Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister, celebrates her 52nd birthday today

Kriti Billore

Harsimrat Kaur was born on 25 July 1966 in New Delhi. She is an Indian Politician and at present she is the Union Minister of Food Processing Industries of India and a Member of Parliament.

Personal Life
She was born to Satyajet Majithia and Sukhmanjus Majithia. Her brother is Bikram Singh Majithia, who is also a politician. Harsimrat Kaur completed her schooling from Lorento Convent School, New Delhi and after that she completed a Diploma in Textile Designing from Delhi University. She married Sukhbir Singh Badal on 21 November 1991. The couple together has two daughters Gurleen Kaur and Harkirat Kaur and a son Anantbir Singh. 

Political Career

After her marriage with Sukhbir Singh, she decided to enter politics. She contested in the 15th lok sabha elections from Bhatinda Counstituency in 2009 in which she defeated Raninder Singh from Indian National Congress.
In 2014, Harsimrat Kaur was re-elected as an MP from Bhatinda and this time she defeated Indian National Congress and People’s Party of Punjab’s joint leader Manpreet Singh Badal.
Positions Held
  • Elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009
  • Member, Committee on Estimates on 6 Aug. 2009
  • Member, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment on 31Aug. 2009
  •  Member, Committee on Estimates on 5 May 2010
  • Member, Standing Committee on Food & Public Distribution on 5 May 2010

Other Works

  • She has started a project named "Nanhi Chhaan", which is a movement to save the girl child and trees. The initiative is to fight against female foeticide and to empower women in rural areas.
  • This initiative is very active in schools, colleges, guru dwaras, temples, churches, panchayats and various municipal centres. Nanhi Chhaan assists in setting up self-help groups (SHGs) for women across the state that in turn spread awareness not only about female foeticide but also about other issues such as dealing with cancer, agriculture, farmer's issues, environmental issues and the ever depleting forest cover. 
  • The SHGs also help the women collectively set up small businesses and manage their savings in a more efficient manner.
  • Nanhi Chhaan initiative has opened 75 Silaai centres (stitching centres) at villages, where training is provided to more than 1900 girls in stitching clothes, weaving durries (traditional Punjabi mats) and phulkari (a traditional embroidery technique of Punjab used to decorate shawls and scarves).

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