Som Parkash
Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, Government of India
Assumed office
30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
23 May 2019
Preceded byVijay Sampla
ConstituencyHoshiarpur, Punjab
MLA, Punjab
In office
Preceded bySwarna Ram
Personal details
Born (1949-04-03) 3 April 1949 (age 75)
Daulatpur, East Punjab, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseAnita Som Parkash
  • Shri Hazara Ram (father)
  • Smt. Mahon Devi (mother)
Residence(s)Phagwara, Kapurthala

Som Parkash is a politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Government of India. He is a Member of Parliament from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha Constituency and an Ex-MLA from Phagwara.[1] He is also a former Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar and former IAS officer of 1988 batch in Punjab cadre.[2] Som Parkash, who was born on 3 April 1949,[3] is an MA (Economics) from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. He had started his career as a research officer in the Punjab State Planning Board in 1972. Thereafter, he became an excise and taxation officer in the Punjab Excise Department. Som Parkash has served as the deputy commissioner of Faridkot, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar and has also held posts like the Labour Commissioner, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) chief administrator, managing director of the Punjab Financial Corporation and director of the Social Security Department.


His father's name is Hazara Ram.[4] He has 2 sons, Sanjeev and Dr.Sahil Kainth.

Political career

Som Parkash first unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha during Indian general elections in 2009 from Hoshiarpur constituency.[2] Due to corruption charges, sitting MLA from Phagwara Swarna Ram was dropped from the state cabinet, which led BJP to look for a new candidate and Som Parkash was appointed BJP candidate in 2012 Punjab elections. He successfully contested and became MLA from Phagwara. For the next term in 2017, he was again fielded to contest Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections from Phagwara and he won consecutively for the second time. In 2019 General Elections, he was given ticket from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha Constituency in place of Vijay Sampla and he managed to win that election.[5]

In May 2019, Prakash became Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.[6]


  1. ^ "Members of Legislative Assembly - BJP Punjab". Punjab BJP. Archived from the original on 15 March 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "In Phagwara, all parties may turn to former govt officials for Assembly polls". IndianExpress. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ Member Bio profile on Loksabha website
  4. ^ "MyNeta Profile". Association for Democratic Reforms. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 2012 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF PUNJAB" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  6. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019