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The Tribune campaign against encroachments: BJP councillor quits enforcement wing post in disgust
Civic body wakes up, promises prompt action
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The issue of encroachments on government land by VVIPs in the name of security tents today echoed on the floor of the House during a general house meeting of the municipal corporation. BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil raised the issue of encroachments by VVIPs, which is being highlighted in these columns. He showed a copy of Chandigarh Tribune in the House while raising the issue.

“Since the enforcement wing of the MC is not doing much to remove encroachments in the city, I submit my resignation as the vice-chairman of the enforcement committee of the MC,” said Moudgil on the floor of the House. The BJP councillor was seconded by SAD councillor Malkiat Singh, who also offered to resign as member of the enforcement committee. Malkiat Singh said he would submit his resignation to Mayor Raj Bala Malik tomorrow morning.

Moudgil said the enforcement wing of the MC was doing nothing to remove these encroachments. The committee had held only one meeting this year. There was no use continuing as the vice-chairman of the committee since the encroachments were not being removed, he said.

“Why is it that every time the Punjab and Haryana High Court has to intervene to remove encroachments. Why is the enforcement wing not checking these encroachments, which the media has been highlighting from time to time?” he asked. On March 23 this year, the High Court had given a 24-hour deadline to the MC to remove these tents, he said.

Besides the security tents, he also pointed out encroachments on MC land by vendors, fruit sellers and junk dealers. He said despite repeated complaints to MC officials, they had failed to remove these encroachments. He pointed out that in markets of Sectors 22, 19 and 15, traders were renting out not only their shops but the area outside these as well.

Another BJP councillor, Arun Sood, in charge of the party affairs in the municipal corporation, raised the issue of "poor functioning" of the enforcement wing of the MC. Sood said the enforcement wing adopted a pick-and-choose policy. He said the encroachments of shopkeepers who paid "hafta" (weekly payment) were never removed while those who did not were harassed by officials. He demanded that field officials of the enforcement wing should be transferred on a regular basis.

MC Commissioner VP Singh said the MC was taking action and a security tent outside the residence of a Punjab IAS officer in Sector 7 had been removed. In the remaining cases, he said, officials of the enforcement wing would inspect the areas and accordingly take action.

The MC Commissioner said if residents and shopkeepers had any problem with the enforcement wing team, they could directly complain to senior MC officials. On the issue of transferring enforcement wing inspectors, he said they were already transferring these officials after a gap of two months.


Why is it that every time the Punjab and Haryana High Court has to intervene to remove encroachments. Why is the enforcement wing not checking these encroachments, which the media has been highlighting from time to time?

— Davesh Moudgil , BJP councillor

MC Commissioner's take

MC Commissioner VP Singh said the MC was taking action and a security tent outside the residence of a Punjab IAS officer in Sector 7 had been removed. In the remaining cases, officials of the enforcement wing would inspect the areas and accordingly take action



Tentative property tax rates worked out; Mohali divided into seven zones
Owners of 10-marla houses in zone-1 may have to shell out Rs 8,500 per annum
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 26
Owners of 10-marla houses (self-occupied) falling in zone-1, which comprises Sectors 53, 59, 60, 61, 70, 71 and a part of 69, may have to shell out between Rs 8,500 and Rs 10,000 per annum as property tax. In the same parts of the town, the tentative tax on commercial property, will, however, vary between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000.

The tax has been calculated on the basis of a tentative unit value of a property, estimated at around Rs 32,000 per sq metre in zone-1) by the authorities concerned. The town has been divided into seven zones for calculating the tax. The tax will be imposed only on the covered area of the property.

Each zone will have a different basic unit value. This means that the tax rate will be different in each zone. Property owners of zone-1 will have to shell out the highest property tax.

In zone-2, comprising Sectors 54, 55 and 56, the proposed unit value of a property has been worked out at Rs 27,000 per sq metre. The lowest rate of unit value is Rs 18,000 per sq metre in zone-7, which comprises villages. There will be two zones covering industrial property. For a construction in the New Industrial Area, comprising Sectors 62 and 51, the proposed unit value of a property is Rs 36,000 per sq metre while in the Old Industrial Area, comprising Sectors 72, 73 and 66, the rates will be less by around Rs 5,000 per sq metre.

The unit value rate in each zone has been determined after considering the prevalent price of land, the cost of construction and the rental value in the area and the prevalent DC rates. The exact unit value will be finalised by the Unit Valuation Committee.

