Testing time for Bhajan Lal
Congress, INLD make it easier
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, May 1
Wittingly or unwittingly, both the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Congress have helped the cause of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal by putting up Jat candidates for the byelection from Adampur constituency of this district.

While the INLD has put up former finance minister Sampat Singh, the Congress has fielded former minister Ranjit Singh, son of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal. Both these candidates do not hail from Adampur. Sampat Singh's home constituency is the neighbouring Bhattu Kalan from where he has won several times since the eighties. Ranjit Singh, who hails from Sirsa district, is also a rank outsider.

However, both belong to the Jat community whereas Bhajan Lal is a Bishnoi - a non Jat. This will polarise jat and non-jat voters. So while the jat votes will be split between the two candidates of this community, the non-jat voters will by and large prefer a candidate from their own ranks, thus keeping their vote bank mostly intact.

Bhajan Lal has contested and won from Adampur eight times since 1968. In all these elections he was the Congress nominee seven times. In 1977, he had contested as a Janata Party nominee. In 1987 his wife Jasma Devi was the Congress nominee. Bhajan Lal's son Kuldeep Bishnoi had won a byelection from this seat. It also marked his first electoral victory.

After 1977, this is the first time that the Bhajan Lal will enter the fray with Congress nominee opposing him.

For 40 years, Bhajan Lal has been bagging the votes of both jats and non-jats being the tallest politician of Adampur, who rose from a petty trader to become the Chief Minister of Haryana for almost 12 years in three stints. Although, he had jat candidates against him every time, but their political stature was no match to him.

This time round, the INLD has put up a jat stalwart and the Congress has brought in Ranjit Singh whose main claim to fame is his relationship to the late Devi Lal. Nevertheless, compared to earlier elections, these two as candidates are certainly much stronger opponents for Bhajan Lal.

But, on the downside, this also means that they will be depending mainly on jat votes which will be split between the two, ultimately benefiting Bhajan Lal in the end.

As far as Bhajan Lal is concerned, the loss of the Congress banner is not the only minus point. He has also to reckon with the fact that he has been out of power since 1996 and his new political outfit is yet to prove it has the capacity to form the next government.

This is a scenario in which the younger generation of voters might be tempted to vote for the Congress hoping that they will be benefited immediately after the poll.

However, the former chief minister's name is synonymous with the development of the area. There is not a single family in Adampur who has not been obliged by Bhajan Lal when he was the chief minister. In addition, despite the neglect under Bhupinder Singh Hooda government, Adampur still is one of the most developed constituencies in Haryana. The byelection will show whether Adampur will repay Bhajan Lal in his need of hour. 



Police to control traffic on highway
Vishal Joshi
Tribune News Service

Panipat, May 1
Aimed at strengthening the traffic police system, the state police is contemplating to re-organize the National Highway police by handing over the traffic aid posts (TAPS) to it from the control of the district police authorities.

A proposal in this regard was forwarded by the DGP Ranjeev Dalal at a meeting held recently in Chandigarh. In an interaction early this week at Kurukshetra, Rajeev had stated the proposal was aimed at improving the traffic system. He said a team of officials had been constituted to look into the issue. Established in April 2000, the NH police system was taken as a role model by different states of the country. The state NH police was believed to be the first to introduce emergency helpline telephone lines (1033) for the NH users.Aimed at providing immediate help to the accident victims, TAPs were established at every 30 kms along the NHs passing through the state.

But the system that was taken well by others, gradually fell flat in Haryana after the NH police was stripped off with aimed role. Meanwhile, the police officials favour the proposal of revamping the highways traffic management and handing over TAPs to the NH police system for ``purposeful'' functioning.

They said a centralized system, with sufficient manpower and vehicles, should be at the disposal for useful NH management. With the headquarters based in Karnal, there are 22 TAPs situated on different NHs in 20 districts of the state. All districts have one such post to monitor the NHs except for Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, which have two such traffic stations each.

Sources said the NH police should be modernized and equipped with latest technology, medical and para-medic staff at its disposal, to meet the tough tasks, including providing timely help to the accident victims.



Fire a daily affair in Fatehabad 
Sushil Manav
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, May 1
The incidents of fire in the agriculture fields during this harvesting season are happening with unflinching regularity in this district.  Standing crops in hundreds of acres of land have been reduced to ashes during these incidents of fire.

