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Posted at: Jan 11, 2018, 1:27 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2018, 1:27 AM (IST)NAWANSHAHR DIARY

A man with a mission

A man with a mission
Nirmal Singh Rehal wears a banner to tell commuters about his mission. Photo Sarabjit Singh

A man with a mission

He doesn’t shy away from roaming on the streets wearing a banner around him. The banner manages to attract the attention of passersby and commuters.

Nirmal Singh Rehal, 58, has only one mission-- that there should be a train between Nawanshahr and Amritsar. With this mission, he started his journey on January 26, 2013.

Not only this, Rehal adopts various means to attract the attention of the people. He owns a jeep on the top of which he has installed a microphone on which he makes announcements where ever he goes.

Also, he gives away T-shirts to the rickshaw pullers so that the residents get to know of his demands.

Be it a rally or gathering, Rehal does not miss any chance and reaches out to the people and tells them about his mission.

He has also started a society called Jago Nawanshahr Jago.

Rehal had also given letters to the residents of Nawanshahr in which they gave their views and suggestions for the initiative.

Almost every resident of Nawanshahr knows about Nirmal Singh Rehal and when he is not at home, he is at the railway station.

He says it is not only a demand, but a mission and he is the lone fighter.

According to Rehal, he wants the trains suspended to be restored and put up a proposal for a new train up to Amritsar.

He said there are some trains which were suspended during the dark days of terrorism and they should resume their run with normalcy returning to the state.

“It will benefit the people and the government too,” he says, adding that his people would taunt him often and ask him to stop as nothing is ever going to happen. "But I am not going to stop and will continue to work for this cause which is ultimately going to help the people," Rehal says.

Friendly gesture by DSSO

In a friendly gesture, the Nawanshahr District Social Security Officer has started offering tea and biscuits to the elderly who come to inquire about their pension status.

DSSO Harmesh Singh said because of the cold weather, it was decided that the elderly would be served tea and biscuits.

“It is for a month until the summers arrive and we are looking for people who could help us in distributing tea and biscuits among the elderly,” he said and added that it helps the elderly calm down and relax in this weather.


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