Similarly, 90 families from Bihar at Sanghowal village of Mehatpur area in Jalandhar also consider Punjab their home. Asha Devi, a former panchyat member, told The Indian Express that they had come from Bahgalpur in Bihar some two decades back and found a home in Punjab.
Paddy, which is sown in 21-22 lakh hectares in the state, is transplanted in a puddled field and requires half feet standing water for the next three weeks, which farmers extend to 4 to 6 weeks. The load, therefore, on the state’s groundwater table is immense.
Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs), which are conducted every year to get an accurate estimate of the yield of major crops, have revealed this year that Punjab’s per hectare yield has gone down by 92 kg on an average.
After 70 years of independence, when I look back, I don't think that the two-nation theory could serve any purpose as both India and Pakistan are still bearing the brunt of Partition, he had said during the interview.
These plant protectors have been appointed as ‘van mitras’ (forest friends) in all the villages of Punjab where 550 saplings each were planted last year to mark the 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh master Guru Nanak Dev.
Nawanshahr MLA Angad Saini said: “We may have a difference of opinion on some issues, but still I am a hardcore Congressman and my relations with the party are mine, while her ties are her responsibility. She is an independent, fearless leader who speaks her mind.”
"I may not come back before the situation returns to normal and there is no income while my expenditure would increase here as we are expecting our second child. I thought that it would be better to be with our elders at home at this time,” one of the passengers said.