C. P. Thakur

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MP of Rajya Sabha for Bihar
Assumed office
10 April 2014
Constituency Bihar
Personal details
Political party BJP

Chandreshwar Prasad "C P" Thakur (born 3 September 1931) is a current member of Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of Bhartiya Janata Party, a former minister in the Government of India,a physician and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. He was minister from 1999 to 2004 in the BJP government.

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1931 in Muzaffarpur District in Bihar.[1] He got his education from Patna Medical College, Patna University, Royal College of Physicians, London and Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and Royal College of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London .


He is M.B.B.S., M.D., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P. He stood first and received gold medal in M.B.B.S. Honours. He revolutionised the concept of treatment of Kala-azar and is recognised as an international authority in this field.

He was elected to Lok Sabha from Patna constituency in 1984.

Positions held[edit]

He has held the following government positions:

  • 1984 Elected to Eighth Lok Sabha
  • 1990-91 Chairman, Kala-azar Spot Assessment Committee Government of India
  • 1990-93 Member, Advisory Committee on kala-azar Government of India
  • 1991 Member, Expert kala-azar committee to formulate prevention programme for kala-azar, Government of India
  • 1998 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha (2nd term)
  • 1998-99 Member, Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests; and its Sub-Committee on Ganga Action Plan Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs
  • 1999 Member, Thirteenth Lok Sabha (3rd term)
  • 22 Nov. 1999-26 May 2000 Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources
  • 27 May 2000 – 30 June 2002 Union Cabinet Minister, Health and Family Welfare
  • 29 Jan. 2003-May 2004 Union Cabinet Minister, Small Scale Industries, Development of North-Eastern Region
  • April 2008 Elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar
  • Aug. 2008 onwards Member, Committee on the Empowerment of Women
  • Aug. 2008- May 2009 Member, Committee on Information Technology
  • May 2009 onwards Member, Court of the Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Aug. 2009 onwards Member, Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Aug. 2012 onwards Member, Committee on Information Technology
  • Aug. 2012 onwards Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women
  • Jan. 2016 onwards Chairman, The Scouts/Guides Organisation

Books published[edit]

  • Dynamics of Development (Editor and Contributor);
  • Glimpses of Indian Technology (Co-author);
  • World Trade Organization (author);
  • Technical Report Series 791 up to 1990 (Geneva) Control of Leishmaniasis (joint author);
  • Recent Trends in Leishmania Research (contributor);
  • Text Book of Medicine—API Text Book of Medicine (Joint author);
  • India Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, B.J.P. Era .

He has also published more than 100 research papers in medical journals and more than 200 articles in the press.



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