Baijayant Panda
Shri Baijayant Panda.jpg
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
22 May 2009 – 19 July 2018
Preceded byArchana Nayak
Succeeded byAnubhav Mohanty
ConstituencyKendrapara, Odisha
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
4 April 2000 – 4 April 2009
ConstituencyOdisha
Personal details
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 58)
Cuttack, Odisha
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2019-present)
Other political
affiliations
Biju Janata Dal (2000-2018)
Spouse(s)
Jagi Mangat Panda
(m. 1994)
Parent(s)
Residence(s)Bhubaneswar, Odisha (permanent)
New Delhi (present)
Alma materMichigan Technological University
ProfessionIndustrialist, politician
Signature
Websitejaypanda.in

Baijayant "Jay" Panda (pronounced [bɔidʒɔjɔnt pɔɳɖa]) is an Indian politician. He is the national vice president and spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was a Member of Parliament in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha from Kendrapara. He was also a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha for two terms from 2000 to 2009.[1]

Elected from the Kendrapara constituency with a BJD ticket, Panda was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party for alleged anti-party activities on 24 January 2018 and resigned from BJD on 28 May 2018.[2] He alleged there was a conspiracy against him.[3] He joined BJP on 4 March 2019 at New Delhi.[4]

Personal life

Baijayant Panda was born on 12 January 1964 in Cuttack to Bansidhar and Ila Panda. He has a degree in Engineering and Management in Communications from the Michigan Technological University.[1]

He married former model-turned industrialist Jagi Mangat Panda on 13 August 1994 who is the managing director of Ortel Communications Ltd. Jagi Mangat Panda is a Punjabi.[1][5][6]

In 2019, his debut book Lutyen's Maverick was released in Delhi. It is a collection of Op-Eds and columns that he has been writing since 2009 for major national media outlets including The Times of India.[7]

Public Causes

Besides being active in Parliament and in his constituency, Panda has been championing several key initiatives. Some of his major efforts are given below:

Citizens’ Alliance against Malnutrition

Panda is a member of the Citizens’ Alliance against Malnutrition,[8] a high level advocacy group composed of young parliamentarians, from various parties and other influential personalities. The goal of the alliance is to raise its voice against malnutrition so that collective national consciousness can be converted into action to eliminate the menace of malnutrition.[citation needed]

As part of the initiative, the alliance members travel across the country, visiting regions with high prevalence of malnutrition. On these visits they meet children, mothers, anganwadi workers, government officials and political leaders to understand why child malnutrition persists. They also raise the issue in different forums.[9]

The work of the alliance prompted the Naandi Foundation to conduct, in 2011, the nation's first ever large scale nutrition survey which captured nutrition data from over 100,000 children and interviewed more than 74,000 mothers. This survey, christened the HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition) Survey, was released by the Prime Minister in January 2012, at the behest of the alliance.[citation needed]

Consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products

Panda spearheaded the campaign to reduce the consumption of tobacco products in India.[10]

In December 2012, Australia led the way by becoming the first country to enact a legislation mandating ‘plain’ packaging of tobacco products. Learning from the Australian example, Panda introduced a Private Members’ Bill in the Lok Sabha to stipulate plain packaging of tobacco products.[11] His Bill seeks to increase the size of the health warning and the accompanying graphic to at least 60% of the front and back surfaces of the package. It also prohibits advertisement of tobacco products in warehouses and shops i.e. at the point of sale.[12]

Besides pursuing the matter in Parliament and writing opinion pieces on the issues, Panda has been working closely with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) to organize consultations on issue. One such consultation was organized in Delhi in December 2012 and another in Bhubaneswar in February 2013.[13]

Support to the cause of migrant labour

In January 2013, the Times of India carried a story alleging exploitation of migrant Odia labourers in brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh. Following these reports, Panda wrote to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and the Labour Minister, requesting them to investigate the matter and to ensure that the rights of the workers are protected. On the basis of his letter, the NHRC directed the Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh to respond to the complaint with all relevant information.[citation needed]

In April, he pursued the matter further by visiting the brick kilns of Ranga Reddy district, Andhra Pradesh to get a first-hand account of the situation. Panda wrote an article on the depredation of poverty and governance challenge of treating the poor with dignity in life and in death.[14]

BJP national vice-president

On 8 March 2019, Panda was appointed as the BJP national vice-president and spokesperson. The appointment comes with immediate effect and has been approved by the BJP national president Amit Shah.[15][16]

Private Member Bills

Panda has introduced a number of Private Members' Bills in Parliament over some very important issues. Some of the bills that he has introduced are:

References

  1. ^ a b c "Members : Lok Sabha". 164.100.47.194. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Deepshikha (28 May 2018). ""Unwanted" Jay Panda Quits Naveen Patnaik's BJD Before 2019 Odisha Polls". NDTV. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  3. ^ "BJD MP Baijayant Panda suspended for 'anti-party activities'". The Times of India. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Baijayant Panda joins BJP, blasts BJD". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Jagi Mangat Panda, Ortel Communications Ltd: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Jay & Jagi Panda". Atelier. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Odisha politician's quaint, thoughtful word-pictures from Lutyens' Delhi". Deccan Chronicle. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  8. ^ "High-level Bhubaneswar Conclave: 'Nourishing India's Tribal Children' Inaugurated". Unicef. Unicef. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  9. ^ Anjali Puri (16 April 2007). "A Dollop Of Dalia". Outlook. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  10. ^ "तंबाकू के खिलाफ अधूरी जंग". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). 31 May 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products". jaypanda.in. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  12. ^ Haq, Zia (2 December 2019). "28 private members' bills introduced in Lok Sabha". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Plain packaging can reduce use of tobacco products". The Hindu. thehindu.com. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  14. ^ "आधुनिक समय में गुलामी". AmarUjala.com. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  15. ^ Express Web Desk (8 March 2019). "Baijayant Panda appointed as BJP National Vice-President, spokesperson". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Rebel BJD leader Jay Panda appointed BJP V-P and national spokesperson". India Today. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  17. ^ Baijayant Panda. "Comptroller and Auditor General's (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill 2016" (PDF).
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