Rs 4,500 cr under Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) plan alleged to be not used


 

The state government is accused of not fulfilling its commitments under the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP). Chamar Mahan Sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth on Thursday submitted a memorandum in this regard for the governor to deputy commissioner Arun Sekhri here. “Under the SCSP, post-matriculation scholarship was planned for students of the category but the government’s performance on this account was nil,” Kainth, later, told the media. 

The plan included awareness camps at villages to educate the Scheduled Caste women about livestock management, diseases, feeding, vaccination, and de-worming. None of these was done. There was also the unfulfilled promise of providing landless and marginal families with hand-driven chaff-cutters and giving pre-selection training to youth for enrolment in defence, paramilitary forces, and the police.

“Contrary to the plan, no computer training was given to poor boys and girls after Classes 10 and 12,” said Kainth. “No equipment and raw material were supplied to 24 training-cum-production centres of the welfare department.”

Computer training to educated unemployed Scheduled Caste youth was to happen at the Ambedkar institutes and Bhawans at district headquarters. It did not happen. Kainth accused the state government of failing to spend the entire money allocated to the SCSP in the 11th Plan (2007-2012).

“Out of the total allocation of Rs. 11,573.83 crore, the government had spent only Rs. 7,085.34 crore,” said Kainth. “The unutilised money amounts to Rs. 4488.49 crore. Even the amount shown as utilised has been diverted to building roads, over-bridges and projects for general category.”

Rs 1 crore allocated for coaching to the SC students for competitive examinations, and more money that was to be given to unemployed SC youth for professional airhostess, travel and hospitality management, hotel operation, and vocational training courses was also unspent, Kainth has said, quoting from official figures of the directorate of the SCSP.

On Friday, the Chamar Mahan Sabha will submit a memorandum to the administration in Jalandhar, demanding an inquiry by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG), or if there is a fraud involved, the central bureau of investigation (CBI).

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Punjab- ‘Jalandhar police is to be shamed’- National Commission for SC/ST chides SSP Yurinder Singh Hayer


Friday, March, 15 2013 – 21:39

By Anil Dogra- Punjabnewsline 

JALANDHAR: After Tarn Taran incident of beating a girl in full public view by the police, the act of attacking a dalit family in Kalyanpur village under Lambra police station during the night hours targeting village dalit Sarpanch Iqbal Singh and his wife Rajni brought shame to the Jalandhar rural police.

Iqbal Singh along with more than 200 people of the village including women reached the circuit house to narrate wrath of the police they earned for protesting inhuman behaviour meted out to Kali at the hands of Lambra police.

Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, Vice Chairman of the National Commission for SC/ST in India recorded the statements of the Sarpanch, his wife and others. Kali told the commission that he was forced to drink urine in a leather shoe at the police station. He had gone there to make a complaint against a youth of the village who was chasing her mother with a dagger. Instead of extending an helping hand to him, he was forced to sit in the police station and detained for more than two days without any fault.

Dr. Verka chided the SSP Yurinder Singh Hayer saying that the offence to force any person to drink urine was non-bailable and if the police resort to such tactics to harass dalits, then the commission would have to take action on its own.

He directed the SSP to immediate lodge an FIR against the erring police officials and reports the matter with action taken report (ATR) to the commission with in seven days.

The SSP assured the commission that the erring police officials would not be spared.

Parkash Singh Garhdiwala, senior member of the State Commission for SC/ST also summoned the SSP and other police officials to seek explanation on the matter and directed the police authorities to take stern action the wrong doers.

 

Punjab- Aspiring model alleges sexual exploitation by singer Nachattar Gill #Vaw


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Thursday, February, 28 2013 – 14:27

LUDHIANA: Noted Punjabi singer Nachattar Gill and three others have landed in a trouble after an aspiring model alleged sexual exploitation by them. She alleged that they had established physical relations with her on the pretext of sending her abroad and making her a top model.

The girl, a resident of Haibowal appeared before Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh and alleged that he gave her a cold drink laced with sedative at a Chandigarh hotel where they took objectionable pictures of her.She said she was raped by three others also when they visited Singapore.

The victim disclosed that she came in contact with Gill when she was adjudged first runners-up at a beauty pageant at Jalandhar in 2006 where the singer was one of the judges.The duo soon became intimate after they started talking to each other frequently.

The girl used to meet the singer in Ludhiana and Phillaur hotels.She also claimed that the singer had assured to make her a top model in the industry and established physical relations with her on several occasions. She also disclosed that their relation turned sour when she questioned the singer why she was not featured in music albums.

