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Denied benefit for Ph.D, HAU teachers seek justice
Blame babus for ordeal
Hisar, December 30

As many as 220 senior teachers of Haryana Agricultural University have been denied the benefit of two advance increments on the completion of Ph.D degree for decades because of the bureaucracy’s penchant for meddling in university affairs despite the so-called autonomous status of varsities.

Solid waste management project hangs fire
Kaithal, December 30
Despite Supreme Court directions, the solid waste management project in the town has been hanging fire for the past over one decade. The apex court had directed the state government to set up plants in about 12 towns, including Kaithal, to treat solid waste.


EARLIER EDITIONS

Land acquisition
Farmers sit on a dharna against the acquisition of their land in Sirsa.Protesting Sirsa farmers want fair deal
Sirsa, December 30
Even after sitting on dharna outside the local mini-secretariat for the past 89 days for saving their agriculture lands from acquisition, Sirsa farmers have only got assurances and they are still waiting for action in this regard.

Farmers sit on a dharna against the acquisition of their land in Sirsa. Photo: Amit Soni

INLD cautions govt against acquiring fertile land
Rewari, December 30
While the peasantry has taken up the cudgels against the acquisition of about 500 acres of their fertile land in Kapriwas, Malpura, Gujjar Ghatal and Mehaniawas villages of the Dharuhera region by the HSIIDC for setting up a new industrial estate here, the INLD too has sounded a note of warning against the ongoing acquisition of fertile land of farmers of Bawal Chaurasi (cluster of 84 villages) by the HSIIDC.

Ambala Civil Hospital lacks basic facilities
A patient is being taken to an ultrasound centre on a trolley on the Ambala-Hisar highway, near Ambala City.Sans radiologist for the past five years
Ambala, December 30
The Ambala City Civil Hospital, where serious patients are referred from various other hospitals and primary health centres in the district, does not have a radiologist for the past five years. The ultrasound machine and the coloured X-ray machine have been lying non-functional as only a qualified radiologist can operate them.

A patient is being taken to an ultrasound centre on a trolley on the Ambala-Hisar highway, near Ambala City. Photo by the writer


n When life hangs in balance
A young girl performs a balancing act during a street show in Faridabad.
ALL WIRED UP: A young girl performs a balancing act during a street show in Faridabad. Tribune photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Poor recoveries haunt Central Coop Bank
Ambala, December 30
Officials of Central Cooperative Bank have expressed concern over the financial position of the bank due to poor recoveries against the advances made in the past.

Rare jaw surgery performed
Ambala, December 30
A rare jaw surgery was performed by doctors of the department of oral and maxillofacial of the MM College of Dental Sciences and Research, Mullana.

Promoting Punjabi Language in Jat hinterland
Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker HS Chatha (second from right) releases a commemorative volume on Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademy chairman CR Moudgil at Kurukshetra University.Panchkula, December 30
Adored by common readers, connoisseurs, elite and even detractors, prominent Punjabi litterateur CR Moudgil is the only author and proponent of the language and literature from Haryana who has been bestowed with the rare honour of “Pauni Sadi di Mehak”.


Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker HS Chatha (second from right) releases a commemorative volume on Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademy chairman CR Moudgil at Kurukshetra University.

Kathak dancer Diksha performs at a charity show in Ambala City. Rotary Club holds charity show
Ambala December 30
The Rotary Club, Ambala Central, organised a charity show for the aid of deprived children like deaf & dumb and blind in Chaman Vatika International School. Deputy commissioner Samir Pal Saro was the chief guest on the occasion. Former information commissioner Ashok Mehta and chairman of the school Rajinder Nath were the guest of honour.




Kathak dancer Diksha performs at a charity show in Ambala City. A Tribune photograph


An old man covers himself with a blanket on a chilly evening near Nirmal Kutia in Karnal.
WEATHER VAGARIES: An old man covers himself with a blanket on a chilly evening near Nirmal Kutia in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Two killed in mishap
Rewari, December 30
Two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries when they were hit by a truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Nehchana turn here last night.

