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Govt trying to hoodwink HC: farm staff
Hisar, March 19

The Haryana Agricultural Inspectors Association, affiliated to the Haryana Karmchari Mahasangh, has alleged that the Agriculture Department was trying to hoodwink the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the implementation of a government scheme and court orders.

Sampat Singh flays Budget
Chandigarh, March 19
A senior INLD leader and former Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, today criticised the Hooda Government for reversing the declining trend of Budgetary deficit, decline in tax revenue growth rate and a "faulty" excise policy.

Sand thieves from UP active in Haryana
Chandigarh, March 19
So far people of Haryana have been facing the menace of criminals and crop harvestors from Uttar Pradesh. For the past several months, the state is in the grip of another kind of menace from across its eastern border, particularly along the Yamuna. Sand thieves from that state are literally digging gold in Haryana.

Senior citizens seek bus fare concession
Yamunanagar, March 19
Senior citizens should get 50 per cent concession in bus fares. On the pattern of pensioners from Punjab, Haryana pensioners too should be given LTC equal to one-month basic pension every two years.

Forum for redressal of power consumers’ grievances
Hisar, March 19
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has constituted a forum for the redressal of grievances of its consumers as per a requirement under the Electricity Act - 2003, an official spokesman said here today.


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India needs better veterinary services: expert
Chandigarh, March 19
Mr H.S. Chatha, Haryana Agriculture, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, yesterday stressed the need for creating more awareness among farmers about veterinary services. He was addressing a refresher workshop on dairy veterinary practices organised by the Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust.

Mass marriage function held
Kurukshetra, March 19
After blessing 17 newly married couples at a mass marriage function organised by Prerna at Prerna Jan Kalyan Kendra here today, Dr Mahavir Singh, Commissioner, Ambala Division, called upon the volunteer organisations engaged in social services to help in spreading the mass marriage system because it was the best social service.

B.Tech, M.Tech students get degrees
Kurukshetra, March 19
"In order to become competitive in today's age, Indian universities, academic institutes and individuals have to work hard continuously in teaching, research and relevant areas", said Prof. M.N. Faruqui, former Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, and a renowned academician, while addressing the third convocation of National Institute of Technology here yesterday.

Watchman, friends rape woman
Hisar, March 19
Karan Singh, a watchman at Government School, Barki Kheri village, allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman of Samayan village in this district on the school premises last night. The Agroha police has registered a case in this regard on the basis of a complaint filed by the woman.

Hooch claims life of labourer
Fatehabad, March 19
Five brick-kiln labourers, who celebrated Holi by consuming hooch at a brick-kiln situated on the Sirsa road, near here, had to pay a heavy price for that. One of them died late last night, while four others are seriously ill and are not able to see.

Police chowki in charge suspended
Bhiwani, March 20
The case of police attrocities in custody on a woman, Meena, of Mandhana took new turn on Saturday when villagers smashed windowpanes of three official vehicles and raised anti-police slogans at local Civil Hospital.
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Govt trying to hoodwink HC: farm staff
Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 19
The Haryana Agricultural Inspectors Association, affiliated to the Haryana Karmchari Mahasangh, has alleged that the Agriculture Department was trying to hoodwink the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding the implementation of a government scheme and court orders.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Mr Som Dutt Gautam, general secretary of the association, maintained that to lend credence to its “false” claim, the authorities concerned had recently issued a press statement affirming that the decision to give the pay scale of Rs 220-450 to the agricultural inspectors (earlier known as agricultural sub-inspectors) had been implemented.

Terming the statement “an attempt to mislead the court”, Mr Gautam asserted that the employees for whom the scheme had been launched had not got their due increments as they had been deprived of the benefit of the higher standard pay scale and the accelerated career progression schemes.

The Agriculture Department of the Haryana Government had introduced the Training and Visit scheme as part of its farming extension programme in 1978-79. As per the provisions under the scheme, village-level workers (gram sevaks) and agricultural sub-inspectors (later designated as agricultural inspectors) were made village extension workers.

However, the scheme was not implemented by the government, due to which the gram sevaks took the legal recourse. The case went to the Supreme Court, which directed the state authorities to implement the scheme.

Following this, the gram sevaks who had been re-designated as village extension workers got the pay scale and other benefits of the schemes. The agricultural inspectors, who were left out, moved the high court in 1986 to get the same benefits as they had been clubbed with the gram sevaks as village extension workers.

In 1999, the high court referred the case to Lok Adalat. In 2001, it ruled in favour of the employees. The government then filed a review petition. The high court dismissed the petition and told the government to implement the scheme for agricultural inspectors as well.

However, the government filed a fresh plea (LPA), following which the case was referred to a two-Judge Bench of the high court. In the meanwhile, the inspectors’ association filed a contempt suit, pointing out that the court’s time-bound orders had not been implemented.

When the authorities concerned failed to implement the scheme and court’s orders, the High Court directed the Haryana Agriculture Commissioner-Secretary as well as Director to appear in the court in person on March 20.

