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Shri Shanta Kumar ji were born at Garhjamula, Distt. Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) on 12th September 1934.
Education: B.A., LL.B. Educated at Panjab University and Delhi Law College, Delhi
Political Background: 1963-65 Panch, Gram Panchayat, Garhjamula, Distt. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Member, Panchayat Samiti, Bhawarna. 1965-70 President, Zilla Parishad, Kangra. 1972-85 and 1990-92 Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly 1977-80 and 1990-92 Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh. 1980-85 Leader of the Opposition, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. 1989-91 Member, Ninth Lok Sabha 1998-99 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha 1999-2004 Member, Thirteenth Lok Sabha. 13 Oct. 1999-17 July 2000 Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Government of India 17 July 2001-1 July 2002 Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. 1 July 2002-6 April 2003 Minister of Rural Development, Government of India. April 2008 Elected to Rajya Sabha May 2008- Sept. 2009 Member, Committee on Government Assurances. May 2008-May 2009 and Aug.2009-May 2010 Member, Committee on Public Accounts. Aug. 2008-May 2009 Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture Aug. 2009 onwards Chairman, Committee on Commerce Oct. 2009 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee April 2012 onwards Nominated to the Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha (re-nominated on 9 Nov. 2012 and 25 July 2013) June 2012 onwards Member, Committee on Ethics Aug. 2012 onwards Chairman, Committee on Health and Family Welfare.
Books Published: In Hindi: (i) Dharti Balidan Ki, 1962, (ii) Himalaya Par Lal Chhaya, 1964, (iii) Vishwa Vijeta Vivekanand, 1968, (iv) Lajo,1976, (v) Man Ke Meet,1976, (vi) Kaidi,1976, (vii) Jyotirmayi, 1977, (viii) O Pravasi Meet Mere, 1977, (ix) Mrigtrishna, 1980, (x) Kranti Abhi Adhoori Hai, 1985, (xi) Deewar Ke Us Paar, 1995, (xii) Rajneeti Ki Shatranj, 1997 (xiii) Tumhare Pyar Ki Pati, 1999, (xiv) Vrinda, 2007 and (xv) Bharshtachar Ka Karwa Satya.
Travels Abroad: Canada, Egypt, U.S.A., Singapore and Thailand.
Special Interests: Actively engaged in various literary activities, creative writing and constructive activities; President, Vivekanand Medical Research Trust, Palampur.