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Govt to honour people fighting drug abuse; Is it a good decision?

Chandigarh :
The Haryana Government has decided to honour individuals or institutions with state awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse for 2018-19.

Under this, applications have been invited from persons or institutions engaged in providing outstanding services in this field for state awards scheme.

Stating this here on Thursday, a spokesman for the Social Justice and Empowerment Department said that these awards included best drug de-addiction centre providing services to alcoholics and drug users, best Panchayati Raj Institution working for prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse, best municipal body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse, best school doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse, best college doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse, best curative campaign, best awareness campaign, outstanding individual achievement of a professional and outstanding individual achievement by a non-professional, he added.

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HC raps state for misleading report on helmet-less riding; Whether traffic law should be equal to all?

Chandigarh :
Censuring the Haryana Police for its failure to apply brakes to the menace of helmet-less riding in the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dubbed the situation as “very bad” before summoning two IGP-level officers.

The direction came after the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa was told that false and misleading report was presented in the matter.

Referring to the affidavit, amicus curiae or the friend of the court Namit Kumar told the Bench that everyone was found wearing helmets in 11 districts of the state. Reading out the contents of the affidavit, he said number of challans issued to women for riding without wearing helmets was zero in these districts.

Kumar said they had CDs of Panchkula and Narnaul, which belied the claims. Taking a note of the assertion and the fact that the affidavit was filed by IGP Sanjay Kumar, the Bench directed him to be present in the court on the next date of hearing. The Bench also directed another officer Rakesh Kumar to be present after the Bench was told that he had replaced Sanjay Kumar following a reshuffle.

At the very onset, the Bench asserted that maximum people were not wearing helmets and there were no checks. “People are riding without helmets; and those with helmets prefer to carry the headgear around their arms,” the Bench asserted. “On an average, 45 out of 50 riders are not wearing helmets”.

Haryana’s attempts to justify the situation by claiming that they had their limitations and the state was “big” failed to find favour with the Bench. “Status reports are meaningless… You are filing false reports… We will go without telling anyone and get firsthand information,” the Bench added.

The developments took place during the hearing of a suo motu or “court on its own motion” case on traffic regulation and road safety. The State of Haryana has already filed two affidavits on traffic challans and installation of CCTV cameras.

The Bench was also asked the respondents to generate awareness after it was told about dissemination of information regarding traffic violations and challans through Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. The Bench asked the two states about such facility. The Bench added people were required to be made aware of the service.

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Bhiwani villagers lock school over poor result in Class X; Did the villagers do the right thing?

Hisar :
Enraged over poor result in Haryana board Class X examinations, villagers locked Government High School in Bhiwani’s Pur village on Tuesday. They did not allow teachers to enter the school.

Villagers led by sarpanch Sher Singh alleged the despite adequate teaching staff, poor performance showed lack of interest by teachers.

Of 12 students in the school, only three passed. Five students flunked, while the remaining four got compartment. The school has 10 teachers.

Sher Singh said, “Members of the panchayat have been visiting the school and urging teachers to be serious towards studies of students. During our visits, we found teachers busy in mobile phones or smoking hookah. The performance of Government High School has been dismal for several years.”

The sarpanch said the panchayat had asked the district authorities to transfer “non-serious” teachers, but the authorities had failed to take note of the demand.

A school teacher, however, blamed students for the poor performance. “We (teachers) did our best, but students were not serious towards studies,” she said requesting anonymity.
Later, Block Education Officer Santosh Nagar visited the school and held a meeting of teachers and villagers. She assured villagers of visiting the school once every month. She asked villagers to form a committee to keep tabs on the functioning of the school.

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Jind farmers face ‘kurki’ notices; Should the government come forward and stop the attachment of the farmer?

Chandigarh :
Earning just enough from his six acres to feed his family of 11 and meet agricultural inputs costs, Ram Phal of Jind’s Rajpura village hardly gets any rest these days.

Busy visiting relatives to arrange for money to put off “kurki” (auction) announced by Land Mortgage Bank, now christened Haryana State Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank, Ram Phal is knocking on all doors.

