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Balbir Singh Seechewal
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
4 July 2022
Preceded byBalwinder Singh Bhunder
ConstituencyPunjab, India
Personal details
Born (1962-02-02) 2 February 1962 (age 62)
Seechewal, Jalandhar district, Punjab, India
Political partyAam Aadmi Party
OccupationRiver conservationist

Balbir Singh Seechewal (born 2 February 1962) is a Nirmala Sikh who spearheaded an anti-river pollution campaign in Punjab, India. By combining his assiduously cultivated self-help philosophy with the environmental essence of the Gurbani, he has resurrected the 110-mile long (180 km) long Kali Bein rivulet.[1] He received Indian civilian award Padmashri in 2017.[2] He is also known as Eco Baba.[3][4]

In his latest project in early 2009, taking up the cudgels to save Buddha Nullah, Seechewal has initiated a campaign for generating awareness amongst different sections of the society to solve the problem of desilting the water body following the failure of the Punjab Pollution Control Board's (PPCB) and industries in complying with the High Court's orders in this regard.

He cleaned and restored Kali Bein river[citation needed], a 160 km long tributary of Beas in Doaba region of Punjab. Seechewal says that when he started the water-cleaning project of Kali Bein in 2007, it was a challenging task. But, as people became aware of its importance, they joined in cleaning the rivulet, which had become a dried-up drain and had been reduced to a garbage dump with its historic and religious significance long forgotten.

He is a Rajya Sabha member from Punjab. Aam Aadmi Party has selected him for his contributions on environment.[5][6]


He was born in a Sikh, agricultural family in Seechewal in Jalandhar district in Punjab, India to Chanan Singh and Chanan Kaur.[7] He studied at DAV College, Nakodar. He put on saffron robes in 1981 after dropping out of college.

He was twice a sarpanch of Seechewal.

Awards and honors

Balbir Singh Seechewal (left) receiving Padma Shri award from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee (right) on 30 March 2017.[8]


  1. ^ Singh, Madhur (24 September 2008). "Balbir Singh Seechewal – Heroes of the Environment 2008". Time. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Punjab's green crusader: Punjab's green crusader Balbir Singh Seechewal gets Padma Shri | Chandigarh News". The Times of India. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ Poulomi Das (11 April 2016). "Meet Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, the baba who single-handedly cleaned a 160-km long river in Punjab | Business Insider India". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Seechewal model for clean Ganga". 31 January 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Balbir Singh Seechewal, Vikramjit Singh Sahney are AAP nominees for Rajya Sabha polls". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Balbir Singh Seechewal, Vikramjit Singh Sahney to be AAP candidates for Rajya Sabha from Punjab". 28 May 2022. Archived from the original on 31 May 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Environmentalist Baba Seechewal gets Padma Shri". The Indian Express. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. ^ "'Eco Baba' Seechewal wins Padma Shri". Hindustan Times. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
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