Friday, February 28, 2014

IMA Punjab strongly condemns the Police action

Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM
Police should have followed the instructions laid down by Supreme Court 
Ludhiana: 28 Feb 2014: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
IMA Punjab strongly condemns the registration of FIR against the doctor incharge, Raj Hospital, Talwanddi Sabo, Distt. Bathinda. Before registering FIR against any doctor the police should have followed the instructions laid down by Supreme Court in Jacob Mathew case. According to the Supreme Court judgment before registering a case against any doctor he should be proved guilty by an expert committee of doctors.
IMA Punjab also condemns the action of police to keep the doctor in illegal custody. There are instructions from DGP Punjab that before arresting any doctor, a proper enquiry should be held only if the doctor found guilty by the expert committee then the case can be registered.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Agriculture labours and MANREGA workers held a dharna

Women in large number participated in this dharna
Ludhiana: 26 Feb 2014: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen): 
A call given by Punjab Khet Mazdoor Sabha to observe Agriculture Labour Demands day thousand of agriculture labours and MANREGA workers held a dharna at the Mini Secretariat today 26.02.2014. Women in large number participated in this dharna. Addressing the gathering Punjab state secretary of the sabha Com Gulzar Goria said that there has been no increase in the pension of the elderly, widows and the disabled for the last 8 years. The government has announced that their pension will be increase from Rs.250.00 to Rs.500.00 per month but it not been implemented. Even this is not given for several months. He demanded that the centre and the state government should constitute a social security fund. People above 60 years should be given at least  Rs.3000.00 per month as pension and this should be increased according to rising inflation. The rural job guarantee scheme should be implemented in sprit and the number of days should be increased from 100 to 200 per year. The daily wages should be increase from Rs.184.00 to Rs.350.00. 
Job should be guaranteed in case of no job. The unemployment benefits should be given within 15 days. MAREGA workers should be regularized. Homeless should be provided with houses. Plots of 10 merla each along with three lac rupees to build the house should be given to the needy. Free education should be  guaranteed to the poor. Scholarships to the poor children which have not been paid to them for long should be released immediately. Every worker should be guaranteed with 35 kgs of grains through blue cards. Rupees five lac should be given to the family in case of accidental death. Shagan scheme should be increased to thirty thousand. Addressing the gathering Com Bant Singh Brar, state secretary CPI said that large number of agriculture workers and toiling people will march in Chandigarh on 3rd and 4th March to press for their demands. 
He criticized the state government for wasteful expenditure ignoring the basic needs of the toiling people. Others who addressed the gathering include Com Kartar Singh Bowani, Com Kulwnat Singh Hunjan, Hardam Singh, Karnail Singh Nathowal, Dr Arun Mitra, O P Mehta, D P Maur, Amar Singh Bhatia, Hari Ram Rajgarh and Ramesh Rattan. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

IMA:Dr Manoj Sobti will continue as President

 The first meeting of the State Council held today 
Ludhiana: 23 Feb 2014: (Punjab Screen Bureau): 
The first meeting of the State Council of IMA Punjab for the year 2014 was held at IMA Bhawan BRS Nagar Ludhiana on 23-02-2014.
The State Council unanimously  decided that Dr Manoj Sobti  will continue as President till the new President takes over .  He was further authorized to constitute his team .
The State council discussed various issues related to the medical profession  like ,  Property tax , VAT and notices to nursing homes by the Muncipal Corporation Ludhiana. Dr Sobti told the house that talks on these issues are being held with the Govt and soon some decision will be taken in this regard.
Dr GS Gill past president informed the house that the controversial order by the Chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board asking the hospitals in Punjab to tie up with a particular Common Biomedical waste treatment facility has been withdrawn under the pressure of IMA Punjab. IMA Punjab thanks the Punjab Govt for that .
At the end new team for the year 2014 was installed as follows
Dr SPS Sooch   President (elect) 2015
Dr Rajender Sharma    Senior Vice President 2014
Dr R L Taneja                       Vice President 2014
Dr NavJot Dhayia                Hony Secretary   2014
Dr K S Arora                          Finance Secretary 2014
Meeting ended with a vote of thanks