Chess Championship
Amarjot, Lalit shine
Sirsa, December 30
The two-day chess championship organised by the Sirsa District Chess Association concluded here recently. Over 24 chess players participated in the girls and boys sections of the under-14, under-19 and senior categories.

Capt Dinesh College NCC officer awarded
Rohtak, December 30
NCC officer Capt Dinesh, who is an associate professor in the Department of Physics in Pt. NRS Government College, Rohtak, has been decorated with the Director General Medal by Director-General, NCC, Lt Gen Raj Kumar Karwal, for 2010 for his outstanding services in the organisation.                                                        
Capt Dinesh




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Denied benefit for Ph.D, HAU teachers seek justice
Blame babus for ordeal
Raman Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hisar, December 30
As many as 220 senior teachers of Haryana Agricultural University have been denied the benefit of two advance increments on the completion of Ph.D degree for decades because of the bureaucracy’s penchant for meddling in university affairs despite the so-called autonomous status of varsities.

About 180 of them have retired in the interregnum and are still running from pillar to post to get the injustice undone. Of the remaining teachers, most are due for superannuation in the coming months.

The grant of these increments to all teachers who acquired the doctorate degree at any point in their career has been approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Department of Agricultural Research and Education. But babus of the Haryana Finance Department are not convinced.

Interestingly, expenditure on account of grant of these increments is not be borne entirely by the state government. Instead, it will depend on the scheme under which the teacher had been working. For instance, if a particular teacher was under the ICAR scheme, that organisation will foot the bill. Likewise, if the scheme was funded by World Bank, then it will have to bear the burden. The state has to foot the bill for teachers working on schemes funded by the government.

Initially, HAU like other similar universities had two promotion schemes for teachers. The first was Merit Promotion Scheme (MPS) and later, there was Career Advancement Scheme (CAS). Teachers were given the option to remain in MPS or opt for CAS after January 1, 1986. However, in both cases teachers were to be given two increments for acquiring a doctorate degree.

The university has given this benefit to all teachers under CAS and arrears were also paid to them. Notably, many teachers had opted for MPS even after CAS was introduced because of several considerations. They have been denied the benefit.

The university and the government made a reference in this regard to the Union Ministry of Agriculture, which clarified that “all teachers who acquired Ph.D degree during service even prior to January 1, 1996, and were not given the benefit of two advance increments as per earlier CAS, may now be given the benefit of two advance increments”.

During this period of denial, the university was even allocated funds by various agencies to give this benefit to eligible teachers. However, the grants lapsed because babus in the Haryana government refused to budge. Every time the matter was referred to the Finance Department, it turned the plea down on frivolous grounds.

Ultimately, on intervention of the Chief Minister, the department appointed a senior officer to study the case and give its recommendations. The one-man panel recommended that “apparently, there is no justification for an artificial distinction to give the benefit to one particular category of teachers i.e. CAS and leave out the MPS stream of teachers. Also, it is incorrect to say that the state will be burdened by (sic) the entire liability, if it is decided to give two increments to the MPS teachers”.

As if even this was not enough, recently, the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture, Haryana, ruled that since there was no such provision for the teachers of traditional universities - Kurukshetra University, Guru Jambheshwar University and Maharshi Dayanand University - this benefit could not be given to HAU teachers.

The bureaucrat conveniently overlooked the fact that state agricultural universities and traditional universities have nothing in common. While the traditional universities are governed by the UGC rules, the agricultural universities follow the rules of the ICAR and the Union Agriculture Ministry. Besides, all other state agricultural universities, including Punjab Agricultural University, have given this benefit to the teachers.

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Solid waste management project hangs fire
Satish Seth

Kaithal, December 30
Despite Supreme Court directions, the solid waste management project in the town has been hanging fire for the past over one decade. The apex court had directed the state government to set up plants in about 12 towns, including Kaithal, to treat solid waste. The apathy and the prevailing red-tapism in various government offices had delayed the project which would have provided much relief to the residents of a number of colonies who now live in inhuman conditions due to scattered garbage and polluted atmosphere.

