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Operation Demolition at Kalka today
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Kalka, February 1
Even as the apex court is expected to take up the appeal against the High Court’s orders of removing encroachments at Kalka tomorrow, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the district administration have started gearing up to carry out an anti-encroachment drive.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria said a committee comprising SDM Monica Malik, NHAI project director Col KP Sharma (retd), and DSP Dayanand Chaudhary would monitor the situation till 12 noon so that residents could themselves remove encroachments.

“In case the committee finds no substantial progress in the removal of encroachments by the residents, the committee would take an appropriate decision to start an anti-encroachment drive,” he said.

The NHAI has asked the district administration to provide security to their officials from tomorrow if owners of buildings failed to comply with the orders of the court.

“We would prefer to give opportunity to people concerned to remove the encroachments on their own, else the buildings would be razed by the NHAI before submitting a report to the High Court on February 6,” Colonel Sharma said. “Even the work of removing encroachments by the owners would be monitored so that there was no delay in meeting the deadline,” he added.

The NHAI has pasted notices on shutters of shops, informing that the offenders had to remove encroachments by 12 midnight, otherwise the NHAI would start demolishing illegal constructions on government land. A public announcement was also made in this regard in the evening.

The chairman of the Kalka Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, Bhagat Singh, said they had moved the Supreme Court against the order of the High Court and the case was listed for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, affected shopkeepers and residents have started shifting their goods to safer places. Several shopkeepers in the main bazaar could be seen shifting goods and removing fittings from buildings earmarked for demolition by the NHAI.

A total of 242 buildings were identified by the National Highway (PWD), Haryana, in November 2007, following which the shopkeepers moved the court.

Shopkeepers said labourers and skilled workers like electricians and plumbers had started demanding exorbitant rates for their services to remove fittings from the buildings to be demolished.



Admn failed us: Residents
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

A view of the shops and houses at Kalka that would be demolished in wake of the orders of the High Court; and (right) an octogenarian Kanta Devi whose house is to be demolished. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Kalka, February 1
The anti-encroachment drive at Kalka would affect at least 300 families directly and several others employed at shops that would be demolished.

There are many buildings up to five storeys where three to four families are living and running shops on the ground floor.

Satish Dutt and Umesh Dutt, brothers, would lose their shop. They would also be rendered without a home as the entire structure would be pulled down.

Similarly, Satish, Naresh and Hariash who run their shops in the upper bazaar would also be displaced as the four-storeyed building, including their houses, would be razed 7 feet away from the road.

Residents are blaming the administration for not representing facts in a proper light before the court. They had proper documents pertaining to ownership, including registration deeds, approved building plans and even no-objection certificates for construction on the said land, but were termed encroachers, said Satinder Singh, owner of a sweet shop.

An octogenarian is finding it hard to believe that she was living in a building constructed “illegally” over a hundred years ago.

“I was born here 80 years ago and was staying with my parents even after my marriage,” said Kanta Devi. “Nobody told us that the building was constructed on land not owned by us. Suddenly we are being uprooted,” she said.



Govt schools vulnerable
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

A government school corridor without a single fire extinguisher. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari

Chandigarh, February 1
Government schools are blatantly violated the mandatory fire safety guidelines under the Fire Safety Act, endangering the lives of students. Going by the findings of a random survey conducted by the municipal corporation, almost 75 city government schools have been found guilty of violating the provisions of the Delhi Fire Safety and Prevention Act (1985)(56 of 1986) as extended to the UT.

PK Sharma, officiating chief fire officer, said: “We had done a random survey and found out that these schools are not up to the mark in ensuring fire safety and escape. We have already notified the education department, but are yet to get any response from their side.”

The essentials in B type (educational) buildings over 15 metres high are: Means of access/exit; underground/overhead water static tank, automatic sprinkler system; first aid hose reel; adequate number of fire extinguishers with ISI certification; compartmentation; detection system; public address system; illuminitated exit signboard; alternative water supply; and wet riser/down corner system.

