Er.H.R.PhonsaDogra Rattan Babu Parmanad, rose from a mud hut in Sarore, a small village of Jammu and Kashmir to Haryana Raj Bhawan Chandigarh. He was born on the 10th August 1932 to revered Jaggu Ram & Matyan Devi. His parents were deeply religious souls, having deep faith in Sant Mat as expounded by Saints of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, Distt Amritsar, Punjab. Village Sarore is largely inhabited by the followers of Radha Soami Satsang. It is perhaps the first village in the J&K to have started regular monthly satsang much before 1947 turmoil. Mangoo Ram, Chamar by caste and then panchayat member was the first Satsang Karta of Village Sarore. This village has the distinction of being the birth place of present spiritual Master Sant Rasila Ram Ji, who Headed the Radha Soami Satsang Saidpur, Distt Amritsar till two years back Punjab. Babu Ji completed his schooling from Govt High School Bishnah with high merits. Then he joined GGM Sc.College Art Stream as during those days there was only one college previously known as Prince Of Wales College Jammu. He completed his Bacholar of Arts degree in 1957 and joined as teacher in leave arrangement at Government High School Ramgarh now in Samba District. There after he joined Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and qualified MA.LLB. with merits. The late Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed and Babu Parmanand were colleagues at AMU and both of them were in the state cabinet as junior ministers of Gulam Mohd. Sadiq. Babu Ji contested his first Assembly election in 1962 from Ramgarh ( Reserved) Constituency and won with high margin. Thereafter he won continuously five elections. He served in different capacities as Dy. Minister, MOS, Assembly Speaker besides Finance and Power Minister with Gulam Mohd. Sadiq, Mir Qasim, Sheikh Mohd Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. Babu Ji was Assembly Speaker during Chief Ministership of Sheikh. All senior politicians valued Babu Ji’s suggestions and loved Babu Ji for his values. As Finance Minister Babu ji ordered uniformity in Darbar Move TA for all ranks of employees. As Transport Minister he recruited 60% drivers and cleaners from Jammu province and earned title of Jansangi from Kashmiri masses. As Housing Minister he established Janipur Housing colony on modern lines and distributed free plots to poor people mostly Scheduled Caste and Backward classes. Later on under Indra Awas Yogna he took interests to get established new colonies for poor population living in slum areas of the villages. He privately got developed “Babu Parmanand Residential Colony” in Kalali Tibba RS Pura Jammu for the weaker section of the society. But with the untimely passing away of Babu ji development of this colony was slowed down. Babu Ji stood for values. When Babu Ji was contesting election from Bishnah Constituency. He was then Finance and Power Minister in Dr Farooq Abdullah’s government. A controversy had been raised about Bill No 09 (Tenancy Act). One of his sympathizer Mello Devi, who was blind from both eyes, asked Babu Ji that her village was likely to boycott election, but she wants to cast her vote in his favour. Babu advised her to cooperate with her village people, as she has to live there and social contacts should be valued by everybody. But she exercised her right of vote even in acute opposition from the people. Many border villages then boycotted the election on account of passing of Bill No 9 in the State Legislature. Babu Parmanand eventually lost this election. Babu Parmanand was deeply engrossed in the Sant Mat principles, a way of Saints. As all these saints have preferred family life over life of austerity. He married Sudesh Kumari, daughter of Lala Munshi Ram of Jalandhar in Punjab. Lala Munshiram was a well to do sports businessman, who had migrated from Sailkot (now in Pakistan ) to India during 1947 turmoil. Babu Ji was blessed with two equally brilliant sons. His elder son Dr. Rajinder Parsad is serving as Professor of Surgery in country’s prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi and second son Gagan Jyoti is a Superintending Engineer Mechanical in J&K Engineering Services. Babu Ji was also blessed with four grand children who are excelling in their studies. His wife Sudesh Kumari served as a school teacher. Babu Ji had joined Bharatiya Janta Party on the basis of its ideals and on the requests of national leaders to render assistance in mitigating suffering of the masses. With coming in power of BJP Babu ji was appointed as Governor of Haryana. Babu Parmanand Ji was administered the oath of office of the Governor of Haryana on 19th July 2000. On the very next day when Babu Ji was strolling in Raj Bhawan I was with him. We saw that the fruit trees needed trimming and other treatments. Some good land was found vacant. I proposed to Babu Ji to get paddy planting in the fields. The farmer in Babu ji got aroused and from the very next day paddy plantation was planned. Quality seedling from RS Pura Jammu was ordered. During his stay of about four years in Raj Bhawan, all needs of cereals, vegetables, and cow’s milk were met from the production from with in the Raj Bhawan . Raj Bhawan staff told me that anybody can see him by appointment. He is always available to meet his guests. All visitors from different shades of society, high or low, to Raj Bhawan are treated as esteemed guests. He told his staff that the written protocol rules must have been framed during British times. He was a public man and he shall not rest unless he met to all those who wish to see him. He cared little for his personnel comforts. A large chunk of Jammu & Kashmir common peoples, ministers, officials, political leaders who visited Raj Bhawan are testimony to this statement. Babu Ji’s love for the books can get a glimpse from his getting a separate library building to house Raj Bhawan books, which were earlier stored in a small place disorderly. Babu Parmanand toured almost to Block level of Haryana State to see for himself the developmental activities. Babu Ji was seen in Raj Bhawan to getting plucked ripe fruits from the fruit trees and distribute it to the Raj Bhawan Staff particularly lower staff. A long list of the needy, poor persons, students, ill and, destitute including women can be drawn who received cash awards, tools, medicines, clothes ; sewing machines for their rehabilitation from Babu Ji. Babu Ji worked for the principles dear to him setting examples to the future occupants of the Raj Bhawans as Governors. If Dr K.R. Narayanan ( 1920-2005) 10th President Of India is known as a working President, Babu ji proved as a working Governor. Once a deputation of common people from RS Pura Jammu went to Haryana Raj Bhawan. They stayed in Raj Bhawan, when they were taking their lunch, Babu Ji went to see them, as if, he lacked faith in his staff in service of his guests. While talking to them, Babu Ji told them that he was one from among them. Babu Ji said that he is alive to the situation that to whatever the heights a man may rise on a tree; after all he has to touch the ground again. Babu Ji shall be long remembered for his qualities of head and heart. Babu Ji’s popularity was demonstrated by the Government and People of the J&K State, when a Government Holiday was declared on unfortunate death of Babu Ji on 24th. April, 2008. Over 10,000 peoples from all shades of life including Chief Minister, State Cabinet members, Governor, leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and former Dy. Prime Minister L.K. Advani, All India President of the Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademy Dr. S.P sumnakshar, many religious Heads of Deras, joined Babu Ji’s last rights. Thousands paid their visits to the residence of the Babu Ji to console his family members, Hundreds of letters of condolences were received. One of the mourners from Kashmir termed Babu Ji as a Darvesh. Among those who visited Babu Ji’s residence for paying tributes to the departed soil and to share grief of family members.
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