The municipal authorities have been dumping garbage at a number of places in the vicinity of residential areas and on the outskirts which has become a health hazard for the people of the town. Whenever the public raised its voice in the past against the dumping of garbage in any locality, the municipal authorities shifted the site and started dumping the garbage at another place.

Presently, garbage is being dumped on the Kaithal-Khanouri road bypass and on the backside of Sadar police station and near two cremation grounds.

SK Goel, executive officer, said the Municipal Council had sent the project for setting up of waste treatment plant for the approval of higher authorities in the state directorate of urban development and also applied for NOC from the State Pollution Control Board, Haryana. But the required official nod was yet to be received which could only set the ball rolling for further action for setting up the project.

He also informed that now HUDA was also planning to join hands with the Municipal Council to become partner in the project.

According to information, initially a piece of land was selected on Patti Choudhry panchayat land on the Kaithal-Jind road, but later the council shifted the site to Bhaini Majra village on the Kaithal-Karnal road. Now, it is learnt that the authorities were again planning to shift the site to Patti Choudhry.

In the prevailing situation, there seemed to be no possibility for setting up of plant for the treatment of hundreds of tonnes of garbage. The residents demand that the authorities should awaken from slumber and take steps on war footing to start solid waste treatment plant in the town which is already much delayed.

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Land acquisition
Protesting Sirsa farmers want fair deal
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 30
Even after sitting on dharna outside the local mini-secretariat for the past 89 days for saving their agriculture lands from acquisition, Sirsa farmers have only got assurances and they are still waiting for action in this regard.

“A pro-farmer stand taken by Union Minister and Ambala MP Kumari Selja has led to the softening of the government’s stand at Ambala and now we hope that our MP Ashok Tanwar will also come to our rescue,” said Mohinder Singh, a farmer sitting on dharna.

He said Tanwar had visited the dharna site twice since September 28, when they started their agitation and assured them a fair deal. He said the farmers were still waiting for his reply on the action taken by him.

When contacted, Tanwar said he had taken up the case of the farmers at the appropriate level.

The state government had issued notification for the acquisition of 350 acres of land from Vaidwala, Khairpur and Nejadela Kalan villages for developing sector 20 and sector 21 of HUDA and 125 acres from Vaidwala, Bajekan and Kanganpur villages for developing a sector of the Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation.

“It is high fertile land situated in the municipal limits of the town, but the government wants to acquire our lands for pittance,” alleged Pooran Singh, patron of the Kisan Kalyan Samiti set up by the striking farmers. His 16 acres situated on the Barnala Road is also sought to be acquired.

Showing a copy of the information sought from the tehsildar under the RTI Act, Pooran Singh claimed that the average price for which the lands have been sold in Khairpur from February 2007 to December 2007 was Rs 94.73 lakh per acre, but the authorities, had fixed the price of our lands at Rs 50 lakh per acre.

Exhibiting three registered sales deeds, 358, 359 and 360 of the area, he claimed that agriculture lands falling on the road had been sold for Rs 3.75 crore per acre recently.

“The government has no right to dispossess the farmers of their land forcibly and even if it is necessary for it to acquire the land, it should do so under the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy - 2007,” Pooran added.

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INLD cautions govt against acquiring fertile land
Nawal Kishore Rastogi

Rewari, December 30
While the peasantry has taken up the cudgels against the acquisition of about 500 acres of their fertile land in Kapriwas, Malpura, Gujjar Ghatal and Mehaniawas villages of the Dharuhera region by the HSIIDC for setting up a new industrial estate here, the INLD too has sounded a note of warning against the ongoing acquisition of fertile land of farmers of Bawal Chaurasi (cluster of 84 villages) by the HSIIDC.

Seeking revocation of the notices issued under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, a large delegation of affected farmers, including elders of various villages of the Dharuhera zone, met deputy commissioner A. Sriniwas here on Wednesday.

