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September 10, 2001 - September 10, 2001

Government's threat to teachers: No work no pay Monday, September 10, 2001

PTI
Ahmedabad, September 10
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Gujarat government on Sunday threatened agitating teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools in the state of "no work no pay" and service break under the provisions of Essentials Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) if they continued to stay away from work even as their strike entered 13th day.
The decision to take stern action against the agitating teachers was taken at a high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel in Gandhinagar.

It was decided to relax rules of those educational institutions which wanted to continue their educational work and they were permitted to appoint teachers as a part of alternate arrangement.

The meeting also decided to provide security to those institutions which intended to start teaching from tomorrow.

Employees, including teachers of 5,500 government-aided secondary and senior secondary schools are on strike demanding vehicle allowance from April 1998 and pay scale on par with central government employees among others.
Source - The Hindustan Times

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Lok Darbar by MP, MLA in Gandhidham Monday, September 10, 2001

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GANDHIDHAM: Telephone subscribers in Gandhidham township won a battle for justice on Saturday when the telecom department decided to reconnect nearly 3500 telephones.

These telephones were disconnected recently for non-payment of reconnection charges. These links had snapped in the earthquake of January 26, when buildings collapsed in many areas of the town.

At a 'Lok Darbar' organised by the BJP MP Pushpdan Gadhvi and BJP MLA Vasanbhai Ahir, officials of the department assured customers that the DOT will now consider these connections as administrative closure and would not charge reconnection charges.

The DOT officials said the connections that had been put in the safe custody and those that were in the collapsed buildings would be considered as 'deemed to be in safe custody'. They would be reconnected without any charge.

Many connections were not restored by the DoT for non-payment of bills for the period February- March. The last date for payment of bills for this period is October 20. The department has decided to look into these problems and promised to restore them soon.

The MP and MLA assured telephone subscribers that they would represent to the department should the subscribers make payment for temporary shifting and then permanent location. They urged the deputy general manager of DoT, Kutch, to send such a proposal to the general manager.

On the problems of railways, in the presence of the area manager, Gadhvi and Ahir asked him to extend the Bareilley-Delhi-Gandhidham train up to Bhuj, construct a new railway crossing near Ratnal, another railway crossing near GIDC Bhuj, and provide fencing to the premises and land of the old Bhuj railway station. The MP also promised to provide fund from his grant.

The law and order problem of the area was also discussed and the police was asked to take appropriate steps.

Gandhidham's Group 2001 in their representation to the MP and MLA demanded that merchants, shop-owners and office owners of the area whose premises had been severely damaged or collapsed during the earthquake enough relief and subsidy should be provided. The flat owners of Gandhidham represented by the youth wing of BJP complained that the flats damaged by the earthquake had not been given any help from the government.

The federation of industries in Kutch Anjar asked the MP and MLA to take up with the Centre the issue of tax holiday notification as the provisions in the notification would not attract investment or new industry. They wanted the Centre to be liberal and practical as far as attracting new investment and industry to the earthquake ravaged areas was concerned.

Gadhvi and Ahir promised to take up their problems with the ministries concerned and said the five-member local area development committee of Parliament headed by Dr B. B. Ramaiah will visit the worst-hit areas like Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar and Rapar for an on the spot survey and allocation of fund of Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore for earthquake rehabilitation.

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GANDHIDHAM :: Lok Darbar by MP, MLA Monday, September 10, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
GANDHIDHAM: Telephone subscribers in Gandhidham township won a battle for justice on Saturday when the telecom department decided to reconnect nearly 3500 telephones.

These telephones were disconnected recently for non-payment of reconnection charges. These links had snapped in the earthquake of January 26, when buildings collapsed in many areas of the town.

At a 'Lok Darbar' organised by the BJP MP Pushpdan Gadhvi and BJP MLA Vasanbhai Ahir, officials of the department assured customers that the DOT will now consider these connections as administrative closure and would not charge reconnection charges.

The DOT officials said the connections that had been put in the safe custody and those that were in the collapsed buildings would be considered as 'deemed to be in safe custody'. They would be reconnected without any charge.

Many connections were not restored by the DoT for non-payment of bills for the period February- March. The last date for payment of bills for this period is October 20. The department has decided to look into these problems and promised to restore them soon.

