Toeing a line different from Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh who has asked Sikhs to produce more children in view of the 2011 Census data, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said there was a need to study the reasons behind the fall in the community’s population instead of creating panic.
Harsimrat was in Mansa and Bathinda to attend the functions of her NGO, Nanhi Chhan, on Thursday. “Sikhs are present across the globe and in a few countries they are even serving at high positions, making our country proud. There is also this trend of going abroad, this seems to be a major reason (for the decline in community’s population),” she said. At 903 per 1000 males, the female sex ratio is among the lowest in the country.
The Union Minister also distributed insurance schemes to 419 girls and women under Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha Yojana (PMBSY) for a period of 10 years as Raksha Bandhan gift.
Harsimrat said, “As an elder sister, I have paid the premium ( of Rs 600 each) of all these beneficiaries who are associated with Nanhi Chhan foundation project from my salary.”
She also told that the government has cleared one textile park each for Bathinda and Mansa where about 8000 youngsters will be imparted job-oriented training.
Linemen raise slogans against Harsimrat
High drama was witnessed when unemployed linemen along with their wives and children entered the venue of the public function of NGO Nanhi Chhan and raised slogans against the Shiromani Akali Dal as well as Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Police detained 17 people that included two minors, nine women and six men.