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School mgmt panels become politicians’ playgrounds

Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, May 14 School Management Committees (SMC), established ostensibly to oversee the central government grants given to government schools under the RMSA and SSA schemes, have virtually become hubs of political activity with Congress leaders pressuring principals to include their own party men, thus defeating the very purpose for which these were set up. SMCs are reconstituted every two years. The previous ones, which included loyalists of SAD-BJP, have now been disbanded and new ones are in the process of being formed. Every school has a 13-member committee which includes the principal as its secretary. The chairman has to be appointed from among the parents of the students studying in that school. The power to withdraw money through cheques vest...

Panels formed to receive claims for farm debt waiver

Tribune News Service Muktsar, January 4 Following the release of lists of eligible farmers for debt relief, the district administration has formed village and sub-division level committees to receive claims and objections from farmers. Talking to The Tribune, Rajpal Singh, ADC (General), Muktsar, said: “We have already received nearly 300 applications. We will ensure that not a single farmer fulfilling the conditions will be deprived of the benefit.” He said: “The confusion has arisen because only the beneficiaries of cooperative banks have been named. We are getting applications from farmers having accounts in other banks.” The ADC said this was the first phase of the debt waiver and the remaining eligible farmers would be covered in the next two phases. “Even if any eligible farmer coul

Sacrilege panel’s first report by month-end

Tribune News Service Nabha, December 18 The Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, investigating the incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and other religious books, will submit a part of its report to the state government by month-end. The part of the investigation report to be submitted by the commission will constitute the inquiry conducted by the commission into sacrilege incidents of the Behbal Kalan, Bargadi and Kotkapura areas. Justice Ranjit Singh here today visited two villages Chahal and Kakrali and interacted with people and panchayat members. He gathered the data related with the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. Commission chairman Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh, who was accompanied by Joint Director, Prosecution, Angrez Singh Randhawa and Registrar JP Mehmi, said a total 122 inci...