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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha


Constituency : Chandigarh ( Chandigarh )

Party : Indian National Congress (INC)
E-Mail :

Father’s Name Late Shri Piara Lal Aggarwal (Tapa Wala)
Mother’s Name Smt. Rukmani Devi
Date of Birth 16 July 1948
Place of Birth Sunam, Distt. Sangrur (Punjab)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 12 March 1974
Spouse’s Name Smt. Madhu Bansal
No. of Sons 2
Educational Qualifications B.Sc., LL.B.
Educated at Yadavindra Public School, Patiala Government College, Chandigarh; and Department of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Profession Advocate
Permanent Address House No.64, Sector 28-A,
Chandigarh- 160 002
Fax: (0172) 2637618

Present Address 25, Ferozeshah Road,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23782812, 9868180113 (M)

Positions Held
1976-78 General Secretary, Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (I)
1978-82 General Secretary, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (I)
1982 President, Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (I)
1982-83 President, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress (I)
1984-90 Member, Rajya Sabha
1984-86 Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Rajya Sabha
1985-87 Member, Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha

Member, General Purposes Committee, Rajya Sabha
Member, Consultative Committee Ministry of Human Resource Development

Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

Member, Parliamentary Committee on the Structure of Pay, Allowances, Leave and Pensionary Benefits for the Officers and Staff of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariats
1986 Member, Joint Committee on Railway Bills
1989-90 Whip, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha

Member, Public Accounts Committee
1991 Elected to 10th Lok Sabha

Elected to the Executive of Congress Party in Parliament (with highest No. of votes)
1992-96 Whip, Congress (I) Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha
1993-96 Chairman, Joint Parliamentary Committee on 83rd Constitution Amendment Bill and Representation of People (Amendment) Bill

Member, Committee on Commerce

Member, Business Advisory Committee, Lok Sabha

Member, Committee on Rules, Lok Sabha

Member, Committee on Estimates
1995-96 Chairman, Committee on Communications
1997-98 President, Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

Secretary, All India Congress Committee
1999-2004 Member, Business Advisory Committee

Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Central Vigilance Commission Bill, 1999
2000-2004 Member, Committee on Information Technology
Member, Committee on Ethics
2004-28 January 2006 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

Member, Panel of Chairmen

Member, Committee on Urban Development

Member, Business Advisory Committee

Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party

Chairman, Committee on Privileges

Member, Rules Committee

Member, General Purposes Committee

Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs, Human Resource Development and Information & Broadcasting
29 January 2006-onwards State Minister, Ministry of Finance

Social And Cultural Activities
Organised and participated in youth festivals, inter-state youth camps, N.S.S. camps, medical-aid camps in rural areas, legal-aid programmes for the poor and blood donation camps; undertook padayatras in Punjab for communal harmony; organised Rajiv Gandhi Child-to-Child National Integration camps
Special Interests
Education, environment and electoral reforms

Countries Visited
Widely travelled; Leader, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to (i) Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar, Malaysia,1992 and (ii) Third U.N. Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance held at Durban, South Africa, 2001; Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to (i) Zimbabwe,1986; (ii) 83rd Inter Parliamentary Conference; Nicosia, Cyprus 1990; (iii) 37th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, New Delhi, 1991; (iv) 89th Inter-Parliamentary Conference, New Delhi, 1993; (v) U.N. General Assembly, 1994; ( vi) 94th Inter- Parliamentary Conference (IPC), Bucharest, Romania, 1995; (vii) Wilton Park (UK) Conference on Good Goverance, 2002; (viii) Parliamentary Delegation to UNCTAD - XI Sao Paulo (Brazil), 2004; (ix) First All Party M.Ps Goodwill Non-official Delegation to Pakistan 2003; (x) Workshop on WTO (Singapore), 2004; and (xi) 112th IPU at Manila, 2005
Other Information
Chairman, Research and Reference Cell, All India Congress Committee (AICC), 1985-91; President and General Secretary, Panjab University Youth Service Club, 1969-70; and General Secretary, (i) Punjab University Students’ Council, 1970-71; and (ii) Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, 1978; Official Spokesman (AICC), 1995; Member, (i) Congress Committee on Policy and Programme 1985-91; (ii) Congress Manifesto Committee, 1990; (iii) AICC Committee to analyse 10th Lok Sabha Election result 1991; (iv) Senate (1994-96 and 1999 till date) and Syndicate (1990-92), Panjab University; (v) The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 1984-90, 1991-96, 1999 to till date ; (vi) National Literacy Mission Authority; and (vii) Philately Advisory Committee, 1987-88; and (viii) Press Council of India 2004 ; Convenor, (i) Sub-Committee, Congress Centenary Celebrations Committee; (ii) Congress Committee on 40th Anniversary of Independence; and (iii) Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s Birth Centenary, 1983-89; Faculty Member, (i) Orientation Progamme in Parliamentary Procedure and Practices for MPs of Khazakstan; and (ii) Indian Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST)



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