IAS officers in the state cadre had been designated as the posts of Special Secretary.

Salaries of these officers are being drawn in the supertime scale of Rs 18,400-500-22,400.The pay of 14 Special Secretaries is being drawn against existing posts of Director or Commissioner while pay of nine Special Secretaries is being drawn against the existing posts of Secretary to the government and one Special Secretary (Finance).

The AG wrote that the posts of Special Secretary had been created, overstepping the jurisdiction of the state government as no post with the designation of Special Secretary figured in the cadre schedule.

The letter also added that the state government had not made any declaration that the post of the Special Secretary was equivalent in responsibility to a post of Secretary.

The letter also added that though the sanctioned strength of Secretaries in the state was 15, 23 officers (including eight IAS officers designated as Special Secretary) are drawing the pay of Secretary.

It added that the date of government sanction increasing the number of posts to 23 had not been mentioned.

Also, the pay of one IAS officer was being drawn against the post of Special Secretary (Finance).

The AG wrote that he may be intimated the reasons for designating the posts as Special Secretaries in contravention of IAS cadre rules and sanction of the government to creation of additional posts of Secretary/Special Secretary.

The sources said that recently there was a reminder from the AG's office regarding its letter on the Special Secretary issue.

However, no exercise was going on to correct the anomaly pointed out by the AG, the sources said.

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Haryana transfers five IAS officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana Government today transferred five IAS and five HCS officers.
Mr K.K. Khandelwal, Labour Commissioner and Special Secretary Industrial Disputes and Labour Departments and member secretary and Chief Administrator, Morni Development Authority, has been transferred as Labour Commissioner and Special Secretary Industrial Disputes and Labour Departments. Mr Balwan Singh, Additional Director, Urban Estates Department, Panchkula, has been given the additional charge of Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Headquarters), Panchkula. Mr Shyamal Misra, Joint Secretary, Finance, has been posted as Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Panchkula.

Mr Amit Kumar Agarwal has been posted as Assistant Commissioner, Gurgaon, and Mr Ajit Balaji Joshi has been posted as Assistant Commissioner, Panipat.

Mr Jagdeep Singh, HCS, has been posted as Inquiry Officer, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Panchkula, vice Mr Anil Sharma who has been posted as Joint Director, Administration and Mid-day Meals, Primary Education Department. Mr Mukul Kumar has been posted as City Magistrate, Sonepat, and Mr Sandeep Singh has been posted as Vigilance Officer, HAFED, Panchkula.

Mr Prem Chand Gangal, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Thanesar, district Kurukshetra, has been given the additional charge of Estate Officer, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Kurukshetra.

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Sangwan’s Z-security cover withdrawn
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 6
The Union Home Ministry has withdrawn the Z category security cover provided to Mr Kishan Singh Sangwan, MP and national secretary of the BJP.

Mr Sangwan was provided the Z category security cover in April when he apprehended a threat to his life as he was contesting the Lok Sabha elections against Mrs Krishna Malik, the ruling INLD candidate and wife of the Haryana Director-General of Police, Dr M.S. Malik. Mr Sangwan alleged that this was a politically motivated act.

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Shortage of docs in PGIMS

Rohtak, August 6
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here is facing an acute shortage of teachers because doctors have steadfastly refused to work as “bonded labour”.

Notably, it is mandatory for all doctors willing to join the PGIMS to furnish a bond of Rs 5 lakh for five years. Earlier the condition of the bond was Rs 1 lakh. The condition, according to senior professors, is imposed as teachers, demoralised by the working conditions began looking for greener pastures elsewhere.

The result is that the super-specialty departments like cardiology, nephrology, hematology and gastroenterology are without a single lecturer or professor. It is learnt that about 20 posts of lecturer in these departments have been lying vacant. The only super-specialty departments currently functioning are in the field of surgery. No super-specialty department in the field of medicine is currently functional.

Senior doctors said even the institute’s own students were unwilling to furnish the bond. One reason was that they did not have money at their disposal at the beginning of their careers. The other was that they were unwilling to deny themselves better opportunities elsewhere for the next five years. They said they preferred contractual appointments for six months to a year to regular jobs as that gave them freedom to switch jobs, if need be.

Besides the bond, the difference in salary is another factor which drives doctors away. Compared to Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, a professor in the PGIMS gets about Rs 10,000 less than his counterpart in these states. The lecturers draw approximately Rs 7,000 less than those working there. The non-practicing allowance (NPA) to PGIMS doctors is much lower.

The PGIMS doctors lament that promotional avenues are much less compared to the other states. Whereas a lecturer in the Central Health Services becomes a professor in around seven years, it takes 11 years in the PGIMS. In addition, the political interference in the day to day functioning of the institute and the resulting vitiation of academic atmosphere is another strong reason for doctors shunning the PGIMS.

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Fee structure of technical courses finalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The Haryana State Fee Committee headed by Justice R.K. Nehru (retd) has finalised the fee structure of self-financing diploma-level technical courses being offered by aided polytechnics.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of Technical Education Department said that the aided polytechnics included Vaish Technical Institute, Rohtak, Chottu Ram Polytechnic, Rohtak, Seth Jai Parkash Polytechnic, Damla and BPS Mahila Polytechnic Kanya Gurukul, Khanpur Kalan.

He said that the committee decided that the tuition fee would be Rs 11,000 per annum for the courses of engineering and technology and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). The development fee would be Rs 2000 and student fund Rs 1200 per annum. The student would have to pay a one time caution money of Rs 1500 for college or library and it would be refundable. Similarly, the boarders or hostellers would have to pay a one time caution money of Rs 1500, which would also be refundable.

He said that the student fund included common room fee, medical examination and health care, souvenir fee, student welfare fund, student aid fund, youth fee, identify card fee and sports fee.

While giving details of the unaided courses being run by these four institutions, he said that the Seth Jai Parkash Polytechnics, Damla, had capacity of 60 for the course of instrumentation and control, 90 for information and technology and 60 in mechanical engineering. The BPS Mahila Polytechnic Kanya Gurukul, Khanpur Kalan, had an intake capacity of 40 for the course of computer engineering, 40 for information technology and 30 for the course of medical laboratory technician. Similarly, CR Polytechnics, Rohtak, had the intake capacity of 40 students for information and technology and Vaish Technical Institute, Rohtak, had the intake capacity of 40 each for the courses of information technology and computer engineering. It had the intake capacity of 30 for the course of instrumentation and control.

He said that the fee structure would also be applicable for new self-finance courses started by aided institutions in engineering and MLT from the current financial year. The institutions would charge tuition fee and development fee on semester basis.

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MLA in judicial custody for 14 days
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, August 6
Haryana independent MLA, Tejvir Singh was produced in a court here yesterday and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
Meanwhile, Congress workers led by Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) demonstrated in front of Minisecretariat here and raised anti-Haryana government slogans in protest against the arrest of Mr Tejvir Singh in a false case.

They also marched in procession from Ror dharamshala to the Minisecretariat.

Mr Tejvir Singh was arrested on the charges of bigamy, rape and cheating etc. on July 4, 2004. 

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