Custodial Death:Family was informed of arrest after his death

 Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM
21 February 2014

The Chairman
National Human Rights Commission
Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi - 110023

Respected Sir,

We have received information that one under trial prisoner namely Ansar Ali, son of late Noor Islam Ali of village-Narayanpur, Post Office-Berbari, Police Station-Airport, District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal died on 15.2.2014 at about 11.50 am at the inside hospital of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home, North 24 Parganas. He was detained in the said correctional home as Under-Trial Prisoner (UTP) in connection with one criminal case i.e. Lake Town Police Station Case no. 28 dated 27.1.2014 under section 379/411 of Indian Penal Code.

We have conducted a fact finding in this custodial death and gathered following information that the deceased victim was drug addict and he used to commit petty thefts when money was required to get drugs. He expired leaving behind three children. He used to live at his sister’s house with one child and his wife lives at her father’s house with two children.

On 18.2.2014 at about 1 pm our fact finding team contacted with the Superintendent of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home and he stated that the deceased was a drug addict and he fell ill from the evening on 14.2. 2014 and he expired at the inside hospital of the correctional home on 15.2.2014 at about 11.50 am. He also pointed out that the deceased was under-weight and also suffering from malnutrition when he was admitted in the correctional home. 

One unnatural death case has been registered at Dum Dum Police Station vide Dum Dum Police Station U.D. Case no. 17/2014 dated 15.2.2014. One information is received that one judicial magistrate namely Mr. Nirbhoy Tamang (Judicial Magistrate, 3rd Court under ACJM, Barrackpore) conducted inquest on the body of the deceased. The Superintendent of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home sent a message (SIGNAL 1280/RB DT 15.2.14) to the Officer-in-Charge of Airport Police Station for presence of the relatives of the deceased at the time of inquest, but due to delay in sending the information the relatives of the deceased could not be present at the time of inquest of the deceased.

The family members of the deceased received information of his death on 16.2.2014 at about 9.45 am from the police of Narayanpur Police Out-Post under Airport Police Station. The relatives of the deceased stated before our fact finding that no information was given to them either by the police or the officials of the correctional home that the deceased was arrested and detained in the correctional home in connection with a criminal case.  The family members of the deceased had to fulfill the exorbitant monetary demands at the Barrackpore police morgue to release the body of the deceased.

The facts and circumstances in this matter revealed the shocking truth that in practice the prison officials are not diligent to take proper care and attention of the jail inmates. The prison officials of Dum Dum Central Correctional in spite of having knowledge that the deceased victim was a drug addict and his physical condition was not healthy they detained him in the correctional home in gross violation of Section 74(4) of the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992. The death of the victim reveals that he was not under proper care and medication and we assume that no effort was made to de-addict him, no effort was made to communicate the concerned court on his health condition, no effort was made to release him on bail on consultation with the concerned Legal Aid Committee and no effort was made to communicate his health condition to his family members by the prison officials of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home. 

We understand that several initiatives are going on in the name of Prison Reforms from the money of our taxpayers but in reality the jail inmates are not benefitted by such initiatives due to ongoing negligence and apathy of the prison officials.

Hence we demand that the whole matter must be investigated by one neutral investigating agency preferably by the Commission’s own investigating wing and appropriate recommendations must be passed to punish the prisons officials of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home on finding their negligence, improper care and illegal acts leading to untimely death of the deceased victim.

