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Minister of health in India Ghulam Nabi Azad

  • Father's Name : Shri Rahamatullah
  • Mother's Name : Shrimati Basa Begum
  • Date of Birth : 7 March 1949
  • Place of Birth : Village Soti, Bhadarwah, Distt. Doda (Jammu & Kashmir)
  • Marital Status : Married on 27 March 1980
  • Spouse's Name : Shrimati Shameem Dev Azad
  • Children : One son and one daughter
  • Educational Qualifications : M.Sc. (Zoology) Educated at Government Degree College Bhadarwah, G.G.M. Science College, Jammu, S.P. College, Srinagar and Kashmir University, Srinagar Profession : ,Political and Social Worker.
  • Permanent Address : House No. 9, Hyderpora Byepass, Distt. Badgam, Srinagar,Jammu & Kashmir. Jogi Gate, Gujjar Nagar, Jammu Present Address : 5, South Avenue Lane, New Delhi 110011
  • Tel. - 23792052, 23792944
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Ghulam Nabi Azad minister of health in India

1980-82 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings 1980-84 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha (from Washim, Maharashtra) 1982 Chairman, Youth Services Committee, IX Asian Games Member, Special Organising Committee, IX Asian Games 1982-83 Union Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs 1983-84 Union Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 1985-89 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha (from Washim, Maharashtra) 31 Dec.1984-11 May 1986 Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs May 1986 - Oct. 1986 Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Oct. 1986 - Sept. 1987 Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies April 1990 Elected to Rajya Sabha June 1991 - Jan. 1993 Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Jan. 1993 - May 1996 Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism Dec. 1995 - May 1996 Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Civil Aviation and Tourism Nov. 1996 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha 1998 Member, Standing Committee on Energy July 1998- May 2004 Member, Rajghat Samadhi Committee Dec. 1999 - Feb. 2004 Member, Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture May 2000 - Feb. 2004 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Functioning of Wakf Boards Nov. 2002 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha May 2004-Oct. 2005 Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Urban Development Chairman, Rajghat Samadhi Committee Nov. 2005-July 2008 Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir April 2006-Feb. 2009 Member, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Feb. 2009 Elected to Rajya Sabha 22 May 2009 onwards Minister of Health and Family Welfare

Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests :   Organising camps, symposia and seminars on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation :   Gardening, meeting people and cultural activities, secularism and national integration Countries Visited :   Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., Russia, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, U.S.A., Australia, Luxembourg, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Romania, Indonesia, Vietnam, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, North Korea, South Korea, Iran, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Turkey

Other Information :   An outstanding N.C.C. Cadet in Government Degree College, Bhadarwah, G.G.M. Science College and S.P. College, Srinagar; courted arrest more than a dozen times and jailed during the Janata Government (1977-79) in different parts of the country; Chairman, First International Youth Conference, Delhi, 1982; Member, (i) Delegation to the 11th World Youth and Students' Festival, Havana (Cuba), 1978, (ii) Central Haj Committee, 1980-82,(iii) Governing Council, Rajaji International Institute of Public Affairs and Administration, 1980-82, (iv) Jammu and Kashmir Bhoodan Committee, (v) Parliamentary Delegation to Mexico and Greece and (vi) Indian Parliamentary Group; Leader, (i) Indian Delegation of Sarvodaya to Sri Lanka to visit one thousand Gandhian model villages, 1973, (ii) Youth Congress Delegation to Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Russia, 1980-82, (iii) Young M.P.s' Delegation to Iraq, 1981, (iv) Indian Goodwill Haj Delegation to Saudi Arabia, 1987, (v) Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Sweden, 1991 as Parliamentary Affairs Minister, (vi) Indian Parliamentary Delegation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting held in New Delhi, 1992 as Parliamentary Affairs Minister and (vii) a number of Congress Party and Ministry of Civil Aviation Delegations to more than three dozen countries, 1991-96; Convener, (i) Central Campaign Committee of A.I.C.C. for 1998 Parliamentary Elections and (ii) Committee for Golden Jubilee Celebrations of India's Independence of A.I.C.C. ; has held many positions in the Indian National Congress; Member, Congress Working Committee (CWC) since 1987; General Secretary, All India Congress Committee since 1999

Ghulam Nabi Azad (born March 7, 1949 in Jammu and Kashmir , India ) is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress and the new Minister of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India.

