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BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Food Processing Minister

Born in the family stream of Attar Singh Majithia, a war veteran general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army, Harsimrat Kaur Badal was born in New Delhi. She is a graduate of Delhi University with Diploma in textile technology. Harsimarat Kaur is the current food processing minister of India, had first made it to news with her efforts against female foeticide named ‘Nanhi Chaan’.

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She is also known for her brilliant skills of sensing underlying opportunities. For instance, during her tenure as the minister of food processing she has seriously worked upon for backward and forward integration of food chain. She had realised that wastage of food that does not make it to markets, is huge. She has enabled the study which reflected that India lose more than 92, 000 core Rs of food every calendar year. It was her effort which had drawn global attention on the underlying opportunities in Indian food processing Industries.  A continuous effort by Badal has taken up the challenge of operation green and Pm Kisand Sampada Yojna and its formulation on ground.

It is her trade skills that had given boost to India’s food processing industry that is now very much focussed upon ‘transforming the food economy’. She had been the main architect of massive ‘World Food India’ event that had been aimed to attract more than 10 billion USD investments. The event also projected to expect nine million jobs creation via food processing industry. Harsimarat is playing a key role in NDS’s larger than life vision of doubling farmer’s income by 2022. More than 800 companies had participated in the said event with Denmark and Germany participated as co-hosts.

In her visionary leadership government had recent allocated separate budget for development of Mega food parks. She is also believed to be a key enabler in Kisan Sampada Yojana of previous year and Rs 6,000 crore has been put aside to create this infrastructure over the next three years.

She is a determined politician, married to one of the most influential political families of India. She is a believer in transformation.  She is continuously working upon India’s capacity in food processing, which is still hardly 10 per cent of overall production. She said, ‘Countries like Indonesia and Malaysia are in 70 to 80 per cent of food processing that certainly saves then huge losses through wastage.’

In her visionary leadership government had recent allocated separate budget for development of Mega food parks. She is also believed to be a key enabler in Kisan Sampada Yojana of previous year and Rs 6,000 crore has been put aside to create this infrastructure over the next three years.


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