April 2, 2009 12:47:03 am
Paramjit Kaur Gulshan
Paramjit Kaur Gulshan is contesting the ensuing polls from Faridkot (reserved) Lok Sabha seat as Bathinda has been made a general constituency.
PROMISES GALORE: She promised to uplift the status of women in backward areas of Bathinda and Mansa districts through education. Her election agenda also included fight against female foeticide,setting up of an information technology institute and a modern hospital,improvement of economic conditions of farmers,weaker sections and traders and completion of Bathinda refinery to generate employment. Gulshan also promised to provide potable water to the residents,railway overbridges in Bathinda,Mansa,Rampura and Budhlada and revival of closed spinning and sugar mills.
WHAT SHE DELIVERED: Released liberal grants in education sector for infrastructural development from her MPLAD funds. Out of the sanctioned Rs 10 crore in five years,Gulshan released almost 100 per cent MPLAD funds,with only Rs 1 lakh being unutilised. She also released Rs 10.1-lakh MPLAD funds that were carried forward to her from her predecessor. Being member of the Railways Parliamentary Committee,she upgraded Bathinda railway station,was instrumental in starting Bathinda to Dhuri train and got Jammu-Ferozepur train route extended up to Bathinda. She also claimed to have got approval for railway under- and overbridges for Bathinda.
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WHERE SHE FAILED: Information technology institute is nowhere in sight,modern hospital is still a distant dream and there has not been much improvement in the economic conditions of farmers and weaker sections. She did little to revive closed spinning and sugar mills.
ATTENDANCE IN LOK SABHA: Out of total 332 sittings in 15 sessions,Gulshan attended 226,which means her attendance was 68 per cent.
NUMBER OF QUESTION ASKED OR ISSUES TAKEN UP: Asked 21 questions on allocation of funds under the Prime Minister Rozgaar Yojana (PMRY),construction of ROBs,closure of industrial units,admission of SC/ST candidates to IITs and IIMs,filling of reserved quotas seats for SC/ST students,rural development projects,pending application for agricultural import,
subsidy on fertilisers,Bathinda refinery,payment of arrears to employees,funds under welfare schemes and grant for upgrade of urban
OPINION: She is an upright and honest person. The two politicians I admire are Paramjit Kaur Gulshan and Manpreet Badal. But at the same time I feel that they should be more expressive in airing their views, says social activist Jagmohan Kaushal.
Gulshan has done nothing for Bathinda. Cases of female foeticide are still being reported, says Dr Vitull Gupta,human rights activist.
Votes secured by top three candidates in 2004 election
Paramjit Kaur Gulshan (SAD): 3,23,394
Kaushalya Chaman Bhaura of (CPI)-Congress alliance: 2,60,752
Sarabjeet Singh (SAD-A): 1,13,490
Total votes polled: 7,63,195
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