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23-year-old steps into Seechewal's shoes

Sanjeev Bhalla , Hindustan Times  Seechewal (Jalandhar), June 20, 2013
First Published: 20:46 IST(20/6/2013) | Last Updated: 22:48 IST(20/6/2013)

Rajwant Kaur, a post graduate in English, has been unanimously elected to take over as the youngest Seechewal sarpanch, taking over the reins from environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal. The panchayat had been reserved for a woman this time.  Over the previous two years, Seechewal had been the unanimous choice of the village.

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For Rajwant, the charge came as a surprise.

“Babaji has always emphasised that an educated person should handle village affairs. On Wednesday, he held a meeting will all villagers and listened to our views on how we planned to develop the village. In the morning, I learn that I have been made the new sarpanch,” said Rajwant while talking to HT.
Rajwant has appeared in B.Ed. examination this year and was awaiting results.

“I have always wanted to be a successful teacher and I was continuing my studies in that direction. I never dreamt that I could be a sarpanch. However, now that the people and villager elders have reposed faith in me. I will try and meet their expectataion.”

Seechewal village is situated in the border of the district and has the population of over 1,000 people. It also had the history of holding village elections in unanimous choice since its inception.

For the current term, other elected members are Ram Asra, Gurbaksh Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Surjit Singh, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, Faquir Singh and Kanwaljit Singh.

On how she would lead a quorum in which Seechewal is a member, Rajwant said, “I will try to take each elder's blessings and advice. I will try and never let him down.”

“I will also try to mobilise youth from my village, most of those are in my friend circle, for different developmental projects in the village. The projects, which were initiated by the Babaji as sarpanch, will be continued with the same spirit and energy,” she said.

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