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Engg college principal not qualified enough?
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 23
Sachdeva Engineering College for Girls, Gharuan, has landed in the dock over the qualification of its principal, Col Amarjeet Singh (retd).

A section of students of the college, affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, have complained that the principal does not have the requisite qualifications to hold the office of principal of an engineering college.

As per norms of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) followed by the PTU, the candidate for the post of principal should hold a PhD degree in any branch of engineering/management with a first class bachelors or masters degree.

For computer engineering or computer technical education, a PhD degree in computer sciences is needed with a first class MCA degree. Also, the principal should have at least 15 years of experience in teaching/industry/research, out of which five years as a professor or above was must.

However, college director Baljit Kaur said he had done his PhD in automobile engineering from Lucknow University. “He joined our college some months ago and the requisite certificates have been sent to the AICTE for scrutiny. He had submitted all documents which support that he’s done his PhD in future fuels,” she said.

However, Lucknow University’s director of Institute of Publication and Public Relation, Prof HK Dwivedi, said the university did not offer any course in automobile engineering.

Col Amarjeet Singh said he had done his PhD in mechanical engineering from distance education of the university. “Automobile engineering was a subject in PhD. I have done mechanical engineering from Bombay University and I was an Army-sponsored candidate. I had taught extensively in the Army before retiring in 1997.

I’ve also taught at Rohtak Institute of Engineering and Technology,” he said, adding that the AICTE norms did not say anything about a gap between PhD and experience years.

Prof Dwivedi asserted that the university did not offer any technical course.

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Tribune Impact
GMADA gets its act together
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
Taking cognizance of security tents pitched illegally on public land and green belts in the town, GMADA today decided to act tough with the securitymen attached with VVIPs.

More than 25 such violations by serving and retired IAS and Punjab Police officials have been identified in various sectors. After issuing a public notice, GMADA has decided to carry out an encroachment drive at the earliest. The chief administrator, GMADA, VP Singh, has confirmed the proposed action.

The Tribune had highlighted the manner in which government servants had allowed their security guards to pitch tents on public land. Enjoying influential positions in the government, some VIPs had also used “kundi” connections for power extension to their securitymen. In a specific case, the security men had pitched tents on the premises of the waterworks of the public health department in Phase 9 and taken “kundi” connection from the tubewell.

Sources in GMADA said in a survey carried out by the building branch of the estate office, violations had been noticed in Phases 3B1, 3B1, V, VI, VII, IX and XI, and Sectors 68, 69, 70 and 71. It is learnt that the additional chief administrator, Mohali, Balwinder Singh Multani, in an official communication, has pointed out that the encroachments were setting a wrong precedent.

Since the securitymen were armed, GMADA officials were wary of a direct confrontation with senior officials. The demolition drive would be carried out after bringing the issue to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner and seeking police force from the SSP.

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Dress code at dental hospital goes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The “no-jeans” dress code existing at HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, for the past three years is all set to be done away with.

Following reports published in The Tribune, highlighting objections of students to the alleged “enforcement” to wear salwar-kameez only, a committee comprising principal HS Gaba, two women faculty members of the college, DSW Naval Kishore, DSW (W) Nishtha Jaswal and a doctor from the GMCH-32 has decided to scrap the practice. SOPU president Brinder Dhillon was representing students.

SOPU had in a written representation submitted to the Vice-Chancellor objected to the dress code and demanded a clarification regarding its relevance and validity on the PU campus. It claimed to be protesting on behalf of college girls who could not assert themselves due to internal assessments and practicals.

While all committee members remained tightlipped about the decision, one of them, on condition of anonymity, said: “Yes, students are now free to wear whatever they want while maintaining decency and decorum.”

“Initially, HS Gaba had said they had not imposed any dress code. In response to it, we demanded that this should be put on the notice board for the benefit of students. Committee members have professed a broadminded approach and have lifted the dress code,” Dhillon said.

Dr Ashok Goel, member of the national executive committee of the National Medicos Organisation, who was the first to object to the dress code, said: “This decision is a lesson for all medical institutions that impose dress codes officially or unofficially. Medical students should be made to concentrate on honing their skills and be broadminded rather than infringing on their freedom.”