DPI (S) Samwartak Singh, however, denied having received any such report and claimed that it was MC’s responsibility to ensure that these norms were adhered to. “It’s directly between schools and the MC. All that we can do is to issue directives to schools to get in touch with the MC and follow its guidelines. However, it is the MC’s responsibility to ensure that rules are followed and erring schools are dealt with sternly,” he said.

So while the authorities are busy passing the buck, The Tribune visited some government schools and found that in the name of fire-fighting equipment, most schools only had some fire extinguishers which were outdated. None of the schools had yard hydrant, sprinkler system or smoke detector and in most cases, not even an emergency exit.

Hardly any fire drills are held in schools. In the name of fire safety week celebrations, only visits to the fire station or a painting competition are organised.

Several principals revealed that it was the administration’s fault as it never provided them with fire-fighting equipment and neither the teachers nor students were aware of norms. They were also not trained to handle fire extinguishers.

“Nobody has cared to conduct fire drills or train us. How can we be blamed? The edepartment issues directives, but doesn’t realise that we have minimal school funds after the scrapping of the PTA to make any purchases. Till date, we have not been allocated funds to buy fire-fighting equipment,” one of them said. Some schools that were found guilty of violating fire norms by the MC are in Sectors 11, 10, 22-C,15-C, Maloya, Khuda Lahora, 24-A, 35-D, 37-C, 37-D, 40, 39, 22-A, 37-B, 36-D, 26, 27, 46-C, 47, Manimajra, Raipur Khurd, Behlana, Daria, Mauli Colony, 32, Kasan Hallo Majra, 33, 39, 45, Mauli Jagran, Bapu Dham, 18, 8, 26, 7, 20-D, 19-C, 21, 20-D, 30, 29, 28, Colony number 4 and 31.



3 nabbed with revolver, drugs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 1
The Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Mohali Police has arrested three miscreants and seized a .32 bore revolver and 2 cartridges from their possession. Around 850 grams of white powder (suspected to be drug) has also been seized from the gangsters. To confirm the veracity of the powder, it will be sent for chemical examination.

SP (Detective) RK Bakshi told The Tribune that the gangsters were intercepted at a check-post set up at Bawa White House chowk in Mohali last night.

During the checking, a Scorpio, with Haryana registration number, coming from the Chandigarh side, was signalled to stop and the search of three persons travelling in it led to the recovery of a .32 bore revolver made in Kanpur and its 2 cartridges, for which the occupants failed to produce any licence, Bakshi revealed.

The arrested persons have been identified as Sachin Walia of Naraingarh in Ambala, Ramesh Chand of Yamunanagar and Sachin Kumar of Shah Bhoomri, Bihar, in Saharanpur. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 30 years.

Bakshi said one-day police remand of the miscreants was procured from a local court this evening to interrogate the accused. A case under Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the miscreants.



Why speedy justice not a rule?
Raveen Thukral

I am not a pessimist but frankly speaking, I wasn't expecting the trial in the German tourist rape case to be over so soon. And this didn't have anything to do with my faith in our judicial system.

My fears perhaps have their genesis in the numerous earlier precedents where the high and mighty have managed to use the loopholes in our justice delivery system to ensure lengthy trials, which often end up leaving the victims frustrated and the accused scoffing. As this didn't happen in this particular case, so kudos to both the judiciary - Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri- and the police - IG UT Police, S K Jain - for ensuring a speedy trial on a well investigated and scientifically corroborated water tight case.

The trail in the case was completed in a record time of four months, from the day the crime was committed, and all the five accused, who have been awarded an exemplary punishment of life imprisonment, are cooling their heels in the lockup. In fact the court has emulated the pleasant precedence set by its Rajasthan counterparts where speedy justice in similar cases of rape have proved a real breath of fresh air vis-à-vis our judicial system, which many experts fear is on a verge of collapse.

But what makes this speedy verdict unique is that it was delivered by an ordinary court unlike the fast track courts in Rajasthan. Incidentally, a week before this verdict, in a case of so-called honour killing another court here had convicted the father and the brother of a slain girl within six month of the crime.

