Woman sarpanch suspended for bogus education certificate; Is it necessary to have a educated Panchayat in Haryana?
A woman sarpanch from Kanganpur village of Sirsa faces removal from her post as the preliminary inquiry into her middle class pass certificate has found it to be bogus. Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh has suspended her.
The district authorities will now order a regular inquiry and if the degree is actually proved bogus, she will lose her job as education qualification is part of the eligibility criteria for elected members of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
Preetpal Singh, District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO), said that after complaints that the middle class certificate of Sukhjinder Kaur, woman sarpanch of Kanganpur village, was bogus, the DC had ordered inquiry by the then SDM Rahul Hooda.
The DC had called Kaur for providing her a personal hearing.
The DDPO said that during personal hearing, the woman sarpanch could not produce any evidence or documents that could prove that she had actually passed the middle-class examination.
After coming to power in October 2014, the BJP government had passed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015, to make educational qualification and toilet at homes mandatory for the contestants.
The amendment provided that a general category candidate has to be at least class X pass and a Scheduled Caste candidate has to be at least class VIII pass to contest panchayat elections in Haryana.
However, in the case of a woman candidate belonging to the SC category contesting election for the post of panch, the minimum qualification was class V pass.
Further, the Bill made it mandatory for all candidates to have functional toilets at their residence which is an extension of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Every 3rd non-science PG seat vacant in Haryana’s 7 varsities; Did this happen with the new online system malfunction?
VCs blame it on central admission system, online forms
At least 32 per cent seats in postgraduate non-science courses in Haryana’s seven universities are lying vacant. The Vice Chancellors blame it on the central admission system (CAS) and intend to oppose it in the next session.
Of the total 4,692 seats in courses other than the science stream, 1,503 have not been filled, say sources.
Although most educationists pin the blame on the rise in the number of universities in Haryana and adjoining states, Kurukshetra University claims students from villages, who are only semi-literate in information technology, were unable to fill online forms correctly.
“The prospectus carries all details about the forms. No scanned document is needed. Yet the students erred at various steps,” said an official. Prof KC Sharma, VC, KU, stressed that policymakers must not confuse the use of cellphones with IT literacy. “Most students relied on cyber café operators to fill forms, who were not much of a help.”
The VC of Jind’s Ch Ranbir Singh University, Prof RB Solanki, said many students had erred while picking a university of choice. Whatever the reasons may be, the picture is dismal. At Ch Devi Lal University, 73 of the 100 MBA seats in the general category are vacant. MDU has 24 MBA seats vacant. In KU’s “business economics” course with 60 seats, 25 are vacant. The Institute of Mass Communication is short of 23 students. At Bhagat Phool Singh Women University, Sonepat, 29 of the 60 MCom seats are vacant. At Bhiwani university, 34 of the 55 seats in MA (Hindi) are vacant.
UNIVERSITY VACANT SEATS
Ch Devi Lal University, Sirsa 404
Indira Gandhi University, Meerpur 287
Ch Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani 258
Bhagat Phool Singh Women University, Sonepat 179
Ch Ranbir Singh University, Jind 157
Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak 114
Kurukshetra University (KU) 104
Include criteria in ads for filling vacancies: HC; Is the method of getting a job right?
Will also reduce litigation, govt told
In a judgment that can change the way selections are carried out, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that the criteria should be made a part of advertisements for filling government vacancies.
Justice Sudhir Mittal asserted that the move would enable prospective candidates to be fully aware of the requirements and expectations from them.
“If this wholesome practice is adopted, the allegations that criteria have been tailor-made to select preferred candidates will be obviated. Again, the confidence of the public in the selection process will increase, resulting in greater public satisfaction,” Justice Mittal stated.
The ruling came 14 years after the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) issued advertisement for filling 142 posts of laboratory technician (general).
Deprecating the practice of delaying selections, Justice Mittal added that the case in hand showed that application forms of candidates got misplaced because the process was delayed for years together, resulting in heart-burn.
Referring to the case record, Justice Mittal noted that it indicated that criteria for selection were formulated by the HSSC on June 5, 2007, whereas the advertisement was first issued on August 30, 2004.
Justice Mittal stated that issues such as submission of incomplete application forms could have been easily avoided had the selection process been completed within a reasonable time.
“If selection process is completed expeditiously, it will instil great confidence in the public regarding the functioning of selection agencies,” Justice Mittal stated.
Advising the government to complete selections within a reasonable time frame, Justice Mittal added that it would also reduce litigation and, consequently, the burden on courts.