Tax criteria

The tax will be 5 per cent of the total unit value in the case of a residential building, 20 per cent of the total unit value in the case of malls and five-star hotels and 15 per cent of the total unit value for other properties.



Cop’s in-laws booked for dowry death
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 26
The Panchkula police today registered a case of dowry death under Section 304-B of the IPC against the in-laws of Chandigarh traffic police woman constable Tamanna Yadav, who died under mysterious circumstances on November 23. Tamanna had left behind two children, a two-year-old daughter and a 15-day-old son.

The body of the 25-year-old constable was found at her in-laws' house in Sector 17, Panchkula. Hailing from Mahendragarh, Rewari, she was posted in the CCTV cell of the Chandigarh traffic police.

“After receiving the postmortem report and on a complaint of Tamanna's father Om Prakash, we have registered a dowry death case against her in-laws,” said Inspector Lalit Kumar, SHO of the Sector 14 police station, Panchkula.

The police has booked the victim's husband, Vikas Yadav, mother-in-law Krishna, brother-in-law Harsh and sister-in-law Sweety Yadav.

Tamanna's in-laws had maintained that she was unwell and fell unconscious, which led to her death. Tamanna's father requested the police to get her postmortem conducted. The postmortem report revealed that Tamanna died due to serious injuries in her stomach. Bluish contusions were also seen on her neck and other parts of the body.

According to Tamanna's brother Mahender Singh, she was not working with the traffic police before her marriage. She got posted as a Chandigarh traffic constable after her marriage.

“Tamanna's in-laws were constantly pressuring her for dowry and used to torture her. Several times they had asked for dowry. They must have killed her over the issue,” said Mahender Singh.

Tamanna had given birth to a son 15 days before her death. According to the police, her husband Vikas Yadav was not working at present and owned a piece of land in Haryana.



Suicide by ETO
Warrants against SP (Vigilance)
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 26
In the ETO Ranjit Singh suicide case, a Mohali court today issued non-bailable warrants against the five accused: Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Amandeep Kaur, Head Constable Harminder Singh, Rajider Singh and Rajiv Sud (both traders) and driver Paramjit Singh.

The Mohali police had presented a challan in the case on October 25 following which the court had directed that the accused be produced before it today.

The court has also sent a direction to the Mohali SSP in this connection.

The police, which had set up a special investigation team in the case, has failed to nab even a single accused.

A case was registered under Sections 120-B, 306 and 506 of the IPC and Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused on August 18 this year on the directions of the Mohali court.

The family of ETO Ranjit Singh, who committed suicide on April 23 last year following his arrest by a Vigilance team, led by Amandeep Kaur, on charges of corruption, had alleged that Ranjit Singh was falsely framed in a case, which forced him to commit suicide.



Nod to live telecast of MC meetings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The city residents will now be able to see their representatives live on their TVs as the MC House today approved the agenda regarding the live telecast of House meetings.

Commissioner, MC, VP Singh said as the councillors had principally agreed for the live telecast, the MC would now work out technicalities to make it possible.

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga, who had raised the issue, said with the live telecast of MC House meetings, the residents will be able to know as to how councilors, elected or nominated ones, behave during House meetings.

He gave the example of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and suggested that in Chandigarh they could tie up with the local cable operators or upload recordings on the website of the MC or You Tube.

Former Mayor and Congress Councillor Subhash Chawla said it was a good move and it would lead to more discipline during House meetings. Councillor (BJP) Arun Sood said the public would be able to know whether councilors were working for the development of their respective wards. Sood also suggested starting the video-conferencing facility in the MC.

Why there is no policy on consultants

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga raised the point of formulating a policy on appointing consultants. He added at present, there was no policy in the Municipal Corporation for hiring consultants for various projects.

Ruckus over Children’s Day function budget

A ruckus was created when BJP councillors raised the point of misuse of funds during the Children’s Day function. The BJP councilor, Arun Sood, asked Mayor Rajbala Malik about approving an agenda of Rs 4.33 lakh for Children’s Day after the function. The BJP councillors also alleged that the civic authorities provided costly refreshments to the children costing Rs 96 per head. But, the MC officials said the function was a huge success and over 1,000 children participated in it. Owing to larger participation, the budget for the function was increased, they added.



