Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
आवासन और शहरी कार्य मंत्री
Aavaasan aur Shahree Karya Mantrī
Incumbent
Hardeep Singh Puri
since 3 September 2017 (2017-09-03)
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Member ofCabinet of India
Reports toPresident of India
Prime Minister of India
Parliament of India
AppointerPresident of India
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of India
Formation15 August 1947 (1947-08-15) (as Ministry of Works, Mines and Power)
6 July 2017 (2017-07-06) (current form)
First holderNarhar Vishnu Gadgil (as Minister of Works, Mines and Power)
M. Venkaiah Naidu (as Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs)

The Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (Hindi: आवासन और शहरी कार्य मंत्री) is the head of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of the Government of India since the ministry's formation on 6 July 2017 and is a member of the union council of ministers. The minister is responsible for the execution, formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to the housing and urban development in India.

The ministry is currently headed by Hardeep Singh Puri who has been the minister since 3 September 2017. Puri served as a Minister of State (Independent Charge) from 2017 until 2021 and was promoted as a cabinet minister in July 2021. The cabinet minister is often assisted by a minister of state and formerly by a deputy minister. Kaushal Kishore is the current Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs.

History of office

The ministry came into existence on 15 August 1947 soon after the independence as the "Ministry of Works, Mines and Power". Narhar Vishnu Gadgil was appointed as the first Minister of Works, Mines and Power thereupon. On 26 December 1950, the ministry was reorganized and recognized as the Minister of Works, Production and Supply. In 1952, the ministry was renamed as the "Ministry of Works, Housing and Supply" after the Department of Production was separated and the Ministry of Production was formed. Swaran Singh was appointed as the inaugural Minister of Works, Housing and Supply and served from 1952 until 1957. In 1962, the Department of Supply was separated from the ministry and the Ministry of Rehabilitation was merged with the Ministry of Works and Supply to form the "Ministry of Works, Housing and Rehabilitation".

In 1964, the ministry was renamed as "Ministry of Works and Housing" after the Department of Rehabilitation was separated from it and further renamed in 1966 as "Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development" and in 1971 as "Ministry of Works and Housing". In 1977, the ministry was merged with Ministry of Supply and Rehabilitation to form the "Ministry of Works, Housing, Supply and Rehabilitation". In 1980, the ministry was renamed back as "Ministry of Works and Housing".

In 1985, with rapidly growing urban issues and to give more importance to those issues, the ministry was renamed as the "Ministry of Urban Development" and further renamed in 1995 as the "Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment" with two constituent departments, namely, the Department of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation and the Department of Urban Employment.

The two departments were merged together in 1999 as the "Ministry of Urban Development" and bifurcated only months later into the "Ministry of Urban Development" and the "Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation". The two independent ministries were re-united on 27 May 2000 as the "Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation" with Jagmohan serving as the first office-holder.

Upon the formation of the First Manmohan Singh ministry on 22 May 2004, the ministry was again bifurcated. Two separate ministries were formed, one concerned with urban development and was named as "Ministry of Urban Development" and Ghulam Nabi Azad was appointed as the Minister of Urban Development, while the other ministry was concerned with urban employment and poverty issues and was named as "Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation" and Kumari Selja was appointed as the minister. The Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation was renamed as the "Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation" in 2006 and existed until 2017.

On 6 July 2017, the two independent ministries were re-united as the "Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs"[1][2] and has since existed in this form. Venkaiah Naidu who served as the Minister in both the ministries prior to their merger was appointed as the first minister thereupon. He resigned the following month after being nominated as a candidate for the 2017 vice presidential election and was elected as the Vice President in August 2017. Upon his resignation, Rural Development minister Narendra Singh Tomar briefly officiated in the ministry until the appointment of Hardeep Singh Puri in September 2017. Puri has since then served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and is the longest serving minister in the ministry.

Titles of office

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has undergone several minor and major organizational and nominal changes since its establishment as the "Ministry of Works, Housing and Supply" in 1952.