Demanding immediate cessation of proceedings pertaining to the acquisition of their land, they submitted a memorandum to the DC which was also addressed to the Chief Minister.

Stating that when numerous plots in the industrial sector previously carved out by HUDA at Dharuhera were still lying vacant and when an extensive industrial estate had already been developed by HSIIDC at Bawal, they wondered why the state government was all set to acquire their fertile land at prices which were just like a drop in the ocean in comparison to the prevailing skyrocketing market prices of land in Dharuhera.

Prior to this, the farmers related their distressful tale to the local minister Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav, who, while giving concurrence to the genuineness of their demand, assured them that he would soon talk to the Chief Minister in this regard.

Simultaneously, Rameshwar Dayal, INLD MLA (Bawal), district party chief Sunil Chaudhary and others also ventilated their antagonism against the HSIIDC’s move to acquire land in Bawal Chaurasi while addressing a party workers’ meeting at Bawal on Wednesday.

They alleged that the state government was bent upon ruining the farmers by depriving them of their fertile land. They also warned that if the government did not abandon the move to acquire the land at prices much below the market rates, the INLD would go all the way with the protesting farmers.

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Ambala Civil Hospital lacks basic facilities
Sans radiologist for the past five years
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, December 30
The Ambala City Civil Hospital, where serious patients are referred from various other hospitals and primary health centres in the district, does not have a radiologist for the past five years. The ultrasound machine and the coloured X-ray machine have been lying non-functional as only a qualified radiologist can operate them.

Thus in the absence of these two essential services, patients have to visit private ultrasound centres where they pay heavy charges, besides leading to a delay in the treatment. The poor cannot afford it and those who can have to face a lot of inconvenience. Most private ultrasound centres charge anywhere between Rs 400 and Rs 800.

Besides, it becomes difficult for the kin of critically ill patients to take them to ultrasound centres which are located around 2000 yards from the Civil Hospital. They have to arrange some vehicle to transport their patient to the centre. Sometimes, the kin of poor patients take their patient on a trolley available in the hospital, which is a risky affair.

According to information, the health authorities had took up the matter with the directorate a number of times, but nothing has been done in this regard.

A senior officer of the Health Department said there was a severe shortage of radiologists in the state. Last year, the authorities had entered into a contract with a private radiologist to offer his service at the civil hospital for a few hours daily, but it could not continue for long, he added.

The state government had started a trauma centre at the hospital last year, but how can a trauma centre run without the facility of x-ray and ultrasound. One of the doctors of a private nursing home said it was risky to admit a serious patient to such a hospital where the services of a radiologist were not available. He said an X-ray technician was available in the hospital, but he could not take the place of a radiologist.

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Poor recoveries haunt Central Coop Bank
Attar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 30
Officials of Central Cooperative Bank have expressed concern over the financial position of the bank due to poor recoveries against the advances made in the past.

According to sources, the bank is presently able to get hardly 39 per cent amount against the total value of advances and the number of defaulters is on the rise.

SK Jindal, president of the Cooperative Bank Employees Association, told mediapersons that as a result of waiving agricultural loans by the Union government, the recoveries had turned bad as other people believed that their loans would also be waived off by the government and subsequently, they stopped depositing the installments.

The sources disclosed that the bank witnessed 83 per cent recovery against advances during 2006-07, but the recoveries declined drastically since then.

Jindal said the bank, an association of 46 primary agriculture societies, was having nearly 50,000 consumers at present and the shortage of funds due to poor recoveries was severely affecting its working.

According to information, the bank recorded a profit of Rs 282.16 lakh in 2009-10, but the same was set off against bad debts.

The bank had earned much lesser profits this year as compared to 2008-09 when the bank recorded a profit of Rs 953.51 lakh. The non-recovery of advances was likely to impact the bank’s profitability and there was an immediate need to control the situation, the sources added.