Your kind intervention and action in this matter would be highly solicited.
Thanking You,
Yours truly
Kirity Roy
Secretary, MASUM
National Convener, PACTI  
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      Ansar Ali's sister's house where he lived 
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   Widow of Ansar 
Kirity Roy
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
National Convenor (PACTI)
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
40A, Barabagan Lane (4th Floor)
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Kirity Roy
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
National Convenor (PACTI)
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
40A, Barabagan Lane (4th Floor)
Balaji Place
PIN- 712203
Tele-Fax - +91-33-26220843
Phone- +91-33-26220844 / 0845
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Special Performance by Special Children in Ludhiana

Over 70 students accompanied by 30 teachers from 9 schools
Prof Rajinder Bhandari assured every help 
Ludhiana: 22 feb 2014: (Rector Kathuria//Satpal Soni//Punjab Screen): 
Students from schools for Special Children in Ludhiana being honoured for their distinguished achievements in studies, sports and other activities.

Ludhiana, February 22, 2014: Bharat Vikas Parishad, Dr. Kitchlu Branch, Ludhiana organised “Cultural Programme by Special Children of  Ludhiana” on Saturday at the  Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Centre (VRTC), Ludhiana.

Over 70 students accompanied by 30 teachers from 9 schools run by different NGOs participated in the function. These children with special needs presented excellent cultural items which mesmerised the audience.

Prof Rajinder Bhandari, Vice-Chairman, Punjab Planning Board, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest of the function. He emphasised that our society must pay extra attention and give due care to these special children. Prof Bhandari lauded the efforts of BVP for this noble service to the society. 
Anil Garg, GM, Ballabh Textile Industries Ltd graced the occasion as Guest of Honour and contributed generously as the main sponsor of the event.

Padam Bassi, President of the BJP Disabled Persons Cell came as a special guest and expressed his views. He being a deaf person, his son translated the speech for the audience. Bassi told that the term “Deaf & Dumb” has now been revised to as “Deaf & Mute” because the new term conveys that the parson’s intellectual ability are functional and have been adequately developed.  
Yash Paul Gupta, National Chairman (Banvasi Sahayata Yojana), BVP New Delhi, presided over the function and gave a detailed account of the mission and programmes of the BVP.

Eleven teachers and 16 students were felicitated for their outstanding achievements in education, sports and other co-curricular activities at the national, state and district levels. All the participating students and their teachers were provided encouragement by giving them suitable prizes. 
N. Mannan,  Project Director, along with other members of the BVP Dr. Kitchlu branch worked hard in making the arrangements for the programme. Sara Jonsson, Director of VRTC acknowledged the cooperation of BVP with her institute and urged for organising such functions more frequently.  //ludhiana news online, ludhiana news in English, ludhiana news, ludhiana current news, ludhiana news live, Ludhiana breaking news, Ludhiana headlines, Ludhiana latest news, punjab news, india news, punjab news live, punjab news online, punjab news, punjab news headlines, punjab breaking news, india news, punjab news,

Annual Athletics Meet at DD Jain College for Women

Bhangra became the main attraction 

Ludhiana: 22 Feb 2014: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen): 
An Annual Athletics Meet was organized at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana on 22nd February, 2014. Sh. Yogeshwer Jain, Manager, D.D. Jain College of Education was the Chief Guest & Sh. Joginder Jain Manager, Jain Public Sr. Sec. School, consented to be the guest of honour on the occasion.
The Programme commenced with flag hoisting. This was followed by a March-Past, Oath Taking Ceremony and Torch Relay. Sports activities included Tae-Kwondo, 100 Meters Race, Long Jump, Discuss Throw, Karate Show which were highly appreciated by the audience.
            The cultural extravaganza included Bhangra alongside other activities such as Spoon & Potato Race, Tug of War, Three Leg Race, Skit etc.
            A prize distribution ceremony was also held on the occasion in which students excelling in various fields were honoured by the honourable members of the management committee. Samaj Rattan Sh. Hira Lal Jain Chairman, Sh. Kedar Nath Jain President, Sh. Shanti Saroop Jain Sr. Vice President, Sh. Sheetal Kumar Jain Vice President, Sh. Bipin Jain Secretary, Sh. Arvind Kumar Jain Joint Secretary, Sh. Surinder Kumar Jain Manager, Sh. Shiv Desh Bandhu Gupta, Sh. Mukesh Kumar Jain, Sh. Ajay Jain, Sh. D.J. Jain, Sh. Shiv Kumar Jain, Sh. Naresh Kumar Jain, Sh. Prem Kumar Jain, other members of the management committee & college principal Dr.(Mrs.) Sarita Bahl congratulated students for their efforts & performance. Sh. Ashok Kumar Jain owner of Seo Bridal Studio was also present on the occasion.
Kajal of BCA-2nd year was declared best athlete. 
Ms. Neelam Nayyar proposed the vote of thanks followed by playing of National Anthem and lowering of the college flag. 