Willy-nilly this indicates that ordinary courts can indeed work as fast track courts and conduct speedy trials, if so they desire. In fact in both these cases even the police and the prosecution played their respective roles well and there were no undue delays.

So the obvious question is that why such alacrity can't be shown in other cases. The total pendency of cases in the district courts here is close to one lakh and there are 50 rape cases that are under trail, the oldest being of 1999.

Slow delivery of justice can broadly be a result of (i) investigation failure (ii) prosecution failure and (iii) Judicial delays. Investigation failure usually occurs when the police either fails to trace the suspects or takes too long to identify them.

Prosecution failure occurs when the prosecutors cannot present the case in right earnest by failing to produce witnesses. Repeated adjournments sought by the prosecution also contribute to the delay in justice.

Unfortunately, in both investigation and prosecution failures, corruption and complicity play a major role. Money and political power contributes to the rot in a big way as these are often used to either influence and delay investigations or to buy and turn witnesses hostile. Now it's a matter of record that sometimes even the defence and the prosecution counsels join hands to influence witnesses to delay trials and help the accused.

Now coming to judicial delays, these primarily can occur because of (i) lack of resources and infrastructure (ii) inadequate number of judges and (iii) under performing courts. As far as resources are concerned, no one can say that these shouldn't be given. In fact all resources should be provided to ensure speedy justice to all and all-out efforts should be made to fill all vacancies on judges.

However, there is a dire need to optimise the pace and quantum of delivery of judgements by courts. One may recall the suggestion of former President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who mooted the idea that judges should put in a couple of hours extra daily and also forgo some of their holidays to deal with the mounting backlog, specially in the district courts.

While addressing an All-India Seminar on Judicial Reforms with Special Reference to Arrears of Court Cases, in April 2005, Dr.Kalam had stated, "If all the 24 judges of the Supreme Court take up a thousand additional cases to be cleared during two years by working two additional hours on all working days and on Saturdays, I am sure by 2007, the pending cases can be minimised substantially. The judges of the High Courts and the district courts could follow a similar model," he said.

Dr Kalam's formula also indirectly reflects his concern on sub-optimal performance of courts, which can be attributed to many reasons including limited working days, owing to vacations and other holidays, especially in higher courts.

As a right of reasonable expectation of optimum delivery by all the three wings of constitutional governance - legislature, executive and judiciary- we look forward to them to perform. In the interest of speedier justice to all, these three wings have to work in tandem - the legislature by enacting appropriate laws, the executive by doing its job of investigation and prosecution in a proper manner and the judiciary in this context has to gear up to devote more judge-hours to contribute to the pace and quantum of justice delivery.

As a case study, it would be worthwhile if the judiciary puts to public debate the reasons for the delay in disposal of the other 50 pending rape cases. This would reveal the real reasons as to why justice eludes most victims and only a handful, like the German tourist, get the satisfaction of seeing their tormentors behind bars without undergoing the torture and frustration of long drawn trials.

Write to cityeditor@tribunemail.com


GMADA in a fix over transfer of plots
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 1
Hundreds of files pertaining to transfer of ownership of plots after the death of allottee are piling in the estate office of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). Reason, the GMADA is yet to make its mind on the procedure to be followed to allow the transfer in such cases.

For the past few months, the estate office stopped transferring the property after the elected councillors of the Mohali Municipal Council stopped issuing succession certificates.

“A legal opinion sought by the authority had recommended the succession certificate issued by a court. But the matter has been referred again for the second legal opinion,” said VP Singh, Chief Administrator of the GMADA.

Prior to the MC’s decision, the Deputy Commissioner used to issue the certificate but was discontinued on the plea that the estate office could not dictate the DC to issue the certificate of surviving legal heirs.

“Seeking the succession certificate from the court would mean a long procedure and another round of harassment for the applicants,” said NK Marwaha, a former senior Vice-President of the Mohali Municipal Council.