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Corporal Punishment SDM to hold inquiry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Taking a serious note of a Class III student of St John’s having been subjected to alleged physical and verbal abuse by a teacher, Home Secretary Ram Niwas has directed Niharika Rai, SDM, to conduct an inquiry into the matter and submit a report as soon as possible.

It is learnt that the administration has also got in touch with officials and asked them to convert the DDR filed by the child’s mother, Punita Singh, into an FIR.

The incident came to light yesterday when Punita Singh, a counsellor at Carmel Convent School, filed a complaint against the school authorities in this regard.

“The teacher not only slapped my child several times, but also humiliated him in front of the class by urging other students to call him a D grader,” she alleged.

Meanwhile, in a similar incident reported from Government School, Sector 47, the services of a teacher who humiliated a child by putting a shoe garland around his neck have been terminated.

The DPI (S) has been instructed to hold a meeting of all school principals and sensitise them about zero tolerance towards corporal punishment.

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DC
Brijendra is UT’s nominee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Chandigarh administration today recommended the name of Faridabad Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh for posting as UT Deputy Commissioner.

The name of 1998-batch officer, who is the son of Haryana finance minister and Congress leader Birendra Singh, was forwarded to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) after clearance from UT Administrator SF Rodrigues.

From the MHA, the file will go to the department of personnel and training (DoPT) before being finally being cleared by the appointment committee of the cabinet (ACC).

Yesterday, the Haryana government had sent a panel of three officers — OP Langyan (1995) and Ramesh Krishan (1997) — for DC’s post.

The state government had ignored the request of the Chandigarh administration to send the names of only direct recruits to the IAS and not of the officers promoted from the state service to the all-India service. Langyan and Krishan are promoted officers.

Current incumbent RK Rao is to be repatriated to his parent state Haryana by July 29 following the refusal of the Centre to extend his stay at the crucial UT post.

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Sale of property on forged GPA
Assistant estate officer shifted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The unauthorised sale of a shop-cum-flat (SCF) in Sector 20 here, allegedly in connivance with certain estate office employees, has taken its toll with the UT administration shifting assistant estate officer (AEO) Ashwani Kumar.

According to sources, land acquisition officer (LAO) Hargunjit Kaur will look after the departments held by Ashwani Kumar, including AEO, hospitality and secretary, House Allotment Committee. Ashwani Kumar will be the new LAO.

An NRI from the UK, Tara Singh, had approached Home Secretary-cum-chief vigilance officer Ram Niwas alleging that certain persons, including estate office employees and an advocate, had sold his property worth crores of rupees on the basis of forged general power of attorney (GPA).

The estate office had issued the NOC on February 18, 2009 and executed the sale deed on February 16.

However, later the NOC was cancelled and the sub-registrar was requested to cancel the sale deed when the matter was brought to the notice of senior officials of the estate office, sources said.

On the orders of Ram Niwas, the vigilance department had booked OP Mittal, Harnek Singh, Jaswant Singh and JB Singh.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, forgery, fraud and criminal conspiracy was registered. Recently, the functioning of the estate office had come under a scanner, as the vigilance department had seized certain files to check irregularities in sale, transfer and denial of NOCs.

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Now, book train ticket at GPO 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The city residents can now book railway tickets at the General Post Office with the launch of facility of reservation of tickets through passenger reservation system here today.

The booking counter for railway tickets at the GPO was jointly inaugurated by chief postmaster general, Punjab circle, PR Kumar and DRM, Ambala, H K Jaggi.

Jaggi said the move would reduce pressure on booking counters at the Chandigarh railway station and the postal department would be able to generate income through the sale of tickets.

Addressing mediapersons, Kumar said the facility would also be available at four other post offices — Sector 22, Sector 47, Sector 12 (PGI) and Mohali, Phase I — soon.

Currently, 35 post offices across the country provide the PRS facility. From April, 2008 to April, 2009, 2,25,211 tickets were issued by the post offices and earned around Rs 38 lakh in commission. Kumar added that the facility would be added to 5,000 more post offices in the country.

“We have identified 100 more post offices in Punjab and the UT at important locations like universities, medical colleges, engineering colleges, pilgrim places, etc. to help customers have access to the railway reservation facility,” he said.

