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ESMA ENFORCEMENT : 382 health workers booked in state

Chandigarh :
As the strike by multi-purpose health workers (MPHWs) on Friday entered the 12th day, the government started getting tough with the striking staff with 382 employees being booked under the Essential Services Maintenance Act.

According to sources, 225 employees were booked in Narnaul, 90 in Rewari, 33 in Panipat, 14 in Kaithal, nine in Yamunanagar, seven in Ambala, three in Yamunanagar and one in Hisar.

Ompati Kadian, president of the MPHW Union, alleged that the police and the authorities concerned were resorting to highhandedness to force striking employees to join duty. “Despite repression by the authorities and police, the strike will continue till our demands are met,” he said.

 Sarv Karamchari Sangh general secretary Subhash Lamba alleged that though the Health Minister had been claiming that most demands were accepted, no notification was issued.

The MPHWs had been on strike since August 27, demanding declaration of posts as technical, hike in pay, regularisation of services of contractual women MPHWs after two years, equal pay for equal work and uniform allowance.

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No HC ban on appointments under quota for poor: AG

Chandigarh :
There is no stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the issuance of appointment letters to the candidates selected under the economically backward persons in general (EBPG) category whose appointment process was initiated before December 7, 2017, Haryana’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan has clarified.

Mahajan, in an official communication to Chief Secretary DS Dhesi, clarified that the HC stay in a case relating to the recruitment of multipurpose health workers (MPHW-Female) was not applicable to any other category and various departments were free to issue appointment letters to the EBPG category candidates. On August 3, 2018, the HC had stayed the issuance of appointment letters to the MPHW (Female). Following the HC stay, various departments had been seeking clarification whether they should issue appointment letter to the selected candidates.

“The stay order dated August 3, 2018, against issuing of appointment letters to the EBPG candidates in the MPHW case does not apply to any other appointment made by any other department of the state government as the same are not in issue or in question in the said writ petition….The state government can proceed to give appointments and permit joining of such selected candidates provided their appointment process was initiated before December 7, 2017,” Mahajan’s communication said.

Previous Congress government under Bhupinder Singh Hooda had come out with 10 per cent quota for EBPG category on September 27, 2013, before the Assembly elections in 2014.

Various writ petitions had challenged this quota. In one of the orders, the High Court had allowed the appointments for the EBPG category candidates where the appointment processes were started before December 7, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary’s office on Friday directed various departments to issue appointment letter in accordance with the advice of the Advocate General.

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Mayor to be elected directly in Haryana

Khattar Cabinet approves move

Chandigarh :
After laying down educational qualifications for candidates contesting elections under Panchayati Raj Institutions, the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana on Wednesday approved direct election of mayors — an obvious bid to strengthen its hold over local bodies.

The Haryana Cabinet gave its nod to the move, which will have an impact on 10 big districts. Sources claimed in cities such as Faridabad and Gurugram the mayors would wield more power than the local MLAs with their area of influence extending to constituencies represented by the latter. 

This decision, sources said, was aimed at ensuring the mayors functioned independently, without the councillors’ meddling. “With direct elections, his chair will not be dependent on the support of councillors. Also, it will check horse-trading to catapult a particular candidate to the post,” explained sources.

Elections to five municipal corporations — Hisar, Karnal, Rohtak, Yamunanagar and Panipat — are due in October and may be announced shortly. 

The Cabinet’s decision on direct mayoral poll will be notified and the municipal elections held subsequently.

The voters will not only vote for the ward councillor but also the mayor. This is in line with the elections for panches and sarpanches where villagers vote for the sarpanch and the ward panch. Direct elections may also be held for the municipal councils and committees at a later stage.  

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5 illegal playschools sealed in F’bad

Faridabad :
Launching a drive against the play (pre-primary) schools operating illegally at various localities here, Municipal Corporation Faridabad (MCF) has sealed five schools in the past couple of days. Notices have also been issued to 30 more schools.

The move comes after the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which has sought an action-taken report from the authorities concerned in response to a petition filed by the Innovative Pre-primary Schools Association, a body of playschools here.

The petitioner had alleged operation of several illegal schools in the city and that no action had been taken to check the menace.

Revealing that while a total of 35 such schools have been identified, Ashutosh Rajan, Joint Commissioner, MCF (Old Faridabad Zone), said that five of the schools, which failed to respond to the show-cause notice, have been sealed.

He said 30 schools are under the scanner and have been issued notices already.

The officials concerned said that while 27 schools are located in Old Faridabad Zone, five are in the NIT zone and two in Ballabgarh zone. One school has been operating outside all the three zones of the MCF.

The schools sealed by the officials are located in Sectors 28, 86 and 89 and Kheri Pul area. The next date of hearing is October 8.

Earlier, the petitioner had claimed that while the members of the association had been running playschools on the sites allotted by the government at high premium, a large number of schools had mushroomed in the city. Those had been running without authorisation as their premises were not earmarked for schools in the master plan of the city.

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Eying polls, AAP plans employees’ rally in Kaithal

New Delhi: 
Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal will venture into Haryana for the next year’s parliamentary and Assembly elections by striking a chord with government employees with a rally in Kaithal on October 7. He will follow this up by holding meetings outside schools and dispensaries across the state. Kejriwal announced this in a chat with Chandigarh-based journalists on Wednesday. The AAP plans to take up matters of cheaper and regular supply of power and water, besides problems of farmers.

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