As a result of increasing number of loan defaulters, the bank has been compelled to reduce advances. During 2006-07, the bank made advances worth Rs 32,065.69 lakh against recoveries of Rs 23,330 lakh, whereas advances worth Rs 33,034.60 lakh were made against recoveries of Rs 20,839.19 lakh in 2007-08. In 2008-09, the bank made advances of Rs 27,058.35 lakh against the recoveries of Rs 15,133 lakh.

The bank officials also made an appeal to the farmers getting loans from the bank that they should make timely payments. The affected branches in Ambala district include Naraingarh, Barara and Kadasan from where the bank had high bad debts, the sources added.

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Rare jaw surgery performed
Tribune News Service

Ambala, December 30
A rare jaw surgery was performed by doctors of the department of oral and maxillofacial of the MM College of Dental Sciences and Research, Mullana.

According to sources, a poor patient, Shahnuma (14), a resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was admitted to the hospital with nil mouth opening. Dr Monika Gupta, who has performed surgery, said, “The patient was having difficulty in opening her mouth and she was unable to eat food for the past 10 years”.

Dr Monika said the patient had a fall in her childhood due to which her jaw joints had broken and fused and she could not open her mouth since then. The father of the girl said her daughter used to eat like a bird the whole day long as she had been facing difficulty in eating and chewing food. He said before coming to this place, her daughter was operated upon twice but it could not help her much.

Dr Monika performed a surgery and remained successful in opening the mouth for almost up to 40 mm. The girl is now able to eat even hard food properly. The doctor said oral and maxillofacial surgery basically dealt with face, jaw and neck and corrected the abnormalities of these areas. The patient said she was happy as she had got a great relief.

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Promoting Punjabi Language in Jat hinterland
SD Sharma

Panchkula, December 30
Adored by common readers, connoisseurs, elite and even detractors, prominent Punjabi litterateur CR Moudgil is the only author and proponent of the language and literature from Haryana who has been bestowed with the rare honour of “Pauni Sadi di Mehak”.

Credited with 67 publications, including translation and edited books, Moudgil, presently the director of the Haryana Punjabi Sahit Akademy, is holding the Punjabi flag afloat in Haryana as far as the propagation of the language is concerned.

Leading by example, he has been organising seminars on the works of celebrated writers, kavi darbars in deep rural areas of Haryana, besides imparting the felicity of Punjabi language and its literary grandeur to the people in the areas of Jammu and Gawahati through poetic symposiums.

In view of his contribution to the Punjabi literary realm and its promotion, top Punjabi scholars and authors Dr Amarjit Singh Kaang and Rajinder Singh Bhatti of Kurukshetra University have documented the life achievements of CR Moudgil in 170-page "Abhinandan Granth" presented at a function.

Lauding Moudgil’s literary creations and his exalted persona, Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker HS Chatha eulogised him as a visionary and "karamyogi" while presenting the honour.

He also released Moudgil’s two new books “Mera Pehla Hawai Hoota” and “Nangeyan da Hamaam”, besides a book “Manvi Sarokaran da Pehredaar - CR Moudgil” by Dr Jeevan Bakshi.

Moudgil rose to the position of the director, Haryana State Punjabi Sahit Akademy, purely on merit. He attained the academic excellence with postgraduation in Punjabi literature, LLB and two PG Diplomas while serving the Punjab languages department before retiring as an assistant director.

"Sincere approach, hard work and venturing into bold initiatives with confidence is the success mantra I have learnt from my mentor Giani Lal Singh, the legendary scholar,” Says Moudgil. 

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Rotary Club holds charity show

Ambala December 30
The Rotary Club, Ambala Central, organised a charity show for the aid of deprived children like deaf & dumb and blind in Chaman Vatika International School. Deputy commissioner Samir Pal Saro was the chief guest on the occasion. Former information commissioner Ashok Mehta and chairman of the school Rajinder Nath were the guest of honour.