Moreover, the special counter will book all types of tickets, including military vouchers, like any other regular railway PRS centre. But they will charge additional amount from passengers.

For second-class sleeper and second-class seater (2S), the counter will charge Rs 15, for three-tier AC and AC chair car Rs 20, and second and first class AC Rs 30. For cancellation, Rs 10 will levied as additional charge.

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Maintenance of Senior Citizens Act
But no tribunal even after nine months of notification
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
While the Chandigarh police today went ahead with the launch of stickers scheme for senior citizens amid much fanfare, the UT administration has failed to implement the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, despite the same being notified in the city nine months ago.

The act was enforced by the union government in December, 2007 and was notified by the Chandigarh administration in October, 2008. Even after the lapse of over nine months, the authorities concerned have failed to constitute maintenance tribunal.

Under the Act, the state government had to, within a period of six months from the date of the commencement of this Act, by notification in the official gazette, constitute for each subdivision one or more tribunals as may be specified in the notification for the purpose of adjudicating and deciding upon the order for maintenance under Section 5.

The Act further stated that the tribunal had to be presided over by an officer not below the rank of sub-divisional officer of a state.

Inquiries made by the TNS revealed that the administration had not been able to set up the requisite tribunal so far.

While the UT police is patting its back for its latest venture, a similar scheme, HAPS (Help the Aged Person Scheme), was introduced amidst much fanfare in 2000 had met a sad end.

Under the scheme, the area policemen were supposed to visit elderly citizens, particularly those living alone at regular intervals and assist them in outdoor jobs.

Disgruntled over the fate of such schemes, a senior citizen said: “Apart from giving new names and being launched by new faces (read senior police officials), rest remains the same. Had the earlier scheme given the desired results, there was no need to launch new schemes.”

Sources in the police said the tribunal would examine the complaint and direct the police to initiate action against the accused.

The police would provide security and other assistance to the needy person under the directions given by the tribunal and take action on if any cognizable offence is made out in the complaint.

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Sticker scheme for elderly launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Extending a helping hand to elderly residents, the Chandigarh police today launched the Senior Citizens’ Stickers Scheme at traffic auditorium in Sector 29, here this evening.

Over 500 senior citizens from the city attended the function during which UT IGP SK Jain launched the scheme.

The IGP honoured two senior citizens and handed them over the stickers.

The police said the stickers would be issued to all senior citizens of the city having senior citizen identity card issued by the UT Social Welfare Department. The police gave away application forms those present.

Explaining the idea behind issuing stickers, senior officials said stickers were meant to provide due respect to the elderly when they drove and parked their vehicles.

The sticker bears a hologram of the Chandigarh police and senior citizen helpline No. 1090 and traffic helpline No. 1073.

The police has also written to the municipal corporation to issue instructions to paid parking contractors to acknowledge and respect senior citizens with stickers.

Besides, the field staff of traffic police has been briefed to assist the elderly wherever they were found in need.

Among others, DIG (headquarters) Mahabir Singh, SSP SS Srivastava, SP (traffic) HS Doon, and SP (operations) RS Ghumman were present.

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Admn mulls slapping Rs 2-lakh fine on St John’s
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
St John’s School’s bid to seek entertainment tax exemption on a play that was to be organised at Tagore Theater on the pretext of charity and collecting Rs 50 each from the students for the same has landed it into a trouble.

Taking the cognizance of the act, the UT administration is all set to impose a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the school.

According to sources, the school authorities had approached the administration, seeking exemption from the entertainment tax for organising a play at Tagore Theatre as a part of their golden jubilee celebrations claiming it to be a charity endeavour.

However, Home Secretary Ram Niwas got to know that the school was collecting money from the students for this play that enraged him.

“We got infuriated with the double standards of the school. While the school wanted to escape taxes on one hand claiming it to be a charity, it was minting money from the students on the other hand. Thus, the administration will be imposing a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the school,” an official said.

While nobody from the school could be contacted for comments, many parents have appreciated the decision.

A parent said: “The private schools often take contribution from children on the pretext of charity. Asking students to contribute compulsorily for such events is not justified. The decision, if taken, shall be a lesson to those who collect money from students on the pretext of organising events for charity.”