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Sampat Singh flays Budget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
A senior INLD leader and former Finance Minister, Prof Sampat Singh, today criticised the Hooda Government for reversing the declining trend of Budgetary deficit, decline in tax revenue growth rate and a "faulty" excise policy. Talking to reporters here, Prof Sampat Singh said the Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Birender Singh, in the Vidhan Sabha on March 17 reflected the government's poor fisal management.

He said there were several indicators in the Budget about the government's inability to manage its finances in a prudent manner. Elaborating, he said the non-Plan expenditure had increased from Rs 9,806 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 11,213 crore in 2005-06 and was estimated to touch Rs 11,903 crore in 2006-07. The Budgetary deficit, which was Rs 48 crore in 2004-05, had increased to Rs 54 crore in the current fiscal and had been pegged at Rs 65.47 crore in 2006-2007.

He said the INLD Government had started the trend of reducing non-Plan expenditure and the Budgetary deficit, which had now been reversed by the Congress Government.

The INLD leader said the growth rate of the tax revenue was also declining. "As against 17 per cent increase in revenue from various state taxes in 04-05, the projected estimate for 06-07 is just 12.4 per cent," he said.

He also claimed that the state's new excise policy, which was good in principle, would prove to be counter- productive as it would lead to unhealthy practices, like the involvement of children and women in the unauthorised sale of liquor in villages.

He said like prohibition introduced by Mr Bansi Lal, which was well-intentioned, the new excise policy would also encourage criminalisation in the state. Prof Sampat Singh said while the state was facing an acute power shortage, the government was only announcing mega projects without doing much on the ground.

He cited the dealy in starting the 1000 MW project in Faridabad. He said Gas Authority of India Limited had expressed its inability to supply gas till 2009 and the project was also yet to receive environmental clearance. He also alleged that the government was trying to scuttle the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway project, which was the brain-child of the former Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala.

He said the government,for reasons best known to it, had allowed two member-companies of the consortium, which was orginally allotted the project, to throw out the third member-company. He also accused the government of misleading the people on the SYL canal by saying that the issue was pending before the apex court.

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Sand thieves from UP active in Haryana
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
So far people of Haryana have been facing the menace of criminals and crop harvestors from Uttar Pradesh. For the past several months, the state is in the grip of another kind of menace from across its eastern border, particularly along the Yamuna. Sand thieves from that state are literally digging gold in Haryana.

It is a well documented fact that in Haryana districts bordering Uttar Pradesh, a large number of crimes, particularly those relating to kidnappings for ransom, are committed by criminals of that state. Over the years, these criminals have developed links with anti-social elements of Haryana also.

Similarly, farmers of UP often harvest crops of Haryana farmers from their fields along the Yamuna. The problem is persisting because according to the Dixit formula, the mid-stream of the Yamuna constitutes the boundary between the two states. Since the Yamuna is notorious for changing its course, the farmers of Haryana and UP are often locked in violent clashes. Many a time the administration and the police of the two states have to intervene to prevent the situation from taking an ugly turn.

But the Haryana authorities have not so far shown any willingness to check the activities of sand thieves from across the border. According to informed sources, a large number of persons, who have taken mining rights in U.P. along the Yamuna, operate without any fear in Haryana. They quarry sand and stones not only from the Yamuna bed inside Haryana but also from the fields of private farmers.

The sand thieves are audacious enough to take their “loot” to Delhi through Haryana itself. It takes longer to reach Delhi via UP, while through the state, they have to travel less than 50 km to enter Delhi territory.

The sources say they have been emboldened to carry out their activities by the patronage they have been able to manage from certain local politicians of Haryana. Even the Mining Department, which is directly responsible for guarding the state’s minerals(sand and stones are categorised as such), is yet to wake up to this threat.

In certain districts like Sonepat, residents of certain villages have given memorandums to the administration to check the activities of the sand thieves, who are ruining their fields, but in vain.

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Senior citizens seek bus fare concession
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 19
Senior citizens should get 50 per cent concession in bus fares. On the pattern of pensioners from Punjab, Haryana pensioners too should be given LTC equal to one-month basic pension every two years.

This was demanded by the Pensioners and Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Yamunanagar, during its annual general meeting here today. The Association also demanded that increment of 5 and 10 per cent should be given to pensioners at the age of 65 years and 75 years, respectively. Mr S.C Kapila, President of the association, said that employees and officials who superannuated from municipal committees (corporations) should be given pensions equal to those who superannuate from the services of the government.

He said that pensions of retirees from municipal committees are often delayed and demanded that it should be ensured that they get the pensions by 10th day of the month.

The other demands of the association included exemption from house tax to senior citizens who live in their own houses and setting up of a committee under Deputy Commissioner for redressal of problems of senior citizens.

Hundreds of senior citizens and pensioners participated in the meeting. A former Superintendent of Police Jodha Singh was the chief guest. Senior citizens and pensioners who have attended the age of 80 years were honoured on the occasion.

Mr K.K Sharma, Patron of the association, delivered spiritual talks. Mr C. Kathpalia, Legal Advisor of the association enlightened the participants regarding legal aspect of the pensions.

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Forum for redressal of power consumers’ grievances
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 19
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has constituted a forum for the redressal of grievances of its consumers as per a requirement under the Electricity Act - 2003, an official spokesman said here today.

