THE BENEVOLENT LEADER: SHRI SATPAL MAHARAJ JI
An effective leader is someone who is willing to make difficult decisions (and possibly unpopular) for the greater good
Shri Satpal Maharaj Ji, a leader who is an amazing confluence of spirituality and polity, a leader who is eccentric and rich in versatility. Currently, he is a member of bharatiya janata party and is a cabinet minister in the government of uttarakhand. as a minister he has an important portfolio of minister of tourism, public works, irrigation and culture
As the saying goes “coming events cast their shadow much before he carried on the legacy of his father, shri hans ji maharaj, a spiritual leader who taught the entire mankind about the religion of humanity.
Shri Satpal Maharaj Ji had a lot of interest towards spirituality since childhood and often he would go into a state of contemplation to practice deep meditation techniques. Despite spiritual inspiration and training at home, he did his senior cambridge from St. George’s College, Mussoorie, where he learned science and various languages. He also expressed his interest in philosophical debate and applied science and won many awards for the same.
He was always experimental in nature and did not accept anything until he verified it through personal experience or practical analysis. From the early time of his life, Satpal Maharaj has been a prominent social worker bringing reforms for the betterment of the society. He opened several non-profit clinics, dharamshalas and shelter homes and other important services to reach out to the remote people who do not have access to government schemes due to geographical conditions. By his teens, he became familiar with the problems of the people living in the hilly remote areas of erstwhile uttar pradesh and stood by his demand for a separate state of Uttarakhand.
During his early life, Satpal Maharaj’s interactions and journeys into remote villages had a profound influence on him. He was moved by the social ills and the plight of the ordinary man and particularly those who belong to the disadvantaged section. His life has only one purpose, which is the welfare of the people. Whether it is done through the spiritual path or the political path, the motive remains the same. He did many pediatras for social causes with massive support. Furthermore, he wanted to reveal the limited consciousness of man by uniting him with a company of primordial cosmos.
HIS GLORIOUS POLITICAL CAREER
So, in the 90s, he started his political career. The following year, in 1992, he was elected a member of the National Relief and goodwill committee, when the communal atmosphere was going bad in the country. He took concrete initiatives to bring peace to the communities and due to this he entered national level politics. Became a member of the Uttar Pradesh state integration council from march 1993 to october 1994. He played an important role as a patron of Uttarakhand Samyukta Sangharsh Samiti formed under the Uttarakhand state Nirman movement in 1994 and established himself in a leading position. Satpal Maharaj Ji, played an important role in the formation of Uttarakhand.
As an MP and a Union Minister, he garnered support from the then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu for the creation of a separate state of Uttarakhand. When the central government was considering granting union territory status to Uttarakhand in 1996, he had assured pm hd Deve Gowda that the demand for a separate state of Uttarakhand if granted the status of a union territory would still be a fully independent state. The demand will continue to rise. It was because of his efforts that PM Deve Gowda accepted the proposal of giving statehood to Uttarakhand and made an announcement in this regard from the ramparts of red fort on 15 august 1996. Eventually, it was under Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, that the bill for the formation of a separate state was passed and on november 09, 2000 Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the republic of India coinciding with the centenary of the birth of his father Shri Hans Ji Maharaj.
This was just the beginning of a great leadership. He has taken many historic decisions not only for the state but also in the interest of the country and many important policies implemented in the country are the result of his isolated efforts.
HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN DIFFERENT PORTFOLIOS
He has been an exemplary leader in every tenure and every portfolio. He undertook and implemented various projects for the development of the state and welfare of the people.
MINISTER OF STATE FOR RAILWAYS
He was the visionary behind the Rishikesh to Karnprayag railway line. As soon as he undertook this portfolio he mooted the proposal of this essential railway line. His idea was to extend rail connectivity to the garhwal hills and connect the region with the plain areas. His priority was to improve pilgrim connectivity to the kedarnath and badrinath shrines of garhwal himalayas. so, he laid the foundation of this line on 14th october 1996. His vision is to get better connectivity to every remote region so that nobody is deprived of any facility.
MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE WITH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
He put forth his best foot in this tenure as well. As soon as he took over as the Minister of state for finance, he called a meeting of the finance ministry in Joshimath, auli. For the first time, senior officials of the finance ministry saw the region of Uttarakhand and also saw its problems closely. They got a closer look at how the mothers of mountains carry mountain-like burdens on them. To help them out he launched ‘mahila beema yojana’. additional to this, it was after this meeting on 18th october 1997 that he declared Uttarakhand as industrially backward. So, the government of India cleared the proposal to declare a tax holiday for industry in uttarakhand.
CHAIRMAN, STANDING COMMITTEE OF DEFENCE
During the tenure of this portfolio, he was a driving force behind many strategically important policies. He suggested and ensured to get one rank one pension policy, implemented. Also, he gave opportunity to many talented unemployed youth to join defence. He created a record on the number of personnel recruited by the armed forces. 32 thousand 700 young men from uttarakhand were employed in army, navy, air force, rpsf and coastal guards apart from this, he was also appointed as a member of public accounts committee, as member of the consultative committee for the ministry of railways and as member of the general purposes committee. Also, he was the one who facilitated the approval of American visas of Indian scientists, who were blacklisted after the Pokhran testing.
MP, LOK SABHA
His work speaks a lot about him. That is the reason that people of uttarakhand elected him as a member of parliament. like every other portfolio, he displayed his great leadership quality over here as well. he took many important decisions for the welfare of the state and its inhabitants.
MINISTER OF TOURISM PUBLIC WORKS IRRIGATION AND CULTURE
Uttarakhand tourism, is definitely one of the major sector which has seen an exponential growth under his guidance. He is leaving no stone unturned to make Devbhoomi a paradise in the Indian subcontinent and make it the first choice of every traveler. Earlier, Uttarakhand tourism was all about religious tourism. As a tourist, the first thought that resounded about Uttarakhand was Char Dham yatra. No doubt, this fabled annual pilgrimage has always been the key source of driving in tourists to the state. He has worked a lot to make this yatra even more feasible. Recently, he has directed the officials of the public works and forest department to prepare an action plan on 350 dumping zones on the yatra route within a radius of 889 km. 54 dumping zones with a total area of 125 bighas have been identified to be developed from a tourism point of view.
He directed the officers that all the dumping zones under the Char Dham project should be developed according to the facilities of the tourists. In addition to the development of the state as a prominent religious destination, he worked to develop this Devbhoomi to suit all categories of tourists. He has put in a lot of efforts to make this paradise a tourist destination for every season. Regardless, when you plan to visit Uttarakhand, the state will always have something to offer you. Currently, he is working toward connecting some eminent places through a ropeway. This will help in restoring the road networks. He truly exemplifies what an ideal public representative should be. take a brief look at tourism in Uttarakhand, which underwent a major positive shift under his leadership.