Hon'ble Minister for PWD, Development, Land & Building and Welfare of SCs/STs
Constituency: Mangol Puri (AC NO. 12)
|Shri Raj Kumar Chauhan, son of Late Shri Makhan Lal, was born in a modest family on 27th March, 1957 at Karol Bagh, New Delhi. He entered politics at a very young age i.e. 19 years in the year 1976. Since then he has been championing the cause of the poor and downtrodden. All along he has been very active in social sphere and has been involved in various activities relating to welfare of the society at large. |
With his this kind of approach he was taken as a faithful soldier of the Congress Party and since then he has been serving to the same with unflinching solidarity and loyalty. He was elected President of the PVC Market (Jawalapuri) in 1991. While holding this position he is instrumental in taking up the causes of the traders and the public at every possible forum to help them grow and develop in a positive and structured frame. He had been fighting for the traders cause ever since Jawalapuri suffered a major setback in the form devastating fire, which rocked the market absolutely.
Rehabilitation schemes were conceived deliberated and got executed by constant persuasion, effective liasioning with various agencies and political masters, whether it was ruling or opposition. This approach brought results and the affected traders are being offered plots at Tikri Kalan and a full-fledged market in a planned way is coming up.
|He was made General Secretary (Congress Party) of Najafgarh District in 1993. In 1997 he was elected as President of the Najafgarh District and consecutively for the second he was elected again as President of the Najafgarh District in the year 2001. |
Shri Raj Kumar Chauhan was first elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1993 by defeating his rival with a margin on 7663 votes out of 40,000 votes polled, when the election wave was in the favour of opposition party.
In 1998 he was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly for the second consecutive time by defeating his rival with a margin of 21,014 votes, which was the highest lead in percentage of all the constituencies. In the elections held in the year 2003 he was again the winner with the highest margin i.e. over 31000 votes than his nearest rival.
In the current election to the Delhi Legislative Assembly i.e. November, 2008, he defeated his nearest rival with a margin of over 29965 votes.
When he became the Minister for the first time in Govt. of Delhi, he had a vision to extend all possible help to that segment of society, which is generally not in the mainstream.
During his tenure as Minister, Welfare of SC/STs, Development, Revenue, Irrigation & Flood Control, PWD & Urban Development (2003-2008) his major achievement were as under:-
Welfare of SC/ST/OBCs
||In this field, new schemes were launched which were beneficial for the persons in these categories for the purpose of self employment. Various loan melas were organized where people were cleared and disbursed their loans within the same day. |
||Our Late Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna Smt Indira Gandhi had allotted plots to the landless in the late 70�s & early late 80�s under the 20-Point Programme Scheme. Ever since these people were not granted ownership rights. A palpable fear to loom large on these families. A decision was taken to grant the perpetual rights to all these people which has helped thousands of such families in Delhi.|
||Schedule castes people who were living in Delhi before 1951 were not given the benefits for reservation. There was a division within the same category and SC population after 1951 were enjoying the benefits of reservation whereas before 1951 were not entertained in the reservation process. This anomalous situation was removed and lacs of families who otherwise were deprived of job opportunities in the government set up are now availing the benefits.|
||To draw various scheme for the benefit of SC/ST/OBC community. |
||To start the loan process for SC/ST in DSFDC through single window clearance scheme. |
||To help provide the handicapped people with the fixed wireless phone with cycle/Rickshaw to help to earn their livelihood. |
||Initiated Jan Shree Beema Yojna for persons living below poverty line|
||Starting of Ecology & Environment conservation of clubs with the active participation of villagers to be started in every village. |
||Main thrust areas � Development and Prevention of ponds and water harvesting. |
||Starting of village Tourism project and effective use of Multipurpose Community Centres constructed in various villages. |
||Improvement of community use buildings such as choupals etc. |
||Improvement & development cremation ground in various villages of Delhi. |
||Initializing the concept of model village with all the modern amenities. |
||Rural Development Board was constituted and projects worth thousand crores rupees approximately have been sanctioned for various developmental activities in rural areas. The objective is to melt boundaries between the rural areas and the urban areas of Delhi|
||It is proposed to look into various antiquated laws and rules relating to land revenue which are more of a problem than convenience to the people. |
||Participation of farming community is proposed in various matters relating to land in various villages.|
||Computerization of land records in all the districts.|
||Introduction of E-stamping with an aim to bring transparency in the registration process. |
Irrigation & Flood
||It is proposed to draw a proposal relating to conservation of water bodies and improvement of water table in all the villages. |
||Timely action relating to desilting etc. before the onset of monsoon every year.|
Public Works Department & Urban Development
Since these two are the major departments and are the show case of developing Delhi as a global City, lot of initiatives have been taken to make Delhi a real world class City. Projects which are already on were given impetus and were ensured that timely execution of all such projects take place much before the Commonwealth Games.
||As we all know that more than 40 lacs people in Delhi are residing in unauthorized colonies. This is due to the reason that housing facilities are not adequately available in Delhi. This forced the people to set up their establishments in unauthorized colonies and start living there. Since they were leading in a very pathetic life on account of non-availability of civic amenities, thrust given was mainly to provide facilities like, roads, drains, electrification, water pipelines etc to enable them to live a comfortable life. In the last couple of months, ever since this portfolio has been entrusted we could spend hundred of crores of rupees in augmenting the civic amenities in 1409 unauthorized colonies with the objective to improve the living conditions of millions of people residing there. |
||Regularization of unauthorized colonies has been eluding people living in unauthorized colonies for a very long time. The process of regularization was given impetus and is being ensured that the regularization is done in a time bound fashion so that the dream of the people can be translated into realities. A major step in this direction was taken by providing Provisional Certificates to the RWAs of the Unauthorised Colonies.|
||Since Commonwealth Games are approaching fast and since they are being held in Delhi, there are number of projects pertaining to creating infrastructural facilities like Flyovers, strengthening of roads, under passes, Foot-over Bridges etc have been given main thrust and is being ensured that these all projects are completed much before their respective deadlines. Couple of Stadia are also being renovated where various sports events are being organized and special attention is being paid to make them ready well in time. These all collectively have attributed a lot in shaping the City with modern infrastructure and in a true sense the City is coming up as a world-class City. |
Low Cost Housing
||Under JNNURM programme of Central Government Rajiv Ratan Award Yojana was initiated and under this scheme urban poor and the people residing in slum and JJ clusters were asked to file applications to enable the government to provide housing facilities to all such deprived section of the society on the most subsidized rate. Construction of approximately 10000 flats is in full swing on different locations in the Capital and it is hoped that by the beginning of the new year the Govt. shall be in a position to allot houses to approximately 10000 families.|
||Under this scheme government is proposing to construct approximately 4 lacs of houses to provide decent living to all such families living in Delhi|
||Before he became Minister in the Delhi Govt., he had been working in important capacities with different committees viz.; |
||Privilege Committee of the Legislative Assembly, Delhi.|
||Assurance Committee of the Legislative Assembly, Delhi.|
||Member, Planning Board, Delhi|
||Chairman, Advisory Committee, Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Mangol Puri.|
His personal details are:
|Date of Birth:
||27th March, 1957 |
|Place of Birth:
||Karol Bagh, New Delhi. |
||Late Shri Makhan Lal |
||B.A. (Ist Year) |
||Hindi, English and Punjabi |
||Two sons and one daughter |
||U.S.A, Dubai, Canada, UK, Europe, China, Singapore and Japan |
||60, Behra Enclave, Outer Ring Road, New Delhi: 110 087.|