3 skip House meeting, many leave midway
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
How serious are MC councillors about House meetings can be gauged from the fact that today three councilors, two from the BSP and one from the Congress, were absent from the House. A BJP councillor left the House meeting before his agenda was discussed and ultimately his agenda was deferred for the next meeting.

The BJP Councillor, Desh Raj Gupta, had brought the agenda of giving Darshani Bagh, Subhash Nagar and some other areas in Mani Majra the status of a sector. But, after lunch hours, when this issue comes before House for discussion, Desh Raj was not present in house. Ultimately, the House deferred the issue.

When Desh Raj Gupta was questioned, he said he had some urgent work to do therefore he left the House meeting early.

When asked why they did not turn up for the House meeting, BSP councillor Jannat Jahan said she was running fever while another BSP councilor, Naresh Kumar said he was also not well. Congress councillor Rana Kashmiri Devi’s son said owing to some marriage function she did not attend the meeting today.

Who were absent

Jannat Johan (BSP), Naresh Kumar (BSP) and Rana Kashmiri Devi (Cong)

Who left early

Mukesh Bassi (Cong), Harjinder Kaur (SAD), Rajesh Gupta (BJP), GD Kala (Ind), Heera Negi (BJP), Deshraj Gupta (BJP), Gurbax Rawat (Cong) and nominated councillors MP Kohli, Sat Paul Bansal, Babu Lal and Amrit Tewari

Who came late

Pradeep Chhabra (Cong), Asha Jaiswal (BJP), Sheela Devi (Cong), Saurabh Joshi (BJP), Darshan (Cong), Gurbax Rawat (Cong) and nominated councillors Anup Sunny Gill, Amrit Tewari and SP Bansal



Concern over delay in starting approved work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Councillors raised concern about the delay in starting approved work, which has resulted in a loss of Rs 2.30 crore to the Municipal Corporation as also about the poor recarpeting of roads in various parts of the city.

Councillor (BJP) Satinder Singh raised the point that owing to a poor method of recarpeting of roads in the city, the level of roads has increased from the plinth level of houses. Rainwater can easily enter houses situated on these roads. He pointed out that why there is no policy on the recarpeting of roads.

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga said in the Pardhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna anybody could check the status of a road, i.e., when was it repaired and when will be the road recarpeted again. He also said owing to the delay in starting approved road work, the cost of construction of these roads had increased from 16 per cent to 73 per cent. He said with the increase in the cost of the work, the MC has suffered a loss of Rs 2.30 crore.

Councillor (SAD) Harjinder Kaur said for the past two years, contractors had not been coming forward to take up various projects of the MC. She added that officials should revise the method of allotment of work.

Chief Engineer, MC, SS Bidda said they were following the rules and the laid down guidelines for the recarpeting of roads. He said they would visit the areas.

Sanitation issues deferred

The issue of collection of garbage from cooperative housing societies in Sector 48, 49, 50 and 51 was deferred for the next meeting. Councillor Subhash Chawla and nominated councillor DS Sandhu pointed out that the House should have a detailed discussion on this issue. The issue of hiring 20 sanitation workers for each ward for a period of one year was also deferred. Councillor Subhash Chawla demanded a list regarding the earlier deployment of workers. He added on paper there were already a number of workers with the MC but in reality hardly anybody came to work.



Misuse of public park
Phase 9 residents up in arms
Tribune News Service

Construction material dumped by senior SAD leader BS Ramoowalia in a park in Phase 9, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, November 26
Residents of the certain areas in Phase 9 are up in arms over the misuse of a public park by senior SAD leader BS Ramoowalia here. The Children Park, a property of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and meant for playing and walking, is being used for dumping construction material by Ramoowalia, who has been constructing his corner house (Number 53) along the park.

Though the residents claimed that they were facing a lot of inconvenience for the past four-five months, the leader, who had contested the last MLA elections, said the material had been stocked there for only past few days.

“We have no other place to put the construction material. I promise that the park will be restored in its original position within 10 to 15 days. In fact, I will make the park more beautiful,” said Ramoowalia.

During its visit to the site, The Tribune team found large heaps of soil, iron bars and other construction material scattered in the park. Workers at the site were also found using the park for parking their vehicles. A part of the railing of the park was also found missing from the side of Ramoowalia’s house.

Maninder Singh, an office-bearer of the Area’s Residents Welfare Society, said a swing and a bench installed in the park had come under the soil. “You can see they have virtually encroached upon the park. We cannot use this park now, since construction material has been dumped here,” said Maninder.