Results: -
100 Mtr. Race
1.      Kanchan   
2.      Mamta
3.      Pallavi
Long Jump
1.      Kajal
2.      Kirti
 Chatti Race
1.      Kajal & Ayesha
2.      Davinder
 50 Mtr. Race
1.      Monika
2.      Kajal
3.      Kavita
 Three Leg Race
1.      Veeranwati & Devyani
2.      Reena & Kiran
3.      Kavita & Anjali
             Spoon & Potato Race
1.      Shweta
2.      Ashu
3.      Neha

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sukhbir Badal is lying against Sardar H.S. Phoolka

 Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 8:18 AM
 A letter from Sikhs Helping Sikhs 
In the Darkness , finally ,there is a light.

Harvinder Singh Phoolka joins Aam Dadmi Party.
Moves to Ludiana to contest seat in Punjab.

Jarnail singh also joins Aad Aadmi party to contest Delhi seat in West Delhi.
Someone in Sydney once  sent Rs 25000 to Sardar Phoolka jee, more then a decade back for fighting 1984 cases.
He refused the money saying that he did not need the money as he had enough of his own and it was a social service for him.

Please open link below   

1984 riots' cases: Phoolka dares Sukhbir to prove charges 

Anshu Seth  LUDHIANA, February 19, 2014

First Published: 00:12 IST(19/2/2014) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(19/2/2014)

 Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Ludhiana, has dared Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal to prove the allegations that he (Phoolka) had charged money from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to fight cases of victims of 1984 riots.

“I give Sukhbir one week’s time to prove the allegations. If he succeeds, I promise to withdraw my candidature for the Lok Sabha elections and will also quit as a lawyer,” Phoolka said.
Sukhbir had on Monday alleged that Phoolka had charged money from various Sikh groups to fight cases of victims of 1984 riots. The AAP candidate clarified that as a lawyer he was entitled to charge fee for fighting cases, but he actually did not charge anything in all cases of riot victims that he handled. He stated that initially he had thought of serving a legal notice on Sukhbir, but then he decided against it and had left it to the people to give their verdict.

“Moreover, I trust the media, which took forward my fight against injustice and I am sure of an impartial expose in this case also,” Phoolka said. An emotionally charged Phoolka could not control his tears while interacting with the media and excused himself for a few minutes to calm down. Later, he went on, “If Sukhbir is not able to prove the allegations, he should step down from the chair of deputy CM and also from the post of SAD president.”
He stated that a person who tried to malign the image of a crusader fighting for rights of riot victims was unfit to chair a party like the SAD, known for its struggle and sacrifice for the nation. “Chhod Akali Dal nahin toh janta tujhe joote maar kar nikalegi (Leave SAD or else you will be booted out by the public),” Phoolka added.
Offers of help
Various groups of people were seen hovering around the AAP’s main office in Sarabha Nagar here, offering support in the form of space, vehicles and manpower. However, AAP members are exercising caution before accepting help so as to keep anti-social elements away.
This is Sukhbir Badal reply. 