Critical of elected councillors for dithering from performing their duties, he said the estate office should come forward to simplify the procedure while fixing accountability in the process of transfer of ownership of such plots.

Inquiries reveal that as per the provisions of The Transfer of Property Act and Hindu Succession Act, the property can be transferred in name of legal heirs in equal shares when there was no will. To check any fraudulent transfer, the estate office normally asks for an affidavit and a third party indemnity bond from the transferee.

After the DC refused to issue the succession certificate, a former Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar had agreed to the certificate issue by the councillors. But after the councillors refused to issue the certificate, the problem has again surfaced.



Parts of Plaza cry for maintenance
Neha Miglani

Chandigarh, February 1
While the administration and officers in the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, are busy claiming to beautify the city, there are parts of Sector-17 Plaza (Phase II) that has pits dug all over the place. It has been four months since the MC dug these pits to lay sewerage lines, but after the work was over, the pits remained in bad shape and were never covered.

A broken sitting platform; and (right) a boy tries to find his way through the dug path in front of shops in Sector 17 near GPO. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Consequently, visitors face a harrowing time whenever they visit this part of the Plaza. Some of them have to jump over the dug parts to reach their destinations.

The pleas of Progressive Trader’s Welfare Association in this part of the Sector 17 have gone unheard by the MC since months. The area that leads to the entrance of the General Post office (GPO) needs re-carpeting and cementing is needed in other areas, claim the members of the association.

Navdeep Sharma of Elvis Jeans said, “The Plaza is the main attraction for the NRI’s, tourists and even the localities. Late in the evening there are no lights, the ground is dug up since four months and it is scary for visitors to visit showrooms across this bridge.”

According to the traders, while efforts are being made to beautify the main area of the Sector-17 Plaza, this part of the Plaza remains ignored. There is ‘zero maintenance’ of this area, they claim with no provision of drinking water and no sitting arrangements for visitors.

Adds Varinder Guleri, president of the association “There are no dustbins here, no lights and not just the administration but even the police also ignores this area.”

Last year Chandigarh Tribune carried a story (April 4) stating the miserable condition of the Phase II Sector 17, at a time when the civic body had an ambitious plan worth Rs 4.5 crore for the development of Phase II, for the area from the Bridge Market to the Madhya Marg.

Pradeep Chhabra, the area councillor said: “The delay is on the part of administration. Initially the plan was to cover the area with concrete just like the other parts of the main Plaza, but later on the administration changed the plan which has led to this delay.”



38 lakh kids given polio drops
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, February 1
R Talwar, principal secretary Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, launched the second round of Pulse Polio Immunisation Campaign in Punjab today by administering polio drops to children at Dera Bassi and other villages of the Mohali district.

Talwar said 16,000 booths, including transit booths, had been set up across the state for administering polio drops to children. As many as 38 lakh children up to the age of 5 years were administered polio drops during this campaign by about 32,000 teams and 3,200 supervisors.

The drops were administered in the specially set up booths and other children would be covered during door-to-door visits on February 2 and February 3. He said special emphasis had been laid on coverage of migratory population and all senior officers of the health department.

The secretary supervised polio booths at CHC Lalru, SHC Antala, PHC Basoli, SHCs Jola Kalan and Joli besides local camps at Dera Bassi and Zirakpur.

33 transit teams constituted

Patiala: A total number of 1.40 lakh children between 0-5 years of age were vaccinated by giving oral polio drops in Patiala district today under the guidance of Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, Civil Surgeon, Patiala.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr Kuldip Kaur by giving polio drops to small kids at a function held at Ghalauri Gate dharamshala today.

Dr Gupta said a total number of 2,43,970 children would be administered by the staff of health department supported by school teachers, aganwari workers, college students, volunteers, NGOs, IMA members, panchayat members and religious organisations in the next two days.

Sources disclosed that 33 transit teams were constituted who administered polio drops to target children at bus stands, railway station, main highways and prominent road crossing in district Patiala. She further added that in addition to these transit teams, 33 mobile teams were also pressed into service which visited every nook and comer of Patiala district and administered polio drops.

