Himachal Pradesh
14th Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha)
Agriculture Minister
Chander Kumar
Sh. Chander Kumar
Jawali -[9]-
Shimla Address :Kriston Hall, Type-VIII, Shimla
Permanent Address :Vill. Dhan, P.O. Matalhar, Tehsil Jawali, Distt. Kangra.
Mobile Number :9418045009
Email :chanderkumarjawali[at]gmail[dot]com

                Son of Late Smt. Kamla Devi & Late Shri Beli Ram; born on 8th May, 1944 at Village Dhan, Tehsil Jawali, Distt Kangra; M.A., M.Ed. and L.L.B.; educated at Punjab University, Chandigarh and H.P. University, Shimla; married to Smt.Krishna Devi; one son and one daughter; Agriculturist,Teacher and Social & Political Worker .

                Held various positions in the State Congress Committee i.e. Treasurer, General Secretary, Vice President, Working President and Member, All India Congress Committee. 

             Elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1982; re-elected in 1985, 1993,1998 and 2003; Vice Chairman, HRTC, 1982-1985; Deputy Minister, Health, Higher Education and Public Relations,14th April 1984 - March,1985; Minister of State for Forest (Independent charge), March 1985 - 1989; Minister of State for Agriculture, Art Language & Culture and Fisheries (Independent charge), 1989-1990;  Cabinet Minister for Irrigation, Public Health, Science & Technology and Technical Education 13th December, 1993 - 1998; MPP & Power Minister, March, 1998; and Forest Minister (Cabinet Rank) 6th March, 2003-31st May, 2004.

            Elected to Lok Sabha (14th) in 2004; and Member: i) Committee on Estimates, ii) Committee on Energy, iii) Committee on Official Language, iv) Committee on Tourism, and v) Indian Wild Life Board.

            Elected to the State Assembly (6th term) in December 2022; appointed Pro-tem Speaker on 14th December 2022; and inducted into Council of Minister as Agriculture Minister along with portfolio of Animal Husbandry on 8th  January, 2023.

Favourite Pastime: Reading books on literature.

Special Interest: Forest, environment, ecology and education.

Social & Cultural Activities: Upliftment of the downtrodden and village development; redressal of public grievances in far-flung areas of the State; improvement and conservation of environment & ecology by initiating mass plantation drive at Bhatta Kuffer, Shimla.

Book Published: Articles on land use planning, forest & environment.

Travels Abroad: U.K., Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany.

Other information: Actively involved in the policy document of Himalayan Sustained Development of Ecology and Forestry  Authority; Water-shed programme in the Himalayan State including Handpump Technology for driving water supply; Joint Convener, National Convention on Education; taught in St. Bede's College, Shimla Himachal Pradesh; initiated reform measures for the improvement of higher and technical education in Himachal Pradesh.