Ajay Maken

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Ajay Maken
Congress General Secretary
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
In office
28 October 2012 – 15 June 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Selja Kumari
Succeeded by Girija Vyas
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
May 2011 – 28 October 2012
Succeeded by Jitendra Singh
Constituency New Delhi
Personal details
Born (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 50)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Radhika Maken
Children 1 son and 2 daughters (Aujaswi, Ahana, Aarushi)
Residence New Delhi
As of September 16, 2006
Source: [1]

Ajay Maken (born 12 January 1964) is an Indian politician and was Member of Parliament of India from New Delhi constituency of Delhi in the 15th Lok Sabha. He was Minister of Housing and Poverty Alleviation from 2012 to 2013[1][2] and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He is currently the Congress General Secretary.In 2014 he lost Lok Sabha Election from New Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency and stood at third place.[3]

Political career[edit]

Ajay Maken was elected the President of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) in 1985, having the rare honor of being the only B.Sc Chemistry(Hons)- Final Year student to serve this post.[4] His victory as President, DUSU was largely due to the massive sympathy wave generated by the assassination of his uncle Lalit Maken. Lalit Maken, who was the son-in-law of President of India Shankar Dayal Sharma and a member of parliament from South Delhi, was a young, dynamic and popular leader with a lot of promise.

His grandfather, Shri. O.P. Maken, was a freedom fighter and his uncle Lalit Maken was also a popular trade union leader. Ajay Maken was subsequently elected as the President of Delhi Transport Corporation Trade Union.

Positions held[5][edit]

  • 16/6/2013 Congress General Secretary
  • 29/10/2012 Union Cabinet Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
  • 19/1/2011 Union Minister of State, (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports
  • 29/5/2009 Union Minister of State, Home Affairs
  • 20/5/2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1/3/2007 In charge, Orissa and Jharkhand
  • 1/2/2007 Permanent Invitee and Member, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
  • 1/1/2006 Union Minister of State, Urban Development
  • 1/7/2004 Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC)
  • 1/6/2004 Member, Panel of Chairmen, Lok Sabha
  • 1/5/2004 Member, House Committee
  • 1/4/2004 Member, Committee on Information Technology
  • 1/3/2004 Member, Rules Committee
  • 1/2/2004 Member, General Purposes Committee
  • 1/1/2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
  • 1/1/2003 Speaker, Delhi Legislative Assembly
  • 1/1/2001 Cabinet Minister, Transport, Power and Tourism, Govt. of Delhi
  • 1/1/1999 Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi
  • 1/1/1997 General Secretary, Indian Youth Congress
  • 1/2/1993 General Secretary, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee
  • 1/1/1993 Member, Delhi Legislative Assembly (three terms)

Delhi constituency[edit]

Mr. Ajay Maken has been elected a Member of Legislative Assembly[6] from the Delhi constituency, for three consecutive terms.

1993. Won by a margin of 4,000 votes (more than 50% of total votes polled). One of the 14 winning candidates (of the 70 fielded) by the Congress(I).

1998. Won by a margin of 20,000 votes (70% of the total votes polled.) The Congress(I) took charge of the Delhi Legislature. Mr. Maken received his first appointment in the Delhi administration.

2003. Won by a margin of 24,000 votes. Appointed the Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Delhi, at age 39. (India's youngest Speaker in a State Assembly).

Delhi State Assembly[edit]

1999. He became the Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister. Shri. Sheila Dikshit, chief minister appoint him as her principal troubleshooter and consul.

2001. Appointed Transport, Power and Tourism Minister. He implemented the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) based Public Transport System in Delhi. He is credited with the privatization of the electricity distribution in Delhi.

In 2004 he was appointed the Speaker of Legislative Assembly of Delhi, at age 39. (India's youngest Speaker in a State Assembly).

Lok Sabha[edit]

2004. Mr. Maken represents the Congress(I) in the elections for the New Delhi constituency. Becomes a Member of Parliament[7] after defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, a sitting Cabinet Minister Jagmohan from the prestigious New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Long a BJP stronghold, the constituency had elected BJP stalwarts, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K.Advani.

2006-2009. Held the independent portfolios as the Minister of State and the Minister of Urban Development-the youngest minister in the Congress(I), to be sworn in the Council of Ministers in Indian Government. Played a key role in finalising the Master Plan for New Delhi.