Later, the singer started blackmailing the girl on pretext that he would make the video footage public.Apart from Gill, three city residents also took advantage of her condition. The trio took Rs 20 lakh from her parents so that she could settle abroad.The two city residents also made her MMS when they were in Singapore and established physical relations with her.

She alleged that the third person established physical relations with her on pretext of helping her seek legal action against those who had sexually exploited her.

Meanwhile, Nachattar Gill termed her allegations baseless and a conspiracy against him, adding that he was ready to join investigation on March 5.

 

Punjab: Man sets pregnant wife ablaze, arrested #Vaw #Justice


PTI | Mar 03, 2013, 1
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Chandigarh: A man was arrested for allegedly setting his wife on fire in Punjab‘s Jakopur village over a petty matter, leading to her death, police said on Sunday.
Gurmej Singh alias Laddi Palwinder Kaur was arrested yesterday for setting Palwinder Kaur ablaze on Monday after she clipped his nails too deep cutting into the skin, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Shahkot) in Jalandhar district, Harpreet Singh said.
She was rushed to hospital where she succumbed on Thursday, the DSP said.
The victim’s kin told police she was persistenly harrased for dowry, the DSP said.
In her statement given to the Magistrate before her death, the victim told the police that her husband had set her on fire after thrashing her.
The DSP said Kaur had called up her brothers in Amritsar and expressed her fear that her husband may harm her.
“She told them that her husband was enraged as she had clipped his nails too deep cutting into the finger’s skin. After she made the phone call, Gurmej abused and thrashed Kaur and later sprinkled kerosene on her and set her on fire,” he said.
Two brothers of the victim rushed to Lohian, but found their sister in a semi-burnt condition and rushed her to civil hospital at Lohian, from where she was referred to a Jalandhar hospital, where she succumbed to her burn injuries, he said.
The brothers of the victim claimed she was pregnant, but the DSP said they were waiting for the postmortem report.

#India -Dalit’s #gangrape: Police add stringent sections #Vaw


 #India- Chastity, Virginity, Marriageability, and Rape Sentencing #Vaw  #Justice #mustread

ByI P Singh, TNN | Feb 11, 2013, 0

JALANDHAR: Even as a medical board set up to probe the alleged gang rape of a minor dalit girl is yet to finalize its report, police on Sunday added stringent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, pertaining to ‘aggravated penetrative sexual assault‘, to the FIR.

Sections 5 and 6 of this Act have been invoked even as police officials till Saturday had been looking into “some grey areas” in the statement of the victim’s father. The Act also provides speedy trial by a special designated court.

Meanwhile, three accused arrested in the case after they surrendered before the police on Saturday were remanded in police custody till February 13 by a Nakodar court on Sunday. The three are distantly related to the girl and had pleaded innocence. However, the victim’s family has been holding on to the allegations it levelled on January 6, the day when the girl was first rushed to Lohian Hospital and then to Jalandhar Civil Hospital with life-threatening septicemia.

It was only after being shifted to the hospital that the family had alleged that the girl was raped on the night of January 28 in Mandhala Chhanna village. The girl was finally operated upon in Amritsar where her badly infected and ruptured uterus was removed by doctors to save her life and her intestine was repaired.

The victim’s family also alleged that on Saturday some “anganwari worker” visited their home and rebuked the girl’s mother, who fainted after that. She was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Lohian with the help of police personnel posted in the village on Saturda

 

#Jalandhar 14 year old #gangrape victim critical; family wants justice #Vaw


Even as the 14-year-old Jalandhar gangrape victim continues to battle for life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the local Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, her family members have alleged that they are being pressed to strike a compromise.

The girl’s father, a labourer, told reporters that  one Puran, a resident of his village Mandhala Channa in Jalandhar district’s Shahkot sub-division, was resorting to pressure tactics. “My daughter is on her death bed. I want justice, not a compromise,” he said. 

Meanwhile, National Commission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka, who met the girl’s family in the hospital, said, “I am going to Jalandhar and will seek an action-taken report from the police. I will also ask the police to ensure that the family is not put under pressure.”

Verka said all persons booked in the case must be arrested at the earliest and the Punjab government should ensure best treatment.

The girl had undergone a surgery here on Thursday. Doctors had removed her uterus and repaired her intestines. Doctors confirmed that she would never be able to bear children.

Dr Tejbir Singh, medical superintendent, said, “The girl’s condition is still very critical. A team of doctors is keeping a close watch.”

“There was a lot of blood loss. We are giving her blood and have made arrangements for more, if required,” he added.

