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Cong will reinstate sacked employees, says MP
Hisar, August 29
The Congress MP from the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, Mr Jai Prakash, said today if his party came to power in Haryana, it would reinstate the employees who had been axed by the state government. He was addressing a press conference here.

Dept heads warned against unfair practices
Panipat, August 29
Taking a serious note of the matter regarding reappointment of a daily wage-earner by the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, after changing his name several times, the state government warned all the heads of the departments that such unfair labour practices should not be adopted in future.

Waterlogging causes cracks in buildings
Bhiwani, August 29
Heavy downpour here on Sunday and Monday left the administrative system in disarray. Waterlogging in some areas created chaos among the residents. On the other hand, the administrative heads who have been claiming foolproof arrangements to meet any eventuality during rains, appeared to be helpless.

Training on self-employment ends
Nilokheri, August 29
A five-day training programme on the management of Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), a self-employment and poverty alleviation programme, concluded at the Haryana Institute of Rural Development here on Friday.

Housefed scheme extended
Chandigarh, August 29
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has approved the extension of the duration of the one-time settlement scheme to benefit those members of primary house building societies who were advanced loans by Housefed.


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 Delhi & neighbourhood.


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EARLIER STORIES

 

Surjewala submits memo to Governor
Kaithal, August 29
Mr Randeep Surjewala, Secretary, AICC, and Mr Tejinder Mann, president of the state unit of the Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress (HKKMC), led a procession of Congress workers yesterday and handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be submitted to the Governor.

Industrialists air their grievances
Ambala, August 29
“Sarkar Udyamiyon Ke Dwar” was held at Kumari Rukmani Devi hall here this evening. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala listened to grievances of industrialists and assured them that a high-level committee under Mr B.D. Dhalia had been formed to sort out their problems.

Panel on industrial problems
Yamunanagar, August 29
The Haryana Government will set up a high-level committee under the Principal Secretary to solve problems faced by industrialists and traders of the state.

MC bid to erect beat box on cemetery land
Rohtak, August 29
The local Christian community today foiled an attempt by the municipal authorities to establish a police beat box on the land of their cemetery here by demolishing a part of the wall.

Erratic power: residents block traffic
Sonepat, August 29
Traffic on the Sonepat-Gohana road was blocked for about four hours by residents of various colonies, near Shambhu Dayal Modern High School, here last night. They were protesting against erratic power supply in the area.

Father, son killed in road accident
Sonepat, August 29
Two persons were killed on the spot, when the motor cycle on which they were travelling was hit by a jeep on the Sonepat-Murthal road, near Rewli village, about 5 km from here, today.

One killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Ambala, August 29
One person was killed and around 10 members of a marriage party were injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Polytechnic in Ambala City late last night.
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Cong will reinstate sacked employees, says MP
Tribune News Service

Hisar, August 29
The Congress MP from the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency, Mr Jai Prakash, said today if his party came to power in Haryana, it would reinstate the employees who had been axed by the state government. He was addressing a press conference here.

Mr Jai Prakash demanded a White Paper on the number of jobs cut and the number of new appointments made by the state government. He maintained that the Chautala government had sacked more employees than it had recruited.

Coming down heavily on the Chief Minister, he said Mr Chautala’s family members had links with criminals. The Chief Minister’s move of releasing professional criminals from prisons indicated his intentions, he added.

He alleged that the industrialists did not want to set up units in Haryana due to the fear of “goonda” elements. The fact that there were a few takers for industrial plots in the state, he said.

The Lok Sabha member lambasted Mr Chautala for issuing irresponsible statements against the Congress. The Chief Minister had termed the Congress “a party of looters”, he said, Mr Chautala should have remembered that he had won his first election to the state Assembly on the Congress ticket. Moreover, his father Devi Lal was also a Congressman. He demanded the closure of Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa.Top

 

Dept heads warned against unfair practices
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 29
Taking a serious note of the matter regarding reappointment of a daily wage-earner by the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, after changing his name several times, the state government warned all the heads of the departments that such unfair labour practices should not be adopted in future.

