Jalandhar: A week after she met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sangeeta Deol (65), the renowned state level ‘bee keeper’ of the region has been running from pillar to post to get a simple motor connection sanctioned for her farm at Dhanal village in Jalandhar.
However Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav said, “We have forwarded the application to the PSPCL while talks were on with the bank concerned for one time settlement of her dues. The process was on and the motor connection would be issued soon.”
It was on September 17, 2012 that ‘wheel-chair’ bound Sangeeta, was invited by CM Badal to Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh, where she was especially honoured and promised motor connection for her farm. However, four years had passed and she was subject to official apathy.
Popularly known as ‘Bee farming Queen’, due to her successful stint as a large scale ‘bee keeper’, Sangeeta Deol recently met CM Badal on May 25 at Uggi village during Sangat Darshan program. Deol came to hand over an application to CM Badal seeking ‘motor connection’ for farming in her over 1 hectare field.
On May 25, CM Badal in the presence of Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav had assured Sangeeta Deol that the official process for providing ‘motor connection’ would be done soon. But, even after a week, she was still waiting for ground work.
Talking to Daily Post, Sangeeta Deol said that after meeting CM Badal, though she forwarded an application to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on May 31 but no development took place. “Due to my polio related disability factor, I can’t travel much. All these years, I kept approaching the officials in different government offices but to no avail. Now, I would be meeting Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav on Monday in this regard again”, she said.
Deol highlighted that as she has now shifted to farming from bee keeping, a motor connection in the field was a must. “My vast flourishing bee-keeping business witnessed a setback some years ago, following mounting debt to keep the business afloat. I had to mortgage my moveable assets, after I failed to repay the interest amount and ended up in losses. Currently, I am looking forward to progressive farming in my field for which I would undergo some special course too”, she added.
The woman farmer, who has made it to the international forum in farming business, shared that neither the district administration nor the PSPCL officials responded to her application till date. However Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav said, “We have forwarded the application to the PSPCL while talks were on with the bank concerned for one time settlement of her dues. The process was on and the motor connection would be issued soon.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Sangeeta Deol has carved a niche for herself in the bee keeping business and earned the title of ‘Bee farming Queen’. At one point of time, Deol remained a member of Punjab Bee Keepers Board and was the among the country’s first entrants in honey production.
Gradually, she also ventured into poultry and mushroom farming. Deol was awarded with State Leading Bee Farm, Special award in Diversification from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Maximum Production in Honey in Punjab (Kisan Club PAU, Ludhiana).
She was also honoured by Punjab Government in Diary and Poultry on August 15, 1988, honoured with State Award for Development in Beekeeping and Mushroom farming on December 13, 2010, Farmer of India award in the year 1999 and a member of Bee Keeping Development Board (Punjab) State Honey Federation. “Till date, I have been conducting special skill based courses for women and youth at my farm”, she added.
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