Villagers block rail track over water shortage; Is there a hazard in Haryana for water?
Residents of Ghilor Kalan village in the district blocked the Rohtak-Panipat railway track passing through the village to protest against water shortage.
The villagers said that the electric motor installed at the village waterworks had been damaged. It was not being repaired despite repeated requests. As a result, proper supply of water was not being made to the village.
The protesting residents first locked the local waterworks office. Then, they intensified their protest as they did not get a satisfactory response from the officials concerned.
Sarpanch Balwan Ranga said they had not been getting water supply for the past 15 days. “The officials concerned keep on giving excuses,” he said.
As the villagers locked the waterworks office, police officials came to pacify the protesters. But an altercation took place between the villagers and the police officials. After that, the villagers blocked the railway track. This delayed the Rohtak-Panipat passenger train by about two hours on Wednesday night.
The villagers ended their dharna after the local SDM assured that the water supply would be resumed within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Railway Police Force has registered a case against the protesting villagers for blocking the railway track.
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Teachers’ selection by pvt firms put on hold; Is Haryana Government promoting privatization?
Move follows complaints of corruption in recruitment
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has put on hold the process of recruitment of employees in the Haryana School Shiksha Parishad Pariyojana (HSSPP) through private firms after complaints of corruption in the process.
Hisar INLD MP Dushyant Chautala had recently alleged that the state government had handed over the task of recruiting primary teachers in the Education Department to 19 private firms — 18 from Gujarat and one from Haryana.
The MP had also alleged that besides taking 2.01 per cent commission from the government, the companies were also charging from the candidates.
The MP provided copies of orders of empanelment of agencies issued by HSSPP State Project Director SS Phulia, a list of district-wise vacancies of JBT/PRT teachers handed over to the agencies and also copies of “appointment letters” issued by the agencies to individual candidates.
The parishad had empanelled 19 private companies for providing human resources (HR) services to the government at the rate of 2.01 per cent.
Eyebrows were also raised after recruitment letters issued by these private agencies directed District Education Officers to facilitate the joining of particular candidates recruited by them and issue them joining report.
“This has never happened in the state in the past. Though outsourcing of employees is not a new phenomenon, but it has never happened that the district-level officers are being directed by private firms to employee people recruited by them. In the past, the government advertised the posts, the agencies searched people for the government, who after proper interviews employed them on the rolls of the outsourcing agencies,” said a senior bureaucrat.
Confirming that the process has been put on hold by the Chief Minister, his Media Adviser Rajiv Jain said that an unnecessary hue and cry had been raised over the issue.
Jain maintained that the private agencies had been assigned the task of appointing multipurpose workers alone and there was no plan to appoint JBT/PRT teachers.
‘Shamed’ in road rage case, girl kills herself; Are the girls safe in Haryana?
Threatened by two youths with “sexual assault” after her scooter rammed into their bike, a 22-year-old student was so terrified that she returned home and committed suicide. Her body was found hanging in her room late Tuesday evening.
Fearing for the safety of his two surviving daughters, the victim’s father told the police he did not want to press the matter and that he blamed nobody. But her close friend told the police that shamed and threatened by the rowdy youths, she had taken the extreme step.
“She walked in and went straight to her room. We went looking for her after a while. To our utter shock, we found that she had hanged herself. We broke open the door and rushed her to a hospital but she was already dead. I suspect no one and want no action,” he told the police.
Her friend said that the youths started touching her inappropriately even as people gathered there. Enraged, she slapped one of them. He threatened to avenge the “insult” by humiliating her and her family. The police said they had not found a suicide note and a probe was on.
Rohtak principal ‘responsible’ for BEd paper leak, says panel; Will there be strong action against the guilty principal?
An internal committee of Jind-based Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University (CRSU) has held the principal of a private college in Rohtak responsible for ‘leak’ of a question paper of BEd (second year).
Confirming this, Dean of Colleges SK Sinha said the panel headed by him had recommended police action to scrutinise telephonic conservation between the principal of CR College of Education and her administrative staff for further details.
However, the committee opines that it was highly unlikely that the question paper reached other examination centres.
CRSU sources said an in-depth police probe could reveal from which mobile phone number the question paper was leaked out of the examination centre.
On June 23, the BEd second-year paper of ‘Knowledge and Curriculum’ conducted by the CSRU was spotted on the Twitter and other social media platforms within minutes of its start.
Taking note of the incident, Vice-Chancellor RB Solanki had immediately asked Sinha to initiate an internal probe.
Sinha said that the college principal could not give a satisfactory reply on why she demanded a softcopy when her office had already received a hard copy of the question paper.
“The CRSU has adopted the secure remote paper distribution technique. When demanded a softcopy, a one-time password (OTP) is sent only to the principal concerned about the examination centre. In this case also, she got access to the question paper after keying in the OTP. But then, the paper was found on the social media,” he said.
Sinha said he had also suggested the CRSU to ensure not to supply a soft copy to the college which had already been provided a hard copy.
Was spotted on social media
On June 23, the BEd second-year paper of ‘Knowledge and Curriculum’ conducted by the Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University was spotted on Twitter and other social media platforms within minutes of its start.
Taking note of the incident, Vice-Chancellor RB Solanki had immediately asked Dean of Colleges SK Sinha to initiate an internal probe.
Sirsa varsity don commits suicide; Can the cause of this suicide cause stress?
Dr Praveen Agamkar, Controller of Examination of Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa, was found dead at his official residence on the university campus this morning.
His body was found hanging in the bathroom at about 11.
When he did not open the door of bathroom for long, the maid working in the house raised an alarm after which an employee of the university broke the door.
Agamkar was found hanging from the window grill with a dupatta. But no suicide note has been left behind by him.
He was rushed to the civil hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
Sources said that he had come late on night from Delhi where he had gone for some official work.
SP Hamid Akhtar said that the police had gone to record the statement of the victim’s wife, but she was not in a condition to give her statement. He said that the police would proceed only after she gives her statement.
Dr Agamkar was the head of the physics department in the university and had held the additional charge of the Controller of Examinations for the past decade.