Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Labour and Employment (2019 – Present): Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Date of Birth: He was born on November 1, 1948.
Place of Birth: He was born at Bareilly in UP (Uttar Pradesh), which was then referred to as the United Provinces.
Parents: He was born to Late Shri Ram Lal Gangwar and Smt Sheela Devi Gangwar at Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
Spouse: He is married to Saubhagya Gangwar. Together they have two children – Shruti Gangwar and Apoorv Gangwar.
Political Party: He is a member of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).
Education: He completed his BSc (Bachelor of Science) from the Agra University and did his LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the Rohilkhand University.
Career: Prior to joining politics, Gangwar worked as the Chairman of the Urban Cooperative Bank in Bareilly. He held this position from 1996 onwards. He had also played a major role in setting it up. In fact, he is credited with having done some commendable work in his term over there as the Chairman. He completed a number of great projects for the common public over there. This includes a railway over-bridge at the Chaupla station, a mini bypass, and a library, to name a few. He also served as the Chief Whip of the party in the 14th Lok Sabha. At the time of Emergency, he was jailed because he had led a popular movement against the incumbent government.
Gangwar also worked as a member of the BJP working committee in UP. Till 1996, he was also the General Secretary of the UP unit of the party.
Political Milestones: He became the MP (Member of Parliament) from Bareilly in 1989 and remained so till 2009. He again ascended to this post in 2014 and, since then, has been the incumbent from Bareilly Lok Sabha seat. He worked as the Union Minister of Textiles from May 26, 2014 to July 7, 2016. Later, he worked as the Minister of State for Finance from July 5, 2016 to September 3, 2017.
Gangwar became the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on September 3, 2017, a position he continues to hold in Modi 2.0 Cabinet. In the 13th Lok Sabha he worked as the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas to go with the extra responsibility of Parliamentary Affairs. He held these two positions in October and November 1999.