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Evils of erratic lifestyle discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The department of anatomy, PGI, oganised an educational workshop for schoolchildren on “healthy living” at Zakir Hall, PGI, here today.

The workshop was inaugurated by a teacher of Delhi Public School. More than 150 children were shown demonstrations and around 15 patients of Drug Addiction Centre of PGI attended the workshop.

The workshop aimed at educating young children about the benefits of healthy living and to apprise them of evils of erratic lifestyle, which leads to an irreversible ordeal of diseases.

The students were made aware of consequences of consuming alcohol, smoking, having trans fats and driving without helmets through posters and demonstrations during the workshop. Various tips on health were given by experts so that the masses can contribute in building up a healthy nation.

Actual specimens of normal and diseased organs like cirrhotic liver, smoker’s lungs, lungs affected by cancer, fatty heart and aorta with fatty plaque and brain with extra dural haematoma after head injury were also shown. Knowledge on osteoporosis, balanced life style, healthy heart and healthy foods was also imparted. 

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Traffic Violations - V 
Rules given go-by at night
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The scant police presence on roads late in the night seems to be leading to traffic violations and has also been the cause behind several fatal accidents in the city in the past.

Sources in the accident cell of the Chandigarh Police said statistics indicated that most accidents that occurred at night were caused due to drunk driving and human error due to non-compliance of traffic rules.

After 11 pm, youngsters riding two-wheelers hardly wear safety gears or stop at lights. Motorists also don’t abide by traffic rules. Buses heading for the ISBT often ply on the wrong side.

The situation in some parts, including popular hangouts for youngsters, present a different look of the city at night as far as traffic norms are concerned, Damandeep Singh, a resident, said.

Manu Kakar, additional district attorney, said for checking traffic violations at night, besides installing CCTV cameras, there was need to make people aware of the consequences. “The police should use advanced technical instruments like capsule testing and smelling testing to detect drunk drivers,” he said.

“The traffic police remained on the roads from 8 am to 8 pm and were deployed at night only during special nakas,” a senior traffic police officer said, adding that it was not possible to deploy the traffic police round the clock.

Jolted by a spate of fatal accidents at the lights, the traffic police had decided to make the lights functional round the clock. 

Drunk driver killed my brother

Had the police decided to make the lights functional round the clock, two lives in their prime could have been saved. Though an inebriated car driver, out on a joyride, caused the accident, the absence of the police was also a factor,” Bunty, brother of Arjun who died in the accident, said.

“My brother Arjun and his friend, who had got married around the same time about a year ago, died in the freak accident. One can imagine the risk drunk drivers pose on the roads,” he said.

“The younger brothers of the victims have married their sisters-in-law to support their families,” Bunty added.

Arjun and his colleague, Rajesh Yadav, were working as team managers at a food joint in Sector 8 and were on their way to eat “paranthas” in Sector 17 when a speeding car collided with their motorcycle, dragging them to a distance. They died on the spot. 

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Mohali Road Scam - II 
Report exposes major flaws
Recommends action against officials
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 23
The adviser (technical) to the Punjab Chief Minister also brought a prestigious GMADA road project linked to the City Centre here under the scanner, exposing major flaws, and sought action against officials responsible for the shoddy work.

The technical adviser, Lt-Gen BS Dhaliwal (retd), inspected the project of widening of the road separating Sectors 51-62, 62-63 and 61-62. His team also collected samples for laboratory tests. His report on the project speaks about “lime being used as filler instead of cement” in the bituminous concrete (BC), which gave “undue benefit to the contractor” and how the independent quality assurance consultant (IQAC) did not “perform their duties diligently”.

The report was sent to Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, special principal secretary to the CM, on April 17.

Work on the widening and strengthening of about 2.96 km of the main road and the construction of about 4 km of service lanes at a cost of about Rs 20 crore began on September 1, 2008, and was expected to be completed by June 2009, but the work is still going on. Officials responsible for the execution of work were SK Goel, divisional engineer, Sanjeev Gupta and Varinder Kumar Sharma, subdivisional engineers, and Varinder Sharma, RS Walia, Swarnjit Singh and Manohar Singh, all junior engineers.

