Akoul | 24 Jan 2017

Amongst a thunderous applause and appreciations pouring in from various sections of civil society,Mr Ranbir Singh Pathania, a lawyer-turned-politician and first time MLA from Ramnagar Assembly was awarded as "Best Legislator Award" for the year 2016 by Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Sh Kavinder Gupta on the recommendation of a Award Committee comprising of former speaker, journalists and civil society members.

Mr Pathania shot into prominence with his novel idea of  Public meeting cum grievance redressal camp at various places in the constituency.
Mr Pathania during his stint as legislator was pretty vocal in raising various issues in the assembly.Though being a part of ruling BJP-PDP coalition Mr.Pathania even did not hesitate to show dissidence on certain issues of grave public importance.
He is a distinction-holder graduate from G.G.M. Science College Jammu and  Having done LL.B. from University of Jammu, he has been a  practising law at the Jammu seat of J & K High Court at Jammu and accredited to have dealt with briefs of prestigious cases pertaining to Siddhra land scam and B.Ed Colleges scandal in the Supreme Court of India. Has also filed numerous PILs dealing with diverse rainbow of topics concerning day-to-day social, domestic and political lives of people, particularly, regarding mushroom growth of B.Ed. Colleges in J & K, banning of smoking in public places, bringing of J & K Right to Information Act in consonance with the Central legislation, rectification of the name of Degree College Ramnagar, preservation of Mubarak Mandi complex and its declaration as a 'national heritage,' etc. 
He was  also empanelled as Addl. Central Govt. Standing Counsel by the Union Law Ministry and is on record to have lost not even a single case while pleading/appearing for the Union Govt. 
He has also  remained associated himself with many local and national newspapers and written many prolific write-ups/commentaries on law-related topics concerning burning controversies in Allahabad Law Reporter, Indian Law Reporter, I.L.S. Bangalore & SYMBIOSIS Pune law-journals and newspapers of renown and repute. Regular column-writer in The Tribune, The Indian Express, The Pioneer, Daily Excelsior, Greater Kashmir, Rising Kashmir, J.K. Newspoint, Early Times, State Times, The Kashmir Times and other celebrated newspapers and news-magazines.
He loves to liaise with and help NGOs - am General Secretary of Jagrit Samaj (Regd.), l
He is also President of J & K Stick Fencing (Salim Bomb) Association (regd.) and patron of J & K Fencing association.
He was nominated as candidate of Bhartiya Janta Party from Ramnagar assembly segment at a very later point of time and clinched Ramnagar seat from JKNPP defeating three-times MLA and former Education Minister by a margin of 17,420 votes while securing 46891..votes in total -- while ripping apart a vicious rigmarole of caste, money and muscle-power politics over there.
He is now the second youngest MLA in Legislative Assembly remaining vocal and vociferous about issues and topics ranging from local to national and international.
He has already been awarded 'Best Citizen Of India' by Best Citizen Publishing House, New Delhi. And 'Outstanding Achievement Award' by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. He was also Rated as 'Columnist Of The Year' by an international-level survey conducted by Kashmir Awaren ess Org.
CRITERIA BASED ALLOCATION JUST A SLOGAN:PATHANIA.   Jammu: Mr Ranbir Singh Pathania while speaking during the debate on grants of PWD and Parliamentary affairs department vociferously expressed dissent over the discrimination in allocation of funds and once again advocated for sticking to criteria-based allocation to different constituencies. He further accused the PWD of being urban-centric and  violating the principle thereby neglecting and discriminating against far flung areas. He called for a shorter and straighter road From Jammu to surinsar to Mansar. Similarly he also demanded that work on Udhampur-Ghordi Road under CRF be further extended up to Ramnagar and that from Mantalai to Dudu up to Bsaantgarh for greater welfare of larger population.
Mr Pathania further took up the cause of various persons whose land has been brought under PMGSY projects but these very people are made to run for years from one office to another for getting their land compensation cases cleared and asked the department to frame an appropriate policy in this regard.
Later speaking on the grants of Parliamentary affairs department, he once again advocated for setting offices of Legislators at their respective constituencies as envisioned by Late Chief Minister Jenab Mufti Mohd Sayeed.
He further stressed for giving due importance to various recommendation of various house committes whose recommendations are otherwise not being taken seriously.
Concluding his speech he put the onus on concerned Minister In charge to frame a study group to define roles and powers of Legislators.Mr Pathania was quite blunt when he said that voters in the Constituency don't count that how many laws have been legislated but look forward to the number of developmental projects being initiated by legislator.
Further appealing to the press gallery, Mr Pathania said that the media plays a yeoman's role in bringing proceeding of legislature to public but at the same time protests in the well of house, boycott of house get duly highlighted but disciplined and meaningful behaviour of legislators gets lesser attention.