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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha

Constituency : Chhindwara ( Madhya Pradesh )

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

Father’s Name Late Shri Mahendra Nath
Mother’s Name Smt. Leela Nath
Date of Birth 18 November 1946
Place of Birth Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 27 January 1973
Spouse’s Name Smt. Alka Nath
No. of Sons 2
Educational Qualifications B.Com.
Educated at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta (West Bengal)
Profession Political & Social Worker
Permanent Address Vill. Shikarpur, P.O. Linga,
Distt. Chhindwara - 480 001(Madhya Pradesh)
Tel.& Fax.(07162)242233

Present Address 1, Tughlak Road,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels. (011) 23792233, 23793396, 23011300

Positions Held
1980 Elected to 7th Lok Sabha
1985 Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1989 Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1991-95 Union Minister of State, Environment and Forests (Independent Charge)
1995-96 Union Minister of State, Textiles (Independent Charge)
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (5th term)
1998-99 Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals
Member, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (6th term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Finance
2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Mines and Minerals
2001-2004 General Secretary, Indian National Congress
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 7th term)
23 May 2004 - onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Commerce & Industry
Books Published
India’s Environmental Concerns
Special Interests
Development of tribals and the oppressed classes, wild life, horticulture and socio-economic issues
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Listening to music
Sports and Clubs
Member, (i) Calcutta Cricket and Football Clubs; (ii) Tollygunj Club, Calcutta; (iii) Delhi Flying Club, and Ex-Chief Patron, Delhi Distt. Cricket Association
Countries Visited
Widely travelled; Member, (i) Indian Delegation to U.N., 1982, 1983; (ii) NAM Summit, 1983; (iii) I.P.U. Conferences, Nicaragua, 1987, Guatemala, 1988 and Cyprus, 1990; Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to (i) Tokyo, 1989; (ii) Cyprus, and (iii) U.K., 1990; led Indian Delegation to the World Conference in Paris, 1991; the UNEP Governing Council meeting in Nairobi, the PREPCOM IV discussion in New York and Kuala Lampur Conference, all in 1992; hosted the SAARC Environment Ministers` Conference in New Delhi and emerged as one of the chief spokesmen for developing countries at the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992; also led national delegations to Finland, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Dubai and UK and also to UNCTAD and UNEP
Other Information
During his tenure as Minister of Environment & Forests made a remarkable contribution to the enunciation and development of the National Policy on Ecological Conservation and the Abatement of Pollution; his policy initiatives include estabilishment of Environment Tribunal, the concept of Environment Audit, special measures for the further protection and conservation of wild life-fauna as well as flora and the establishment of Environment Brigades and Afforestation Brigades so as to enthuse the youth in the country and involve them, as well as many Non-Governmental Organisations, in active participation in the conservation of the environment; the afforestation and development of degraded wastelands in India was taken up on a massive scale under his stewardship; enunciated global concepts on Environmental Tariffs and conceptualised Global Emission Quotas; during his tenure as Minister of State, Taxtiles, the country touched new heights in production and export of cotton, the New Textile Policy was successfully launched to action an all time high export of garments and fabrics within one year of his taking over as Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce & Industry, India achieved highest level of export of 80 billion dollars in 2004-05; Patents amendment bill and SEZ bill were brought to Parliament; India played a major role in WTO under his leadership; President, (i) Board of Governors, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad; (ii) Lajpatrai Smarak Mahavidyalaya Samiti, Ghaziabad; and (iii) National Colliery Workers Federation; and Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Child Development Council; Member, Board of Directors, Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO); Patron, (i) National Colliery Workers Federation; and (ii) Bharat Yuvak Samaj/Youth Wing of All India Bharat Seva Samaj; Member, Congress Working Committee; joined Indian National Congress as a youth worker in 1968



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