. He was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister of India in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh until October 27, 2005, when he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. After delivering victories in several key states, including Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the 'crisis manager' of the Congress surprised many when he led the party successfully in the 2002 Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad's forte is his organisational skills, having been the AICC general secretary for a record nine times and member of the powerful Congress Working Committee for 18 years, perhaps the longest period among the current leaders.

As a Union minister, he steered successive Congress governments to victory in 21 no-confidence motions including the minority government of P. V. Narasimha Rao in the early 1990s.

Azad's first political assignment was the Block Congress Committee secretary in Bahlesa in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, his native place.

In 1980, he was appointed as the President of the All India Youth Congress, the first from the minority community.

After being elected to the Seventh Lok Sabha from Maharashtra's Washim (Lok Sabha constituency) in 1980, Azad entered into the Central government as Deputy Minister in charge of Law, Justice and Company Affairs Ministry in 1982.

Subsequently, he was elected to the Eighth Lok Sabha in 1984 and became a Rajya Sabha member in 1990. During Rao's government, Azad took charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Civil Aviation ministries.

In June 2008, Azad's government announced plans to transfer land to the board of a Hindu shrine. Many Muslims were angered by this decision and protested, leading the government to cancel the transfer; however, this reversal provoked Hindu protests. Seven people were reported killed in violence that accompanied these protests. The People's Democratic Party , a coalition partner of the Indian National Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, withdrew its support for Azad's government, and rather than attempt to sustain his government by requesting a vote of confidence, Azad resigned on July 7, 2008, [ 1 ] and left office on July 11, 2008.

In the second United Progressive Alliance Government, led by Dr. Manmohan Singh , Mr. Azad, was sworn in as the Health Minister of India. He has said, that he shall be expanding the National Rural Health Mission, that has mobilized half a million health workers, all across India , and that his ministry would also be launching a similar National Urban Health Mission, to serve the slum dwelling urban poor. He has also been praised for getting Population control, back in the limelight. He has advocated a late marriage age 5 of between 25 and 30, especially for girls, and has asked people, to watch television, instead of producing children.

He married Shameem Dev Azad, a well known Kashmiri singer, in 1980, and they have a son and a daughter.

  • Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad Cabinet Minister
  • Sh. Dinesh Trivedi Minister of State
  • Sh. S. Gandhiselvan Minister of State

map of India regions

India consists of 28 states and seven Union Territories. All states, and the two union territories of Puducherry and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have elected legislatures and governments patterned on the Westminster model. The other five union territories are directly ruled by the Centre through appointed administrators. In 1956, under the States Reorganisation Act, states were formed on a linguistic basis. Since then, this structure has remained largely unchanged. Each state or union territory is further divided into administrative districts. The districts in turn are further divided into tehsils and eventually into villages.


  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Arunachal Pradesh
  3. Assam
  4. Bihar
  5. Chhattisgarh
  6. Goa
  7. Gujarat
  8. Haryana
  9. Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jammu and Kashmir
  11. Jharkhand
  12. Karnataka
  13. Kerala
  14. Madhya Pradesh
  15. Maharashtra
  16. Manipur
  17. Meghalaya
  18. Mizoram
  19. Nagaland
  20. Orissa
  21. Punjab
  22. Rajasthan
  23. Sikkim
  24. Tamil Nadu
  25. Tripura
  26. Uttar Pradesh
  27. Uttarakhand
  28. West Bengal

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