Hon'ble Member Legislative Assembly
|Shimla Address :Set No. 302, Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru Vidhayak Sadan, Shimla-171004.|
|Permanent Address :Village Ghial, PO Namhol, Tehsil Sadar, Distt. Bilaspur, HP.|
|Mobile Number :9418023234|
Son of Shri Paras Ram Thakur; born on 7th June, 1951 at Village Ghial, PO Namhol, Tehsil Sadar, Distt. Bilaspur; L.L.B. (1976) and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Labour Welfare (1978), educated at H.P. University, Shimla; married to Smt. Kamlesh Thakur; one son and two daughters; Advocate, Social and Political Worker.
Remained General Secretary: Central Student Association, Govt. Degree College, Bilaspur, 1970, ii) NSUI HP Unit for Sports and Cultural Activities; represented Law College in Himachal Pradesh University.
Arrested during 'Jail Bharo Andolan' on 18th November, 1976 at Shimla.
Also remained President, Youth Congress Distt. Bilaspur, 1978-1982; General Secretary, H.P. Youth Congress 1982-85; Incharge, PCC, Village and Sanitation Cell; Vice- President, HPCC during 1990-1993 & 2013-17; and presently, Member, AICC and General Secretary, HPCC.
Elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1985; re-elected in 1993, 1998 and 2003 from Kot Kehloor Assembly Constituency. Before delimitation in 2007 Sri Naina Deviji Assembly segment was known as Kot Kehloor.
Remained Minister of State, Law & Legal Remembrance's Office, Youth Services & Sports, Ayurveda and Local Self Government (Independent charge) and MPP &Power (attached to Chief Minister), 1985-90; Chairman, PUC and Member, Privileges, Rules and Members Amenities Committees during 1994-95; Health Minister (Cabinet Rank), 1995-98; Industries, I.T., Youth Services & Sports and Forest Minister, 2003 - 2007; and Chairman, Planning Development & Twenty Points Programmes, 2013-2017.
Re-elected to the thirteenth Vidhan Sabha (5th term) in December, 2017 and nominated as Member, Public Undertakings and Rural Planning Committees.
Special Interest: Social work.
Favorite Pastime: Sports, music and cultural activities.
Sports: An outstanding sportsman; represented Himachal Pradesh in Kabaddi at National level for six times and led State Kabbadi team for three years and Kabbadi team of Himachal Pradesh
University for two years; adjudged best Naval NCC Cadet ( All India level) during Republic Day Parade in 1971 and also distinguished as best Cadet (from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh) in 1971.
Elected Vice-President, Indian Olympic Association, 1987-89 and led Assiad 2006 as CHEF- DE- MISSION to Qatar; as CHEF-DE-MISSION attended 4th SAF Games in Islamabad (Pakistan), 1989; remained President i) Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association 1994-2007,ii) India Rugby Football Association.
Cultural Accomplishment: Participated in All India, Inter-University Festivals and won several prizes; colour holder of Himachal Pradesh culture; also secured colour in music at H.P. University; and casual Artist of All India Radio, Shimla in folk music.
Languages Known: Hindi and English
Travels Abroad: Attended Seminar on Experts in Sports Administration & Organization for English Speaking Asian and Oceanic Countries in Frankfurt (West Germany),1985; Member, delegation for the Festival of India in USSR, 1987; visited Korea and Holland for International Sports during 2002-03 and Jamaica for Common wealth Games.