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Human Bomb Theory
Dera threatens defamation suits
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 25
The management of Dera Sacha Sauda is contemplating filing civil and criminal suits pertaining to defamation against Punjab Police for dubbing a section of its women followers as human bombs.

Though DGP, Punjab Police, N. P. S. Aulakh has claimed that he has no information in connection with the presence of any human bomb in the state as reported in a section of the Press, the dera functionaries asked that under what circumstances the state police authorities had displayed the photos of five respectable and law abiding women on the notice boards of police stations.

“Are the Punjab Police authorities not showing women in poor light? Do they have enough proof to establish the fact that the five women can indulge in self immolation?” asked dera functionaries while talking to TNS on the condition of anonymity. They added that the police had used this trick to defame the dera under the “diktats” of a section of ruling politicians, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal.

Meanwhile, a senior police official on the condition of anonymity said these women had taken a pledge to sacrifice their lives in case any harm to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was done by the state government or the CBI. This pledge was taken by them at a congregation held at the dera headquarters a few weeks before the CBI filed its charge sheet against the dera head in court.

 

Split in SAD (A) imminent as Bittu remains adamant
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 25
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann is on the verge of split as Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice chief of the party, is adamant to continue to be co- convener of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), despite the warning issued by the party chief.

The fissures within the SAD(A) had come to the fore when party president had announced the snapping of ties with the KAC. Bittu had merged his Shiromani Khalsa Dal with the SAD (A) at Akal Takht on June 9 last year and became its senior vice-president.

Talking to The Tribune here today, Bittu said he would actively participate in the forthcoming meeting of the KAC. He said he had taken this decision since the KAC had been doing a great job by organising Panthic marches against the living gurus, especially Dera Sacha Sauda chief who had been indulging in blasphemous activities. Bittu said after consulting his confidants he would take a formal decision whether to snap ties with the SAD (A) or not .

However, he said he had been receiving a number of calls from India and abroad suggesting he should serve the Panth by organising Khalsa marches, being organised by the KAC .

SAD (A) secretary general Bhai Ram Singh however, reiterated the party’s stand that Bittu would have to decide whether to remain with the party or the KAC as announced by the party president . He said Mann had already made it clear that no party leader could hold position in any other organisation. “ Party discipline is more important than anything”, he said.

Earlier, Bittu held a marathon meeting with Kanwarpal Singh, a spokesman for the Dal Khalsa and Harinder Singh Khalsa, a former MP in the office of the Dal Khalsa here to discuss next course of action . However, the meeting of the KAC which was proposed to be held was postponed due to lack of quorum.

 

VC in soup over use of title
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 25
Another controversy hogs vice-chancellor of Punjabi University Swaran Singh Boparai. The police is seeking legal advice on the use of Padma Shri on his letter head.

The VC had written a letter to SSP S.K. Asthana on his official letter head. A copy of it was circulated among the mediapersons. The letter head has the title “Swaran Singh Boparai, Kirti Chakra, awarded Padma Shri by the President”.

Sources told The Tribune that a complaint had been made to the police regarding the illegal use of Padma Shri honour by Nirbhai Singh, a former professor of the university, yesterday. Nirbhai Singh had earlier filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the matter.

In the complaint it had been stated that the use of award as title came up before the constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court in Balaji Raghavan versus Union of India case. In the said case the Supreme Court had observed that national awards do not amount to titles within the meaning of Article 18(1) and they should not be used as suffixes or prefixes. If this was done then the defaulter should forfeit the national award conferred on him following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 of each of the four notifications regarding the national award.

However, despite the directive the VC has been using it on his letter head. Initially, he used the title as a prefix but now it is being used as suffix, the complainant alleged.

The VC claimed that he had sought a clarification from the Union Ministry of Home on the matter and was told that he could use the line “awarded Padma Shri by the President”.

 

Customs officers inspect Wagah post
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 25
Close on the heels of signing of an agreement between India and Pakistan for cross border movement of trucks, a team of senior Customs officers today inspected the Customs facilities at the checkpost.

