Son of Late Shri Bali Ram; born on 22nd February 1950 at Chanjyar (Richhli), Distt. Mandi; Intermediate, Meerut University (UP); married to Smt. Parmila Devi; one son and two daughters; Ex-Serviceman and Horticulturist.
Joined Dogra Regiment on 15th January 1969; took part in Indo-Pak war 1971 and sought discharge from the Army in 1973.
Elected to State Legislative Assembly in February 1990 as an Independent; re-elected in 1993 as Indian National Congress candidate, in 1998 as HVC candidate, in 2003 as Lok Tantrik Morcha (HP) candidate and in 2007 & 2012 on BJP ticket.
For being elected to the Legislative Assembly in five consecutive elections, on five different election symbols, has been recommended for entry into the Guinness Book of World Record.
Remained Vice President, HVC, 1997-2002; President, HP Lok Tantrik Morcha, 2003-04; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, PWD, and Excise & Taxation Minister,March, 1998 to 4th December, 2000; and Chairman, Estimates Committee and Member of various House Committees from January, 2008 to July, 2009; Transport Minister , 09th July, 2009 to December, 2012; and Member, Estimates, Public Undertakings, Human Development and Public Accounts Committees, 2013-17.
Re-elected to the thirteenth Vidhan Sabha (7th term) in December, 2017; and inducted into Council of Ministers as Irrigation and Public Health Minister along with Portfolios of Horticulture and Sainik Welfare on 27th December, 2017.
Special Interest: Social service (Involved in construction of temples and helping poor people in solemnizing their marriages, performing yagyas and religious activities).
Languages Known: Hindi and English.