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MLA report cards: Shiv Ram Kaler and Gurcharan Singh Boparai

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

punjab Updated: Nov 09, 2016 11:22 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times
MLA report cards,Shiv Ram Kaler,Gurcharan Singh Boparai

Shiv Ram Kaler, 65, SAD

Shiv Ram Kaler (HT Photo)

Constituency: Jagraon

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Cong’s Isher Singh Meharban by 204 votes

2007: Did not contest; Gurdeep Singh Bhaini won this seat for the Congress

Assembly record

Questions asked: 28

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Son of a daily-wager, he became PCS officer in 1990

What next Likely to get the SAD ticket again from this segment

How he performed

During Kaler’s tenure, sewerage was laid in many parts of Jagraon. However, the problem of waterlogging in most parts of the town remains, causing inconvenience particularly during rainy season. The MLA claims Rs 4 crore was spent on sports infrastructure. Also, 16 Suwidha Kendras (service centres) were opened in villages. Lanes in some parts of the town were dug up for laying sewerage, and have since then not been reconstructed. A drug de-addiction centre was built inside the civil hospital at Jagraon; reverse osmosis (water-purifying) systems were installed in 36 villages. Two sewerage treatment plants were also established. But the MLA was not able to control the stray cattle that have become a major cause of road accidents in the area.

Voter speak

In the past five years, roads have been built; and provision of Suwidha Kendra in many parts of Jagraon has also eased many hassles encountered earlier by people.

Mohinder S Mann, 50, businessman

Stray cattle in Jagraon are a major problem, and no one has done anything about it so far. Although there is overall development, this menace needs to be removed.

Arshpreet Thind, 26, farmer

By the way

All his 3 children are settled abroad

Gurcharan Singh Boparai, 59, Congress

Gurcharan Singh Boparai (HT Photo)

Constituency: Raikot

Education: Class 10

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 45 lakh

Electoral record

2012: Defeated SAD’s Bikramjit Singh by a margin of 3,893 votes

2007: Did not contest; Harmohinder Singh won this seat for the Congress

Assembly record

Questions asked: 52

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Brother of state Cong vice-president Amar Singh

What next Set to recontest on Congress ticket

How he performed

Boparai claims that lack of funds from the state’s SAD-BJP government — as he is from the opposition — meant that he could not do much. However, he did not hold any protests against the state government over this. He had proposed an industrial focal point, polytechnic, and a sewage treatment plant (STP) to the state government, but the funds were not approved. Yet, a veterinary hospital was opened at Pakhowal village that helped local farmers. Sewerage was also laid in Halwara town. The lack of potable water supply to many houses remains an issue. Paving of roads in some villages has earned him some praise in parts of the constituency. He is also known to attend weddings and memorial services regularly.

Voter speak

The area lacks good roads and other basic amenities. These were absent even 10 years ago. There is a need for revamp, particularly for connectivity to villages.

Prem Singh, 55, labourer

There are areas where electricity poles are absent, due to which tubewells for farmland could not be installed. In the paddy season, we highlighted that; but to no avail.

Jeet Singh, 75, farmer

By the way

Once a week, meets and gives money to beggars

Tomorrow: Moga, Dharamkot, Zira, Ferozepur

First Published: Nov 09, 2016 11:20 IST