Arvinder Singh Lovely
- Not to be confused with Arvinder Singh Lovely (Deoli MLA), who left Congress to join BJP in 2015.
Arvinder Singh Lovely
Lovely in Gandhinagar
|Minister for Education, Urban Development & Revenue, Transport, Languages , Tourism, Gurudwara Election, Local Bodies & Gurudwara Administration|
|Member Legislative Assembly of Delhi|
|Constituency||Gandhi Nagar constituency|
|Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President|
|Born||11 December 1968|
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Residence||Krishna Nagar, Delhi|
Arvinder Singh Lovely (born 1968) is an Indian politician and a member of Indian National Congress contesting from his home turf, the East Delhi constituency as a Congress party candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. He is a former President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (Delhi PCC). In 1998, he was elected to the Delhi Legislative Assembly as the youngest MLA. He was again elected in 2003, 2008 & 2013. He has also been the Minister for Urban Development & Revenue, Education, Transport, Tourism, Languages, Gurudwara Election, Local Bodies & Gurudwara Administration in the Sheila Dikshit government of Delhi.
Early life and education
Arvinder Singh Lovely was born to Mr. & Mrs. Balwinder Singh. Born & brought up in Gandhi Nagar, Delhi, he developed a keen interest in social & political issues at a young age. While pursuing his graduation from SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi in Political Science, he was elected to the Students' Union of the college and was actively involved with various social & academic organisations. He also rose to become the Chairman of Bhimrao Ambedkar College, Delhi, He was elected as the General Secretary of the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress in 1990 and then served as the General Secretary of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) between 1992-1996. He is married to Gurveen Singh, and has two sons Parminder & Navjot Singh.
As Minister of Education
Arvinder Singh Lovely has been the longest standing Education Minister in Delhi, bringing in many reforms that stand until today. He introduced the Point System of admissions into schools, aiming to abolish bias and corruption in the admissions processes. He introduced the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) & Laadli Schemes. His efforts to increase inclusiveness in the schools resulted in higher enrollment rates and lower dropout rates. Inheriting a dropout rate of 7.8% in government schools, Lovely lowered this rate to a record-low 1.7% (a feat which has not been repeated till date).
As Minister of Urban Development & Revenue
Lovely regularised almost 1000 colonies across Delhi and introduced Delhi Development of Urban Village Scheme, benefitting 135 urban villages covering 45 lakh people. He undertook development of slums into flats, and granted ownership rights to the slum dwellers.
In addition, he worked towards strengthening the infrastructure and connectivity by constructing Pushta Road, 4 Elevated Roads (Barapulla, Vikaspuri - Mirabagh, Mangolpuri to Madhuban Chowk & Madhuban Chowk to Mukarba Chowk) and many more flyovers.
As Minister of Transport
Lovely was single-handedly responsible for replacing the Blue Line buses with Low Floor buses, and more than doubled number of buses, significantly increasing road safety in Delhi. He upgraded the entire Delhi bus fleet to CNG in record-time of 6 months as Transport Minister. He is also credited with the centralisation & interlinking of all transport authorities in Delhi.
In his tenure as Transport Minister, he sanctioned the monorail addressing the congestion problem and introduced budget Radio Taxis. In addition, he constructed 14 new DTC Depots, including Millennium Depot (1,2,3 & 4), Narela, Kanjhawala (1 & 2), Dwarka (Sector 2 & 8), Ghumanhera, Rajghat, Tehkhand. He also introduced 4 DTC Terminals in Punjabi Bagh, Dwarka Sector 18, Vishwas Nagar & Shakurbasti.
Development Work as MLA, Gandhinagar
As the MLA, Lovely took a keen interest in developing the infrastructure of Gandhinagar, facilitating it to become amongst the most well-developed & prosperous region in East Delhi. He played a key role in the establishment of the Metro Line in Delhi, especially in East Delhi. He further more numerous community centers, schools, hospitals / dispensaries etc. in Gandhi Nagar. He was also responsible for the setting up of numer underground water tanks to cater to the needs of the residents of Gandhi Nagar. He also established a number of hospitals / dispensaries in his constituency and importantly, laid down sewer lines through Gandhi Nagar.
He undertook the regularization of West Kantinagar, East Azad Nagar, Naya Shanti Mohalla & Kantinagar Ext. Gandhinagar being the largest wholesale readymade clothes market in Asia, he worked towards the declaration of each lane in Gandhinagar as ‘commercial’ in the MP 2020 for the city of Delhi.
He undertook the construction of 4 bridges in the Gandhinagar area during his tenure - Geeta Colony, Mayur Vihar, Nizammudin Bridge & Wazirabad Bridge. In addition, he sanctioned the Signature Bridge construction, and laid its foundation stone, marking the beginning of the construction of the bridge.
Lovely has been affiliated with INC for thirty years. He briefly joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 18 April 2017 as a result of certain differences within the Delhi State Congress and joined the Congress back again on 17 Feb 2018. He stated that he was an “ideological misfit” in the BJP. In 2019 Loksabha Elections he contested against Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi and lost by 3,92,000 votes.
Awards & Accolades
- 2001-2002 Best MLA, Delhi (Awarded by Delhi Assembly)
- Education Ministry was ranked as Best performing ministry under him by the survey conducted by Aaj Tak
- Best MLA as per Times of India & Hindustan Times (HT-CSDS Survey) for the year 2003