Interestingly, the warning was issued by the Chief Secretary of the state government following strong criticism of officials of the state department by the Punjab and Haryana High Court during hearing of case involving the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, and Mahabir Singh.

The Chief Secretary to Haryana Government had sent the two-page circular to all heads of the departments in the recent past. A warning was issued that violation of these instructions would be dealt with seriously and the strict disciplinary action taken against erring officials who would be found responsible for non-compliance of these instructions.

The letter stated that the Advocate General, Haryana, had brought to the notice of the government that one Mahabir Singh was appointed as a daily wage- earner by the General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, in January 1994. He continuously worked till June 30, 1994.

Later, the General Manager reappointed him on a daily-wage basis with effect from July 1, 1994. But in muster roll, his name was changed from Mahabir Singh to Bajinder Singh, but his father’s name remained the same i.e. Jug Lal. Interestingly, the same practice continued till December 31, 1994.

To the utmost surprise, the management again changed the name of the workman from Bajinder Singh to Manbir Singh but ‘forgot’ to change his father’s name.

The letter further stated that the office of GM, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, repeatedly changed the name of the workman on different occasions but his father’s name remained 
the same.

Subsequently, the workman raised an industrial dispute and the labour court came to the conclusion that the office of GM, Haryana Roadways, Sonepat, adopted an unfair labour practice and came to the conclusion that the workman Mahabir Singh completed 240 days.

The award of the labour court was challenged by the GM in the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh by filing Civil Writ Petition in 2003. The case came up for hearing before the High Court on April 16, 2004 and during the course of hearing, the high court observed that the officials of the government should not adopt such type of unfair labour practices.Top

 

Waterlogging causes cracks in buildings
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, August 29
Heavy downpour here on Sunday and Monday left the administrative system in disarray. Waterlogging in some areas created chaos among the residents. On the other hand, the administrative heads who have been claiming foolproof arrangements to meet any eventuality during rains, appeared to be helpless.

The main old bus stand road, Adarsh Nagar area, Bal Bhawan, land of railways near the washing line and new grain market are such areas where rain water wrecked havoc on the residents. Cracks have developed in their houses. Railway authorities have not made proper arrangement for draining out water from this area.

Residents of several areas have resorted to road blockades to force the administration to drain out water from their areas. Naresh, a resident of Adarsh Nagar says: “Our repeated requests fell on deaf ears and there is nobody to assess our loss.”

The administration has installed several water pumps in the affected areas but these have proved insufficient. In private institutions the owners have made their own arrangements to drain out water from the premises.

The condition of roads has become poor. Big potholes can be seen on the main circular road.

The waterlogging has created problems for the Telephone Department as thousands of BSNL connections are out of order.Top

 

Training on self-employment ends
Tribune News Service

Nilokheri, August 29
A five-day training programme on the management of Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), a self-employment and poverty alleviation programme, concluded at the Haryana Institute of Rural Development here on Friday.

The course director, Mr Puran Singh Yadav said officials of the district rural development agencies, banks, NGO’s, and block development and panchayat officials from Karnal, Kurukshetra, Jind and Kaithal districts participated in the training programme.

Based on participatory and interactive methodology, the training programme focused on the objectives, importance and salient features of the SGSY. Those include process of social mobilisation for the formation of self-help groups, their capacity building, selection of key activities, planning of activity clusters, project formulation, infrastructure building, technology, marketing, identifying special projects, the importance of credit and the role of stake-holders.

Mr Yadav said the participants were taken to a few villages of Sirmour district in Himachal Pradesh to witness the functioning of self-help groups outside Haryana. They were also taken to the Tau Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park, Chuharpur Kalan in Yamunanagar district to explore the possibilities of the cultivation of medicinal plants by the self-help groups.

Dr Surat Singh, Director of the HIRD, while addressing the participants stressed upon the need to utilise the resources available for the benefit of the rural community so as to uplift their socio-economic condition.

