Despite the highest Dalit population, no cabinet member of any Dalit MPs in Doaba

Doaba, which is the smallest of the state’s three regions and accounts for 23 of Vidhan Sabha’s total 117 seats, is politically crucial for any party aspiring to power in the state.

Doaba also has the highest proportion of the Dalit population not only in Punjab. but all over the country. But in the last four and a half years of Congress rule, no Dalit MP has ever found representation in the Punjab cabinet since Doaba, even though the cabinet has been reshuffled three times.

Three Dalit ministers were sworn in under the new Cabinet on Sunday, none of them from Doaba. While the Punjab has 31.9% Dalit (according to the 2011 census), the Doaba region has 38% Dalit.

In Captain Amarinder Singh’s cabinet, which was formed in 2017, there were two ministers from the Doaba region – Rana Gurjeet Singh from Kapurthala and Sunder Sham Arora from Hoshiarpur – neither was Dalit. . When Rana Gurjeet Singh was let loose in January 2018, after her name appeared in the infamous sand mining contract scam, the people of Doaba were hoping the captain would compensate and include another minister from the region, preferably. a Dalit, when he would expand his cabinet later in April 2018. However, that was not to be the case.

On Sunday, the new CM Channi chose three ministers from Doaba – Pargat Singh and Rana Gurjeet Singh (both in the general category) and Sangat Singh Gilzian, who belongs to the Backward class.

In the Doaba region, there are eight reserved constituencies out of a total of 23. Of the region’s eight reserve seats, five are represented by congressmen, all first-time winners, effectively reducing their chances. to do. to the new Cabinet.

Adampur airport domestic terminals being extended, a plus for Doaba

The domestic terminals at Adampur Airport are being extended by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which will further facilitate the residents of the Doaba region by increasing the frequency of flights.

Currently, the Delhi-Jalandhar flight has been operating daily from here for over two years.

A letter issued by Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia on behalf of Union Minister for State Trade and Industry Som Parkash said the IAA had undertaken work construction of a new terminal. The apron, taxiway and associated works at Adampur Airport will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 114.85 crore.

Work has been impacted by the nationwide Covid lockdown. However, the project is expected to be completed by December 2021, Som Parkash said. Adampur Airport was built next to Adampur Air Force Station as part of the Jalandhar-Delhi Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The minister said the extension will increase the frequency of flights.

Cooking, Laundry, Organizing Workforce: 41-Year-Old’s Contribution to Tikri Stirs

An activist farmer since the age of 18, Darshan Singh (41) has participated in several protests, but the agitation against the Centre’s agricultural laws is what kept him the longest away from his home in the village of Gurne Kalan under the Budhlada tehsil of Mansa.

It was in June of last year that he started his protest against the agricultural laws in Punjab, then moved to the border from Tikri to Delhi. All the while, this activist with differing abilities has found little time for his family with the cause he fights to fill most of his days.

A member of BKU (Dakaunda), Singh is known among his fellow activists for his dedication. For the past nine months, he has tried to lend a hand in all aspects of the commotion, from organizing the workforce to collecting rations, cooking langar, washing the clothes of other demonstrators and even building bamboo huts at the Tikri border. All this enabled him to visit his village only twice a month.

Darshan Singh says he was only five years old when polio inflicted his left leg, but that never stopped him and after completing his 12th grade he started working in his family’s fields and has also started attending various agricultural union programs.

He became an agricultural activist at the age of 18 and then joined BKU (Dakaunda) about 15 years ago when it was established.

“At Tikri, I’m busy all day. After my morning chores, I take fellow farmers from my block to the main stage where the leaders give speeches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then we come back and after having lunch we discuss the laws, meet fellow farmers from other districts and chalk the plan for the next day, ”he said, adding,“ Sometimes when we have free time we play cards.

Asking how he learned about these three farm laws, Singh thanks the senior leaders in his group for educating him and other activists.

“These three laws threaten to take everything away from farmers, from selling their products in organized registered markets to leaving them at the mercy of private actors without giving strong legal guarantees to farmers’ interests,” he said. .

Singh argues that the laws will drive up commodity prices and hurt ordinary people.

Regarding who takes care of the family farmland during his absence, Singh responds that his son (20) and father are involved in farming, while his wife and daughter, a grade 12 student, also help. “As for my personal expenses, I travel by train to my house and back to Tikri and this expense is not more important than the cost that we will have to pay after the implementation of these three laws,” he said. , arguing that farmers are prepared to suffer. small financial losses while fighting for a great cause.
“The demonstration broadened my thinking, which was previously limited to my family,” he concludes.