Cabinet Ministers

# Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of Works, Mines and Power
1 Narhar Vishnu Gadgil
(1896–1966)
MCA for Bombay
15 August
1947
26 December
1950
3 years, 133 days Indian National Congress Nehru I Jawaharlal Nehru
Minister of Works, Production and Supply
(1) Narhar Vishnu Gadgil
(1896–1966)
MCA for Bombay
26 December
1950
13 May
1952
3 years, 133 days Indian National Congress Nehru I Jawaharlal Nehru
Minister of Works, Housing and Supply
2 Swaran Singh
(1907–1994)
Rajya Sabha MP for Punjab
13 May
1952
17 April
1957
4 years, 339 days Indian National Congress Nehru II Jawaharlal Nehru
3 K. Chengalaraya Reddy
(1902–1976)
MP for Kolar
17 April
1957
5 April
1961
3 years, 353 days Nehru III
4 Bezawada Gopala Reddy
(1907–1997)
MP for Kavali

(MoS)
5 April
1961
10 April
1962
1 year, 5 days
5 Mehr Chand Khanna
(1897–1970)
MP for New Delhi

(MoS)
10 April
1962
15 November
1962
219 days Nehru IV
Minister of Works, Housing and Rehabilitation
(5) Mehr Chand Khanna
(1897–1970)
MP for New Delhi

(MoS)
15 November
1962
16 April
1964
1 year, 153 days Indian National Congress Nehru IV Jawaharlal Nehru
Minister of Works and Housing
(5) Mehr Chand Khanna
(1897–1970)
MP for New Delhi

(MoS)
16 April
1964
27 May
1964
1 year, 283 days Indian National Congress Nehru IV Jawaharlal Nehru
27 May
1964
9 June
1964
Nanda I Gulzarilal Nanda
(Acting)
9 June
1964
11 January
1966
Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri
11 January
1966
24 January
1966
Nanda II Gulzarilal Nanda
(Acting)
Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development
(5) Mehr Chand Khanna
(1897–1970)
MP for New Delhi

(MoS)
24 January
1966
13 March
1967
1 year, 48 days Indian National Congress Indira I Indira Gandhi
6 Jagannath Rao
(1909–?)
MP for Chatrapur

(MoS)
13 March
1967
14 November
1967
246 days Indira II
7 Satya Narayan Sinha
(1900–1983)
MP for Darbhanga
14 November
1967
14 February
1969
1 year, 92 days
8 Kodardas Kalidas Shah
(1908–1986)
Rajya Sabha MP for Gujarat
14 February
1969
18 March
1971
2 years, 32 days Indian National Congress (R)
Minister of Works and Housing
9 Inder Kumar Gujral
(1919–2012)
Rajya Sabha MP for Punjab

(MoS)
18 March
1971
2 May
1971
45 days Indian National Congress (R) Indira III Indira Gandhi
10 Uma Shankar Dikshit
(1901–1991)
Rajya Sabha MP for Uttar Pradesh
2 May
1971
5 February
1973
1 year, 279 days
11 Bhola Paswan Shastri
(1914–1984)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar
5 February
1973
10 October
1974
1 year, 247 days
12 Kotha Raghuramaiah
(1912–1979)
MP for Guntur
10 October
1974
23 December
1976
2 years, 74 days
13 Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai
(1915–1993)
Unelected
23 December
1976
24 March
1977
91 days
Minister of Works, Housing, Supply and Rehabilitation
14 Sikander Bakht
(1918–2004)
MP for Chandni Chowk
24 March
1977
28 July
1979
2 years, 126 days Janata Party Desai Morarji Desai
15 Ram Kinkar
(1922–2003)
MP for Barabanki
28 July
1979
14 January
1980
170 days Janata Party (Secular) Charan Charan Singh
Minister of Works and Housing
16 Prakash Chandra Sethi
(1919–1996)
MP for Indore
14 January
1980
19 October
1980
279 days Indian National Congress (I) Indira IV Indira Gandhi
17 Bhishma Narain Singh
(1933–2018)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar
19 October
1980
29 January
1983
2 years, 102 days
18 Buta Singh
(1934–2021)
MP for Ropar
29 January
1983
31 October
1984
1 year, 332 days
4 November
1984
31 December
1984
Rajiv I Rajiv Gandhi
19 Abdul Ghafoor
(1918–2004)
MP for Siwan
31 December
1984
25 September
1985
268 days Rajiv II
Minister of Urban Development
(19) Abdul Ghafoor
(1918–2004)
MP for Siwan
25 September
1985
22 October
1986
1 year, 27 days Indian National Congress Rajiv II Rajiv Gandhi
20 Mohsina Kidwai
(born 1932)
MP for Meerut
22 October
1986
2 December
1989
3 years, 41 days
21 Murasoli Maran
(1934–2003)
MP for Chennai South
2 December
1989
10 November
1990
343 days Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Vishwanath V. P. Singh
22 Daulat Ram Saran
(1924–2011)
MP for Churu
21 November
1990
21 June
1991
212 days Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar Chandra Shekhar
23 Sheila Kaul
(1915–2015)
MP for Raebareli
21 June
1991
3 May
1995
3 years, 316 days Indian National Congress (I) Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
Minister of Urban Affairs and Employment
(23) Sheila Kaul
(1915–2015)
MP for Raebareli
3 May
1995
10 September
1995
130 days Indian National Congress (I) Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
P. V. Narasimha Rao
(1921–2004)
MP for Nandyal