The team was led by member, board of taxation, P.C. Jha. He was accompanied by Bhattacharya, chief commissioner, customs, north zone, commissioner Talkeshwar Singh and joint commissioner Sanjay Saran.

The team will finalise the acquiring of more land to strengthen the Customs network. According to official sources, at present the Customs have eight acres and want to acquire 25 to 30 acres more for installing scanners and X-ray machines.

It also plans to have a separate cargo designated gate for hassle-free movement of trucks. 

 

Truck operators to pay tax at state border
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, August 25
Punjab has decided to restructure the system of road tax collection from the trucks plying across the state. Punjab transport minister Master Mohan Lal stated this on Thursday after presiding over a function organised by the Sewa Bharati.

The minister said under the new system, the truck operators would be charged tax at the state border itself after which they would be allowed to move around freely anywhere in the state.

This would not only bring about more effectiveness in tax collection, but would also ensure that truck operators do not face any hardship while plying in the state, he added.

He said the state Transport Department had contributed an additional Rs 6 lakh a day to the state exchequer. This, he said, had been achieved by ensuring that no commercial vehicles ply on the state roads without valid permits.

The transport minister said the government had already constituted a State Safety Council to ensure that road accident victims were taken care of.

Earlier, the minister gave away certificates to the poor and needy girls, who had completed their embroidery course at the stitching centre being run by Sewa Bharati in the Khamanu area.

 

SSF (Bhindranwale) activists hold protest rally
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 25
The Sikh Students Federation (Bhindranwale) today held a protest rally here demanding the release of the Sikh youths lodged in various jails of the country.

The protestors held a peaceful march which started from Gurdwara Lohgarh Sahib and after passing though various parts of the city culminated at Akal Takht. They also prayed for the release of the Sikh youths lodged in jails, besides praying for the high spirits of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwant Singh and Devinderpal Singh Bhullar awaiting gallows for the assassination of Beant Singh and attack on Maninderjit Singh Bitta.

Daljit Singh Bittu, senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), said the central government had failed to provide basic rights to minority communities, including the Sikhs, as promised at the time of Independence. He said there was a need for introspection as to what type of independence the people of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and other parts of the country were enjoying.

Bhai Mohkam Singh, Wassan Singh Jaffarwal, Gurnam Singh Barnala, Kanwarpal Singh Bittu, Gurjatinder Pal Singh Bhikiwind were among those who participated in the protest rally.

 

Mann opposes Ahluwalia’s inclusion in panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann has objected to the inclusion of Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia in the panel set up by the Badal government to oversee the draft of the new all-India gurdwara act.

Mann said Ahluwalia had been facing allegations with regard to women Phd candidates. He had been booked by the CBI and was facing trial in the Patiala CBI court, said Mann in a statement issued here today.

“Our party also objects to the fact that only those people who are aligned with Parkash Singh Badal’s party have been called to discuss the draft of the Act on August 28”, Mann added.

“We find this a suspect Act designed and drafted by the Centre. Badal must call a wider pluralistic circle of Sikhs to ratify such an act”, said Mann.

 
 


NHA to construct 
12 highways in state
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, August 25
The National Highway Authority (NHA) has identified 12 roads, a majority of them touching Amritsar, which will be built in next two to three years.

Talking to The Tribune here today, chairman of the NHA J.S. Maini said the government was giving top priority to accelerate the construction activity on the Jalandhar-Amritsar-Wagah four laning project to ease traffic on this main road connecting Pakistan.

With the opening of truck movement across the international border with Pakistan on October 1 it was of paramount importance to get this road ready.

The central government was making various studies to further improve road links in the state as it would trigger faster economic growth, he added.

Maini said the NHA would also construct major highways connecting Amritsar with Ferozepore, Bathinda and Pathankot which was already under implementation.

All roads would be constructed on built, operate and transfer basis by involving public private participation. 

 

Raninder called on September 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The Vigliance Bureau has asked Raninder Singh, son of Capt Amarinder Singh, to appear before investigating officials on September 13 with certain documents related to his bank transactions.

Raninder, accompanied by mother and MP Preneet Kaur, came to the office today with a large number of supporters and some local leaders.

