President: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Head Office: Bazigar Basti, Annian Road, Ward No. 7, Amloh, District: Fatehgarh Sahib, Panjab, India.
Bazigars seek quota in govt jobs: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sangrur, November 26, 2005: Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice, PWD B&R, Punjab, and president of the All-India Bazigar Banjara Sabha, yesterday sought two per cent reservation in government jobs from the Punjab Government for the educated members of the Bazigar community. He also sought free education in the professional institutions for the children of the Bazigar community.
He asked the SGPC to pay special attention towards the poor students to provide them free education.
Mr Dharamsot was talking to mediapersons at the PWD Rest House here today. He was here in connection with a meeting of the members of the Bazigar community, held to mobilise the community members to take part in the state-level rally of the Bazigar community on December 13 at Patiala.
Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, will be the chief-guest at the rally while Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, president of the Punjab Congress, will preside over the rally.
Mr Dharamsot further said the Bazigar community would construct a ‘Bazigar Bhavan’ at Patiala, for which it would ask the Punjab Chief Minister to provide a grant of Rs 2 crore. He said after the construction of the Bhavan, a state-level meeting of the community would be held there every three months to settle the disputes of the community members. He claimed that in most of the cases, members of the Bazigar community did not prefer to approach the courts, and they settled their disputes at the panchayats of the community.
Mr Dharamsot also urged the state government to allot the government land, now in the possession of the community for the past several decades, to them on a permanent basis. He said though they had their houses on the government land for the past several decades, yet they faced difficulties in contesting the elections on the ground of unauthorised occupation of the government land by them. (With Thanks from Tribune, Chandigarh)
Second Panjab State Bazigar-Banjara Rally in Patiala Patiala, December 13, 2005: Even as Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today geared himself up for the coming Assembly elections and started wooing the people by announcing a number of ‘gifts’ for the members of Bazigar community at its state rally held in Polo Ground, Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo endorsed the pursuing of ‘Sikh religion agenda by him by appreciating him for taking golden Palki to Nankana Sahib a few days ago.
While Capt Amarinder Singh announced that every member of the Bazigar community would be given ownership right of the land on which he had erected his house and the piece of land that he had been cultivating, Mr Dullo dubbed him a true devotee of Sikh religion for his efforts made in connection with the Palki. Mr Dullo criticised SAD leadership for boycotting the nagar kirtan, which carried Palki from Delhi to Nankana Sahib.
The Chief Minister also promised free education to members of the Bazigar community. Apart from it, they would be given reservation benefits and recruited in jobs in industries coming up in the state. He said a plot in Mohali and Rs 1 crore would be given for the Bazigar Bhavan. All Bazigar localities would be provided with the dharamshalas.
The Chief Minister also promised that prevalent contract system of labour for handling foodgrain in the markets would be eradicated and this job would be handed over to the members of the Bazigar community as per the old tradition.
The rally held by the Bazigar Sabha was attended by Mr Surinder Singla, Mr Lal Singh (both ministers) and Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary and president of the All-India Bazigar-Banjara Sabha.
Mr Dullo also urged the Chief Minister to fulfil some of the promises made in the Congress manifesto. He also urged him that the Congress government should defer the recovery of loans from the members of Scheduled Castes on the pattern of deferment of recovery of loans advanced to farmers.
Mr Surinder Singla alleged Mr Parkash Singh Badal had during his previous rule, destroyed the economy of the state.
He added that a package of Rs 800 crore would be given for urban areas, while a package of Rs 400 crore would be given for rural areas for development in targeted sectors. (With Thanks from Tribune, Chandigarh)
Power Minister Lal Singh said the bazigar community had its own identity as on one hand its members kept themselves away from the evils of crime and addiction, and on the other they also contributed a lot for the country in general and Punjab in particular. He said all 117 MLAs of Punjab should be asked to get training from the Bazigar community so that they could know how to speak in the Vidhan Sabha.
Mr Dharamsot condemned former Congress Chief Minister Harcharan Singh Brar for refusing to accept the genuine demands of the Bazigar community when he was in power.
A section of local leaders of the Congress also attended the rally. (With Thanks from Tribune, Chandigarh)