(Prime Minister)
10 September
1995
15 September
1995
5 days
24 R. K. Dhawan
(1937–2018)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar

(MoS, I/C)
15 September
1995
21 February
1996
159 days
P. V. Narasimha Rao
(1921–2004)
MP for Nandyal

(Prime Minister)
21 February
1996
16 May
1996
85 days
(14) Sikander Bakht
(1918–2004)
Rajya Sabha MP for Madhya Pradesh
16 May
1996
1 June
1996
16 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee I Atal Bihari Vajpayee
25 M. Arunachalam
(1944–2004)
MP for Tenkasi
1 June
1996
29 June
1996
28 days Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) Deve Gowda H. D. Deve Gowda
H. D. Deve Gowda
(born 1933)
Rajya Sabha MP for Karnataka

(Prime Minister)
29 June
1996
21 April
1997
296 days Janata Dal
Inder Kumar Gujral
(1919–2012)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar

(Prime Minister)
21 April
1997
9 June
1997
49 days Gujral Inder Kumar Gujral
26 M. P. Veerendra Kumar
(1936–2020)
MP for Kozhikode

(MoS, I/C)
9 June
1997
2 July
1997
23 days
27 Ummareddy Venkateswarlu
(born 1935)
MP for Bapatla

(MoS, I/C)
2 July
1997
14 November
1997
135 days Telugu Desam Party
28 T. G. Venkatraman
(1931–2013)
MP for Tindivanam
14 November
1997
12 December
1997
28 days Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(27) Ummareddy Venkateswarlu
(born 1935)
MP for Bapatla

(MoS, I/C)
12 December
1997
19 March
1998
97 days Telugu Desam Party
29 Ram Jethmalani
(1923–2019)
MP for Maharashtra
19 March
1998
8 June
1999
1 year, 81 days Independent Vajpayee II Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Minister of Urban Development
30 Jagmohan
(1927–2021)
MP for New Delhi
8 June
1999
13 October
1999
167 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee II Atal Bihari Vajpayee
13 October
1999
22 November
1999
Vajpayee III
Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
(30) Jagmohan
(1927–2021)
MP for New Delhi
22 November
1999
26 November
1999
4 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee III Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Minister of Urban Development
(30) Jagmohan
(1927–2021)
MP for New Delhi
26 November
1999
27 May
2000
183 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee III Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
(30) Jagmohan
(1927–2021)
MP for New Delhi
27 May
2000
1 September
2001
1 year, 97 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee III Atal Bihari Vajpayee
31 Ananth Kumar
(1959–2018)
MP for Bangalore South
1 September
2001
12 July
2003
1 year, 314 days
32 Major General (Retd.)
B. C. Khanduri

AVSM
(born 1934)
MP for Garhwal
12 July
2003
8 September
2003
58 days
33 Bandaru Dattatreya
(born 1947)
MP for Secunderabad

(MoS, I/C)
8 September
2003
22 May
2004
257 days
Minister of Urban Development
34 Ghulam Nabi Azad
(born 1949)
Rajya Sabha MP for Jammu and Kashmir
23 May
2004
1 November
2005[3]
1 year, 162 days Indian National Congress Manmohan I Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
(born 1932)
Rajya Sabha MP for Assam

