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Hon'ble Chief Minister

Shri Virbhadra Singh

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    Father Name

    Late Shri Padam Singh

    Mother Name

    Smt. Shanti Devi

    Date of Birth

    23rd June 1934

    Birth Place

    Sarahan, District Shimla, HP

    Permanent Address

    Padam Palace, Rampur-Bushahr, Distt. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh-172001

    Educational Qualifications

    B.A. (Hons), M.A.

    Educated at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla and St. Stephen College, New Delhi

    Marital Status


    Name of the Party

    Indian National Congress (INC)


    Shimla Rural

  • Brief Career Summary (Position, Place and Dates)

    • Elected to 3rd Lok Sabha in 1962
    • Elected to 4th Lok Sabha in 1967 (2nd term)
    • Elected to 5th Lok Sabha in 1972 (3rd term)
    • Member of Indian Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1976
    • Remained Dy. Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation in GoI from Dec 1976 to Mar 1977
    • Remained President of State Congress Committee in 1977, 1979 and 1980
    • Elected to 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 (4th term)
    • Minister of State for Industries in GoI from September 1982 to April 1983
    • Elected to State Legislative Assembly (SLA) from Jubbal-Kotkhai in a by-election on 5th October 1983 and in 1985. Elected to SLA from Rohru constituency in 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2007
    • Elected MP from Mandi Parliamentary Constituency HP in 2009
    • Chief Minister of the Sate from 8th April 1983 to March 5th March 1990  
    • Chief Minister from 3rd December 1993 to 23rd March 1998
    • Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, HP from March 1998 to March 2003
    • Chief Minister of the State from 6th March 2003 to 29th December 2007
    • Elected from Mandi Parliamentary Constituency HP in 2009
    • Union Minister for Steel from May 2009 to January 2011
    • Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises from 19-Jan-2011 to June 2012
    • Became President of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee on 26th August 2012
    • Elected to State Legislative Assembly on 20th December 2012 from Shimla Rural
    • Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh from 25th December, 2012 for SIXTH time



    Social and Cultural Activities


    • Associated with number of cultural and Social organizations as:
    • Indo-Soviet Friendship Society
    • Friends of Soviet Union (now Russia)
    • President Sanskrit Sahitya Sammelan, Himachal Pradesh
    • Elected Member, Estimates Committee, Lok Sabha, Railway Convention Committee, Chairman, Petition Committee, Lok Sabha



    Special Interests


     Reading and Gardening



    Sports and Clubs Member


    • Indian International Centre, New Delhi
    • Shimla Amateur Dramatic Club, Gaiety, Shimla


    Countries Visited


    Afghanistan, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, Syria, United Kingdoms, United States of America, U.S.S.R and Yugoslavia. Also travelled in other countries of Europe, America, Middle East and Far East



    Languages Known


     English, Hindi and Urdu



    Special Interest


     Social Welfare


    Other Information


    • Honorary Captain in Indian Army
    • Awarded Silver Elephant for Contribution in Scouts and Guides Movement
    • Awarded Golden Peacock Environment Peacock Environment Leadership award by London based Institute of Directors for Contribution in Promotion of Environment, Wild Life, Environment Governance and Eco-Tourism