“The officials of district rural development agencies, banks, NGO’s and block development and panchayat officials can play an important role in eradicating poverty, women empowerment and the mobilisation of the locally available resources with effective planning”, he said.

Mr Anil Bhatnagar, Assistant General Manager of NABARD, Mr Dalip K. Gosain, Senior Scientist of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Dr Mahi Pal, Assoicate professor of HIRD, interacted with the participants on various topics of generating self-employment opportunities at the village level.Top

 

Housefed scheme extended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, has approved the extension of the duration of the one-time settlement scheme to benefit those members of primary house building societies who were advanced loans by Housefed.

While stating this here today, an official spokesman said the scheme had been extended from July 1 to September 30, 2004. He said the scheme was introduced to give relief to the loanee members of the societies in paying over due of loans.Top

 

Surjewala submits memo to Governor
Our Correspondent

Kaithal, August 29
Mr Randeep Surjewala, Secretary, AICC, and Mr Tejinder Mann, president of the state unit of the Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress (HKKMC), led a procession of Congress workers yesterday and handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be submitted to the Governor. They were demanding dismissal of the state government for its anti-people policies. Mr Dharam Pal Chhot, general secretary, and Mr Baljeet Malik, state vice-president, HKKMC, and Mr Randheer Rana, Secretary, HPCC, office-bearers and workers were present on the occasion.

Earlier addressing a press conference Mr Surjewala said the state government’s recent decision to advance panchayats and civic bodies elections was an undemocratic step. He said the government wanted the Governor to issue an ordinance to achieve its ulterior motives and said that the Congress would oppose such a move tooth and nail and not allow Mr Chautala to succeed its objectives.

Mr Surjewala said by advancing the panchayat elections and misusing the official machinery, Mr Chautala wanted to get his party’s nominees election as panches and sarpanches.

He also took the state government to task for its move to make amendments in the state election commission and said Mr Chautala wanted to get a person loyal to him appointed in the commission.Top

 

Industrialists air their grievances
Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 29
“Sarkar Udyamiyon Ke Dwar” was held at Kumari Rukmani Devi hall here this evening. Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala listened to grievances of industrialists and assured them that a high-level committee under Mr B.D. Dhalia had been formed to sort out their problems.

Mr Chautala said they were planning to construct an express highway linking Palwal to Kundli.

Mr Chautala said he had been meeting industrialists of different districts for the past 10 days. “Industrial development has speeded up and it was now showing a significant growth,” he said.

He said the government had created good infrastructure for the industry in the state. “The Congress government added only 173 MW, while Bansi Lal government added 199 MW to the existing power generation. We have added 908 MW to the existing power generation,” he said. “When power production in Nathpa Jhakri fell recently, we bought power from other states,” he added.

Mr Chautala said the seventh unit of the Panipat power plant was expected to be operational in September, while the eighth unit would be made operational by December. “We have already floated global tender for the Yamuna Nagar thermal power plant and work is expected to start soon,” he said.

“Multinational companies are setting up units in Haryana. Eighty percent of Japanese investment in India is in Haryana. We are exporting software which is comparable to Bangalore,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the industrialists, Dr Jaidev said: “Noise controller for generators should not be forced on those using 50 KV or less of power,” he said.

He said whenever an application was filed with the HSEB to increase the power load, no action was taken for days together. “Prompt action should be taken so that industry can carry on with its work. Also, minimum power charges should not be levied on seasonal industry for period when they are not functioning,” he said.

Dr Jaidev stated that the industries must receive at least 16 hours of uninterrupted power supply. “When VAT was introduced, it was stated that there will be relief in the Central Sales Tax. That has not happened,” he said.Top

 

Panel on industrial problems
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 29
The Haryana Government will set up a high-level committee under the Principal Secretary to solve problems faced by industrialists and traders of the state.

This was announced by Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala while addressing industrialists from Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar districts during the “Sarkar Udmiyon ke Dwar” programme here today. The committee would be constituted in the next few days.