Tarun Sadana, another resident, said he had approached the police and the GMADA authorities on the issue, but all in vain.

AK Sinha, Chief Administrator of GMADA, said he was unaware of the issue.

“I will depute officials concerned to check the situation there. Required action will be taken in this connection,” said AK Sinha.

You can see they have virtually encroached upon the park. We cannot use this park now, since construction material has been dumped here.

— Maninder Singh, office-bearer of the Area’s Residents Welfare Society

Official Speak

I will depute officials to check the situation there. Required action will be taken in this connection.

— AK Sinha, Chief Administrator of GMADA



Each sector to have a playground
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The first hour of 186th meeting of the municipal corporation, has finally brought a ray of hope for the local youngsters, as the councillors agreed to have a common policy on having a playground in every sector.

Earlier, it was mentioned in the same columns about the non-availability of playgrounds (due to conversion in green belts) has left the local youngsters in lurch. Although big promises including sports complex in every sector, world-class stadiums were made during the municipal corporation election campaign but towards the year’s end, the elected and nominated councillors, have finally stressed the top officials to have a strong policy on having playgrounds for youngsters.

But as most of the open spaces have been converted into green belts, the main cause of worry arises that how every sector will have a “playground”.

Now that only neighbourhood parks and reserved areas are left for fulfilling the purpose, the councillors are eyeing on the areas in their respective wards but the step may prove to be problem for certain house owners.

“Playgrounds are the most important aspect of youth and every sector should have a playground for youngsters. My ward has no playground and I am trying to overcome the problem. Neighborhood parks can be converted into playgrounds,” said Heera Negi, a councillor. On problem of certain house owners, she added, “I will cover the entire playground with fence so that the house owners, adjoining the ground, do not face any problem,” said Negi.

On other hand, senior deputy mayor added, “We have many reserve places and I will suggest converting them into playgrounds. The playgrounds are very necessary for the youngsters,” said Darshan Kumar. When asked about playgrounds in his ward, the official denied and mentioned he is still demanding to have one.

We should not forget that they are politicians and best known for tangling out things. They must have reviewed and discussed before approving green belt in every area. The youngsters have no place to play and moreover the places left are in too bad shape to play. It took them a year to realize the necessity of playgrounds. — Anil Bhandari

The local body might have pleased old and middle-aged people. But left the youngsters in lurch over the availability of ground. No parents will want that their child should play on uneven tracks and get injured. The policy makers should make a stable and approachable policy. — Gurpreet Singh

The policies are made for the befit of people not to trouble or confuse the masses. If the neighborhood parks or reserved areas will be fenced then who will maintain it? The local governing body is already facing problem in marinating roads, garbage and sewerage in city and now they are coming up with another thing.

— Ishan

It’s a sheer eyewash. Open spaces have converted into green belts and now the parks will be converted into playgrounds. There should be proper criteria of a playground and one green belt in all sub-sectors. There are many sectors with no open spaces, what will happen there? Now green belts out number playgrounds, it will be a Herculean task for them to provide playgrounds.

— Rajkumar



Chandigarh to host agro fair from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
An international congregation of farmers, farm scientists and farm equipment manufacturers is all set to descend on the city on December 1, as the city braces to host the 10th edition of an integrated agriculture fair, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The four-day fair, CII Agro Tech 2012, will see participation of farmers, scientists and farm industry representatives from Argentina, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Korea.

Announcing the beginning of the fair from this Saturday, Gokul Patnaik, chairman, Conferences Agro Tech 2012, said that this year, 45 foreign exhibitors along with a large number of domestic participants would mark this year’s fair. As many as 90 farmers from Nepal, 12 from Australia and 60 from the Netherlands are expected to participate in the fair. Nine concurrent shows on farm services, farm technology, food technology water and irrigation management, sugar tech and others named Good Earth, Implementex and Livestock Expo would be held at the fair. This is for the first time that the sugar manufacturing technology and equipment will be part of the Agro Tech fair.

“The theme of the fair is sustainable agriculture. The participants would delve on how to make agriculture sustainable, especially when its contribution to the GDP is 14 per cent and 65 per cent of the workforce in the country is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood,” said Patnaik.

Setting the agenda of the CII for the fair, Patnaik said that the industry body would focus on the adoption of model land leasing act by state governments, amendments in the APMC Act, strengthening of supply chain management, revamping the MSP policy and creating a common agriculture market. 