Dismissing the petitions filed by Akhil Sharma and other petitioners, Justice Mittal observed that the selection process was not completed for reasons best known to the HSSC and posts were re-advertised.
The number of posts to be filled was also increased to 152. The petitioners who had not applied earlier submitted their applications. The process was, however, kept pending for another year.
In September 2008, a corrigendum to the advertisement was issued, according to which essential qualifications for the post of laboratory technician (general) were amended.
The interviews were held in May 2009 and the result was declared in September 2010. The petitioners did not find their names in the list of successful candidates, resulting in the filing of petitions.
A committee was subsequently set up by the High Court to go into the allegations of the petitioners and the findings were in their favour. Dealing with the report in detail, Justice Mittal did not agree with the findings.
Govt promoting animal slaughter, claims INLD; Is the INLD right?
Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala alleged on Wednesday that on the one hand, the BJP government had announced schemes for the welfare and protection of animals and on the other, it was promoting the animal slaughtering industry in the state.
Addressing a press conference here, Abhay Chautala alleged that the BJP government was shielding a Chandigarh-based industrialist who wanted to set up a meat plant at Jaspur in Kalka. Instead of taking cognisance of people’s protests, the police have registered cases against the Sarpanch and other villagers.
Accusing the BJP of double standards, he alleged that the government never tires of claiming to be the protector of cows and have also enacted a number of laws for their welfare. However, hundreds of cows have died because of hunger and diseases across gaushalas in the state, he alleged.
Expressing concern at the rising narcotics trade in the state, the INLD leader accused the authorities of conniving with drug peddlers.
90 Sirsa villages in grip of drugs: Police survey; Do the police take strict action against them?
A survey by the police in Sirsa has revealed that youths in as many as 90 out of 330-odd villages of the district are addicted to drugs like heroin.
Sirsa SP Hamid Akhtar is learnt to have sent a list of these villages to Director General of Police BS Sandhu. He has requested Sandhu to take up with the government the issue of providing sports facilities to these villages so that youths could channelise their energy towards sports rather than drugs.
The SP has also taken up the issue of increasing the number of beds at drug de-addiction centres in the district with Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh.
Confirming these developments, Akhtar said that after identifying the menace of drugs as the most important problem of the district, he had launched “Prabal Prahar”, a drive against drugs two months back. The survey was part of that campaign.
He said that the initiative “Prabal Prahar” involves an offensive against drugs, opening channels with people for getting information about drug traffickers and peddlers, creating awareness among the people through a campaign and rehabilitation of addicts.
Prominent villages that figured in the survey conducted by the police are Panihari, Musahibwala, Mallekan, Mangala and Vaidwala coming under Sadar police station; Sirsa, Desujodha, Shergarh and Dabwali villages under Dabwali City police station; Matdadu, Saktakhera, Hebuala, Mangeana, Phullo, Chatta and Tigri under Sadar Dabwali; Kariwala, Sant Nagar, Damdama, Bani and Nagrana from Rania; Ludesar and Najia Khera from Nathusari Chopta; Odhan, Jandwala, Chormar, Kingre, Bhukkanwali, Salemkhera, Jalalana, Kheowali, Malikpura and Rajpura from Odhan.
The survey also includes Chiknidhab, Ellenabad, Talwara, Poharka, Musli and Mirzapur from Ellenabad; Ding Mandi, Narelkhera, Bhawdeen and Bagguwali from Ding; Biruwala, Badaguda, Lakranwali, Raghuana and Sahuwala from Badagura; Singhpura, Kalanwali, Desumalkana, Kewal, Gadrana, Kamal, Pakka Sahida, Hansu, Dadu and Aseer from Kalanwali; and Rori, Faggu, Thiraj, Kurangawali and Jhorarrohi coming under Rori police station.
The police have also identified Town Park, railway station, Subhash Basti, JJ Colony and green belts of Sirsa town where drug addicts consume heroin and other intoxicants.
Meanwhile, after inputs that drugs like heroin are being supplied to addicts in the government-run de-addiction centre, the district authorities in Sirsa have taken several measures to check it.
Priyanka Sinha, Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate (CMGGA) at Sirsa, said that the number of beds at the centre have also been increased from 10 to 22.
She said security has been deployed outside the de-addiction centre to stop unauthorised persons from entering. Also, unique identity slips were being issued to the relatives of inmates.
On the job
The survey was part of ‘Prabal Prahar’, a drive against drugs launched two months ago
Sirsa SP Hamid Akhtar is learnt to have sent a list of villages to Director General of Police BS Sandhu
He has requested Sandhu to take up with the government the issue of providing sports facilities to these villages so that youths could channel their energy towards something fruitful