Besides the crop, wheat straw lying in the fields has been gutted in these incidents.

This Sunday's incident in which wheat in 40 acres and wheat straw in 800 acres of land was gutted on the outskirts of the town on Majra road was the biggest incident of fire in the district in the current season.

Not a single day passes when an incident of fire is not reported in the district. 
Starting from April 14, when the harvesting of wheat picked momentum, as many as 45 incidents of fires in agriculture fields has been reported.

In most of the cases, farmers have attributed the incidents to sparks in the overhead electricity wires, an allegation, which has been strongly refuted by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam officials.

In a majority of the cases, it has been found that the incidents of fire had occurred due to criminal negligence of the farmers themselves or in some cases by their neighbours.

Farmers, who harvest their wheat crops by combines, prefer to burn the residual straw on the fields to get rid of it.

Burning of wheat straw in the fields has been totally banned in Haryana due to several reasons.

This not only threatens the fire spreading to the neighbouring fields due to strong winds and damaging the standing crops of others, but also causes losses to the farmers indulging in the act of burning.

Agriculture experts maintain that many mineral ingredients of the earth and some friendly pests of the crops are finished due to these fires lessening the fertile value of the land.

The farmers also loose the valuable wheat straw, which serves as fodder for their milching animals. This precisely is the reason why prices of fodder have been skyrocketing in the past few years.

According the medical experts, the thick smoke emanating from fires contains heavy quantities of carbon mono oxide, a highly poisonous gas, which can prove fatal if inhaled directly. Even traces of the gases coming out of these fires cause an adverse effect on human health and cause ailments of the lungs and skin. Dr Viney Singla, a local physician, says that there has been at least 15 per cent increase in the patients suffering from asthma and other lungs related diseases.

But despite ban and advice by the agriculture scientists, farmers have been putting the straw on fire because they do not want to loose time in sowing the next crop of paddy or cotton.

Paucity of labour is also forcing the farmers to burn wheat straw on the fields.

Use of straw reaper is another answer, but the farmers are reluctant to use due to cost factors.

Though the government has banned the burning of fodder and is publicising the ban well through media but there is no action taken against the offenders.

Due to this indifference of the authorities, burning of wheat straw is being done with impunity. 



Unrecognised schools make hay
B.S. Malik

Sonepat, May 1
Notwithstanding the fact that the government has opened schools, mainly primary and middle ones in every village of the district, there has been a mushroom growth of schools, which are neither recognised by the government nor have trained teachers on their roll. The sad fact is that parents are all too keen to get their children admitted to these schools, the foremost reason for this being the low standard of education in the government primary schools.

Most of the parents these days prefer sending their children to towns for better school education, but many of them are not in a position to meet the expenses of the private schools, mostly affiliated to CBSE. They are left with no other option except to get them enrolled in village primary schools.

Taking advantage of the situation, a number of educated unemployed youths have opened schools in the big houses or village chaupals. As the fee in such schools is affordable and teachers put in maximum efforts including teaching of English from the first standard itself, more and more parents have started sending their children to these schools.

Even the village panchayats, which are authorized to supervise education in the village schools, as well as the local education department authorities, are aware about such practices, but they keep their eyes closed as most the teaching staff in these government schools are from the same village or neighbouring ones. The parents of the school children are also a happy lot as their wards get better education with minimum expenditure compared to urban schools.



Sarva IHM ties up with IGNOU
Tribune News Service 

Panchkula, May 1 
The Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (IGNOU) has approved the Panchkula-based Sarva Institute of Hotel Management (Sarva IHM) as its programme centre for Bachelor of Art (BA) in International Hospitality Administration (IHA) from the next academic session commencing from July 2008. 

Director of Sarva IHM Malini Dahiya told The Tribune today that this was the first private hotel management institute in Haryana to be approved by IGNOU to offer such a graduate course. She said in the first session 40 students would be admitted. 

Dahiya said recently an inspection committee of IGNOU had visited the institute. On the recommendations of the committee, IGNUO had accorded its approval to the institute. 

 IGNOU has collaborated with the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI) to launch the BA (IHA) programme in the country. The duration of the programme is three years (including six months internship). Students who have passed plus 2 will be eligible for this course and the syllabus will be drafted by IGNOU and AH&LEI. The latter will also monitor the teaching and practical sessions of the course at the programme centres. IGNOU has recognised only those institutes, which have prior experience or are already offering similar courses. The programme centres will also act as examination centres. 