Uninsured CTU buses
Authorities told to file reply on Dec 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Pankaj Chandgothia against the plying of CTU buses without insurance mandatory under the Motor Vehicle Act, the court of the Civil Judge today directed the Chandigarh Home-cum-Transport Secretary, State Transport Authority, Deputy Commissioner, DSP (Traffic) and the Manager, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), to file their replies on December 15.

In response to the notices issued to them earlier, all the parties today appeared before the court and sought time to file their replies. Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia has sought action against the authorities for registering and allowing the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses to ply on without insurance.

Chandgothia said the General Manager, CTU, had admitted in its reply in the infamous Anupama case that their buses were not insured. The CTU has taken a stand that its buses being government vehicles are exempt from insurance. However, the Motor Vehicles Act does not make any distinction between private and government vehicles in the matter of mandatory insurance, he said.

Chandgothia contended that the RLA, Chandigarh, violated the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, and its own rules while granting registration certificates for the CTU buses without valid insurance cover.

Chandgothia has also contended in his petition that the CTU was befooling the general public by charging for tickets for traveling in uninsured buses. This amounts to gross deficiency in service and unfair trade practice, he added.



Director-Principal of GMCH-32 gets extension
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The much-debated issue of granting extension to the incumbent Director-Principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Dr Raj Bahadur, took a new turn today with the UT Administration giving extension to him till the time a CAT case is pending.

The UT Health Secretary, Anil Kumar, confirmed the development. Dr Raj Bahadur’s five-year deputation period will complete on November 30, 2012.

“The next hearing of the CAT case is scheduled for the first week of December and his deputation period ends on November 30. I don’t think there is much time left for hearing in the CAT case,” said Kumar.

He added, “Till the time the CAT case is pending, he will be given extension.”

In August this year, a group of GMCH doctors had moved the CAT, challenging the selection process for the post of Director-Principal.

It has not been exactly specified as to how long Dr Raj Bahadur will be given extension.

Dr Raj Bahadur is from the department of orthopaedics, PGI, and was on a five-year deputation till November 30, after which he was supposed to be sent to his parent institution. He had joined the institute on deputation from the PGI on December 1, 2007.

Recently, The PGI Director, Dr YK Chawla, had written to the UT administration to repatriate Dr Raj Bahadur and Dr Vipin Kaushal, who is also on deputation and holds the post of medical superintendent at the GMCH-32, as they had already served beyond their tenures.



Beneficiary records statement in PGI exam racket case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
One of the beneficiaries in the PGI paper leak case, Krishna Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, today recorded his statement before a Magistrate under Section 164 CrPC. An MBBS pass-out and junior of the accused, Dr Gangadhar Reddy, the beneficiary is likely to become a prosecution witness for the CBI at a later stage of the case, sources said.

While recording his statement, Krishna told the Magistrate he was contacted by Dr Reddy as they stayed in the same apartment in Andhra Pradesh. He was assured that he would clear the exam. He had struck a deal of Rs 40 lakh with both the accused, Dr Gurivi Reddy and Dr Gangadhar Reddy, and paid the amount by cheque.

He was then brought to Chandigarh for appearing for the exam as part of prime accused Gurivi Reddy’s plans.

The CBI has so far questioned four beneficiaries in the case. The sources said Krishna’s statement given before the Magistrate would be crucial evidence in the main case and even if he retracted from his statements later, it would provide for enough evidence.

None of the beneficiaries questioned so far has been made an accused in the case. These beneficiaries had appeared for the PGI entrance exam on November 10.

Gurivi Reddy had planted as many as eight decoy candidates during the exam. They were given the job of leaking the paper through bluetooth and other devices. The paper was to be emailed to Dr Gangadhar Reddy and the solved paper was to be sent back to the beneficiaries who were taking the exam.

The CBI has arrested 15 accused, including eight decoy candidates and seven other accused, in the case.



486 constables pass out from Bhanu training centre
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 26
The passing-out parade of 486 constable (general duty) recruits was conducted at the Basic Training Centre (BTC), Bhanu, here today. Haryana Director General of Police SN Vashisht was the chief guest on the occasion. He also presided over the passing-out ceremony of the recruits.

The chief guest was received by HS Goraya, PMG, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Basic Training Centre (BTC), Bhanu.