Please open link below

Inputs by Punjab Screen:

1.Here we also giving the link of Press Conference by S. H S Phoolka
2.You May also contact Mr. Phoolka and ask your desired questions directly

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SPS Grewal on SAD BJP Fateh Rally

Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM
Fateh Rally will change political landscape of our Country
Ludhiana: 20 February 2014: (Punjab Screen Bureau):

National BJP Leader and All India Secretary, BJP Kisan Morcha Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal today asserted that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi upcoming SAD-BJP Fateh Rally in Jagraon, Punjab would change the political landscape of our Country and prove to be the death knell for the Congress. Talking with the media persons here Grewal said that in order to ensure the presence of Bharatiya Janata party workers at Fateh Rally to be addressed by Narendra Modi on February 23 at Jagraon in Ludhiana District. Grewal said that the BJP Punjab state unit has directed its district unit presidents to do proper registration of workers expected to attend  the rally by their names and place. He said that as per the available information, the lists of the workers attending the rally from the rural and urban areas of each District across the state will have to be submitted to the state BJP unit before February 22. Grewal said the move would help to get the exact number of BJP workers attending the rally. He said that the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) has been expecting around five lakh people, including workers of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at the rally. Grewal said that all district unit presidents of Punjab have been directed to maintain record of workers coming from different mandals, however it would also help in identifying their workers from that of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD ) present on this occasion

An Initiative of Australia’s Harman Radio

Australia’s non-resident Punjabi Mintu Brar’s book Kangaroonama will be released
Function to be held at Law Bhawan Chandigarh
Digital Library and Magazine to be launched on February 22 in Chandigarh
Surjit Patar, Harpal Pannu and Jaswant Jafar will be guests of honour
Chandigarh, February 19, 2014:: (Punjab Screen Bureau): 
Australia’s Prominent Non-resident Punjabi and journalist Mintu Brar’s book ‘Kangroonama’ will be released in Sector 37 Law Bhawan on February 22 (Saturday), besides launching digital library, Mintu’s unique effort on the occasion. A Kukabara magazine will also be released at this function. The programme being organized with the initiative of Australia’s Harman Radio in Sector 37 Law Bhawan will start at 11:00 a.m. with a tea party followed by release of the book ‘Kangroonama’ at 12:00 noon and magazine Kukubara at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Digital Library will be inaugurated at 1:00 p.m. followed by lunch at 2:00 p.m.
The function will be marked with the presence of eminent personalities including Chief Guest Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu, famous literary figure Dr. Surjit Patar, Jaswant Jaffar, Punjab CM’s media Advisor Harcharan Bains and Dr. Jagdish Kaur. The Editor Baljit Balli will participate in the function as Advisor. The Reception Committee of the function will be comprised of Mintu Brar, Amandeep Singh Sidhu, Sarabjit Singh, Shivdeep Singh and Davinder Singh Dhaliwal. 

Once again new life by CMC Expert

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Bed Ridden Paraplegia Patients are Able to Walk
Ludhiana:19th Feb, 2014:(Shalu Arora//Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen):
At Christian Medical College & hospital Ludhiana, through the help of Dr. Santhosh Mathangi of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PMR), which is a new speciality, a great help has been done for the patients who otherwise could not walk again due to paraplegia. With operation, braces and splints, more than 50 patients have been able to walk during past 5 years.

The department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) was started in CMC Ludhiana in the year 2008 when Dr. Santhosh Mathangi joined back after successfully completing the course from CMC Vellore.

CMC Ludhiana is the only medical college which offers independent and authorized services of rehabilitation across the state of Punjab.

This has been possible through careful surgeries and support from physiotherapists and occupational therapists, guided by the team in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department under Dr. Santhosh Mathangi

This is the first such unit in Punjab for the disabled and the pictures of the patient speak itself the fact that they are able to carry own independent which was impossible from then till now.

Apart from paraplegia, Rehabilitation services are offered to the patients with Head Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Hemophilic and Rheumatic Arthropathy and Amputations.
More than 1000 cerebral palsy children with disability are now able to go to school through our structured Rehabilitation programme.
More than 600 children underwent surgical correction of deformity in CMC Hospital.

These children were given 2 months of intense inpatient Rehabilitation at CMC- MKDC Hospital satellite center at Hambran. This is the only center in Punjab offering proper structured Rehabilitation services for disabled.