Dahiya said Sarva IHM also plan to start a training programme for those persons in the hospitality industry who do not have a degree or a diploma. The institute would offer them a diploma course, so that they could learn more about housekeeping, food and beverages and cooking. After the completion of the course they will be given certificates, as per their performance. 



Mini metro in the making
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, May 1
With so many brands making their foray, little wonder, in coming years, Ambala will soon be a mini metro city. Companies such as Reliance Fresh, Big Bazar, Super Market, 6 Ten, Charlie Outlaw, Spencer and many others, have found a niche market in otherwise conventional city.

The target audience being, teenagers, kids and housewives.

Fashion being foremost, school going children and youngsters of this town do not want to lag behind the youngsters of other cities.

Even the parents of these youngsters are no longer conservative and are making all possible efforts to make their children move ahead with the changing times.

Boys speeding through on their metallic bikes of recent make or girls flashing the latest trends are a common sight on the streets of Ambala. Galaxy mall, a newly constructed multiplex in the heart of Sector 7 of urban estate, has become a favourite joint for these lovebirds. In other words, metro culture is popping up in a so-called small township of Ambala. 



Marching ahead, literally
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
It’s an attempt to connect the masses to literature, take it to their doorstep and bridge the distance that separates the two. In doing so, the Haryana Sahitya Akademi wants to deliver the twin objective of weeding out social evils like dowry and female foeticide as well by striking a chord with the rural public.

With poetry as its medium and by involving local poets along with known names in the field, the five-month old “chalo gaon ki oar” project of the Akademi has elicited tremendous response from the rural folk.

The crowds, who flock to these kavi sammelans, are evidence that a connection is certainly being established and the Akademi Director, Desh Nirmohi, is excited. “I wanted to take literature out of the confines of air-conditioned conference rooms where it is limited to discussions by the intelligentsia. Gradually, the distance between the common man and literature is increasing, making it only the domain of the learned. From being city-centric, we wanted literature to move out into the rural setup where our true India dwells,” Nirmohi states.

The Akademi has already organized nearly 30 kavi samellans in the last six months in village chaupals of various districts where local panchayats have been involved. Social messages are given to the public in their own dialect through rallies, raginis and poetry. “We identify two or three well-known names, scout for local talent and provide them a platform to express themselves. Since falling sex ratio is a burning issue, we try giving messages against female foeticide at every gathering whether or not the sammelan is theme-based,” he explains.

Besides, the Akademi, in its many initiatives to promote interest in literature, has started libraries in five villages and plans to spread these to all villages. Books published by the Akademi are being given to these libraries while the villagers themselves are chipping in to buy books. “We want to inculcate the habit of reading in our people, for, with reading comes true education and awakening,” Nirmohi states.

Solely holding capitalism responsible for cutting-off the people from their roots reflected in literature, the director believes that the villages are the only places still untouched by the rat race for materialism. “It is a different ideology out there in the villages and we are tapping this to reconnect to our own people and take their literature to them,” he asserts.



United Christians of Jind
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Jind/Kaithal, May 1
Santokh Majra, a sleepy hamlet on the boundary of Jind and Kaithal districts, is not just another typical village of this agriculture-dominated state. It has a uniqueness attached with it, which makes it stand apart from the majority of the villages in Haryana. It is perhaps the only village, which has Christian population in majority, and the lifestyle here presents a unique blend of traditional and western culture in a complete harmony.

Located in Kaithal district and touching the Safidon subdivision, Santokh Majra came into existence way back in 1895 when the representatives of the American Press Bitarian Mission, a Christian body, founded the village by settling some of the families who had migrated from Uttar Pradesh and East Bengal.

The mission had brought these families here for employing them as workers on their farms and fields. But the families had agreed to get converted to Christianity before they were allowed to migrate and settle here. It is believed that these families were given possession of vast stretches of land by their foreign employers when the latter left the place at the time of Independence.

“There were not more than a dozen families when the British left this place and all of them became owners of huge chunks of agriculture land,” avers Suresh Martin Chauhan, a progressive and prominent farmer of the village.