The next phase of the polio programme will be inititated on February 2 and February 3 at the residences of the people of the city.

Rotarians take part in drive

Panchkula: Five international visitors participated in a campaign launched at Rajiv Colony by the Rotary Club, Panchkula, to administer pulse polio drops to children here today.

The visitors Townes Osborn, Liz Macknitosh, Dominica Pradere, Noelle A Galperin and Louis Ortega from different parts of the world were here to study and supervise the campaign conducted against polio.

Rotary president Pardeep Aggarwal informed about the Rotary-Bill Gates’ partnership in eradicating this disease worldwide on the occasion.

Traffic cops pitch in

Bassi Pathana: Dr Kuldeep Singh Kang, senior medical officer, inaugurated the pulse polio campaign in the sub-division by administering polio drops to children here today.

Various religious, social organisations like Lions Club, Rotary Club and Bharat Vikas Parishad joined hands with the civil administration in the campaign. The traffic police also joined the campaign by stopping vehicles and administer polio drops to the children travelling in buses and cars.

Dr Kang said the health department had organised 17 polio sewa camps to administer the polio drops to 3,240 children in the age group of 0 to 5 years and only 1,566 could be administered the drops. He said in the next two days the teams would go from door-to-door to ensure that no child remained without the polio drops.



80,000 given polio drops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
More than 80,000 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city on the first day of the pulse polio immunisation campaign here today.

About 463 stationary booths and 66 mobile teams were deputed, consisting of about 2,100 personnel belonging to the department of health, education and social welfare, various nursing institutions, students of GMCH-32, PGIMER, volunteers from various colleges, NSS and NGOs.

Special arrangements were made to provide oral polio drops at all entry/ exit points of the city, ISBT at Sector 17 and 43, railway station and airport.

According to health officials, maximum attendance was reported from booths located in Bapu Dham, Ram Darbar, Mauli Jagran, Indira Colony, Nehru Colony, Colony No 4, Colony No 5, Dhanas village, Dadumajra, Sarangpur, Khudda Jassu, Khudda Lahora and other parts of the city.

Director health and family welfare, Dr MS Bains, and other senior officials of the health department supervised the booth activity in different areas. He said, “Every care was taken to ensure that the maximum number of children below five years was given the oral polio vaccine (OPV).”

Various voluntary teams of rotary international from all over the world also visited pulse polio booth in different areas. He appealed to those whose children had missed the dose today can have polio drop on 2nd and 3rd as the health department will continue the campaign on these two days for immunising the children by going house to house in order to ensure full coverage.



Rajasthani folk dance delights audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 1
About 40 amateur female dancers endeavoured to bring alive the vitality and grandeur of vibrant Rajasthani folk dance at the Tagore theatre, here today.

The folk musical bonanza presented under the aegis of the Anupreet Dance Akademy was evolved during a workshop and directed by Udaipur-based Nritya Shiromani choreographer Shakuntla Pawar assisted by city bred dancer Anupreet Arora.

After eminent educationist Lalita Prakash lighted the traditional lamp, the programme commenced with invocatory dance Ganesh Vandana by prodigious Urvi Manocha.

Then the artists (age-group 7-50 years)performed group dances that depicted the Rajasthani folk flavour and rustic life in its varied manifestations on stage. Be it Mera gorbandh nakhralo, Sawan Surango, Haryo Rumaal, Daang Leela, Aag Chari, Dholkadi, alike, all created a compelling charm of the pristine folklore.

The audience relished the popular folk forms like Bhawai dance, the festive holi dance and the Kalbelia. At times, artistes lacked coordination and display of emotional expressions but preparing the repertoire of diverse dance forms in two weeks was a commendable effort.

The chief guest, Union Minister of State for Finance, Pawan Kumar Bansal, appreciated the amateur artistes.