Mr V.K.Singla has been appointed the Chairman of the forum, while Mr V.K.Seth will be its Secretary. Mr Ajmer Singh and Mr Ravinder Lohan are members of the forum. The forum will function from Vidyut Sadan, Vidyut Nagar, Hisar.

The forum will take up all kinds of grievances or complaints, except those relating to unauthorised use of electricity and offences or penalties for theft of energy. The form for redressal of consumer grievances and text of an affidavit, which is to be given on a non-judicial stamp paper of appropriate value, have been made available in all the operation sub-divisions of the DHBVN. The procedure, manner and other details of redressal of grievances are available on website www.haryanaelectricity.com/dhbvnofharyanapowerutilities also.

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India needs better veterinary services: expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 19
Mr H.S. Chatha, Haryana Agriculture, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister, yesterday stressed the need for creating more awareness among farmers about veterinary services. He was addressing a refresher workshop on dairy veterinary practices organised by the Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust.

Dr Arun P Phatak, an Indian-American animal husbandry expert, said in India the dairy profession had problems on account of longer dry periods, irregular pregnancies and lack of feed and disease management.

The Director-General of the Animal Husbandry, Haryana, Dr K.S. Dangi, regretted though India was the largest producer of milk in the world yet the yield per acre was not at the desired level. To ensure better milk yield, better veterinary services were needed, he added.

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Mass marriage function held
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, March 19
After blessing 17 newly married couples at a mass marriage function organised by Prerna at Prerna Jan Kalyan Kendra here today, Dr Mahavir Singh, Commissioner, Ambala Division, called upon the volunteer organisations engaged in social services to help in spreading the mass marriage system because it was the best social service.

Dr Mahavir Singh said during the present age of materialism although the common man had become selfish, yet organising mass marriages of the deserving couples would inspire society. Such type of social service was possible only by the voluntary organisations.

The guest of honour, Deputy Commissioner T.K. Sharma and his wife, Dr Saroj Sharma, also blessed the newly wed couples.

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B.Tech, M.Tech students get degrees
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, March 19
"In order to become competitive in today's age, Indian universities, academic institutes and individuals have to work hard continuously in teaching, research and relevant areas", said Prof. M.N. Faruqui, former Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, and a renowned academician, while addressing the third convocation of National Institute of Technology (NIT) here yesterday.

Prof. Faruqui also threw light on challenges being faced by the universities and vision of the universities.

Er. C.B. Mathur, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Institute, in his presidential address, said that the progress was going on at a fast rate in technological area. He appealed to the alumnus of the institute to keep themselves in touch with the institute and appraise it with their ideas and experiences.

While delivering welcome address and presenting annual report, the Director of the Institute, Dr M.N. Bandyopadhyay, said that at present, NIT, Kurukshetra, had been ranked 18th in the country. Every teacher of the institute had been provided with a laptop in order to encourage research and academic work in the institute.

Development work in infrastructure and laboratories was also going on at a fast speed. Offices and residences of all faculty members would be connected with the facility of the internet, he added.

Three hundred degrees in B.Tech. (under graduate) and 54 M.Tech. (post graduate) level were given at the function. The meritorious students in various areas were also given medals and prizes.

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Watchman, friends rape woman
Tribune News Service

Hisar, March 19
Karan Singh, a watchman at Government School, Barki Kheri village, allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman of Samayan village in this district on the school premises last night. The Agroha police has registered a case in this regard on the basis of a complaint filed by the woman. The complainant has alleged that last night, Karan Singh took her to the school where he worked as a watchman. There, she was allegedly raped by the watchman and a few other persons.

On her complaint, the police has registered a case against the watchman and other unidentified persons under Sections 376, 506 and 34 of the IPC. However, no arrests have been made so far. According to police sources, she begs for alms at the Hisar bus stand and is stated to be mentally challenged.

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Hooch claims life of labourer
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, March 19
Five brick-kiln labourers, who celebrated Holi by consuming hooch at a brick-kiln situated on the Sirsa road, near here, had to pay a heavy price for that. One of them died late last night, while four others are seriously ill and are not able to see.

According to reports, the labourers had consumed hooch at a brick-kiln, near here, on the night of Holi. They did not have any adverse effect of the drink immediately after they took it but fell ill the next day. They were rushed to the local General Hospital where Mani Ram (50) died last night. His brother Mahi Pal (45) and another victim Vijender (30) were rushed to their native place, Bhiwani, in a serious condition.

Another victim, Ranjit, has been admitted to a private hospital. Their kin said they were facing vision problem.The police has registered a case but no arrest has been made so far.

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Police chowki in charge suspended

Bhiwani, March 20
The case of police attrocities in custody on a woman, Meena, of Mandhana took new turn on Saturday when villagers smashed windowpanes of three official vehicles and raised anti-police slogans at local Civil Hospital. Taking action in this matter the authorities have suspended the Mundhal chowki in charge Mukhtyar Singh. The police had registered a case of abduction of a girl, Poonam, against Meena and four others on the complaint of Bhikhu Ram of Mandhana. A relative of the victim, Sonu, alleged that the police tortured Meena in custody. — OC

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