Jat leader booked for threatening toll staff; Did the administration do this right?
The police have registered a case under Sections 427 (making mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and 25/54/59 of the Arms Act against All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) activist Sombir Jassia on the charge of threatening employees of Makdauli toll plaza.
In a police complaint, an official of the toll plaza has said that Sombir tried to take his car through the fast-tag lane though his car did not have a fast tag. The complainant said when the toll staff stopped his car and asked him to pass through some other lane, he threatened the employees with a gun and forcibly took his car across the toll barrier.
SHO (Sadar) Maqsood Ahmad said a case had been registered against Sombir.
Agri Deputy Director booked for ‘harassing’ woman staffer; Are Crime against womens are increasing in Haryana?
The police booked the Deputy Director, Agriculture, on the charge of mentally torturing a woman employee in her office.
The women police started investigation into the matter. The Deputy Director refuted the charge, saying the employee concerned used to file false complaints against officers and colleagues.
Kshitija, statistical assistant, in her complaint to the women police station SHO on June 4, claimed that Pawan Sharma, Deputy Director, had been misbehaving with her and mentally torturing her by misusing his position and powers.
She stated that she had been working as statistical assistant in the department for the last five years and Sharma had recently joined here.
“I filed a complaint against Savita, an employee on contract, for thrashing me on April 13. After that, I proceeded on medical leave for one month,” she said.
“When I rejoined office on May 11, the Deputy Director started pressurising me to withdraw my complaint. When I refused, he threatened to get me transferred,” she claimed. “He used indecent language during office hours and passed comments on me. He marked work to me which was not concerned with my post to exert pressure on me,” she added.
Sharma refuted the allegations levelled by her. The previous Deputy Director had allotted her work concerning the RTI Act and CM Window, he pointed out.
“I have sent a detailed report to the Directorate and am ready to face any investigation. I have proof which I will produce before the probe agency,” he said.
“A case has been registered on the complaint of the woman employee after verification. The matter is under investigation and action will be initiated according to findings,” said SHO Meena Kumari.
Panel ‘clean chit’ to Haryana IAS officer; Is the woman commission inquiry correct?
The Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) gave a clean chit to a senior bureaucrat on allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a woman IAS officer, but at the same time advised him to improve his behaviour with subordinates.
HSCW chairperson Pratibha Suman said after hearing out the senior bureaucrat, it did not appear to be a case of sexual harassment, though it could be a case of work-related harassment.
“We heard the woman IAS officer, but the Additional Chief Secretary whom she had accused of sexual harassment sought three days’ time. On Wednesday, he submitted a point-by-point reply supported by documents on the allegations and pleaded innocence,” Suman said.
She said though the inquiry was not yet complete, “as we have summoned some more officers”, but after hearing both the woman IAS officer and her boss, it did not appear to be a case of sexual harassment.
When asked how the commission had arrived at the conclusion that this was not a case of sexual harassment when the inquiry was still in progress, Suman said preliminary findings have made it clear that sexual harassment is ruled out and the issue of behaviour has come to the fore in the commission’s own inquiries from other sources.
Later, the complainant also appeared before the commission and was closeted with the chairperson and the vice-chairperson for more than two hours. “At 2.30 pm, they (the commission) sent me an email asking me to come with all evidence by 3 pm. I told them I need at least a week,” the complainant said.
Commission vice-chairperson Preeti Bhardwaj, however, maintained that the complainant was not asked to appear, but since she came, they heard her for more than two hours. “She can take 10 days if she needs. The panel is here to help her out and reach at some logical conclusion as far as this matter is concerned without any hurry,” she added.
Govt to focus on ‘zero dropout’ rate; Will this scheme of government succeed?
The state government has decided to launch a ‘zero dropout’ campaign for children of labourers in the state so as to ensure continuity in their education.
This was informed by Minister of State for Labour and Employment Nayab Singh during a one-day workshop on Child Labour organised by the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour, here.
He directed the officers to inform the owners of brick kilns, shops and houses, the legalities against engaging child labourers as strict legal action would be taken against them. He urged the social organisations and the NGOs to come forward for the success of this campaign.
INLD-BSP to waive farm loans if voted to power: Abhay; Will these election promises ever be fulfilled?
Members of the INLD-BSP alliance held a ‘jail bharo’ agitation in Jind.
Addressing a gathering, Leader of the Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala said a series of ‘jail bharo’ agitation was launched to pressurise the Central Government to complete the construction of the SYL canal in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court.
He blamed the BJP government for backtracking on its pre-poll promises.
Abhay said if the INLD-BSP alliance was voted to power, the government would waive loans of farmers and implement the Swaminathan Commission report about fixation of MSP.