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Lakhimpur Kheri: Biggest district with most Sikhs contributes most to UP’s farm GDP

Lakhimpur Kheri violence: The district is the largest of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh in terms of area, and contributes the most to the agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

 
Written by Harikishan Sharma , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 5, 2021 7:11:14 am

 

pakhimpur.jpgAccording to District Domestic Product data released by the Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Economics & Statistics, the district contributed Rs 12,414.40 crore — 3.38 per cent — of the state's Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries sector GDP of Rs 3,66,727.16 crore in 2019-20.

Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight people including four farmers were killed after Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s cavalcade hit protesting farmers and clashes erupted on Sunday, is the largest of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh in terms of area, and contributes the most to the agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

Lakhimpur Kheri is also home to the largest Sikh population in the state. The 7,680-sq-kilometre (2,970-sq-mile) district in the central part of the state shares a border with Nepal, and comes under the Lucknow administrative division. It is home to UP’s only national park, Dudhwa.

 

data12.jpg Districts in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand with a significant population of settlers from Punjab after Partition.

Leader in farm GDP

 

According to District Domestic Product data released by the Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Economics & Statistics, the district contributed Rs 12,414.40 crore — 3.38 per cent — of the state’s Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries sector GDP of Rs 3,66,727.16 crore in 2019-20.

That year, the share of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries sector in the District Domestic Product of Lakhimpur was 45.30 per cent, higher than that of Uttar Pradesh as a whole (23.7 per cent) and India (18.4 per cent).

This indicates that the economy of the district is based mainly on agricultural activities, and crop production and animal husbandry is the main source of income of the people.

 

Lakhimpur-Kheri-1.jpg?resize=600,334 Lakhimpur Kheri violence: During a protest against the death of four farmers on Sunday, who were mowed down by a car in Tikonia village, Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo)

Largest Sikh population

Lakhimpur Kheri is home to the largest concentration of Sikhs among all the districts of Uttar Pradesh. According to Census 2011, of the state’s total 6,43,500 Sikh population, 94,388 — or 15 per cent — were living in Lakhimpur Kheri.

While the share of Sikhs in the state’s population was just 0.32 per cent, it was 3.24 per cent in Lakhimpur — there were 6.43 lakh Sikhs in the district’s total population of 40.21 lakh.

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https://thewire.in/rights/outrage-as-prominent-nri-denied-entry-for-funding-langar-at-singhu-protest-site

 

‘I Was Told to Stop Financing Farmers' Langar’, Says Prominent PIO Deported from Delhi Airport

Darshan Singh Dhaliwal was sent back to the US after immigration officials asked him repeatedly why he had set up a langar and who was funding it.

‘I Was Told to Stop Financing Farmers' Langar’, Says Prominent PIO Deported from Delhi Airport

Darshan Singh Dhaliwal (centre, in light blue shirt) with farmers at the Singhu border. Photo: By arrangement

29/OCT/2021
 

Jalandhar: Days after he was deported from Delhi airport, US-based billionaire Darshan Singh Dhaliwal  said that he had been specifically targeted by immigration officials ever since he began funding a langar at the farmers’ protest site in Singhu, on January 6, 2021.

Every time he landed India this year, said Dhaliwal, immigration officials at the airport would repeatedly question him on why he organised the langar and who paid for it before letting him through.

But last week, Dhaliwal – who is a US national and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) – found his passage to India barred.

Dhaliwal, who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin , arrived in India on a Chicago-Delhi direct flight at 6.30 pm on October 23-24 to attend his niece’s wedding. But he was denied permission to enter by the immigration authorities who allegedly cited the same Singhu border langar for farmers as the reason. Dhaliwal told The Wire by telephone on Friday that he was told to stop organising such langars if he wanted to enter India again.

Dhaliwal along with his wife Debra, who is from the Netherlands, waited at the airport for around five hours only to be sent back to the US on the same flight.

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