A postgraduate, Chauhan preferred to carry on with the agriculture work, though he had options of getting a decent job in an urban set up, as he came from an affluent family. His father, who retired as a Squadron Leader, was the first officer to have served with the Royal Indian Air force and had the privilege of flying the first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Leh region in Jammu and Kashmir in early 1950’s.

Though Suresh was educated and had good urban upbringing, he decided to carry on with the agriculture work in his village, where his grand father was allotted about 200 acres of land. The village, with a total population of just over 3,000, has about 65 to 70 per cent Christian families.

The first church in the village was built in 1942, though a temple and a mosque were also constructed later when some Hindu and Muslim families settled here. It is an historical fact that the church here played a crucial role in the lives of early settlers here as the priest had the right to punish anyone who violated the social norms. It is learnt that the punishment at that time included doing cleanliness work in the church for about a month. John Wesley was the first priest of the church, states the records.

Christmas Day has a special importance for the villagers as the festival is observed with full pomp and glory. While religious hymns could be heard from the Church, the locals also take care to indulge in activities normally witnessed in a villagewhich include staging shows and preparing special food for all. The villagers still remember the festivities of the marriage ceremony of the son of Suresh Martin Chauhan, when there was a culmination of the western as well as the traditional Harvanvi culture. According to locals, the farmers of the villages had also been the first to start the use the machinery and agriculture implements in the farming work and the productivity of nearly all the major crops had been one of the best in the region.



Overloaded trucks: a cause of worry
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 1
The authorities have relented to allow passage of heavy vehicles carrying stones from Sirohi mines on Sohna-Ballabgarh road to Dhoj crusher zone, having about 70 stone crushing units, after putting embargo on them for full one week.

The administration had banned the passage of heavy vehicles on Sohna-Ballabgarh road after an overloaded dumper hit a couple returning home on motorcycle from pilgrimage, killing them on the spot. The dumper then turned turtle as a result of which the stones fell on the road, restricting movement of traffic for more than two hours.

The significant point in the development was that the dumper had passed through Dhoj police check post and it was inexplicable why the police personnel let it go. Large number of dumpers and other heavy vehicles bring mined stones from nearby Sirohi mining centre to Dhoj crusher zone, and later transport crushed materials to various areas, especially in Noida, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida.

The wide-ranging view is that the drivers of the dumpers and trucks are untrained and sometime helpers and labourers double up as drivers. There is a mad rush on the part of the drivers as they make several trips, to and fro to Sirohi and the crusher zone. The vehicles also transport stones to Palli crusher zone, a larger zone with about 150 stone crushing units. The bottom line is that mostly the vehicles are overloaded. Apart from this, there has been periodic allegation of milch cattle being slaughtered in Dhoj area and then smuggled to Delhi and surrounding areas.

The transportation takes vide this Sohna-Ballabarh road. The cumulative effect is that the road has assumed notoriety and considered to be most dangerous for commuters. The loud whisper is that police personnel lobby to get a posting at Dhoj police post, which is part of Sector 55 police station. After the couple returning pilgrimage was crushed to death in the accident, the authorities, in a knee-jerk reaction following public outcry, imposed total restriction on passage trucks and dumpers on Sohna-Ballabgarh road. On account of the administrative decision, the business of the stone crushing units took a severe beating and supply of stone to them and crushed stones (Roree) to the markets was affected.

The general feeling is rather than imposing ban of movement of vehicles, the authorities should discipline the police and other personnel so that they keep a vigil and initiate action against passage of overloaded trucks and dumpers and impose restrictions on movement of alleged smuggling of slaughtered milch cattle. Many see the move to impose restriction on passage of trucks and vehicles as an exercise to divert attention of the public from the real issue: the lapse on the part of the administration to ensure rule of law.

The diktat against total ban was bound to raise hackles for the owners of the stone crushing units. The authorities would then kill two stones with on stone: to give an image that it took action,but had to relent due to pressure. Hence, the effort of a section in the babudom is to adopt a public policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hound.

In fact, this is what exactly happened. The authorities have relented, but with the condition that the trucks and dumpers will not have passage for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.

The mined stones can come only up to Dhoj crushing zone on Sohna-Ballabgarh road. Also, that vehicles can take crushed stones from units in Dhoj zone to areas where they were to supply vide Sohna-Ballabgarh road. With regard to supply of mined stones to Palli zone, the authorities have decided that the vehicles have to take the city road.