When asked whether the girl’s condition had deteriorated due to rape, Dr Tejbir Singh said, “I can comment only after getting a report from the medical team.”

Brutalised on January 28 by three male relatives after she was allegedly abducted from her house at Mandhala Channa village, the girl had been admitted to the civil hospital in Jalandhar on Wednesday after her health deteriorated. A case was registered by the Jalandhar (rural) police the same day against Charanjit Singh, Balwinder Singh and Sher Singh, none of whom has been arrested so far.

The police have conducted raids at various places in search of the accused who have been on the run for the last almost ten days.

 

#RIP-Goodbye, #Jaspal Bhatti: India’s poker faced satirist, beloved common man INDIAN TV


 

Famous comedian Jaspal Bhatti died in a road accident near Jalandhar on Thursday. Bhatti was going to Nakodar from Bhatinda for the promotion of his upcoming film ‘Power Cut’. The accident happened on Shahkot area of Jalandhar. Bhatti’s car rammed into a roadside tree.

Bhatti’s son and actress Surilie Gautam of his upcoming film were injured in the mishap. Both the injured have been admitted to the hospital. Jaspal Bhatti was one of the pioneers of Indian comedy, and his shows ‘Flop Show‘ and ‘Ulta Pulta’ were one of the earliest socio-political satire works on TV.

 

, Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 12:14pm IST
Rituparna Chatterjee, IBNLive.com

Fate has misdirected this episode of ‘Flop Show’. India‘s first stand-up artiste & satirist Jaspal Bhatti is dead.

It was a two minute stand up section with a 20 second skit on the same subject. The capsule, ‘Ulta Pulta’, was the Hindi version of his topsy-turvy grasp of rampant corruption and the humour in everyday life.


Bhatti began his stint with the Tribune newspaper in 1982 as a cartoonist with a column ‘Oddly Speaking’ on social malaise. He remained with the paper for five-six years before specialising in television stand-up, one of India’s first in this field.
Equally popular was his ‘Flop Show’ that changed TV’s TRP game in the 90s. Each episode started with a lengthy skit and wrapped up with a parody. The credits of the show were nothing Indian audiences had ever seen. Bhatti poked fun at the world, but first, he parodied himself with opening credit that said ‘Misdirected by Jaspal Bhatti’, ‘Underground Singers’, ‘Camera Jerks’ and ‘Jarring Music’ and ‘Over Actors’.
The actors – Jaspal Bhatti himself, wife Savita and Vivek Shauq – became household names for their poker face acts. He went on to write and direct two more shows – ‘Full Tension’ and ‘Thank You Jija Ji’. His ‘Nonsense Club’ was India’s first humour club. The street plays enacted through this club would draw attention to social evils.
His foray into cinema started in 1996 with his Punjabi feature film ‘Mahaul Theek Hai‘ in Chandigarh that parodied the police. Since then he has acted in several films, including Mausam (2011), Fanaa (2006), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003), Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000), Kartoos (1999), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999).
He was promoting his film ‘Power Cut’ – a Punjabi comedy which will be released on October 26 when he met with the fatal accident. Power Cut is produced by P&R Films in association with Mad Arts, Jaspal Bhatti Film School.

Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar in a Rajput Sikh family, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh as an electrical engineer.

He became popular with his street plays in the city. His plays were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society.

Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for the The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.

After a successful stint on television with his show, Bhatti’s subsequently acted in Hindi and Punjabi films and got his due recognition in the film industry with Salman Khan starrer “Janam Samjha Karo” in 1999 where he played Salman’s personal secretary.

Bhatti played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in Aamir Khan-Kajol starrer ‘Fanaa’. He also starred in the comedy Punjabi film ‘Jijaji’. His first directorial venture was a feature film in his native Punjabi language ‘Mahaul Theek Hai’, a humorous take on Punjab police. It was well received amongst audience.

Bhatti appeared on many reality shows after that. He was seen in ‘Comedy ka King Kaun’ as a co-judge with actress Divya Dutta and also presented his dancing abilities in ‘Nach Baliye’ with wife Savita.

Bhatti set up a training school and a studio in Mohali near Chandigarh called ‘Joke Factory’ and also an animation school ‘Mad Arts’, where he launched a new 52-episode comedy series titled ‘Thank You Jijaji’.

The school also produced an animation film on female foeticide which won the second prize in the Advantage India organized by 1take media. It won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 Awards in Mumbai.

The comedian’s latest film ‘Power Cut’, is based on the frequent power cuts in Punjab