Arjun Ram Meghwal
Meghwal in 2017
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Law and Justice
Assumed office
18 May 2023
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKiren Rijiju[a]
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Serving with V. Muraleedharan since 31 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterAnanth Kumar
Narendra Singh Tomar
Pralhad Joshi
Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises,
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterPrakash Javadekar
Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs,
In office
5 July 2016 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterArun Jaitley
Minister of State for Water Resources, Government of India
In office
5 July 2016 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterUma Bharti
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2009
Preceded byDharmendra Deol
ConstituencyBikaner
Minister of State for Culture
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Serving with Meenakshi Lekhi
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKanti Singh
Personal details
Born (1953-12-20) 20 December 1953 (age 70)
Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Spouse
Pana Devi
(m. 1968)
Parents
  • Lakhu Ram Meghwal (father)
  • Hira Devi Meghwal (mother)
EducationMA, LLB, MBA
Alma materDungar College, Bikaner
University of the Philippines
OccupationCivil servant
Websitearjunrammeghwal.com
Source: [1]

Arjun Ram Meghwal (born 20 December 1953) is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Minister of Law and Justice (Independent Charge), Government of India since 2023 and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs since 2017 & Culture since 2021 in the Second Modi ministry.

A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Meghwal formerly served as Chief Whip, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises from 2019 to 2021, Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs from 2016 to 2017 and the Minister of State for Water Resources from 2016 to 2017. He is also a member of Lok Sabha since 2009 representing the Bikaner constituency, Rajasthan. He was awarded the Best Parliamentarian in 2013.

Early life

He was born to Lakhu Ram Meghwal and Hira Devi in the small village of Kishmidesar in Bikaner, Rajasthan. He is a Master of Arts in Pol. Science, LLB and MBA from Dungar College in Bikaner and University of Philippines in Philippines.[1][2]

After completing graduation in Law in the year 1977, he completed post-graduation in Arts in the year 1979 as a regular student.[citation needed]

Political life

In 2009, he was elected as a Member of Parliament[3] representing the Bhartiya Janata Party from Bikaner constituency.

In the general election of 2014, he was re-elected from the Bikaner constituency for the 16th Lok Sabha.[citation needed] He was Chief Whip of Bhartiya Janta Party in the Lok Sabha and Chairman of the House Committee.[citation needed]

In May 2019, Meghwal became Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.[4]

Controversy

High court bench demand in Agra hasn’t been fulfilled by him. Even Lahore High Court is closer than Allahabad. People have to travel 700 km away to Allahabad for hearings. In fact, 6 high courts (Shimla, Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nainital, Jammu) from other states are closer than Allahabad from western Uttar Pradesh.

This caused a lot protest and damage to property in Agra. [5]

Personal life

He is married to Pana Devi with whom he has two sons and two daughters. He loves to visit universities and colleges as Minister. He is a good player of badminton and was a bureaucrat by profession.[6] His cousin Madan Gopal Meghwal is also a politician from Indian National Congress.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Arjun Ram Meghwal | National Portal of India". www.india.gov.in. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal | Ministry OF Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India".
  3. ^ "Profile of Arjun Ram Meghwal". Nationsroot Inc. Archived from the original on 26 August 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  5. ^ Kumar, Mayank (8 October 2023). "RLD seeks HC bench in Meerut as parties seek to address Jat demand for 'statehood'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Members : Lok Sabha". 164.100.47.194. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Arjun Meghwal, Who Started Out As A Telephone Operator, Back in PM's Team". NDTV.com. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
Lok Sabha Preceded byDharmendra Member of Parliamentfor Bikaner 2009 – Present Incumbent Political offices Preceded byKiren Rijiju Minister of Law and JusticeMOS with I/C 18 May 2023 - Present Incumbent

Notes

  1. ^ as Minister