 

Two die as pit wall caves in
Tribune News Service

Talwandi Sabo, August 25
Two persons died while finding a mobile phone set from a pit in a house of the town last night.

Sources said Mohinder Singh, a labourer of Bhagi Bandar village of this district, died after he was trapped in a pit after its wall caved in.The other person identified as Jagraj Sharma died after he got trapped in the same pit while trying to bring Mohinder Singh out of it.

Police sources said Mohinder Singh had come especially from Bhagi Bandar village to find out the mobile phone set of Nazar Singh, residing in the Guru Kashi College locality of this town.

When the kin of deceased Jagraj Sharma raised hue and cry, SDM Anil Garg, along with DSP Gurmail Singh, reached the spot and started a rescue operation using a JCB machine. When both Mohinder Singh and Jagraj Sharma were taken out, both were found dead.

A case was registered.

 

Mobile phone battery blast injures owner

Bathinda, August 25
Manjit Singh received minor injuries on the back when battery of his mobile phone set exploded at a repair shop in Paras Ram Nagar here this afternoon.

Sources said mobile phone set of Manjit Singh used to get heated up while put in pocket. Manjit Singh went to a mobile phone repair shop.

Minutes after the shop owner took out the battery from the mobile phone set and placed it on the counter, smoke started coming out of the it and after some time it exploded. The incident scared residents of nearby areas. — TNS

 

15 injured as bus overturns
Our Correspondent

Malerkotla , August 25
Fifteen persons were injured today when the bus they were travelling in overturned on the Dhuri road here. All injured were admitted to the local civil hospital while one of them has been referred to Rajindra Hospital Patiala. According to information a private bus was going to Sangrur from Malerkotla when the mishap occurred. A case has been registered.

 

Jain sabha stir on Aug 27

Hoshiarpur, August 25
Members of the SS Jain Maha Sabha will stage a protest here on August 27 against the district administration, especially the municipal council.

They will protest against the bulldozing of the boundary wall of a sabha’s plot meant for a bhavan and a charitable hospital.

The land belongs to Hans Raj and Tek Chand and their legal heirs had donated it to the sabha around three years ago for its use in religious and charitable purposes. The election officer said revenue record showed the land in the name of the council, he added. — OC

 

5,496 anganwari workers to be recruited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Punjab government has decided to recruit 5,496 anganwari  workers and helpers  by September 14.

Chaudhary Swarna Ram, minister for social security, who was presiding over a meeting of department officers, finalised the schedule for recruitment.

Emphasising the need for transparency in the recruitment, Swarna Ram asked the director to appoint senior  officers as nodal officers to oversee the recruitment process  in all divisions.

 

Man attacks wife, mother-in- law in court 
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, August 25
Bhagwant Singh, a resident of Bharro village(near Bhawanigarh), created a sensation in the district judicial complex here today by allegedly making an attack with a sharp-edged weapon on his wife Jaswinder Kaur, resident of Nagri village, and his mother-in-law Karnail Kaur near a courtroom. Both sustained injuries in the attack and were admitted to the local Civil Hospital.

They had reportedly come to the complex for hearing of a case under Section 125 of the Cr.P.C (maintenance of wife and children).

Talking to The Tribune in the emergency wing of the Civil Hospital, Jaswinder Kaur said she had been married to Bhagwant Singh for about 13 years and had two sons aged about 12 and 10 years. Due to some domestic problems, she had been living at her parental house at Nagri village for the past about three years, she added.

G.S. Nagra, doctor at the emergency wing, said Jaswinder Kaur had sustained injuries in the abdomen and back while Karnail Kaur had an injury on her hand. He said both were out of danger now.

When contacted, local DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said the police had arrested Bhagwant Singh and had registered a case under Section 307, IPC, against him. The sharp-edged weapon had also been recovered.

 

Mercedes Case
Chahal in judicial custody till Oct 13
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 25
Former media adviser to the former Punjab Chief Minister B.I.S Chahal was remanded in judicial custody by several courts here today.

