N. Rangaswamy

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The Honourable
N. Rangaswamy
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N. Rangaswamy in 2007
Chief Minister of Puducherry
Assumed office
16 May 2011
Preceded by V. Vaithilingam
Constituency Kadirkamam
In office
27 October 2001 – 4 September 2008
Preceded by P. Shanmugam
Succeeded by V. Vaithilingam
Constituency Thattanchavady
Personal details
Born (1950-08-04) 4 August 1950 (age 64)
Pondicherry, Puducherry
Political party All India N.R. Congress
Previously Indian National Congress
Residence No.9, Vinayagar Koil Street, Thilaspet, Puducherry - 605 009.

N. Rangaswamy (born August 4, 1950) is Indian politician who is the current Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry. He was elected from Thattanchavady assembly constituency.

Early life[edit]

N. Rangasamy was born on August 4, 1950 in Pondicherry to his parents Nadesan Krishnasamy and Panchali. He got his B. Com degree in Tagore Arts College and B.L. in Dr. Ambedkar Law College, Pondicherry.[citation needed]

His first election was the contest at Thattanchavady constituency in 1990.[citation needed] He won the 1991 assembly election with an overwhelming majority and was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Co-operation. He was again elected from the same constituency in 1996. During 2000, he had adorned the office of the Minister for Tourism, Education, Public Works, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture. In the 2001 Assembly Election, he won from the Thattanchavady constituency and assumed office as Minister for Public Works, Agriculture and forest. In the same year, he assumed office of the Chief Minister of Puducherry on 27 October.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

  • 1991 - Thattanchavadi - Agriculture Minister
  • 2000 - Thattanchavadi - Education Minister
  • 2001 - Thattanchavadi - Chief minister
  • 2006 - Thattanchavadi - Chief minister
  • 2011 - Kathirkamam - Chief minister until now

During his first tenure as Chief Minister, various path breaking schemes for socio-economic development were implemented like ‘Perunthalaivar Kamarajar’ Housing Scheme for making the UT of Puducherry a “Hut-free Zone”, distribution of free Text Books, note books, rain coats, cycles, umbrella, ‘Shri Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme’ under which hot milk and biscuits are provided to students of Govt. and Govt. aided schools apart from mi-day meal scheme, free LPG connection with free stove and cylinder to BPL families, 50% concession on stamp duty for immovable property registered in the name of Women and full reimbursement of tuition fees for students selected through CENTAC for pursuing Medicine and Engineering courses.

As Chief Minister[edit]

Rangaswamy was largely instrumental in developing the infrastructure of the union territory on par with the Metros. Noteworthy achievements in education include free education through good government schools, free reimbursements for professional-non professional college students.

His welfare schemes include distribution of Wheat through PDS for the poor Diabetics who have crossed the age of 60, a Mid-day Meal Scheme and Breakfast schemes for the poor school children and reimbursing the school and college tuition fees to students.

Rangaswamy resigned as Chief Minister on 28 August 2008; Congress had asked him to resign due to internal politics.

After resigning from Congress, he started a new political party called All India N.R Congress on 7 February 2011. Within three months, in the 2011 Legislative Assembly Elections, his party won 15 seats out of 17 seats and his alliance ADMK got 5 out of 10 seats.


Political offices
Preceded by
P. Shanmugam
Chief Minister of Puducherry
Succeeded by
V. Vaithilingam
Preceded by
V. Vaithilingam
Chief Minister of Puducherry
16 May 2011