Friday, January 29, 2021

Why police turned a blind eye to mischief makers

Friday: 29th January 2021 at 3:21 PM

Medical Team questioned on Red Fort Incident

After Return from Delhi Borders
: 29th January 2021: (Punjab Screen Bureau)

We the doctors and paramedical staff Have been organizing  medical Camps at Tikri and Singhu borders on behalf of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD).  Our medical teams marched along with the tractors. We are pained at the events that occurred on 26th January when a few unscrupulous elements hoisted flag at Red Forte. This situation arose when police created hurdles on agreed route & looked other way around to facilitate prohibited route.  since we were present there throughout we are eye witness to affirm that such hooliganism was done by a miniscule number of people and it could have been very well prevented if the police had been little cautious. Moreover being Republic day police outnumbered hooligans. It is anybody's guess why police turned a blind eye to mischief makers. Thousands of tractors took out the march peacefully at the stipulated route. The march was so peaceful that not a single glass pane was broken, not a car was overturned, nor any bus burnt, nor any damage to any public property was caused by the people who marched on the tractors. Locals showered flower petals & served langar on the way. It is difficult to comprehend how these unscrupulous elements  could reach Red Forte which is nearly 20 Kilo meters away from the Singhu border. This smacks of some deep rooted conspiracy behind it. However during the tractor march we treated several  farmers who were injured seriously by the Lathi charge or tear gas shells by the police. Hands of two people were badly damaged which  they may never get  back to completely normal state. One patients was overrun by the vehicle. Three patients sustained fractures. There were many with minor injuries . It is sad to know that a medical team led by Dr Swaiman was attacked by the police at a time when they were giving medical aid to the injured including the policemen. Similarly at Singhu Ambulance was smashed & Dr Balbir Singh pushed aside when he was attending an injured farmer. As medical personnel we feel that   people are already sitting there for over two months now and have developed several medical problems which are likely to get aggravated in the coming time. Therefore whereas we appeal to the protesters to be calm and cautious we appeal to the government to repeal these laws in ongoing budget session, restore peace & tranquility to create congenial atmosphere for dialogue & discussion. Democratic Govt is duty bound to consult farmers, State Govts & consumers before framing laws. We hope & pray better sense will prevail. 

Our team members included Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Gagandeep Singh, Dr Balbir Singh, Dr Monika Dhawan, Dr Param Saini, Dr S S Sidhu, Dr Suraj Dhillon, Dr Gurvir Singh, Dr Rajan SIdhu, Kuldip Singh, Anod Kumar, Swaroop Singh, Amninder Singh, staff of the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarbha Dental Collage and Hospital worked hard during the tractor march to serve the injured.  

Monday, January 25, 2021

National Voters’ Day celebrated at GCG Ludhiana

25th January 2021 at 2:49 PM

 DC Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma was the chief guest 

: 25th January 2021: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

On the occasion of National Voters’ Day, Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma launched the ‘e-EPIC’, a non-editable and secure PDF version of the electoral photo identity card (EPIC) that can be downloaded on the mobile phone or in a self-printable form on the computer. 

A district-level function in this regard was organized at Government College for Girls, here today. Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma was the chief guest of the function. ADC (General) Mr Amarjit Bains, SDM Samrala Miss Geetika Singh, DDLG Mr Amit Bamby, IAS (Under Training) Mr Akash Bansal, GCG Principal Mrs Gurpreet Kaur, GCG Vice Principal Mrs Sukhwinder Kaur, besides several others were also present on the occasion.

Motivating the youth to exercise their right to vote in the elections, he motivated them to come out in a large number during the elections. He told them about the importance of the day being celebrated from January 25, 2011, and to protect democracy, voting is one of the greatest tools given by our constitution.

He said that casting the vote is our duty and everyone should perform the duty sincerely as it would ensure the protection of the rights. He said that we all feel proud to be residing in a free country like India, but all of us should also understand that India gained independence after a lot of struggle. He said that all of us should work hard for strengthening our democracy by exercising our right to vote, which is our duty as well.

On this occasion, the Deputy Commissioner also distributed EPIC cards to five new voters. He said that the e-EPIC would eliminate the wait for delivery of the physical EPIC card after it is approved. “Now, immediately upon approval EPIC will be downloadable. Electors can print the card, self-laminate it or store it digitally, as per convenience. The e-EPIC shall be in addition to the plastic voter EPIC card being issued upon fresh registration. The e-EPIC can be uploaded by the voter on Digi locker and stored securely with other documents,” he said.

All new electors registered during special summary revision 2021 those who applied during November-December 2020 and whose mobile number provided while applying is unique, will get an SMS and may download e-EPIC between January 25 and 31, 2021. Thereafter, all other general electors will be able to download their e-EPIC w.e.f February 1, 2021, in case they are having a unique mobile number in the e-Roll. Alternatively, they will have to undergo (KYC) process before downloading the e-EPIC. The e-EPIC will eliminate the need for a voter to get a new card made each time there is a change in address on account of migration.

On this occasion, several officials were honoured for their work regarding voter awareness. SDM Samrala Miss Geetika Singh was honoured for being the best ERO, Dr Khushdip Kaur from Khalsa College for Women for being best Nodal Officer, Mr Bhupinder Singh, ETT Teacher, Government Primary School Galwadi as best BLO, Advocate Hari Om Jindal and Transgender rights activist Mohini Mahant were honoured for the SVEEP activities.

The Deputy Commissioner also administered the oath of exercising their right to vote in a free and fair manner to the students present on the occasion. Videos related to SVEEP activities, slogan writing competition, declamation contest, essay writing competition and poster making competition were also organised.

An awareness van was also flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner on the occasion.