The general public, however, has taken the new arrangement with a pinch of salt. In view of the strong money and "approach-power" of the mafia and stone crushing units lobby and in wisdom of hindsight as the way they bend rules with impunity, the general public feel that things will revert to square one after some time. 



Inside Babudom
CM’s office getting bigger and bigger
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The already “heavyweight” Chief Minister’s office (CMO) has just put on more weight with the latest addition of Yudhvir Singh Malik who was recently appointed special secretary to Chief Minister.

This takes the total tally of IAS officers in the CMO to five, in addition to nearly a dozen political appointees. Malik, who cut short his deputation at the centre to return to his parent state, besides being seen as a competent officer, is also considered the blue-eyed boy of the most powerful bureaucrat in the CMO. Though Malik went to the centre just before the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government came to power in the state, the grapevine was abuzz with talk of his return from day one. Finally, he has made it to the CMO and his arrival could change the power equation within the CMO as well.

To begin with, the Hooda government started out with one PSCM, ML Tayal, and two additional PSCMs, Chattar Singh and RD Sheokand, two OSDs, KV Singh and MS Chopra, and one media adviser. However, since then, the CMO has been constantly “gaining strength” with the government appointing a separate media adviser for Delhi, political advisers, assistant political advisors, advisors et al.

After completing two years in power, the Haryana Government appointed KK Khandelwal as the Additional PSCM, taking the number of bureaucrats to four.

This was followed up with the appointment of BR Beri, an HCS officer, in the CMO as OSD to “please the HCS lobby” which had not found representation in CMO for many years.

The “swelling numbers” in the CMO are evident from the fact that their offices are beginning to spill out of the haloed corridor housing the Chief Minister’s office on the fourth floor to rooms beyond its portals. With the numbers growing, the rooms at the disposal of the CMO have now gone up and occupy a substantial length of the corridor.

These increasing numbers have also become the butt of jokes among bureaucrats who claim that, at this pace, the CMO will come to occupy the entire floor by the time the government’s five-year terms ends. Meanwhile, there is talk of Additional PSCM Chattar Singh returning to the Centre since his mandatory “cooling off” period post-deputation at the Centre is over.

He had a long stint in the PMO before coming to Haryana. Since these appointments and the size of the CMO are entirely the prerogative of the Chief Minister, it seems his liberal approach, evident in appointment of information commissioners and additional advocate generals, has found reflection here as well.



Institutes bag laurel 
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, May 1
Recognising the services of Indira Gandhi National College (Dhanora), Ladwa and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Sr. Sec. School, Ladwa, in spreading education in rural areas, the Citizen Integration Peace Society, New Delhi, honoured the college president, Pawan Garg and the school president, Parveen Gupta with the much coveted "Rashtriya rattan award".

They were conferred the award by former Tamil Nadu and Assam Governor and former union minister, Dr. Bhishm Narain Singh and former Punjab Governor, O.P. Verma.

Pawan, son of former MLA, late Om Parkash Garg, is the president of Indira Gandhi National College (Dhanora), Ladwa and patron, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Sr. Sec. School, Ladwa. He is a former member of the Kurukshetra Development Board besides representing various other educational institutions.



Water table plummets on Yamuna banks
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, May 1
The mighty Yamuna river is fast drying up. Before 1995, the average discharge in the river during the rainy seasons used to be more than 5 lakh cusecs. But during the last 13 rainy seasons, the river never swelled beyond 5 lakh cusecs.

Global warming and reducing snow on higher hills are said to be the two main reasons behind the reducing water flow in the river. Yamuna is the lifeline for states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana but the reducing water levels in the river has set alarm bells ringing in the three states. The drying up river has also caused severe damage to the water table in its adjacent areas. So much so, drinking water supply has also been hit by the drying of the river.

The hydel power project, located on a link channel of the river in Yamunanagar, too has been affected by the reduced water discharge. 5,400 cusecs of water is required to run the units on optimum but during most of the year (except for the rainy seasons), the units produce less power. If the water flow in the channel is sufficient, the four powerhouses could produce 64.4 MW.

Thankfully, the river always has 160 cusecs of water, which is left in the river for wild animals. Uttar Pardesh, Delhi, Rajashtan and Haryana are shareholders of the river water and water is distributed at the Hathnikund barrage located in the district.