A growing kathak dancer Diksha (11) and his brother Vinish stole the show with their contemporary hip hop and b-boying styles. The kathak performance of Diksha continuously for half-an-hour left the audience spellbound. Other artistes also presented their items. Punjabi channel singer Anshu (Preeto) crowned the show.

Saro, while addressing the audience, said social organisations should come forward for the welfare of underprivileged people of society. He asked the rotary functionaries to make arrangements for the people who had no roof in the shivering cold. He assured all assistance from the administration for the noble cause.

Ashok Mehta praised the efforts of the Rotary Club. Rajinder Nath awarded the artistes for their excellent performance. Rotarian RK Makkar said the donation collected from the show would be spent on charitable projects. He said the club would soon open a charitable dispensary for the needy. — OC

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Two killed in mishap

Rewari, December 30
Two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries when they were hit by a truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Nehchana turn here last night.

The deceased have been identified as Manoj (25), a resident of Dhulera Kalan village, near Bawal, and Arif, a resident of Jaipur district of Rajasthan. Sources said the truck, which was on its way to Jaipur from Delhi, first rammed into a tractor-trailer, which was crossing the highway, and then hit a tea stall, where Manoj, Arif and one other were sitting.

Sources said Arif and his two associates - Shahabudin and Anwar - had been working with the DHBVN on contractual basis in the Bawal area. The police has booked the truck driver, who reportedly absconded, for rash and negligent driving. — OC

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Chess Championship
Amarjot, Lalit shine
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, December 30
The two-day chess championship organised by the Sirsa District Chess Association concluded here recently. Over 24 chess players participated in the girls and boys sections of the under-14, under-19 and senior categories.

In the under-14 category, Amarjot Singh, Jayesh Rustogi and Piyush Arora bagged the first three positions, respectively, in the boys section, said Avinash Kalra, secretary of the association. In the girls section, Shifali Gupta and Kanika got the first and the second positions, respectively.

In the under-19 boys category, Lalit Garg, Abhishek Bose and Sumit scored the first three positions, respectively.

Kanika Malhotra and Vandana got the first and second position, respectively, in the under-19 girls category, Kalra added.

In the senior category, Ravinder Bishnoi, Sandeep Kumar and Vishal Makani scored the first three positions, respectively. Surinder and Harsh Vardhan were selected for the special prizes.

Dr Ved Beniwal, patron of the Haryana Chapter of the Indian Medical Association, gave away the prizes.

Earlier, KK Bansal, president of the North India Non-Woven Manufacturer Association, and Sham Bajaj, president of the Akhil Bhartiya Panchnad, Sirsa, inaugurated the championship.

Dr Rajesndra Sra, managing director, and VK Garg, senior vice-president of the association, were also president.

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College NCC officer awarded
Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 30
NCC officer Capt Dinesh, who is an associate professor in the Department of Physics in Pt. NRS Government College, Rohtak, has been decorated with the Director General Medal by Director-General, NCC, Lt Gen Raj Kumar Karwal, for 2010 for his outstanding services in the organisation.

He is perhaps the first officer of the 1st Haryana NCC Bn to receive this medal. He is also the only officer selected from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh for the medal this year.

Capt Dinesh has joined the NCC in 2000. During this span, several cadets have been selected in defence forces. Gaininder Singh, principal of the college, has congratulated the officer.

Gp. Commander, Rohtak, Col AK Mathur, and Officer Commanding of the 1 Har NCC Bn, Lt Col RK Burman, also admired the achievement. All staff members of the 1 Har NCC Bn. were present at the award-presentation ceremony.

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Office-bearers
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 30
The following have been nominated office-bearers of the Rewari district unit of the All-India Human Rights Association (AIHRA) by its National Executive Committee:-

President - Naresh Kumar, secretaries - Bharat Bhushan, Rohit Yadav, Jasbir Singh, joint secretaries - Jitender Singh, Sandeep Singh, organising secretaries - Om Prakash, Rajesh Kumar Chaudhary, Ravinder Kumar, office secretary - Dharamveer Singh and press secretary - Hardeep Singh Dhillon.

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