Post stroke rehabilitation programme successfully running for the past 6 years.Many amputees have been trained to walk with prosthesis to become independent in life. We also offer customized splints for ‘differently abled’ individuals with special needs.Our aim is to improve the “Quality Of Life” (QOL) of Disabled.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

69th annual conference of Physicians of India begins today

Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:08 PM
Inaugurated by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
LUDHIANA, February 19, 2014: (Satpal Soni//Punjab Screen):
The sixty-ninth annual conference of the Association of Physicians of India will begin here tomorrow. It will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, while Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Political Advisor to Mr Badal will be the Guest of Honour.
It is for the first time in the seventy year history of the Association that the conference is being held in Ludhiana and for the first time in Punjab in the last fifty years.
According to Dr GS Wander, member of the organising committee, the conference will continue for four days and will conclude on February 23. The valedictory function will be attended the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who will be the Chief Guest and Bikram Singh Majithia and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, both cabinet ministers in the Punjab government will be the special guests of honour.
Dr Wander said, it is after fifty years that Punjab has got the chance to host the conference. The last time it was held in Punjab was in 1964 in Patiala. It is being held for the first time in Ludhiana. Otherwise, the conference is usually held in the metro cities.
The Conference, according to Dr Wander, will provide a four day platform to doctors and researchers to discuss and devise ways and means to focus their research according to the Indian conditions. And that is the reason the theme of the conference has been kept as “Generating Indian Evidence”.
He said, there could be no better venue for holding the conference than Ludhiana. He pointed out, the city being one of the main healthcare centres in the north after Delhi with four big hospitals and several small and medium healthcare centres has a large number of medical fraternity which will get benefitted with the exposure to world renowned experts in medicine. He said, it is a great honour for Ludhiana to host this conference, first time in Punjab in last fifty years.
About 6300 delegates have already registered themselves for the participation in the conference. Besides there will also be student delegates. While most of the delegates will come from across the country, several delegates are coming from abroad including from the world reputed medical institutions like University of Minnesota, USA, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, University of Colorado Denver USA, Imperial College and Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA and others.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BJP slams PSPCL for not adhering to consumer guidelines

Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Grewal lashed out at PSPCL for poor consumer services
Ludhiana: 18 Feb 2014: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen):
BJP Kisan Morcha's National Secretary Sukhminder Singh Grewal lashed out at the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for poor consumer services and not adhering to the performance standards mandated by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC).
Grewal, also the former vice-chairman of Punjab Small Industry and Export Corporation, said this while speaking to mediapersons here
"Several business houses are keen to invest in Punjab now and we have to check for providing good services," he maintained. The PSERC has specified distribution parameters to provide efficient and reliable power supply.
Grewal said these minimum standards of performance (MSOP) provide strict timeframe to resolve various consumer grievances such as overhead line breakdown, underground cable breakdown, distribution transformer failure, power transformer failure, street light faults etc.
He said the PSERC had mandated a compensation to consumers in case of non-fulfillment of these minimum standards of performance. He said compensation varies from Rs. 50 to Rs. 5,000 in case of each default.
He claimed that PSPCL neither fulfilled the MSOP nor compensated the consumers for lapse and also failed in resolving the specific complaints within four hours or remitting the compensation.
Grewal said even as the PSERC mandated the registration of each and every complaint filed by the consumers verbally, telephonically or in writing, there was hardly any such effective system in place to register or address the consumer complaints.
"According to the annual revenue requirement (ARR ) filed by the PSPCL with the PSERC, only 2,462 complaints were received in a year from over 65 lakh consumers in Punjab. On an average, over 10,000 complaints are received daily by PSPCL which means it had fudged the ARR figures to avoid compensation and save itself from action by PSERC," Grewal added.
Grewal said he has already write to Rajya Sabha MP and party's Punjab affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar, SAD president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma among others to pass strict instructions to the PSPCL in this connection.