As per water discharge data, water in the river is minimum in the months of December, January and February. On December 13, 1975, there was only 1130 cusecs water in the river. On January 7, 1996 there was 1560 cusecs, January 18, 2001 there was only 1645 cusecs and on December 28, 2004 there was only 1067 cusecs water in the river.

The water discharge in the river, which once used to be in lakhs of cusecs, has now fallen to five figures. 7,13,457 cusecs water was recorded in the river during the 1924 rains. There was 5,63,382 cusecs water in the river in August 1947.

On September 3, 1978 the river had swelled to 7,09,238 cusecs and caused floods in several parts of UP, Haryana and Delhi. The river once again flowed over 5 lakh cusecs in September 1988 and on August 28, 1989. On September 5, 1995, there was more than 5.38 lakh cusecs of water but after that the water discharge in the river never crossed the 5 lakh mark, informed an official in the irrigation department. The maximum water in the river during the last rains was 1.55 lakh cusecs.



An author with a mission
S D Sharma

Chandigarh, May 1
While the kids of her age talked of opting medical, engineering or business as their profession in life, the unassuming, innocent yet brilliant child prodigy Anju always dreamt of becoming a 'great writer' and always repeated her rare resolute resolve, much to the concern of her discerning schoolmates in general and her parents in particular. Accordingly she, taking it as her calling, invested her best efforts to be reckoned as an author of admirable competence.

And today, credited with eight publications and many more in the offing, Faridabad-based Anju has established her credentials as a prolific author with versatile potential. Rightfully decorated with honours from many literary associations, an award by the Haryana Sahitya Akademy for winning the first prize in Hindi short story contest –2007, is the latest feather in her cap.

The award carrying a cash prize of Rs 3,500 with a memento presented by Haryana education and transport minister, in recognition of her literary pursuits. But what makes Anju’s writings a cut above the rest is the potent thematic content of social relevance especially the women empowerment. Endowed with a vision and imaginative intensity Anju, from the very childhood, watched with curiosity that a baby girl was treated as an harbinger of curse by all in her locality.

The intrusive writer in Anju observed that by and large the women were grudgingly accorded a lower standing in the male dominated society.

Even today, when we talk of advancement, ideology and gender parity, women are subjected to perpetual torture by a demanding husband, a ruthless and antipathetic mother-in-law in families and the bosses or affluent rogues in service sector or other areas, claims Anju. She has eloquently reflected these social evils in her literary works including four short story compilations, two poetry and prose collections.

Anju, now known as a crusader of women rights and their emotional liberty, is emerging further by exploring different dimensions of Hindi literature, emotional and thoughtful stories and articles. She has established a helpline to redress personal problems of women of all ages from evils like dowry system and infanticides, birth and death cycles, philosophy of life and its realities. People in distress can contact her for guidance or help at info@anjuduagemini.com. 



Small dams to save rain water 

Sonepat, May 1
Haryana’s irrigation department has commenced a pilot project on diversion drain no. 8 not only to supplement irrigational supplies in agriculture fields of Sonepat, Rohtak, Panipat and Jind districts, but also to check the dipping of water table in these areas. The project was approved in the flood control meeting at Chandigarh in November last year.

The project aims at construction of a cross regulator at the drain at RD 72,000 near village Bindhroli in the district to store the rain water in the 22 feet deep drain during rainy season.

The farmers of the villages, whose fields are in the adjoining belt on both sides of the drain, will use the water for irrigating their fields with the help of pumping sets. However, they have to take prior permission from the departmental authorities and would have to pay the nominal charges to the department.

The construction work on this regulator has already been started about a month back and as per the government guidelines; it has to be completed within five months time.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 4.80 crore and its storage capacity will be 6,400 acre feet water which will facilitate the farmers to irrigate 12,307 acres of agriculture land.

The DD-8 off-takes from drain no.- 8 near village Mahra and after covering a distance of more than 100 kms, falls into Yamuna. This drain is also joined by four other small drains from different parts of the district. The main purpose of this drain has so far been to carry the rainwaters into Yamuna.

This drain was constructed in the late fifties after large number of villages, including Rohtak town of the erstwhile Rohtak district, witnessed a devastating flood caused by the overflowing of the drain no.–8 during rainy season.