Bansal wooing employees ahead of poll
Takes up their issues with Centre government
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The UT's alleged failure on employees' demands has provided a perfect opportunity to Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal to woo the employees and take up their case with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

With an eye on the coming Lok Sabha elections, Pawan Bansal has again taken up the long-pending issues of the employees with the Central government reviving the hopes of the hundreds of employees.

In separate three representations to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Bansal has reportedly urged the MHA to find a early solution to various demands of the employees, including the payment of bonus, increase in the recruitment age from 25 years to 35 years, regularisation of the daily wage and work-charged employees and doing away with the 5 per cent ceiling on the recruitments on the compassionate grounds.

Knowing full well that his political fortunes depended on the crucial votes of the powerful UT employees, Bansal seems to have justified each demand. For instance, Bansal had pleaded that the UT employees should be paid bonus as there was no resources crunch with the UT administration.The UT had reportedly stopped bonus on the Punjab pattern as Punjab was facing an acute financial crunch.

While the recruitment age in Chandigarh was in the range of 18 years to 25 year, in Punjab the recruitment age was up to 35 years. Similarly, the daily wage and work-charged employees had been working for years and they should be regularised on humanitarian grounds, it was pleaded.

The UT employees form a powerful pressure group and there was a scramble among political parties to woo them in the run-up to the elections.

Congress sources claimed that the minister's advocacy of employees' demand was a routine affair and had nothing to do with the coming elections. While Bansal could not be contacted, his media coordinator Pardeep Chhabra claimed that Bansal had been taking up employees' issues with the Central government from time to time.



2000 fire: Booth allotment to victims ‘unfair’
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The rehabilitation of fire victims of the Sector 46 Rajiv Gandhi rehri market gutted in 2000 reflects the lopsided appeasement policy of the Chandigarh administration. The administration has been adamant that only those with handcart or hawker licenses under the Rehabilitation Scheme of 1991 would be considered for allotment of booths.

However, as many as 128 rehriwallas believe that the administration has been adopting double standards while allotting booths to re-establish fire victims in other sectors.

Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary, said: “No discrimination has been done. We had issued booths to genuine rehriwallas who possessed hawker or handcart license.”

But The Tribune is in possession of documents that show the then Adviser to the Administrator had notified that under the rehabilitation policy, all Sector 19 rehriwallas, 374 in total, who had suffered a loss in a fire that broke out in 1993, irrespective of whether they possessed these licenses, should be given booths in Sectors 19 and 27.

The Sector 46 rehriwallas also alleged that due to the lackadaisical attitude of the administration, the booth prices fixed at a few thousands per unit had now escalated to lakhs of rupees.

Under the rehabilitation scheme, the booths had been allotted in 1993 at a fixed price of Rs 44,000 per unit in the first phase. In the second phase, the administration had rehabilitated rehri markets of Sectors 20-C and 20-D at the rate of Rs 88,000 per booth in 1996.

While continuing with the above scheme, the administration announced Rs 1.5 lakh per booth for Sector 46, but since the allotment of booths is pending till date, the administration is now asking for Rs 8.5 lakh for a booth.

A probe into the matter revealed there were 118 license holders in the Sector 46 market and 10 others who did not possess a license but were operating from the open space.

The Estate Office had rejected 65 cases on various grounds during screening and only 63 were allotted booths. The rest of them had to sit in the open. Questions are being raised that if the administration's rejection of 65 cases is justified, what was the point of accepting Rs 3,000 as earnest money for booths from all.

  • The screening committee negated the claims of certain genuine license holders because the administration has fixed the eligibility criteria for only those whose family income does not exceed Rs 7,500 per month. For getting a booth at Rs 8.5 lakh, the administration has fixed Rs 8,500 as monthly instalment.
  • A case was rejected because the license holder was paying Rs 1,600 per month as school fee of his kids. Hence, his income exceeds the limit fixed under the scheme, the report stated.
  • A deaf and dumb license holder was declared ineligible because his wife works in a bank and his father owns a house in Sector 35.



