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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:30 AM (IST)KNOW YOUR MLA

Providing drinking water, roads Kangra MLA’s priority

Providing drinking water, roads Kangra MLA’s priority
Kangra MLA Pawan Kajal. photo: Kamlajeet

Lalit Mohan

The Congress MLA from Kangra, Pawan Kajal, gels with the masses in the Kangra Assembly constituency due to his simplicity. He talks to people in their own dialect and is easily accessible. Kajal is a second-time MLA. In the previous Assembly elections in 2012, he had contested as an Independent candidate after he was denied the ticket by the BJP.

During his stint as the first-time MLA from 2012 to 2017, Kajal became close to former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Closeness to the Congress stalwart helped Kajal get the Congress ticket in the previous Assembly elections. He won the election, defeating Sanjay Chaudhary of the BJP.

Kajal makes no bones about his loyalty to Virbhadra Singh. “It was during Virbhadra Singh’s stint in power that I got two government colleges for my constituency at Takkipur and Matour. Now, there are about 700 students in Mataur Government College and about 500 in Takkipur. Due to these colleges, girls are now able to do their graduation. Otherwise, their parents would have sent sent them to Dharamsala for college graduation. Besides, I got an ITI and a sub-employment exchange in Kangra,” he said.

Kajal has established an office at Matour, about 5 km from Kangra town. Generally, he attends office from 9.30 am till afternoon, depending upon the number of people coming to meet him. “I don’t believe in meeting people at 6 am, as some other politicians do. In the morning hours, I carry out my daily chores, which include performing pooja. It is only afterwards that I go out to meet people,” Kajal said.

Kajal has two sons who study in Sacred Heart School. The younger one is in Class IV and the elder one is in Class IX. Generally, Kajal’s wife looks after the study and other chores of children. However, Kajal is fond of spending time with his sons in the evening.

When asked about his vision for the Kangra Assembly constituency, Kajal said his priority was to provide better roads and an adequate drinking water supply to all the residents in his constituency. “The Changar (arid) area in my constituency generally faces shortage of drinking water. During the stint of the previous Congress government, 550 tube wells were sanctioned in my Assembly constituency, the maximum of which were installed in the Changar area,” he said.

He said the area ranging from Matour to Gaggal that falls in the Kangra Assembly constituency is an area that produces vegetables. The farmers of the area are progressive and produce off-season vegetables also. My effort will be to establish a market for selling the agriculture produce of the farmers of the area. I have also asked officials to produce Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of about 20 ‘khulls’ to provide irrigation facility to the farmers of the area.

The two-time MLA is also emerging as an OBC leader in Kangra district. There are about 5 lakh OBCs in the district and there is a leadership vacuum in the community.

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