Union Steel Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
|Name||Shri Dharmendra Pradhan|
|Date of Birth|
|Party Name||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Permanent Address||PMIT Deendayal Nagar, Talcher, Dist.- Angul, Odisha 759100|
|Present Address||221, V.P. House, New Delhi. Telephone : 9868180290|
|Educational Qualifications||Postgraduate from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in Anthropology|
|Brief Profile||Shri Dharmendra Pradhan is the Cabinet Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel in the Government of India. On 31st May 2019, Shri Pradhan began his second consecutive tenure at the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas becoming the first such incumbent in the history of independent India. Shri Pradhan was promoted as a Cabinet Minister on September 3rd, 2017. As a Member of Parliament, Shri Pradhan currently represents Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha and was earlier a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. Born on June 26th, 1969, he hails from the city of Talcher in Odisha.
As the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas of India, Shri Pradhan is attributed with several progressive reforms & initiatives implemented in the last five years including consumer initiatives like PAHAL which is the world’s largest Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme and the #GiveItUp campaign, that was liberally supported by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at encouraging affluent citizens to surrender their LPG subsidy for the needy receiving a successful response of 10 million consumers. In an attempt to empower rural India with the clean fuel of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas under which 7 million LPG connections have been provided to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families over the past 5 years.
Shri Pradhan has led to some key decisions in the hydrocarbon sector, which indicates his commitment to the industry. Pradhan, supported by the Union Cabinet, has brought in a new Hydrocarbon Exploration & Licensing Policy, which through its uniform licensing for explorations and production of all forms of hydrocarbon, open acreage policy and marketing and pricing freedom will enhance domestic oil & gas production with substantial investment in the sector in India and generate sizable employment.
In his previous tenure as the Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (2017-19), Shri Pradhan also launched many key initiatives focussing on reskilling and upskilling the manpower of India and focusing on bridging the skill gap for the Indian youth.
A post - graduate from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in Anthropology, he has been actively pursuing several issues concerning the youth, such as unemployment, the lack of skill-based education, rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, and has played a major role in mobilising the youth in Odisha.
Shri Pradhan started as an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist in 1983, and has served in ABVP as Secretary. He has also worked as an election in - charge in Bihar and as an in- charge of party affairs in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Following his contribution to society and the party, Shri Pradhan was awarded the ‘Best Legislator Award’, the Utkalmani Gopabandhu Pratibha Samman, 2002-03 and the Odisha Citizens’ Award in 2013.
He is married to Smt. Mridula Pradhan and has two children, Nishant & Namaisha.
|Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests|
|Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation|
|Name||Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste|
|Father's Name||Shri Shobhan Singh Kulaste|
|Mother's Name||Smt. Hero Bai|
|Date of Birth||18 May 1959|
|State Name||Madhya Pradesh|
|Party Name||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Permanent Address||Village - Jewara, P.O. - Dewari Kala (Bablia),Tehsil - Niwas,Distt. Mandla - 481661, Madhya Pradesh Tel : (07641) 271350, 09425163775 (M)|
|Present Address||8, Talkatora Road,New Delhi - 110 001 Tels. : (011) 23320158, 23320159, 09868180495 (M)|
|Email id||fskulaste[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in fskulaste[AT]gmail[DOT]com|
|Educational Qualifications||M.A., B.Ed. and LL.B. Educated at Mandla College, Dr. Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar and Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)|
|Profession||Agriculturist, Teacher, Political and Social Worker|
|Positions Held||1990-92 Member, Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly Member, Planning Board, Government of Madhya Pradesh Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Public Health and Family Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh 1993 onwards Member, Panchayat Board, Distt. - Mandla, Madhya Pradesh 1996Elected to 11th Lok Sabha 1996-97 Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Member, Standing Committee on External Affairs 1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term) 1998-99 Member, Standing Committee on External Affairs and its Sub-Committee-II Member, Select Committee on the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 1996 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas 1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term) Oct.-Nov. 1999 Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs 22 Nov. 1999 -May 2004 Union Minister of State, Tribal Affairs 2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term) 2004 - 2009 Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Member, Committee on Coal and Steel Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways April 2012Elected to Rajya Sabha May 2012 Member, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Aug. 2012 Member, Standing Committee on Urban Development 2013 Member, Standing Committee on Rural Development May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (5th term) 14 Aug. 2014 - 5 July 2016 Chairperson, Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes 1 Sep. 2014 - 5 July 2016 Member, Standing Committee on Coal and Steel Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation 29 Jan. 2015 - 5 July 2016 Member, General Purposes Committee 5 July 2016 - 3 Sept. 2017 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 1 Sept. 2017 - 25 May 2019 Member, Standing Committee on Human Resource Development 1 Sept. 2017 - 25 May 2019 Member, Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment May, 2019 Re-elected to 17th Lok Sabha (6th term) 30 May 2019 onwards Union Minister of State, Ministry of Steel|
|Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests||Working for the propagation of education in society; encouraging tribals to keep alive their cultural activities by forming several committees; founder and organiser of educational units; providing free education to the weaker sections of the society; established Babalia Development Block for the upliftment of Adivasis and promotion of education|
|Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation||Archery, Basketball, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho , High Jump, (Represented University and State levels in Kabaddi, KhoKho and Volleyball)|
|Countries Visited||Nepal, U.K., Bhutan, Cuba, Germany, Netherland|
|Other Information||President : Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad, Madhya Pradesh, 1980; Member : State Working Committee, Madhya Pradesh since 1990; General Secretary (In-charge) : BJP (ST Cell), 1993; National Secretary (In-charge) : BJP (ST Cell), 1996; Vice-President : (i) Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad, Delhi, 1996; (ii) Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad, Madhya Pradesh, 2000; National President : BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha, 2004 and 2010 (two terms); General Secretary : BJP, Madhya Pradesh, 2006-2010 (two terms) and Patron : Akhil Bharatiya Gond Sangh since 1998|