Charan Das Mahant

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Charandas Mahant
Ex. MP
Minister of State
In office
January 2013 – May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Union Minister of State
In office
12 July 2011 – Oct 2011
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
In office
2009(15th Lok sabha) – 2014
Preceded by Karuna Shukla
Succeeded by Banshilal Mahto
Constituency Korba
Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha
In office
1998 to 2004 (Two terms) – 2004
Preceded by Manaharan Lal Pandey
Succeeded by Karuna Shukla
Constituency Janjgir
Personal details
Born (1954-12-13) 13 December 1954 (age 62)
Saragaon, Distt. Janjgir Champa (Chhattisgarh)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Jyotsna Mahant (Social Activist & Home Maker)
Children Surabhi Singh, Supriya Mahant, Bhanupriya Mahant & Suraj Mahant
Residence New Delhi/Korba
Alma mater Govt. Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya, Bhopal (M.P.) (B.Sc)
Barkatullah University (MSc, MA, LLB, PhD)
Occupation Reader, Writer, public intellectual, agriculturist

Charan Das Mahant (born 13 December 1954) is an Indian politician. He is a member of the Indian Parliament, and works for Korba (Lok Sabha constituency).[1] He is the Ex. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing.

Mahant was the only Congress Member of Parliament from Chhattisgarh during 15th Lok-Sabha term. Mahant, an Indian politician, is a member of the Indian National Congress. He has been the MP from the Korba Lok Sabha constituency of the state of Chhattisgarh. He first won the Lok Sabha seat in 1998 and then was re-elected in 1999 and 2009. He was the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing industries. Dr. Mahant was also appointed as the Working President of the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee. Mahant is also a writer, having authored 3 books of fiction and non-fiction, all of which are centered on India and its history, culture, politics, society, and more. Mahant firmly believes that real development of India is not possible until we uplift the tribal life. So, he prepares action plan and organizes State-level programs for the uplifting of tribal life; encouraging and creating platform for folk art such as drama, dance and songs.

Childhood and education[edit]

Mahant who was born in Saragaon in the Jangir Champa District of Chhattisgarh. His father, Late Shri Bisahu Das Mahant, was a former congress MLA and state minister from Champa, besides being a well-known social worker. His mother was Late Smt. Janki Devi. Dr. Mahant’s educational Qualifications are: M.Sc., M.A., LL.B. and Ph.D. He studied at the Motilal Vigyan Mahavidhyalay under Bhopal University, and at Barkatulla University in Bhopal, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Charan Das Mahant married Smt. Jyotsna Mahant and they have three daughters and a son. By profession he is an agriculturist, apart from being a politician and social worker. His interests and favourite pastimes include painting, music, sports, reading, participating in debates, travelling and spending time with members of the family.[2]

Mahant has three daughters and one son from his marriage: Surabhi Singh, Supriya Mahant, Dr. Bhanupriya Mahant & Suraj Mahant. Surabhi Singh got graduated from IEHE,Bhopal and got married in year 2007 and have a daughter, currently lives in Bhopal, India. Supriya Mahant is serving the people in the field of Clinical psychology and also continuing Phd at Raipur University, currently lives in Raipur, India. Dr. Bhanupriya Mahant graduated from People's College of Dental Science & Research Centre (PCDS & RC) currently lives in Kansas, USA. Suraj Mahant started Master of Public Administration at UMKC and also lives in Kansas, USA.

Diplomatic career[edit]


Vidhan Sabha[edit]

Mahant's diplomatic career started as Member of Legislative Assembly of the state of Madhya Pradesh for two terms, from 1980 to 1990. During which he became chairman of the Committee on Assurances in the year 1981. In 1985 he was member of the Delegated Legislation Committee member and the Secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. During 1988 to 1989 he was the Minister of State, Madhya Pradesh, holding the Department of Agriculture. During 1993 to 1995 he became Minister of State, Madhya Pradesh (Independent Charge), in the Department of Commercial Tax. From 1993 to 1998, he was member of the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Cabinet Minister, Madhya Pradesh, looking after Home Affairs and Public Relations.

Lok Sabha[edit]

In 1998, he was elected as member of the 12th Lok Sabha. During 1998 to 1999, he held position as member of: Environment and Forests Committee, India and its Sub-Committee on Food Technology. Committee on Science and Technology, India. In 1999, he was re-elected for the second term to the 13th Lok Sabha, and also became Consultative Committee Member in the Ministry of Coal. From 2000 to 2004 he was member of:Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests Committee, Consultative Committee under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, From 2004 to 2005 he was Working President of the Pradesh Congress Committee of Chhattisgarh. From 2005 to 2006 he was Acting President of the Pradesh Congress Committee of Chhattisgarh. From 2006 to 2008 he was President of the Pradesh Congress Committee of Chhattisgarh. In May 2008, he was again appointed as the Pradesh Congress Committee’s Working President. In 2009, he was re-elected for the third term, in the 15th Lok Sabha. On August 6, 2009, he became member of the Committee on Public Undertakings. On August 31 he became member of the Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests. On September 23, 2009, he became the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament.[3]