B. C. Khanduri
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Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri
भुवन चन्द्र खण्डूरी
|4th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand|
8 March 2007 – 23 June 2009
|Preceded by||Narayan Dutt Tiwari|
|Succeeded by||Ramesh Pokhriyal|
11 September 2011 – 13 March 2012
|Preceded by||Ramesh Pokhriyal|
|Succeeded by||Vijay Bahuguna|
|Member of 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th Lok Sabha|
16 May 2014
|Preceded by||Satpal Maharaj|
1 October 1934 |
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||1 son and 1 daughter|
|Years of service||1954–1990|
|As of September 16, 2006
Major General Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri (Retd.), AVSM, (Hindi: भुवन चन्द्र खण्डूरी; born 1 October 1934) is an Indian politician. He has served as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2007–2009 and 2011-2012. He is a Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha. He represents the Garhwal Parliamentary Constituency of Uttarakhand in Lok Sabha and is a senior member of the Bharatiya Janta Party. Earlier, He has also served as a Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Surface Transport of the Government headed by former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Family and Personal Life
Khanduri was born at Dehradun in 1934; his parents were Jai Ballabh Khanduri (father), a journalist, and Durga Devi Khanduri (mother), a social activist. Khanduri is married to Aruna Khanduri (née Nainwal). He has a son and a daughter.
Khanduri is B.Sc., B.E., and M.I.E. (India). He is also post-graduate in Defence Management. He was a student of the following academic Institutions:
- College of Military Engineering, Pune;
- Allahabad University;
- Institute of Engineers, New Delhi; and
- Institute of Defence Management, Secunderabad.
- Commander of Regiment (during the Indo-Pak war in 1971).
- Chief Engineer in the Army.
- Commander of an Engineering Brigade.
- Additional Military Secretary at Army Headquarters.
- Additional Director General in the Engineer-in-Chief's division at the Army Headquarters.
In 1982, he received the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) from the President of India for his extraordinary contribution to the Indian Army. He retired as Major General from Indian Army.
He had shown patriotism during freedom struggle as a student and, thus, displayed a remarkable political consciousness even at an early age. Khanduri was first elected to Lok Sabha from Garhwal in Uttarakhand 1991 and in subsequent elections. He was the Minister of State (with independent charge) of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways from 2000 to 2003 in the central government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was elevated to Cabinet rank in 2003, and held the post until the end of the tenure of the NDA government in May 2004. He is a senior leader of Bhartiya Janata Party, having served on various parliamentary committees. As a minister, he implemented BJP's prestigious National Highways Development project with efficiency and speed. As the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Khanduri executed the National Highways Development Plan of the NDA with competence and swiftness and gave shape to the Golden Quadrilateral Project connecting the major Indian cities and also, North–South and East–West Corridor Project.
In February 2007, he led the BJP to victory in assembly elections in Uttarakhand and was subsequently chosen to be the new Chief Minister of the state. Among Khanduri's first accomplishments as Chief Minister has been to cut expenses by reducing his own security and as well as of politicians and administrative officials, cutting back on their allowance for foreign trips and has restricted the use of the Chief Minister's discretionary fund to the projects approved by the district magistrates. Following his election, he toured the entire state to gain the first hand information about the conditions of the people. On September 11, 2011 Shri B C Khanduri announced setting up of a stronger Lokayukta to check rampant corruption. The Uttarakhand Government approved the draft of the Lokayukta Bill, bringing within its ambit all the ministers, including the Chief Minister, the MLAs and the government servants including IAS and IPS officers, with a provision of life imprisonment or more severe punishment. The eco-friendly and sustainable industrial development of the state is, inter-alia, among the top priorities of Khanduri.
Political Positions Held
- Member of Parliament from the Garhwal Lok Sabha Constituency in 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th Lok Sabha.
- During 1992-1997 : He was member of the National Executive, Bhartiya Janata Party.
- From 1992-97: Vice President of the BJP State Unit of Uttar Pradesh.
- During 12th and 13th Lok Sabha: Chief whip of Bhartiya Janata Party in the Parliament.
- 1998 – 99 : Member of various parliamentary committees (Committee on Public Accounts, Rules Committee, Business Advisory Committee, and Committee on Home Affairs).
- During 1999: Member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence, Member of the Committee on Public Undertakings.
- During 2000-2001: Member of the Committee on Ethics; Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
- November 7, 2000: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
- During 2000–2003: Member of National Executive, Bhartiya Janata Party.
- During 2007-2009: He served as the 4th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
- 2011 -2012 : Chief Minister of Uttarakhand .
- March 6, 2012 B C Khanduri lost the election from constituency Kotdwar, Uttrakhand.
- May 16, 2014: Won from the Garhwal (Lok Sabha constituency) by a margin of 1,84,526 votes.
He also represented Departments of (i) Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and (ii) Law and Company Affairs. He was also convener of the Subcommittee on Personnel Policy of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) under different capacities.
Khanduri has always been perceived as a man of integrity and honesty. Recently, his image has been enhanced as he presided over a state government of Uttarakhand which has pushed for the implementation of a strong Lokayukta bill (public ombudsman), citizen charter and a transparent transfer policy for state employers. The passage of the Lokayukta bill in Uttarakhand has earned Khanduri praise from Anna Hazare, who has urged the Centre and other states to follow suit. The bill, however, has not been accepted by the Union of India. Presidential approval was given on October 17, 2013.
Khanduri also had overseen the activities of the Chandra Ballabh Trust, which is an Educational Trust in Garhwal and was initiated by his grandfather in 1917. He is also associated to the following organizations in different capacities, e.g.,
- Purva Sainik Seva Parishad, Uttar Pradesh.
- Parvatiya Sanskriti Parishad in Dehradun.
- Govind Ballabh Pant Himalaya Environment and Development Committee.
- Wild Life Society of India
He was also the chairperson of the Uttaranchal Pradesh Sangarsh Samiti and has valuable contribution in the formation of new state of Uttarakhand.
2012 Uttarakhand Assembly Elections
On 6 March 2012, BJP lost the majority in Uttarakhand winning 31 seats out of 70. Khanduri too lost his election from Kotdwara constituency. Khanduri tendered his resignation to the governor of Uttarakhand on 7 March 2012.
- "President Gives Assent to Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill". Outlook India. 17 October 2013.
- Khanduri to be named Uttarakhand CM
N. D. Tiwari
|Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
2007 – 2009
|Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
2011 – 2012