“I have got an auction notice from the Assistant Registrar, Cooperatives, for May 30. Against a home loan of Rs3 lakh taken in 1998, I have already repaid Rs1.2 lakh. I intend paying the rest, but crop returns have been poor and I am yet to get my payment for this year’s crop. With no money, I am forced to ask for money from my relatives,” he said, adding the bank was asking for Rs11.5 lakh.

While the bank notice pegs the recovery at Rs89.84 lakh, Ram Phal has only managed to collect just Rs3 lakh. “The auction notice is insulting. If I am unable to pool all my resources and pay the outstanding amount, my only other option is to end my life while asking my family members to follow suit. Then the government can do what it wants with my land and sell it for what it is worth,” he said.

Ram Phal is not alone. “Kurki” notices have been served on at least five other farmers in Jind. Balraj (47) of Shahpur village has a loan of Rs11.88 lakh taken for a poultry farm.
“We are three brothers. We took the loan in the name of a poultry farm. We used Rs5 lakh to lay a pipeline through our fields. This was about 15 years ago. All three of us have parted ways. Now, the entire loan is against my name. I was illiterate and my brother used that to his advantage to cheat me. Now, I don’t have funds to pay off the loan,” he claims.
The farmers say they are in a fix as their earnings don’t permit them to pay back huge amounts. They, however, say they can repay the loan if the principal amount is to be given.

Another farmer, Dilbagh, has a loan of Rs6.56 lakh. He is hoping the government would come to his rescue since he has no source of repaying it.

Sources in the Cooperatives Department said the state government had no role in issuing auction notices

“Auctioning off land is the last option. We give farmers a chance to give their land on lease and repay the loan with half their earnings or pay instalments. Only when farmers falter on three or more instalments, we issue auction notices,” an official said.

Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover said the government was not in favour of auctioning farmers’ land. “The bank has served notices as per the conditions farmers agreed to while seeking the loan. We can do little since they agreed to the terms and conditions,” he said, washing his hands of the matter.

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Won’t withdraw Jat quota stir violence cases: Haryana to HC; Will the image of the government be bad from this?

Chandigarh :
Efforts by the Haryana Government to withdraw cases registered during the 2016 Jat reservation stir hit a roadblock with its Advocate-General Baldev Raj Mahajan giving an undertaking in the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the state will not pursue withdrawal at least till July 11 — the next date of hearing in the case.

The undertaking came after a Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa was told that 20 per cent of the total cases registered during the stir, including those “serious in nature”, were sought to be withdrawn.
The cases were registered after widespread violence during the agitation seeking reservation for the Jat community. As the case came up for resumed hearing, amicus curiae (friend of the court) Anupam Gupta said the government wanted to withdraw 407 of the 2,105 cases registered in 21 districts.

Urging the Bench to issue restraining orders, Gupta added that intervention was a must before it became a fait accompli. Gupta said 82 out of 172 cases were sought to be withdrawn in Jhajjar — one of the worst-hit districts during the agitation. Among these were 53 FIRs of arson, damage or loot tabulated as serious by the Parkash Singh Committee set up by the government after the incidents of lawlessness.

Calling the then situation as extremely bad, Gupta said even the “Army failed”. “Men in uniform with hands tied behind their back with instructions not to fire were sent. As a result, the mob took over... The Army loses its respect in such situations. If you were to apply this formula to Kashmir or other parts, God save the country,” he added.

Referring to Hisar, Gupta said 36 out of 63 cases sought to be withdrawn from a total of 155 were tabulated as serious by the committee. In Rohtak, the situation was a shade better. Gupta said 21 out of 35 cases sought to be withdrawn from a total of 1,212 were dubbed serious. But untraced reports were filed by investigating agencies in more than 1,000 cases after they could not track down those involved. Gupta added that the state, as such, was required to be restrained from pursuing the withdrawal of any FIR.

Haryana A-G Mahajan and Additional A-G Pawan Girdhar, on the other hand, said withdrawal of cases was not an automatic process; and that the trial court’s permission was mandatory.

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