Villages under MC to get canal water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Residents of the villages, which come under the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, will soon get canal water supply as the corporation has started laying the water pipes in these areas. Presently, while most of the sectors are getting canal water supply, most of the villages are getting water from the tubewell.

In total, there are nine villages under the corporation’s jurisdiction. Out of them, four are getting canal water supply, but remaining five, which were transferred to the corporation later, are yet to get the same.

Consequently, the corporation has started the process of laying the pipes and it is expected that the work would be completed within the next six months. These include Daddu Majra, Hallo Majra, Kajheri, Maloya and Palsora.

The officials of the corporation said this would be an additional facility for the residents, as there were some complaints of low water level in many parts where tubewell water was being supplied. Though the work pertaining to this in Daddu Majra, Kajheri, Maloya and Palsora would be completed within next three to four months. But, the work of laying-down the water pipelines in Hallo Majra could take a longer time. The new pipelines would run parallel to the tubewell lines.

However, other 12 villages under the UT, which include, Kishangarh, Raipur Kalan, Raipur khurd, Daria, Makhanmajra, Dhanas and Mauli Jagran Behlana, Khudda Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Khudda Ali Sher and Kaimbwala are yet to get this supply.



6 Lancers celebrates Silver Jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Silver Jubilee of 6 Lancers, an elite unit of the Armoured Corps, was solemnly celebrated in the Western Sector today. Several ceremonial functions and activities were organised by the unit to commemorate the occasion.

The day was marked by a special service at the regimental religious institute, where all ranks paid obeisance, according to a statement issued here. Lt Gen JP Singh, Colonel of the Regiment, inspected the Regimental Quarter Guard, followed by a special sainik sammelan.

Two former colonels of the regiment, Lt Gen VK Kapoor (retd) and Lt Gen GD Singh (retd) also attended the function.

The overall championship banner as well as trophies were also presented on the occasion to the unit’s squadrons for their outstanding performance in sports, professional efficiency and internal economy. Serving, as well as retired regimental officers, JCOs and other ranks along with their families participated in various events.

6 Lancers was raised on this day in 1984 on an “All India-All Class” composition basis.

The regiment has participated with distinction in numerous operations and major exercises.



‘States should have force like NSG’

Chandigarh, February 1
Asserting that infiltrators should be killed on the spot when they try to cross border, former CBI director Joginder Singh today said each state in the country must constitute a dedicated force like the National Security Guards (NSG).

“The infiltrators must be killed on the spot...every state should have a dedicated force of 200 personnel that can act in the fastest possible time,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a launch function. — PTI



System mirrors admn’s inefficiency

This is with reference to the article “This system, less said the better” published in Chandigarh Tribune on January 19, 2009 written by Raveen Thukral.

Everyone knows that politicians and executives work less for the country and more for their own. Better not talk about politicians. There are three types of executives, one who work and slug for the nation.

Second who work only for politicians, have high profile and known most of the time for their undoing while third are the ones who do not work at all, they come to the office to rest and make use of resources in the office to encourage their business.

To me judiciary is also playing in the hands of the executives and it is apparent from the time of the courts taken by PILs and other cases to provide civic amenities and protect civil rights.

RK Garg


It aptly explains the sorry state of affairs in governance. Crores of rupees of public money are spend for oath taking ceremony of a politician’s son.

Where employees are officially allowed to attend only 180 days out of 365 days and get paid handsome salary for their undoing. Where decisions of higher authorities are reviewed by juniors on certain instructions. Where the officers are shy of consulting their juniors and do not read law books before writing a file. Where every fine day a power plant is started but there is no power except on the government functions. Where a person practicing open bigamy can still remain an MLA. Truly less said the better. This is the sorry state of affairs where people get only one chance to vote in five years.

They are left to the mercy of politicians and officers for a fixed period of five years. Will we get any respite from this rotten system?

