Paban Singh Ghatowar

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Paban Singh Ghatowar
Paban Singh Ghatowar at the 2013 Horasis Global India Business Meeting crop.jpg
Paban Singh Ghatowar at the 2013 Horasis Global India Business Meeting
Former Union Minister of State (Independent charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
22nd May 2009 - 26th May 2014
Preceded by Shri B. K. Handique
Succeeded by General V.K. Singh
Constituency Dibrugarh, Assam
Personal details
Born (1950-12-06) 6 December 1950 (age 64)
Sivasagar, Assam, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Smt. Jibontara Ghatowar
Children 1 son, 1 daughter
Residence New Delhi
Religion Hinduism
As of 27 May, 2014
Source: [1]

Paban Singh Ghatowar (Assamese: পৱন সিং ঘাটোৱাৰ) (born 6 December 1950) in Shisagar ,Assam is an Indian politician.

Political career[edit]

He is a member of the Indian National Congress and has been elected Member of Parliament for five times: 10th Loksabha, 11th Lok Sabha, 12th Lok Sabha, 13th Lok Sabha and 15th Lok Sabha.[1] He was the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region and Parliamentary Affairs from July 2011 to May 2014.[2][3]

The five-time Dibrugarh MP first entered the Lok Sabha in 1991 after a long innings in the Indian National Trade Union Congress, Assam, where he was General-Secretary, working for the welfare of tea garden labourers.[4] After Indian general election, 2009, he was made the chief whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Lok Sabha. He has been Union Deputy Minister, Labour in 1991-93, Union Deputy Minister, Health and Family Welfare in 1993-95 and Union Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare.[5]

Controversy over Black Money[edit]

Wikileaks in 2011 had disclosed a list of Indian Swiss bank account holders, in which Paban Singh Ghatowar's name appeared. The news was carried out in many newspapers in Assam including The Assam Tribune. Ghatowar later denied having any such account.[6]

Incidentally, Ram Jethmalani, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court submitting a list of at least 20 persons holding accounts in Swiss banks. According to his petition, a former Union minister from Assam (name not mentioned) has Rs 3,908 crore in a Swiss bank account. The matter is referred to the Supreme Court[7]


He is B.A. Educated at Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam Industrial Relations Training (U.K.),1975. His wife Jibontara Ghatowar is Parliamentary Secy. and Member of the Legislative Assembly in Assam.[8]