Bhupinder Singh Hooda: Chief Minister (CM) of Haryana
Bhupinder Hooda (born 15 September 1947) is an Indian politician and leader of the Indian National Congress who has been Chief Minister of Haryana since March 2005. He began a second term in October 2009 after leading the Congress Party to an election victory. This was the first time since 1972 that a party had returned to power in Haryana 2 times consecutively . He is from the Indian National Congress. He is also a Member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.
On April 8, 2010, Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had constituted the Working Group on Agriculture Production under his chairmanship to recommend strategies and action plan for increasing agricultural production and productivity, including long-term policies to ensure sustained agricultural growth.
Bhupinder Singh Hooda was born to Ranbir Singh Hooda and Har Devi Hooda at the Sanghi village in Rohtak district of Haryana. His father Ranbir Singh Hooda was a renowned freedom fighter.
He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kunjpura. He did his B.A., LL.B. was educated at Panjab University, Chandigarh and the University of Delhi. He started his political career from Youth Congress.
Mr Hooda was elected as a Member of the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) for four terms in 1991, 1996, 1998, 2004. He also remained the Leader of Opposition in Haryana's Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2004. He also served as the President of HPCC (Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee) from 1996 to 2001. For three consecutive Lok Sabha terms he defeated Ch. Devi Lal in electoral battles fought in the Jat heartland of Rohtak in Haryana.
He attended international Conferences like World Youth Festival in U.S.S.R, World Parliamentary Conference in China, International Conference in USSR as a delegate of AICC and OISCA and International Conferences in Japan and South Korea.
He is also President, All India Young Farmers’ Association, Haryana ; Ex-Member, Market Committee, Rohtak; Director, Bank of India, 1989–92; Secretary, Farmers’ Parliamentary Forum, 1991 onwards; Founder-Member and Working President of All India Freedom Fighters’ Successors’ Organisation; Working President, National Federation Railway Porters, Vendors and Bearers. Elected as a President for the Khadi & Village Industries Commission Employees Union & Patron for the National Khadi & Village Industries Board's Employees Federation - an apex body of all State K&V.I Board's Employees Unions.
In order to encourage youngsters to pick up Olympic sports,Mr Hooda announced a cash award of Rs 2.5 crore for the state athletes who would win gold medal in any discipline at the London Games.Cash prize money of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 1 crore for silver and bronze medal winners has also been announced.
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