Kumar Gaurav, Chandigarh


The article very rightly brings out the root cause of most of the problems the country is facing these days. The democratic system of governance is predicated on three wings, which are to be independent of each other so that there are checks and balances and there is no clash of interest. These wings are legislative wing, the executive wing and the judicial wing. In our system the legislative wing and the executive wing merge into one at the top most level i.e. at the ministerial level. It is here that there occurs clash of interest, which leads to a majority of decisions being taken on the basis of vote banks and not strictly on national interest or merits. The executive wing cannot act independently in implementing the legislative policies, as it will always be under the influence of political masters.

Thus I feel there is a need to debate whether segregating these three wings like the US system will be better for us. It is time that we start examining the changes necessary at the fundamental level of the constitution also rather than thinking of reforms for quick and short-term solutions.

Mona Mongia


I endorse the thoughts echoed by Thukral that it indicates nothing but administrative paralysis when courts have to intervene in routine matters and issue directions for regulating traffic on highways.

Otherwise, as remarked in the write up, the judiciary should normally intervene when the act, rules and policies are not implemented in fair and transparent manner. There is a serious need for introspection amongst us as to what the compelling reasons are that the judiciary is undertaking the task, which is normally that of the executive.

Three of the several ills afflicting our system in day-to-day life are lack of discipline, dereliction of assigned duty and rampant corruption. The three ills are interwoven and it is difficult to segregate one from the other. We as common public in general need to be more disciplined on our part in following the social or civil norms. On the contrary, reckless violations of traffic rules, encroaching government land to construct illegal structures, polluting/ damaging the environment, etc. make a common site all around.

Here enters the role of our law enforcers who are supposed to set things right as a part of their assigned duty. But, unfortunately, they see it as a golden opportunity to make money through corruption or otherwise letting the errant off by way of “Sifarish”, including political connections. Thus they oblige each other for future mutual benefits.

The vicious circle goes on and on tending to yield a system about which, “Less said the better”. Under such circumstances, pillars of honesty, sincerity and commitment are the need of the hour to support the collapsing structure of society. Intervention by the judiciary in routine matters shows that it is committed to preventing the total collapse of the system. To my mind, it is a crisis management step by the judiciary.

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Appointment of polytechnic principal challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Veena Sood, head of department in Government Polytechnic for Women in Sector 10, challenged the appointment Narinder Sathi as the principal of the college before the Central Administrative Tribunal.

Taking note of the application filed by Veena Sood, the tribunal has issued notices to the college and director technical education to give reply. Veena stated in the application that she was M.Sc honours in chemistry and was appointed as lecturer in chemistry in Government Polytechnic for Women in Sector 10. She got this job through Employment Exchange on March 18, 1975. Through an order dated May 17, 1980, she was adjusted against a post of Group B with immediate effect.

Veena asserted in the application that she was senior to Narinder Sathi and she was entitled to promotion to the post of principal. The applicant stated that even if Narinder Sathi was granted the additional charge of head of department, that would not entitle her to supersede the applicant for the post of principal in view of the decision taken by the administration as per the circular issued in August 12, 2003.

As per the circular, the administration had given instructions wherein it had been clarified thereon that the officers holding additional charge of another post which was in the same line of promotion or cadre would be entitled to minimum basic pay of higher post but this would, however, not confer any right to seniority.

The application further stated that Narinder Sathi was granted the additional charge of the post of head of department but it won’t entitle her to supersede the applicant for the post of principal in view of the decision taken by the administration as contained in circular dated August 12, 2003.



4,000 appear for MAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Around 4,000 candidates appeared for the Management Admission Test (MAT) in various centres here today.

The test, conducted four times a year in February, May, September and December, has become popular with the AICTE-approved institutes and university departments with institutions like Aryans Business School (ABS), Banur; BJIMT, Sangrur; CBS, Mohali; CMS, Patiala; CMTR, Kharar; CT, Jalandhar; DBIMCS, Mandi Gobindgarh; PCTE, Ludhiana; RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh; SVIET, Patiala; PIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh; GBS, Patiala; LPU, Phagwara; BGIET, Sangrur; SVBS, Patiala; SVSM, Patiala etc.



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