After a brief introduction with the officers of the BTC, Bhanu, Vashisht took the salute and inspected the parade, which was commanded by constable Rohit with constable Naveen as the parade second-in-command.

The newly-inducted constables took oath under the National and ITBP Flags. The newly recruits conducted an impressive parade on the beats of pipe band in the beautifully decorated parade ground.

Goraya gave the welcome speech and briefed everyone about the training activities that are carried out at BTC, Bhanu.

He also congratulated all newly-inducted constables, along with their parents.

Vashisht also congratulated the newly passed out constables on the successful completion of their training.

He also congratulated all top performers of the training. Constable Rishi Kumar was given the overall best trainee trophy.

At the end of the ceremony, Rakesh Kumar, second-in-command, thanked all for their presence. The ceremony ended with an impressive peeling off the parade.



200 TGTs set to join govt schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Over 200 trained graduate teachers (TGT) are set to join the UT Education Department by the next month, a move that will address the shortage of teaching staff at the government schools.

The department has reportedly issued the provisional merit list of 208 candidates, who have been selected after conducting several rounds of the selection process.

The provisional merit list for 18 posts under the OBC category is, however, pending and will be released separately.

These teachers are to be recruited on contractual basis under the SSA Society, Chandigarh.

Department officials said that the preference would be given to schools where the shortage of teaching staff is more acute. For identifying these schools, an internal process has already begun.

Officials said that the final selection list would come out in the first week of December, and after a medical test, the selected candidates would be asked to join the department.

“The idea behind releasing a provisional merit list before the final list is to give an opportunity to all the candidates to submit their grievances and objections. Candidates have been given time till November 29 to raise objections. No claims will be entertained after this date,” said a senior official.

After joining the schools, the teachers will also undergo formal orientation training at the State Institute of Education, Sector 32. Among the selected teachers, 38 are of TGT math, 44 of TGT social science, 31 of TGT science and 39 of TGT Hindi, besides other subjects.

Meanwhile, the recruitment process of 654 junior basic teachers (JBT) is also in progress, and their provision merit list is expected soon.

The department officials informed that within a month the department would have over 800 new teachers that will solve the teachers’ shortfall problem to some extent.



From Schools
Students take national integration pledge

Students of The Millennium School take part in a blood donation awareness rally in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photographs

Chandigarh: National Integration Day was celebrated at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, to reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and pride in our nationhood. The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers organised various activities with great enthusiasm, after solemnly taking the national integration pledge.

SD School

The NSS wing of SD School celebrated the National Integration Day on the school premises. Poems and speeches on the theme of unity marked the occasion. The school plans to celebrate all other days of the Communal Harmony Week with the same enthusiasm.

Communal Harmony Week

Communal Harmony Week was celebrated at Government Model Senior Secondary School, MHC, Mani Majra. The weeklong celebration started with a pledge ceremony during an assembly. Various activities including poem recitation, poster making, singing of patriotic songs, dance performances of various states and skits marked the celebration. Importance of linguistic harmony and cultural unity was also highlighted on the occasion.


Communal Harmony Week is being celebrated at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion to inculcate the spirit of national integration among the schoolchildren.

Students stage skits on secularism

Communal Harmony Week was celebrated at the Government Middle School, Sector 26. Skits were performed on the theme of secularism, non-violence, promoting national integration. Students participated in various activities throughout the week. The activities included essay writing, poem recitation, debate, and painting competitions. Martyrdom day observed

The martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur was observed at Sh KR Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Sector 43. Bhai Puran Singh from Amritsar highlighted the history of the period during which the Guru laid down his life. Later, the students participated in “shabad gayan”.

Awareness on diabetes

The School of Public Health, PGI, in association with Government Model High School, Sector 38-D, organised a walkathon to generate awareness on diabetes. The walkathon started and concluded on the school premises after covering Sector 38. A general talk on the topic was also conducted.

Staff, students take pledge against corruption

Government High School, Sector 32-D, celebrated Vigilance Awareness Week. All teachers and students pledged to neither accept nor pay bribe. Rajni Taneja motivated everyone to become responsible citizens and be aware of various laws of the country. A rally, flagged off b headmaster Ram Kumar, was taken out by students of classes IX and X. They raised slogans against corruption.

Annual function

Panchkula: Shishu Niketan Public School, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, organised its annual function, Spectrum, at Indradhanush Auditorium. Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar was the chief guest of the occasion. The function started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest. It was followed by Saraswati Vandana. Highly coordinated movements of the Arabian dance by class VI captivated the audience.

