Jiwan Singh Umranangal was born in 1914, in the Dhaliwal Bet village of the Kapurthala district. Sardar Jiwan Singh completed his matriculation from the Kapurthala High School. He also became the sarpanch and nambardar (village head) of his native village – Umra Nangal.
Sh. Jiwan Singh Umranangal was an agriculturist by profession, but he also had an interest in politics, owing to which he joined politics, in 1952, as a career.
He was a former senior Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Revenue Minister as well. He was also appointed as the General Secretary of Akali Dal and went ahead to become the Vice President of the party.
Jiwan Singh Umranangal — Facts You Should Know
Jathedar Jeevan Singh Umranangal got selected in Punjab Legislative Assembly thrice in 1968, 1977, and 1980. In 1968, he served as the Revenue Minister under Gurnam Singh and in 1977 as Finance Minister under Parkash Singh Badal.
He also won SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) thrice and was an active member of its executive committee for 12 years.
In 1979, Sardar jiwan singh umranangal participated in SGPC election, and he defeated Amrik Singh, President of AISSF (All India Sikh Students Federation).
He opposed pro-Khalistan militants and in 1986, he initiated a door-to-door campaign, in Majha, where he met the families of the militants and sought assistance from them in persuading the militants to give up the violence.
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Akali Dal Leader Jiwan Singh Umranangal in Punjab Politics
At that time, there was chaos and fear in the air, owing to which the majority of the people chose to leave Punjab. It was senior Akali leader Jiwan Singh Umranangal who went ahead and embarked on a 45-day journey by foot and visited these people, requesting them to come back.
The militants retaliated his move, and on 8 May 1987 his son, Sukhdev Singh Umranangal was killed by the militants in broad daylight.
Akali minister Jeewan Singh Umranangal blamed SGPC of having failed to stop the chaos and intolerance,and he even stopped attending the meetings and campaigns of the community.
He decided to desert Akali Dal because of the leader’s incompetency of taking any concrete action against the militants. After leaving the party, on 21 January 1992, revenue minister Jiwan Singh Umranangal set up his party by the name of Jagat Akali Dal, but in February 1998 he merged back his party with Akali Dal.
In 1987, former Punjab Revenue Minister Jiwan Singh Umranangal received Maharana Partap award. In 1991, Government of India awarded him Padma Bhushan and in 1996 he received National Amity Award.
Jiwan Singh Umranangal Legacy Will Go on
At the age of 84, Shri Jiwan Singh Umranangal went rejoicing out of this world at a hospital in Beas. He is survived by his wife (Harpreet Kaur), three sons, and three daughters.
As Revenue Minister of Punjab Jeewan Singh Umranangal served Punjab ministry, IG Paramraj Singh Umranangal & his family continued the legacy his grandfather had of serving Punjab state and of course the people of Punjab. Through the years, he has been recognized many times due to his bravery and audacity.
Sh. Jiwan Singh Umranangal Grandfather of IPS P.S.Umranangal was connected to the organization of many different historical and cultural sports events. An analogous, his grandson and family are following the legacy and continued with their contribution towards the development of Punjab especially Village Umra Nangal
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