2007. Appointed a permanent invitee to the Working Committee of All India Congress Committee. He was entrusted with the responsibility of the states, Orissa and Jharkhand.

In the General Elections for the 15th Lok Sabha (Parliament), Ajay Maken contested and secured 455,867 votes. Winning by a record margin of 187,809 votes from the New Delhi Parliamentary constituency.

2009. Appointed the Minister of State for Home Affairs. Entrusted with countering left wing extremism, raising of additional police battalions, and establishment of a national human rights division.

2011. Appointed the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs[8] after the debacle Commonwealth Games, Replacing Mr. M. S. Gill.

2012 Appointed Union Cabinet Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation.The youngest Cabinet Minister in the present Government. replacing Ms. Kumari Selja in a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

2014 Ajay Maken has been defeated by BJP candidate Meenakshi Lekhi

Master Plan Delhi[edit]

As the Union Urban Development Minister, he played a vital role in regularizing colonies, giving Delhi a new Master Plan and containing the sealing and demolition action.

Relief to Delhites[edit]

  • Permission granted for additional floor for all houses in Delhi (ground +3) floors.
  • Existing 100% ground coverage on all plots up to 175 sqm. now stands regularised .
  • Existing 1 mt. projections in pre-1962 colonies and all authorized colonies, villages, special area etc. have been regularized.
  • All rural and urban villages up to 15 m in height exempted from demolition.
  • Shops up to 2oo sqft. for specified needs like Kirana, Stationery etc. allowed to be opened anywhere.

CNG Man[edit]

He was faced with the daunting task of implementing the Honble Supreme Courts orders to convert Delhi Public Transport to CNG. As Transport Minister he supported and implemented CNG (compressed natural gas) based Public Transport System in Delhi that earned world-wide accolades for being an environment friendly public transport system. This led to improvement in ambient air quality of Delhi, which now has more than 100,000 vehicles running on CNG fuel—the highest in any city in the world.

Power Reforms[edit]

As the Power Minister, Maken is credited with bringing in Power Reforms, policy which has had long term impact on the adequate availability & supply Electricity in power hungry Delhi.

Sports Bill 2011/RTI in Sports[edit]

The Sports bill has been introduced by the Sports Minister with the aim to bring in overall transparency and Administrative reforms in sports. Few aspects of the bill which deal with the Tenure, age and other aspects of related for National Sports bodies have eclipsed the other very significant aspects of the bill.

The bill covers important aspects which would overall improve and encourage the sportspersons and make the sports bodies more accountable and transparent, such as to have penal provisions for unethical practises in sports which cover sexual harassment, doping, age fraud.

Measures like asking the federations to mandatorily place various reports, including their audited accounts, in public domain through their web-sites are designed to ensure that accountability.

The bill has picked up accepted norms being followed by other countries, national international federations. The US introduced the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act in 1978,[9][10] France has the Associations Law of 1 July 1901, even Sri Lanka has Sri Lanka Sports Law of 1973 (amended in 1993, 1998 and 2005).

But there is an even bigger issue which has been overlooked in the whole debate.It would be interesting to see if the federations and sports bodies come under the RTI ACT.[11] Now, this draft Bill was actually an enabling provision which would have made National Sports Federations more autonomous without any interference by the government in their functioning.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ajay Maken is married and has three children. He received his education in St. Xavier's School, Delhi.


  1. ^ No preference to youth brigade in cabinet reshuffle
  2. ^ "Ajay Maken resigns in prelude to ministry reshuffle". Indian Express. 16 June 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://eciresults.nic.in/ConstituencywiseU054.htm?ac=4
  4. ^ "Aiyar angers Hansarians". Telegraphindia.com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Detailed Profile - Shri Ajay Maken - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". India.gov.in. 1991-01-21. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Delhi Assembly". Delhi Assembly. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  7. ^ loksabha.nic.in
  8. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat - Ministers of State (Independent Charge)(as on 18.12.2011)". Cabsec.nic.in. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Amateur Sports Act of 1978 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  11. ^ "Right to Information Act (India)". Rti.gov.in. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  12. ^ September 2, 2011 (2011-09-02). "On the Draft Sports Bill | Pragmatic Euphony". Pragmatic.nationalinterest.in. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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