Chahal was brought from the Patiala central jail and produced in court in attempt to murder case registered by the Ludhiana police. Chahal was produced in the court of the additional sessions judge who extended his judicial remand till September 15.

Chahal was later was produced in the court of a judicial magistrate who remanded him in judicial custody till October 13 in the case pertaining to Mercedes car which Chahal had allegedly not returned to its original owner.

In another case pertaining to renovating his kitchen Chahal was remanded in custody till September 28 by the court of the chief judicial magistrate. In the case registered by the Vigilance Bureau for possessing disproportionate assets, Chahal was remanded in judicial custody till August 29.

 

No auction of farmers’ land, says Kanwaljit 
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 25
Punjab minister for cooperatives Capt Kanwaljit Singh here today stated that the state government has decided that no state agency would be allowed to auction the land of farmers under debt.

Speaking to mediapersons, after presiding over a chetna camp organised by the All-India Sikh Students Federation (Pir Mohammad) at Salempur Sekhan village near here, Capt Singh said it had also been decided to provide relief to the farmers who had sought short-term loans by converting these debts into loan terms loans. He said the co-operative societies and bank had been asked to complete the required formalities in this regard.

Besides, Capt Kanwaljit Singh said the government also approved reducing the interest of loans amount from 7 per cent to 4 per cent.

Making a strong plea to the farmers to repay debts, the minister said the repayment was essential for the co-operative societies and bank to continue with the services being offered by them to the state farmers.

Playing down the claims made by the previous government regarding launch of lift irrigation system in the low-lying areas of the state, he said that so far he had not found any file in the government offices, which supported the assertions made by the Congress. He said no projects had been finalised to tame the Ghaggar by the previous government. He said the SAD-BJP alliance had now taken up the matter and a plan was being formulated to check the flooding. 

 

BKU(L) to oppose import of wheat
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 25
The Bharti Kisan Union (Lakhowal) led by Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Punjab Mandi Board, has decided to oppose the import of wheat by the central government tooth and nail.

Talking to mediapersons here this evening, Lakhowal said activists of the organisation might stage dharnas at ports where imported wheat would be unloaded. However, the complete blue print of the agitation would be prepared at its kisan mahapanchayat being held in Delhi on September 12.

He said the Centre was trying to import wheat at Rs 1400 per quintal while farmers in the country were being given only Rs 850 for the same. He said this was a big injustice being meted out to the farmers by the central government.

He said country’s farmers could produce wheat in huge quantity to meet the deficit if the Centre offered them better prices. He demanded that prices of the foodgrains should be linked with the wholesale price index (WPI).

Lakhowal disclosed that in the past four months, the overall income of the department had witnessed a jump of Rs 10 crore. He added that penalties worth Rs 10 crore had been imposed on those, who had indulged in the evasion of market fee.

A proposal to increase the amount of compensation to those who are killed during farm operations from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh had been sent to the Punjab government, he added.

Later, he held a meeting with the officials of the department.

 

Trident-farmer Pact
Farmers’ rail roko on Sept 2
Our Correspondent

Barnala, August 25
To protest against the non-implementation of the Trident-farmer agreement the Bharati Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) will block Railway traffic for four hours on September 2 in the state. Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of the union, said all trains in the state would be blocked from 12 noon to 4 pm

He said the Trident management was not implementing its land agreement held between the Trident and farmers of three villages of Sanghera ,Dhaula and Fatehgarh Channa.For the purpose a meeting was held between the farmers and the management on August 20, but it failed to yield any result.

The company was making false excuses to evade it. The government was lending support to the Trident house.

Farmers’ unions have appealed to the government to get the agreement acted on in a week.

 

Attack on Cops
Seven more held
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 25
Seven youths, who were allegedly involved in an attack on two police personnel and others near the Bathinda branch canal on August 22, were arrested by the police today..

Two youths identified as Tajinderjit Singh, alias Amb, and Manminder Singh, alias Bobby, have already been arrested in this connection.

The youths who were arrested today have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, alias Kukkar, Lovepreet Sharma, alias Ginni, Alwinder Singh, alias Danny, Gurbax Singh, alias Killer, Sarbjit Bhuller, Lovedeep Singh and Mandeep Kumar, alias Lala.