From the areas of Jind district up to Gohana town in Sonepat district, the drain is known by the name as Nai Nala and from Gohana to Rohtak , it is named as drain-8. Many other small drains from the areas of Jind, Panipat, Rohtak and Sonepat districts join this drainage system.

The idea was reportedly taken from the Rajasthan government, which had constructed small dams along the Sahibi seasonal river to store rainwater.

These dams have helped in bringing up the water level upto 20 feet and has helped the farmers of the areas to erect shallow tube-wells to meet their irrigational requirements. It is also relevant to mention that besides large areas of Rajasthan, the areas in Rewari, Jhajjar and Rohtak district were flooded by the Sahibi rainwater in 1977 rainy season.

After that, Rajasthan government mooted the idea of constructing dams at different locations to harness the rainwater of Sahibi. Interestingly, the farmers are not permitted to directly use this stored water for irrigation; but it has helped the farmers in installation of shallow tube-wells.



Was LPG shortage for real?
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, May 1
A probe by the district administration into the shortage of domestic LPG cylinders in Ballabgarh subdivision has revealed large-scale fake LPG connections.

The administration, however, on human consideration, has directed the LPG distributors that such connections be legally transferred to the holders, provided they furnish genuine proof of residence and an undertaking that they would be responsible for any legal consequence thereafter.

Ballabgarh SDM had convened a meeting of LPG distributors operating in the subdivision to probe the shortage in the supply of gas cylinders. A directive was also issued to make a list of fake gas connections within a definite timeframe.

As many as 3,500 identities of the gas connection holders were found fake. The supply of gas cylinders to such consumers has been stopped.

The probe was conducted against the backdrop of an acute shortage of LPG in Ballabgarh. Reports have it that cylinders were sold for about Rs 900 each on the black market. However, the question being raised is whether the fake identities of the consumers were for real or created by the LPG distributors themselves. Many feels it was the handiwork of the distributors, who could have selling cylinders illegally.

There are eight distributors in the subdivision and the ratio of 3,500 fake identities seems "very high", they say, adding that it beats one imagination that such a big racket, and for such a long time, has been escaping the notice of the department of food and civil supply whose officials have a penchant for looking out for culprits.



Movie of the week
Mr White Mr Black

Producer: Bipin Shah
Genre: Comedy
Director: Deepak Shivdasani
Cast: Suneil Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Sandhya Mridul, Upasana Singh, Vrajesh Hirji, Mahima Mehta, Anishka Khosla, Atul Kale

Music: Jatin-Lalit, Shamir Tandon, Tauseef Akhtar

Mr White Mr Black opens today at PVR MGF, PVR Sahara, SRS (All Gurgaon), SRS, SRS Pristine, Movie Time Sector 20, Movie Time Sector 12, Pyramid, Neelam (All Faridabad), Fun-Panipat, K.C. - Panchkula, Fun Republic, Ambala City, Inder Palace - Karnal, Cinemax - Panipat.

What do watch out for : Suneil Shetty, Arshad Warsi jodi, ‘Julie’ director Deepak Shivdasani's direction and some extraordinary comedy sequences from lead stars.

Dharam Pal



Citizen’s Grievance
Revised pension 

I retired from on 31.5.1999 from the office of Xen/construction division, Sonepat under the control of engineer-in-chief, Haryana Irrigation Department, Sector 5, Panchkula as an SDO. After seven years the case of regularisation of post of SDO was done by the Haryana govt, and instructions for revision of pay was conveyed to SE const circle, Sonepat vide C.E HNA letter ensdtt no. 5706-5906/2EE-II/2006 dt 9/5/06. Till date AK Aggarwal, S.E. Const. Circle, Sonepat has not been able to get my pension revised.

OP Wadhwa, Sonepat

Money matters

Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSCC) has recruited many dentists with little or no experience. Many of them are the ones who had paid capitation fee to get a seat in BDS. I had an experience of over nine years and had also worked in rural and charitable hospitals. I cleared the test in 2006-07 (Roll no. 33) and again in 2007-08 (Roll no. 1106). God only knows what could be the reason behind my rejection. It has to be the underhand money given to the authorities for the same. This practice has to be checked before late.

Dr Neeru Chopra, Gole market , Nilokehri


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