Regarding the design of the road, the report observed that no traffic study was conducted as per the Indian Road Congress guidelines. As the figure taken for traffic intensity was “very high/inflated, the design of the road has accordingly become very heavy and expensive”. The report said in the matter of traffic intensity, 42 per cent higher MSA(million standard axels) was taken in the case of the design.

“This resulted in a heavier crust design than necessary, resulting in additional avoidable cost to the state”. It said the MSA had been taken while designing the crust of the service lane, which was incorrect.

General Dhaliwal pointed out that the consultant had only designed the widening portion without reference to the crust on the existing road. “This is a major lapse on the part of the consultant and the department,” the report said.

The report said the samples of the aggregates fed in the bins of the plant for BC mix were found to be on the coarser side, resulting in lesser compacted densities of the BC.

Cement was to be used in the BC as filler, but the job mix formula obtained from the consultant was based on lime being used as the filler. The adviser wrote: “This gives undue benefit to the contractor. This needs investigation to fix responsibility of the officers/officials responsible for the lapse”.

Also, the hot mix plant was not fully computerised and the laboratory set-up was not equipped according to MORT & H guidelines. The method of determining the densities of the bituminous macadam (DBM) and the BC from the core was not correct.

Test samples of the BC density were found to be less than specified by 16 per cent. The report said the contractor’s payments must be reduced.

The chief administrator of GMADA, Vivek Partap Singh, said show-cause notices had been issued to certain employees linked to the road projects in question. A notice had also been issued to the contractor. Disciplinary action would be taken after their replies were received. Comments of GMADA’s engineering wing had also been sent to the CM’s office.

(Concluded)

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Civic Amenities-III
Open drains, potholes pose threat to residents
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
The residents of Panchkula, which was promised to be developed on the pattern of Paris, have to go through the roads full of potholes and open drains, besides taking strolls in withering parks.

While the main roads as well as internal roads in Sectors 6, 8, 15, 12-A and Mansa Devi Complex were in a bad shape, the condition in other areas was also not any better.

Though Rs 15 crore have been spent on the repair of roads in the city this year, many roads in majority of sectors could be found flooded during rain due the low level. Minor accidents are also being reported frequently as two wheelers often lose balance after falling in potholes disguised under the floodwater.

The road gullies full of garbage can play havoc whenever there is a downpour in the area. “The HUDA officials were found so insensitive to the problem that the reply to a letter written by me also failed to move them in this direction,” said BB Singal, acting president of the Municipal Council.

Even following the repair of roads the covers of drains were left open, which could lead to major accidents.

“It was almost a year ago when the road in front of my house was repaired and the rain water drain was left open,” said NM Dewan, a resident of Sector 10.

Despite several requests to HUDA officials, nobody bothered to cover the drains, said Dewan.

The topiary park, once a pride of the town, is in a shambles while the authorities have apparently no time to take care of it despite its location on the main road of the town in Sector 6.

The fountain installed was not seen working for several months. The electrical panels were also kept open, leading to the risk of electrocution to children.

The cactus garden opened with much fanfare more than a decade ago perhaps has lost in the oblivion of locals. While the everyday footfall in the garden does not goes beyond two dozen, the authorities are taking care of it half heartedly. Though the staff at the garden could be seen deputed, nobody bothered to clean the windowpanes making it difficult to see the succulents displayed in the sheds.

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Mohali International Airport
AAI to erect boundary wall at site
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 23
Pushing ahead the project of the international airport at Mohali, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has expressed its willingness to erect a boundary wall around the 306 acres acquired by the Punjab Government for the project.

The information was shared by an AAI official during a meeting with the Punjab Government and the Haryana Government held at UT guest house to discuss the issue of forming a board of the joint venture company to oversee the project. Led by executive director, AAI, MC Kishore, various issues pertaining to the legalities in the formation of the JV company were discussed.

The draft of the JV company would be circulated among the stakeholders, the Haryana and the Punjab governments. After being approved by the stakeholders, the AAI would constitute the JV company. The AAI officials said an architect had also been hired to prepare the building plan.

The project is being undertaken as joint venture with 51 per cent equity of the AAI and share of 24.5 per cent each of Punjab and Haryana.

The JV company is to comprise of seven members drawn from Punjab, Haryana and the AAI.