Nau Nihal Singh, SSP, said about seven more youths, who were involved in the crime, were yet to be arrested.

Two cops and three others suffered multiple injuries after they were allegedly attacked by a group of youths armed with swords and lathis on August 22. The youths, who indulged in hooliganism for about one hour, also ransacked few shops and damaged kiosks.

A case under Sections 307, 395, 452, 353,186,323, 506,427, 148 and 149, IPC, was registered in this connection in the city police station.

 

13 students booked for beating up conductor
Tribune News Service

Moga, August 25
The district administration’s claim of having solved the dispute between students and private bus operators proved hollow when a case was registered against students for beating up a conductor of a private bus here today.

The police registered a case against 13 students, including president of the local unit of the All-India Sikh Students Federation (Grewal) Mikkar Singh on acomplaint of Balwinder Singh, a conductor with a private bus operator. The complainant alleged that he was beaten up by them.

Earlier, the district administration had claimed that it had resolved the nearly three-month- long dispute between the two groups about a fortnight ago. However, the students and private bus operators are still sticking to their stand.

The AISSF (Grewal) and other student unions claimed that private operators were harassing students and added that students having valid passes were not being spared. They claimed that in several cases valid passes of students were not returned by conductors which resulted provoked them to react.

Meanwhile, private bus operators are of the view that they have to incur losses on account of allowing students to travel on free passes.

Nurottam Puri, president,Private Bus Operators Union,here said out of 54 seats in a bus only five could be reserved for students holding valid passes. However, these seats could be availed against the display of bus pass issued by general manager (GM) of Punjab Roadways.

He said students insisted on utilising the facility by showing college identity cards, which was not fair. He claimed that sometime 10 to 15 students boarded the bus at a time, which was financially not viable.

He said as per their information the GM had issued only 398 passes, but the number of students enjoying the free bus facility was much more.

He blamed the state government for not plying adequate number of buses resulting in problems for private operators.

 

BTech student goes missing after mishap 
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 25
A BTech student of the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), Patiala, today went missing after the car in which he was travelling along with three friends met with an accident near the Narwana canal on the Rajpura-Patiala highway.

The boy, identified as Tarun Veer Singh, reportedly went missing after the accident. His friends Akshay Tyagi, Rahul and Vishnik Bhan sustained injured. The accident took place when the car rammed into a truck coming from Patiala, near Ganda Kheri village, on the outskirts of the town.

It is being suspected that Tarun Veer fell into the Narwana Canal and was drowned. The injured were rushed to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.

The injured boys told the police that Tarun Veer was nowhere to be found at the site of the accident. The police throughly searched the area but could not find Tarun.

The police said it was being suspected that the boy fell into the canal due to the impact of the accident and was drowned. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck fled even as the truck fell into a gorge along the road. A case has been registered. 

 

Grandma’s efforts pay off, kidnapped girl rescued
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, August 25
Unrelenting efforts by 55-year-old Surinder Kaur helped recover her five-year-old granddaughter, who was kidnapped yesterday from Patiala. Surinder Kaur today found her granddaughter Mamta at the local railway station along with her kidnapper, who was arrested by the police.

Failing to find the little girl in Patiala, Surinder Kaur today visited several places, including the Rajpura railway station. At the railway station she spotted her granddaughter sitting beside a person, who was waiting to board a train. She raised the alarm

Mamta was allegedly kidnapped by a Ludhiana-based person from outside Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, where she had gone with her grandmother to pay obeisance. After realising that her granddaughter was missing, alarmed Surinder Kaur looked for here every where in and around the gurdwara. She even approached her relatives for help in finding Mamta.

Failing to find the little girl in Patiala, Surinder Kaur today visited several places, including the Rajpura railway station. At the railway station she spotted her granddaughter sitting beside a person, who was waiting to board a train. She raised the alarm. The railway police reached the spot and got hold of the person. It restored the girl to her grandmother.