The MP and MLA assured telephone subscribers that they would represent to the department should the subscribers make payment for temporary shifting and then permanent location. They urged the deputy general manager of DoT, Kutch, to send such a proposal to the general manager.

On the problems of railways, in the presence of the area manager, Gadhvi and Ahir asked him to extend the Bareilley-Delhi-Gandhidham train up to Bhuj, construct a new railway crossing near Ratnal, another railway crossing near GIDC Bhuj, and provide fencing to the premises and land of the old Bhuj railway station. The MP also promised to provide fund from his grant.

The law and order problem of the area was also discussed and the police was asked to take appropriate steps.

Gandhidham's Group 2001 in their representation to the MP and MLA demanded that merchants, shop-owners and office owners of the area whose premises had been severely damaged or collapsed during the earthquake enough relief and subsidy should be provided. The flat owners of Gandhidham represented by the youth wing of BJP complained that the flats damaged by the earthquake had not been given any help from the government.

The federation of industries in Kutch Anjar asked the MP and MLA to take up with the Centre the issue of tax holiday notification as the provisions in the notification would not attract investment or new industry. They wanted the Centre to be liberal and practical as far as attracting new investment and industry to the earthquake ravaged areas was concerned.

Gadhvi and Ahir promised to take up their problems with the ministries concerned and said the five-member local area development committee of Parliament headed by Dr B. B. Ramaiah will visit the worst-hit areas like Bhuj, Bhachau, Anjar and Rapar for an on the spot survey and allocation of fund of Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore for earthquake rehabilitation.

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New Scam :: Another telecom scam unearthed in Vadodara Monday, September 10, 2001

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VADODARA: Close on the heels of the multi-crore ISD calls scam in the Makarpura exchange, the vigilance department of the Vadodara Telecom District (VTD) has hit across another incident wherein the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited might have made losses running into crores of rupees.

According to sources in the city police, the incident came to light after an inquiry into the matter by officials of the vigilance department of VTD. Based on the investigations, the Sayajigunj police has registered an offence regarding the scam.

A FIR registered in this regard with the police states that one Prakash Dhebar and others used to receive ISD calls from an office in the Panorama complex in Alkapuri. Modern gadgets and computers were reportedly used by the accused for the purpose.

The calls, officials said, were received on the telephone number 325866. The calls were made between July 23 and Saturday. The calls might have led to a loss of crores of rupees to the department.

This, the FIR states, amounted to illegal use of telephone lines. Dhebar has been arrested regarding the scam. The offence has been registered under section 420, 120 (B) of the Indian Penal code as well as section 20 of the Indian Telegraph Act.

As reported earlier, a multi-crore scam involving ISD calls was unearthed a few months back after ISD calls were made and received from the Makarpura telephone exchange. The password console of the exchange was manipulated for the same. Callers in India were connected with people abroad using a conference facility.

The department has since then decided to give the access to the password to only the divisional engineers. The passwords are changed every fortnight.

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New Scam :: Another telecom scam unearthed Monday, September 10, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Close on the heels of the multi-crore ISD calls scam in the Makarpura exchange, the vigilance department of the Vadodara Telecom District (VTD) has hit across another incident wherein the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited might have made losses running into crores of rupees.

According to sources in the city police, the incident came to light after an inquiry into the matter by officials of the vigilance department of VTD. Based on the investigations, the Sayajigunj police has registered an offence regarding the scam.

A FIR registered in this regard with the police states that one Prakash Dhebar and others used to receive ISD calls from an office in the Panorama complex in Alkapuri. Modern gadgets and computers were reportedly used by the accused for the purpose.

The calls, officials said, were received on the telephone number 325866. The calls were made between July 23 and Saturday. The calls might have led to a loss of crores of rupees to the department.

This, the FIR states, amounted to illegal use of telephone lines. Dhebar has been arrested regarding the scam. The offence has been registered under section 420, 120 (B) of the Indian Penal code as well as section 20 of the Indian Telegraph Act.

As reported earlier, a multi-crore scam involving ISD calls was unearthed a few months back after ISD calls were made and received from the Makarpura telephone exchange. The password console of the exchange was manipulated for the same. Callers in India were connected with people abroad using a conference facility.

The department has since then decided to give the access to the password to only the divisional engineers. The passwords are changed every fortnight.

News Source : Times News Network [ Lightning News ]


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