Mr Chautala also announced the setting up of an industrial estate in Yamunanagar for the growth of plywood and other industries. The much-awaited Yamunanagar Thermal Power Plant would also see the light of the day soon, he said. Taking a dig at the Congress on the VAT (value added tax) issue, he said the Congress had contested the last general elections in the state on the promise that it would abolish the system but the Union Finance Minister had appreciated Haryana for introducing VAT. “The Congress MPs from the state should resign from Parliament as the Congress Finance Minister had admitted during his Budget speech that Haryana had done a good job in implementing the VAT system. He had urged other states to follow suit”, said Mr Chautala.

Later, president of the Yamunanagar and Jagadhri Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mr Lalit Saluja, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Chief Minister.Top

 

MC bid to erect beat box on cemetery land
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 29
The local Christian community today foiled an attempt by the municipal authorities to establish a police beat box on the land of their cemetery here by demolishing a part of the wall.

The cemetery is situated opposite the judicial courts complex here. A team of labourers headed by a municipal beldar arrived at the scene today morning and demolished a part of the cemetery wall.

However, word reached the members of the Christian community who had gathered at the local church for the Sunday mass.

Together they reached the site and were informed by the labourers that they had been asked by the Executive Officer of the municipal corporation to demolish 
the wall.

Leaders of the community traced the official and inquired about the demolition. After some discussions the official agreed to stop the demolition and rebuild the demolished part of the wall.

Asked by The Tribune how the demolition was ordered without serving legal notices on the owners, the EO, Mr Partap Singh, said he was unaware that the land belonged to the Christian community. He said he ordered the demolition to accommodate a police beat box there which was located at the nearby crossing under the impression that the land belonged to the government.

Rev Asha Vaid of the local All Saints Church and Mr Prem Masih, property in charge of the Delhi Diocese, described the incident as an “excess on the minority community”.

They pointed out that two years ago four shops situated on the cemetery land were demolished by the district administration to create a parking lot there.

They said the administration had leased this out and was not even sharing the income with the local church. They warned against any attempt to grab church property in the future.Top

 

Erratic power: residents block traffic
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 29
Traffic on the Sonepat-Gohana road was blocked for about four hours by residents of various colonies, near Shambhu Dayal Modern High School, here last night. They were protesting against erratic power supply in the area.

The residents including women and children, roughed up certain drivers who tried to pass through by force. The police arrived on the scene and asked the residents to end the blockade but they refused to relent and sought an assurance for normal power supply. Police officials and the residents picked up altercations.

Thereafter, Mr Arun Nehra, DSP, headquarters, and the Executive Engineer, Operation, of the UHBVN arrived there and assured the protesters that they would get normal power supply in future. On this the residents lifted the blockade.Top

 

Father, son killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, August 29
Two persons were killed on the spot, when the motor cycle on which they were travelling was hit by a jeep on the Sonepat-Murthal road, near Rewli village, about 5 km from here, today.

The victims were identified as Buta Ram (60) and his son Harinder (35).

The police has registered a case against the jeep driver on the charge of rash and negligent driving.

The bodies were sent for a post-mortem examination.

The victims belonged to Sector 14, a residential colony of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).Top

 

One killed, 10 hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 29
One person was killed and around 10 members of a marriage party were injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Polytechnic in Ambala City late last night.

According to information, the injured were coming to attend a marriage at a marriage palace here. A truck coming from the opposite direction collided with the Sumo. The vehicle was badly damaged in the accident. The occupants were extricated from the vehicle and taken to the local Civil Hospital. Three of the injured — Meeran Wali, Kiran Rani and Shivam — were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Ramesh Nagpal who was shifted to a private hospital succumbed to his injuries this morning. The others admitted to local Civil Hospital were Chander Kanta, Geeta Rani, Raj Rani, Pooja, Arjun Rana, Rani Rana, and Pushpa.

The police has registered a case against the driver of the truck.Top

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