The accused, who was identified as Piyara Singh of Ludhiana, was arrested by the railway police. The police has registered a case under Section 366 (A) of the IPC against Piyara Singh.

 

An MBA course only in name
Nothing misleading, says principal
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
When Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name?” he would not have imagined that a nomenclature, that too for a post-graduate programme, would cause confusion some day.

A Master of Business Administration, Commerce and Information Technology (MBACIT) course introduced by Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women in Ludhiana from the current academic session is being offered as a “post-graduate degree in Business Administration with Commerce and Information Technology” or an MBA (CIT) according to the prospectus.

“This is misleading people. It is not an MBA programme. While it has been approved by a standing committee set up by the vice-chancellor, it does not come under the University Business School (UBS) but under the faculty of sciences,” says a source within the university.

This matter has come up twice at the PU senate meetings and two enquiries have been sought into the issue by senator Ashok Goyal but so far nothing has happened in this regard.

However the principal Madanjit Kaur Sahota insists there is nothing “misleading” about the course being offered. She spoke repeatedly about how this innovative programme was approved by the UGC.

She said that it had been formed by combining three courses and the PU had approved it.

Interestingly, on June 29, a press note released by the University Business School (UBS), clearly states that the programme “should be read as Master of Business Administration, Commerce and Information Technology to be run by Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ludhiana. The regular MBA course of Panjab University in different specialisations is run by the UBS, Chandigarh, and at the PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana.”

The college’s proposal for MBACIT was approved and funded by the UGC. However, it is now being presented in the prospectus as MBA (CIT).

This discrepancy was first raised at the senate meeting on March 25 by Goyal. At the subsequent senate meeting on July 14, the issue came up again over granting provisional extension of affiliation for the course with effect from this session. Goyal had alleged at the meeting that the college was implying that within the MBA programmes of the PU and its affiliated colleges, there was a fourth specialisation apart from HR, International Business and General MBA. “An MBA course requires the approval of the AICTE which this college does not have,” he had contended.

Goyal had asked why no inquiry had been ordered during the meeting held on July 14, to which the vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti had no answer then. However, the VC, when asked about the inquiry, reiterated that the programme being run by the college is not an MBA course and said that the university would definitely probe into the matter.

 

Teachers invited for talks
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 25
Minister of higher education Upinderjit Kaur has invited the representatives of the teachers on August 31 with regard to the demands of private college teachers affiliated to various universities in the state. This was stated by H.S. Walia, executive member of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, here today.

The union has submitted a memorandum to the state government through the deputy commissioner. The union members also met Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, who assured the representatives that she would take up their issue with the government.

Meanwhile, the private colleges affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University here today held a protest rally at Bhandari Bridge to protest against the state government for non-fulfillment of their demands. S.S. Hundal, president of the union, said a state-level rally would be held on Teachers’ Day in front of the DPI, colleges, in Chandigarh, where teachers would go on mass casual leave.

 

3 govt schools to be made Adarsh schools
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur,August 25
Three government schools of the Batala Assembly constituency will be be converted into Adarsh Schools, under the scheme introduced by the SAD-BJP government. The schools identified for the purpose are government high school, Kala Tek Singh, government senior secondary school, Dhuphkeri and government high school, Masania. Chief parliamentary secretary Jagdish Raj Sahni, disclosed this to reporters in Batala today.

He said Rs 50 lakh had been sanctioned for the uplift of every school for infrastructure and modern facilities for students. Sahni said the government had allocated Rs 373.34 crore for the education sector and stress had been on setting up of three Adarsh Schools in every Assembly constituency.

The government had decided to cancel all vague or fake atta-dal cards following complaints from various parts of he state. He added genuine claimants of the cards might apply to the authorities till the end if this month and the new cards would be distributed after September 31.

Answering queries on demolition drive carried out for removing illegal jhuggis from the city, he said Congress leaders had been trying to politicise the issue. The local administration has launched the drive following Punjab and Haryana High Court’s directions.

He claimed the government land worth crores had been got vacated from the encroachers given temporary refuge in early ’80s. Sahni also claimed the 'displaced' jhuggi dwellers would be rehabilitated shortly. 

 


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