(Prime Minister)
1 November
2005
18 November
2005
17 days
35 S. Jaipal Reddy
(1942–2019)
MP for Miryalguda (until 2009)
MP for Chevella (from 2009)
18 November
2005
22 May
2009
3 years, 185 days
28 May
2009
19 January
2011
1 year, 236 days Manmohan II
36 Kamal Nath
(born 1946)
MP for Chhindwara
19 January
2011[4]
26 May
2014
3 years, 127 days
37 M. Venkaiah Naidu
(born 1949)
Rajya Sabha MP for Karnataka, till 2016
Rajya Sabha MP for Rajasthan, from 2016
26 May
2014
6 July
2017
3 years, 41 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
(37) M. Venkaiah Naidu
(born 1949)
Rajya Sabha MP for Rajasthan
6 July
2017
17 July
2017[5]
11 days' Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
38 Narendra Singh Tomar
(born 1957)
MP for Gwalior
18 July
2017[6]
3 September
2017
47 days
39 Hardeep Singh Puri
(born 1952)
Rajya Sabha MP for Uttar Pradesh

(MoS, I/C until 7 July 2021)
3 September
2017
30 May
2019
7 years, 31 days
31 May
2019[7]
Incumbent Modi II

Ministers of State

No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development
1 Jagannath Rao
(1909–?)
MP for Chatrapur
13 March
1967
14 February
1969
1 year, 338 days Indian National Congress Indira II Indira Gandhi
2 Sripati Chandrasekhar
(1918–2001)
MP for Tamil Nadu
14 November
1967
26 June
1970
2 years, 224 days
3 Bayya Suryanarayana Murthy
(1906–1979)
MP for Kakinada
18 February
1969
13 March
1971
2 years, 23 days Indian National Congress (R)
4 Parimal Ghosh
(1917–1985)
MP for Ghatal
26 June
1970
18 March
1971
265 days
5 Inder Kumar Gujral
(1919–2012)
Rajya Sabha MP for Punjab
18 March
1971
2 May
1971
45 days Indira III
Minister of State for Works and Housing
(5) Inder Kumar Gujral
(1919–2012)
Rajya Sabha MP for Punjab
2 May
1971
22 July
1972
1 year, 81 days Indian National Congress (R) Indira III Indira Gandhi
6 D. P. Chattopadhyaya
(1933–2022)
Rajya Sabha MP for West Bengal
2 August
1972
5 February
1973
187 days
7 Om Mehta
(1927–1995)
Rajya Sabha MP for Jammu and Kashmir
5 February
1973
10 October
1974
1 year, 247 days
8 Mohan Dharia
(1925–2013)
MP for Pune
10 October
1974
2 March
1975
143 days
9 H. K. L. Bhagat
(1921–2005)
MP for East Delhi
1 December
1975
24 March
1977
1 year, 113 days
Minister of State for Works, Housing, Supply and Rehabilitation
10 Ram Kinkar
(1922–2003)
MP for Barabanki
14 August
1977
11 July
1978
331 days Janata Party Desai Morarji Desai
26 January
1979
15 July
1979
170 days
Minister of State for Works and Housing
(9) H. K. L. Bhagat
(1921–2005)
MP for East Delhi
2 September
1982
14 February
1983
165 days Indian National Congress (I) Indira IV Indira Gandhi
Minister of State for Urban Development
11 Dalbir Singh
MP for Shahdol
25 September
1985
2 December
1989
4 years, 68 days Indian National Congress (I) Rajiv II Rajiv Gandhi
12 M. Arunachalam
(1944–2004)
MP for Tenkasi
21 June
1991
18 January
1993
1 year, 211 days Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
13 Prem Khandu Thungan
(born 1946)
MP for Arunachal West
18 January
1993
13 September
1995
2 years, 238 days
Minister of State for Urban Affairs and Employment
14 S. S. Ahluwalia
(born 1951)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar

(Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation)
15 September
1995
8 March
1996
244 days Indian National Congress (I) Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
(14) S. S. Ahluwalia
(born 1951)
Rajya Sabha MP for Bihar
8 March
1996
16 May
1996
15 Ummareddy Venkateswarlu
(born 1935)
MP for Bapatla
29 June
1996
21 April
1997
345 days Telugu Desam Party Deve Gowda H. D. Deve Gowda
21 April
1997
9 June
1997
Gujral Inder Kumar Gujral
16 M. P. Veerendra Kumar
(1936–2020)
MP for Kozhikode
26 May
1997
2 July
1997
37 days Inder Kumar Gujral
17 Bandaru Dattatreya
(born 1947)
MP for Secunderabad
20 March
1998
13 October
1999
1 year, 207 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee II Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Minister of State for Urban Development
(17) Bandaru Dattatreya
(born 1947)
MP for Secunderabad
13 October
1999
27 May
2000
227 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee III Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
(17) Bandaru Dattatreya
(born 1947)
MP for Secunderabad
27 May
2000
1 July
2002
2 years, 35 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee III Atal Bihari Vajpayee
18 O. Rajagopal
(born 1929)
Rajya Sabha MP for Madhya Pradesh
1 July
2002
29 January
2003
212 days
19 Pon Radhakrishnan
(born 1952)
MP for Kanniyakumari
29 January
2003
8 September
2003
222 days
Minister of State for Urban Development
20 Ajay Maken
(born 1964)
MP for New Delhi
29 January
2006
22 May
2009
3 years, 113 days Indian National Congress Manmohan I Manmohan Singh
21 Saugata Roy
(born 1946)
MP for Dum Dum
29 May
2009
22 September
2012
3 years, 116 days All India Trinamool Congress Manmohan II
22 Deepa Dasmunsi
(born 1960)
MP for Raiganj
28 October
2012
26 May
2014
1 year, 210 days Indian National Congress
23 Babul Supriyo
(born 1970)
MP for Asansol
9 November
2014
12 July
2016
1 year, 246 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
24 Rao Inderjit Singh
(born 1951)
MP for Gurgaon
5 July
2016
6 July
2017
1 year, 1 day
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs
25 Rao Inderjit Singh
(born 1951)
MP for Gurgaon
6 July
2017
3 September
2017
59 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
26 Kaushal Kishore
(born 1960)
MP for Mohanlalganj
7 July
2021
Incumbent 2 years, 277 days Modi II

Deputy Ministers

No. Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Deputy Minister of Works, Mines and Power
1 Surendranath Buragohain 14 August
1950
26 December
1950
134 days Indian National Congress Nehru I Jawaharlal Nehru
Deputy Minister of Works, Production and Supply
(1) Surendranath Buragohain 26 December
1950
13 May
1952
1 year, 139 days Indian National Congress Nehru I Jawaharlal Nehru
Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Supply
(1) Surendranath Buragohain
MP for Sibsagar North Lakhimpur
13 May
1952
4 October
1953
1 year, 144 days Indian National Congress Nehru II Jawaharlal Nehru
2 Anil Kumar Chanda
(1906–1976)
MP for Birbhum
1 May
1957
10 April
1962
4 years, 344 days Nehru III
3 Purnendu Sekhar Naskar
(1921–?)
MP for Mathurapur
16 April
1962
5 December
1962
233 days Nehru IV
4 Jagannath Rao
(1909–?)
MP for Chatrapur
8 May
1962
26 November
1962
202 days
Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Rehabilitation
(3) Purnendu Sekhar Naskar
(1921–?)
MP for Mathurapur
5 December
1962
16 April
1964
1 year, 133 days Indian National Congress Nehru IV Jawaharlal Nehru
Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development
5 B. C. Bhagawati
Rajya Sabha MP for Assam
24 January
1966
13 March
1967
1 year, 48 days Indian National Congress Indira I Indira Gandhi
6 Iqbal Singh
(1923–1988)
MP for Fazilka
18 March
1967
14 February
1969
1 year, 333 days Indira II
7 Bayya Suryanarayana Murthy
(1906–1979)
MP for Kakinada
14 November
1967
18 February
1969
1 year, 96 days
Deputy Minister of Works and Housing
8 Chaudhary Dalbir Singh
(1926–1987)
MP for Sirsa
10 October
1974
1 December
1975
1 year, 52 days Indian National Congress (R) Indira III Indira Gandhi
9 Mohammed Usman Arif
(1923–1995)
Rajya Sabha MP for Rajasthan
8 June
1980
15 January
1982
1 year, 221 days Indian National Congress (I) Indira IV
10 Brajamohan Mohanty
(1924–1999)
MP for Puri
15 January
1982
29 January
1983
1 year, 14 days
11 Mallikarjun Goud
(1941–2002)
MP for Mahabubnagar
15 January
1982
31 October
1984
2 years, 290 days
(9) Mohammed Usman Arif
(1923–1995)
Rajya Sabha MP for Rajasthan
14 February
1983
31 October
1984
1 year, 260 days
(11) Mallikarjun Goud
(1941–2002)
MP for Mahabubnagar
4 November
1984
31 December
1984
57 days Rajiv I Rajiv Gandhi
(9) Mohammed Usman Arif
(1923–1995)
Rajya Sabha MP for Rajasthan
4 November
1984
31 December
1984
57 days

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