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Ward boy turns doctor at govt health centre!

Rohtak :
The state health authorities have perhaps devised a solution to tide over the shortage of doctors at government hospitals: To entrust the job of conducting medical procedures to Class IV employees.

In a recent instance, Laxman, a 40-year-old migrant worker, got injured in a road accident and sustained a head injury. He was rushed to the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Sampla township in the district.

There, despite a medical officer being present at the centre, the stitching of the wound was carried out by a ward attendant, who is a Class IV employee.

Local residents allege that medical procedures like stitching of wounds and administration of injections etc are routinely carried out by such employees.

Taking cognisance of the matter, Rohtak Civil Surgeon Dr Anil Birla has told the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in charge of the Sampla CHC, Dr Renu, to probe the matter.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by the SMO found that the lapse had indeed taken place. She, however, let off the Medical Officer, Dr Sanjay, as well as the ward attendant, Ravi Kumar, with a warning “not to commit such error in the future”. She maintained that their intention was bona fide and it was a rare instance.

The Civil Surgeon maintained that it was just a preliminary inquiry and a regular inquiry would soon be instituted under a Deputy Civil Surgeon.

“Strict action will be taken against any official who is found guilty,” Dr Birla asserted.

Whether the health deptt's pole opened with stitching from the fourth class employee?

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Roadways workers to hold ‘chakka jam’ on Sept 5

Chandigarh :
The All Haryana Roadways Workers’ Union announced that it would hold a statewide ‘chakka jam’ on September 5 against the gradual privatisation of the Haryana Roadways after its talks with Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar failed here on Wednesday.

Union general secretary Balwan Singh Dodwa, said the government was adamant on its stand to introduce 700 private buses on various routes which was being opposed by the union. “We have urged the government to buy their own buses and assured them of better facilities to the commuters. However, they refused to listen to us and stuck to their stand,” he said. He said it would deprive the unemployed of job opportunities. “Further, these private players cannot compete with the kind of service the state roadways provides. So, we have decided to go ahead with the strike call on September 5,” he said.

Should the government consider the demand of roadways personnel?

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3 held for tampering with power meters

Karnal :
The anti-power theft unit of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has arrested three more persons, including a lineman, for allegedly tampering with electric meters in the district. One meter reader has already been arrested in this connection.

An external meter-tampering device was also recovered from their possession. As per the authorities, the accused took less than one minute to tamper with the meter with the help of this device.

As of now, the team members have detected 12 tampered meters and the loss has been assessed at Rs 31.92 lakh.

“We have imposed the loss as fine on the owners of the meters,” said AK Raheja, Superintending Engineer (SE), UHBVN.

The SE said that the accused have been identified as Gaurav, a resident of Karan Vihar in the city who is also a meter reader with a private company, Rakesh, a regular lineman of the UHBVN and a resident of Gheer village, and Surinder, a resident of Mayapuri in the city.

The team members had already arrested meter reader Sunny of Randeva village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

While interacting with mediapersons at his office, the SE said that the lineman has been suspended. About the modus operandi, he said that the gang members made the display of the meter disappear by using this device. The process also damaged the internal memory of the meter.

After doing this, the gang members told the consumer to file a complaint of damaged meter with the UHBVN, he added.

“We got all the meters checked from the laboratory and found all had been tampered with,” he added.

DSP Vigilance Satish Vats said that during interrogation, the accused admitted that they took Rs 20,000-30,000 for tampering with a meter.

“It was a big challenge for us. My whole team, including DSP Satish Vats, XEN city Dharam Suhag, XEN enforcement RL Kamboj, SDO Rajiv Dhillon and others, worked day and night to crack this case,” said the SE.

Will the guilty be punished severely?

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Crime up, separate cyber police station yet to become reality

Faridabad :
While complaints regarding cyber crime — mostly financial frauds and cheating through misuse of debit and credit cards — have been piling up, the cyber cell of the local police seems to be grappling with problems of staff and facilities.

The proposal of setting up a separate cyber police station has been hanging fire for the past year, it is reported.

The cyber cell working from the Police Lines here has received around 1,200 complaints so far this year. The figure is likely to touch the 1,800 mark by the end of the year.

According to the police, the success rate has been 50 to 60 per cent. Several complaints remain unsolved due to “poor” facilities.

Admitting that the complaints were on the rise, Vinod Kumar, incharge, cyber cell, sought proper facilities and support from various agencies like the telecom companies. Setting up of a separate cyber police station would prove beneficial in tackling the complaints, he added.

A spokesperson of the Police Department claimed that work on the cyber police station was in progress, but did not give any deadline.

Majority of the complaints pertain to online frauds. Though the cyber cell incharge failed to provide details of the total cases solved this year, it is reported that the amount of money lost by the complainants each year had been more than Rs 2.5 crore. Three cases of cheating amounting to Rs 5 lakh surfaced last week.

“A common man doesn’t have the proper knowledge to approach the authorities concerned on time,” said Hema Kumari, wife of an Army man, who lost more than Rs 75,000 through ATM card cheating last year.

Whether this new police station will end cyber crime?

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Non-teaching staff at KU go on strike, work hit

Kurukshetra :
The Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association (KUNTEA) started indefinite strike demanding release of arrears as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and relaxation in qualification for promotion as the key demands.

Administrative work at various departments of Kurukshetra University was adversely affected as members of the association stayed away from the duty. It is the third major call of strike by KUNTEA in the last eight months.

There are about 1,600 non-teaching staffers. Only 700 outsourced employees worked on Wednesday.

No protest was held on the campus, and KUNTEA members did not report at work. Meanwhile, the KU administration has invoked ‘no work no pay’ rule while stating various demands raised by KUNTEA has been agreed upon by the authorities.

An official spokesperson said the Vice-Chancellor had appointed a five-member committee of Deans and the KUNTEA leaders had been invited for a dialogue.

The spokesperson said the VC had announced that university would disburse the arrears of Rs 10 crore as and when the funds were received from the state government.

The KU has not much financial resources to immediately pay the arrears to the employees. But the arrears are the legitimate right of KU staff and they would get it soon, he added. The spokesperson said the promotions for various posts would be done strictly as per the university rules.

Whether the government has failed to meet the demands of the employees?

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