|Minister of Science and Technology|
October 29, 2012
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Ashwani Kumar|
16 January 1942 |
Madgul, Andhra Pradesh
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||2 sons and 1 daughter|
Sudini Jaipal Reddy (Telugu: సూదిని జైపాల్ రెడ్డి) (born 16 January 1942) is a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India and the incumbent Minister of Science and Technology. He represents the Chevella constituency of Andhra Pradesh and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He served as a Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting in IK Gujral cabinet in 1998. In 1999 he returned to Indian National Congress after 21 years. In 2004 he was re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha from Miryalguda Constituency and then he served as a Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Union Minister for Urban Development in UPA-1. In 2009 he was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from chevella constituency and served as a Union Minister for Urban Development and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is presently the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Science's from 29 October 2012 in UPA-2.
Reddy was born in Nermatta, a Village in Chandur Mandal in Nalgonda District in Andhra Pradesh State, but is actually from Maadgula, Mahbubnagar district in AP. He has an M.A. from the Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is physically disabled and uses crutches.
He was previously an agriculturist. His favourite pastime is reading and is known to have visited many countries. He married Lakshmi on 7 May 1960. The couple have two sons and one daughter.
Jaipal Reddy was an MLA of Kalwakurthy between 1969 and 1984, a constituency in Andhra Pradesh for four terms. He was a member of the Congress Party but quit to protest against the emergency and joined the Janata Party in 1977.
He contested the 1980 Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully from Medak against Indira Gandhi. He was the general secretary of the Janata Party from 1985 to 1988. He was elected to the Lok Sabha five times: the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984 (in alliance with TDP), the 12th in 1998 (again as ally of TDP), the 13th in 1999 (as a member of the Congress Party), the 14th in 2004 (as a member of the Congress Party, Miryalaguda constituency) and the 15th in 2009 (as a member of the Congress Party). He was also a member of the Rajya Sabha on two occasions, 1990–1996 and 1997–1998.
He also held the position of leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha for a year from June 1991 to June 1992. In 1999–2000, he was the Chairman of Committee of privileges. He served as the minister for Information and Broadcasting in the government on two occasions: in 1997–1998 under I. K. Gujral and from 2004 under Manmohan Singh with additional responsibility for Culture. He also served as the minister for Urban Development and Petroleum and Natural Gas.
He acted as the spokesman for several parties of which he has been a member and was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1998. He was the first from South India and the youngest parliamentarian to achieve this award.
Removal from the Oil Ministry
The last cabinet reshuffle of the UPA-II government took place on 28 October 2012. Jaipal Reddy was shifted from his current ministry to the Science and Technology ministry. The oil ministry had imposed a fine of 7000 Rs. crores on Mukesh Ambani's company for the sharp drop in production of gas and violations mentioned in CAG's 2011 report. Further, the oil ministry did not approve company's US$7.2 billion stake in deal with BP. The rival parties including the BJP, SP, and Arvind Kejriwal said that he was removed owing to alleged pressure from the corporate houses, particularly from the Reliance group of Industries. However he refuted the claims and said that he needs to understand the new portfolio.
- Elected twice as President, Osmania Students Union, Osmania University
- 1965–71 President AP Youth Congress
- 1969–72 General secretary, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee
- 1969–84 Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (4 terms)
- 1979–88 Member, National Executive, Janta Party
- 1984 Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
- 1985–88 General secretary, Janta Party
- 1990–96 97–98 Member Rajya Sabha
- July 1991 – June 1992 Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
- 1997–98 Union cabinet minister ( I & B)
Privileges,Member Committee of Finance,Joint Committee of Patents
- 2000–2004 Member Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power
- 2004 Re elected to 14th Lok Sabha (fourth term)
- May 2004 – Nov 2005 Union cabinet minister, Information & Broadcasting
- Nov 2005 Union cabinet minister, Urban Development.
- Vice-President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management
- Jan 2006 Union cabinet minister, Urban Development,Vice-President Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation Management
- 2009 Re elected to 15th Lok Sabha (fifth term)
- May 2009 – Jan 2011 Union cabinet minister, Urban Development
- Jan2011 – Oct 2012 Union cabinet minister,Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Oct2012 – present Union cabinet minister, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences.
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|Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
19 Jan 2011 – 28 Oct 2012