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Nanhi Chhaan waits to grow

Nanhi Chhaan has passed into autumn since the SGPC has suspended its aid to the forest department. Parties in the opposition complain that the state's ruling family has excessive control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2012 15:03 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar

Nanhi Chhaan has passed into autumn since the SGPC has suspended its aid to the forest department. Parties in the opposition complain that the state's ruling family has excessive control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Yet the Sikh parliament has abandoned a cause dearest to the family's daughter-in-law, lone Badal woman in active politics.

On October 19, 2008, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is member of parliament from Bathinda, daughter-in-law of the chief minister, and wife of deputy chief minister, opened the project at Takht Damdama Sahib, where devotees no more are offered 'Parshad' of saplings with a message to save the girl child and environment.

In August 2008, the campaign of saving the girl child and planet opened at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar, initially, with the distribution of saplings as "Buta Parshad" to new couples, expecting women, and parents of newborn daughters. The aim was to make people sensitive and aware.

On October 7, 2010, when President Pratibha Patil landed in Amritsar to address the national conference on women's empowerment, the mission got a boost. Harsimrat Kaur, as chairperson of the Nanhi Chhaan Punjab Public Charitable Trust, had organised that event.

The SGPC had an agreement with the forest department to grow saplings in a nursery on a land in the control of Takht Damdama Sahib. It paid Rs 1 lakh to the forest department to start the production. The deal required the SGPC to pay the department Rs 5 for the every sapling produced in the nursery. However, it made no further payment.

"The department stopped growing saplings at the nursery since the SGPC's blocking of money," said Sawarn Singh, forest range officer of Talwandi Sabo. Jaspal Singh, manager of Takht Damdama Sahib, feigned ignorance of the issue. "I know little about the project," he said. "It stopped before my appointment."

"The project is suspended for the time being because of autumn," said Dilmegh Singh, secretary of the SGPC. "It will be resumed soon." He did not mention any discontinuation of help.