Students visit gurdwara

DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, organised a visit to Gurdwara Nada Sahib on the occasion of Gurpurb. Teachers informed children that Gurpurb is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Shri Nanak Dev. Children were excited as they learned to wash their hands and feet, and cover their heads with handkerchiefs before entering the gurdwara.

Annual day concludes with cultural fiesta

The fun and frolic at Manav Mangal School continued on the third and concluding day of the Annual Day Celebrations. Ashwani Kumar, Additional Director, Directorate of Secondary Education, Haryana, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The cultural fiesta commenced by seeking the blessings of the God through “Dev Stuti”. The kindergarten students performed on the welcome song.

Gurpurb celebrated

Mohali: A special assembly was held on the premises of Shishu Niketan to mark the birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The students were briefed about the life of the first Guru of Sikhs. It was followed by Shabad Kirtan by the students of the senior classes.

Students encourage residents to donate blood

A blood donation awareness rally was organised by the students of The Millennium School, covering major parts of Mohali. Carrying placards and banners, the students stressed upon the importance of blood donation. They also distributed pamphlets to passers-by. Speaking at the occasion, principal Sudha Mahajan said, “We took this initiative to inculcate a sense of individual social responsibility in the students, preceded by sensitising the students about the importance of blood donation.

Children raise voice against drug abuse

DAV School observed Health, Wellness and Sanitation Week. On the first day, an awareness session on drug abuse was organised in the school auditorium. On the second day, an anti-drug rally was organised. Students of different classes held placards and raised slogans against drug abuse.

Guru Tegh Bahadur remembered

A special assembly was held at Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Mandir, Ratwara Sahib, to observe martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Assembly began with “shabad gayan”, followed by a poem recitation. Later, an interactive lecture was delivered on the life and work of the Guru. — TNS



SSA teachers demand regularisation of services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association (SSATWA) organised a candlelit vigil at the Sector-17 Plaza here today. The members said that half of the SSA teachers had to leave the service owing to poor salary and service conditions. Though the appointment procedure and work of the SSA teachers is equivalent to regular teachers, the salary and service conditions were poor in the UT, they said.

Ajay Upmanyu, general secretary of the SSATWA said, “The Ministry of Human Resource Development ordered the UT to initiate the regularisation process of the SSA teachers in March, 2011 and again in August, 2011. Even UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, during a public hearing on May 21, this year, directed the Education Secretary to take swift action on this issue. However, nothing has been done so far on this issue.”

Arvind Rana, president of the SSATWA said, “We appeal to all the officials of the Education Department to take steps to overcome the problems faced by the SSA teachers, and start their regularisation process without delay, before March 31.

The teachers also paid homage to late Parvinderjit Singh, an SSA teacher from GMS, Sector 52, who died recently.



Right to education
4 committees formed to check compliance in private schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The UT Education Department has set up four committees for conducting inspections at the private schools in the city.

These committees have been constituted to speed up the official process of granting fresh recognition to the private schools, which is made mandatory under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

The committees will also check the compliance and the implementation of the Act in the private schools, said officials.

“Chandigarh has a total of 69 private schools, which are equally divided among these four committees. The process of inspection in these schools will soon start. It will be completed before March 31, which is the official deadline of implement the RTE Act,” a senior official said.

The committees are being headed by Deputy Director, School Education-I, Chanchal Singh; Deputy Director, School Education-II, Saroj Mittal; Additional Director, Vocational Education, Suman Sharma; and District Education Officer Ram Kumar Sharma.

RTE activist Pankaj Chandgothia, who had filed a PIL on the issue, said that the move was too late and too little.

“As per the Act, it was important for the department to take self-declaration forms of the schools and to start the inspection and recognition exercise after putting these forms in the public domain for observations,” he said.



NCC Week celebrations end with cultural programme, model display
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A cultural programme and static air and naval displays marked the culmination of the NCC Week celebrations at the Chandigarh Group Headquarter here today.

The function started with a guard of honour to chief guest Group Commander Brig Satish Kumar. Later, cadets Paramjeet Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, and Pushpa Devi were felicitated for winning gold medals at the All India NCC Regatta Competition held in Odisha earlier this month.

An aero modelling display was also conducted at No 3 Base Repair Depot to give exposure to around 150 NCC cadets.



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