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10 more diarrhoea cases at Raipur Rani
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
Finding no drinking water, residents of several villages at Raipur Rani area are forced to consume contaminated water leading to diarrhoea.

Over 80 patients are already under going treatment. The number, however, is expected to increase, as the hospitals are still receiving a large number of patients.

The health authorities said consumption of water from a spring had led to the epidemic in at least six villages. While 38 patients have been admitted to the Raipur Rani hospital, over 40 patients are under treatment at home.

The residents of villages are forced to consume spring water, as the tubewells meant for supplying drinking water are not working in the absence of power supply to the area.

Meanwhile, the health teams had been asked to conduct surveys and distribute medicines to the patients. The staff in the Raipur Rani hospital, along with number of beds, has been increased said Panchkula civil surgeon Dr Kamla Singh.

The total number of patients has reached to 78 with ten new cases reported at the hospital today. A few of them were from Kot village where people were using water from a well.

Earlier, patients from Mandpa, Mirpur, Bador, Thapli and Saranga had reached the local hospital yesterday. It is learnt that in absence of water supply from tubewells, they were using water from a spring near Thapli in Morni Hills, which led to the epidemic. The water from spring was being collected in a tank before it was released to a brook going through these villages and the tank was not cleaned from ages.

The civil surgeon said they had already informed the public health officials about the source of infection asking them to stop water supply from the tank.

Meanwhile, SK Bhatia, Xen, Public Health, could not be contacted. Panchkula DC Pankaj Yadav said he had already directed the civil surgeon to take stock of the situation and take necessary steps.

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Councillors seek more powers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
In the wake of the spat between Mayor Kamlesh and MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria, councillors today sought more powers for themselves and the MC house.

At a meeting held under the chairmanship of Kamlesh, the councillors decided to form a committee of councillors to suggest amendments to the Punjab Municipal Act in the spirit of the 74th constitutional amendment, which aimed at strengthening democratic institutions.

The recommendations of the committee would be sent to union minister for parliamentary affairs Pawan Bansal for getting the amendments incorporated in the Act through Parliament.

Reiterating that the MC house was supreme, the meeting wanted the Chandigarh administration to transfer more departments, including revenue-generating departments, to the civic body.

The BJP members, however, boycotted the meeting.

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Industry seeks increase in floor area ratio
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
The Industries Association of Chandigarh today demanded increase in floor area ratio (FAR) from 1 to 1.5 for all industry.

Welcoming the draft industrial policy of the Chandigarh administration, the association office-bearers demanded a draw of lots for the allotment of the industrial plots in the phase III of the Industrial Area instead of auction of plots.

Appreciating the decision to revise the definition of industry to include newer industrial sector such as IT, biotech, telecom, retailing, healthcare, entertainment, vocational institutions, automobile servicing and warehousing, the association hoped that the policy would create a conducive environment amongst the stakeholders.

Saying that the policy will lead to the growth of the industrial sector in the union territory, the association asserted that the increase in the FAR was in tune with the present policy of the administration.

The association demanded the upgrade of infrastructure in both phases of Industrial Area. It also demanded revival of the purchase preference policy for the benefit of small-scale industry and aid them in marketing their products.

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FCI staff stage protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) staged a demonstration seeking early wage revision in Sector 40 here yesterday.

Yogesh Jairath, district chairman of the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari Sangh, said following a call given by national committee of body, they held an hour-long demonstration outside the Sector 40 office of the area manager, FCI, Chandigarh, for early wage revision due from January 1, 2007, with five years period of periodicity in FCI and other public sector units.

Union leaders Sutanter Kumar and Ramesh Rana addressed the employees. 

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SBoP retirees seek nodal officer for grievances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Retired officers of the State Bank of Patiala have asked the bank management to appoint a nodal officer to deal with the grievances of retired employees.

At a meeting held today, HD Singh, former general manager of the bank, said bank officers were facing problems in getting their work done from the head office.

“No one has been assigned the task of handling the work and in a number of cases serious problems were being faced by retired officers at the head office,” he said.

HD Singh added that the management should release the medical expenses amounting to Rs 3,000 per annum to all retired officers, as had been done by the State Bank of Mysore. “If the matter is not resolved within a fortnight, retired officers will hold a demonstration at the bank’s head office and all its zonal offices,” he said.

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