Dhan Singh Rawat

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Dhan Singh Rawat
The Higher Education Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Dhan Singh Rawat calls on the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sushri Uma Bharti, in New Delhi on July 14, 2017
Minister of Higher Education, Govt of Uttarakhand
Assumed office
18 March 2017
Chief MinisterTrivendra Singh Rawat
Tirath Singh Rawat
Pushkar Singh Dhami
Member of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
11 March 2017
Preceded byGanesh Godiyal
Personal details
Born (1972-10-07) 7 October 1972 (age 51)
Paithani, Uttarakhand, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
SpouseDeepa Rawat

Dhan Singh Rawat (born 7 October 1972) is the Cabinet Minister[1][2][3] of Uttarakhand and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand, representing the constituency of Srinagar Garhwal.[4][5][6]

Personal life and career[edit]

Dhan Singh Rawat was born in a hamlet in Pauri Garhwal and educated at the village school. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in History.[7]

A party secretary for the BJP in Uttarakhand,[8] he failed to gain election to the state legislature in 2012 in the constituency of Srinagar Garhwal;[7] he entered the legislature in 2017[9] and has since served as a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for health, higher education,[10] cooperatives, disaster management, dairy development and protocols.[11]


Dhan Singh Rawat has landed into controversy after he purportedly said in a viral video that the government was thinking of "using an app to control the intensity of rainfall". As an aftermath, a lot of statements came to light accusing Dhan Singh Rawat of forging his doctorate. The statement is believed to have been made at a recent media interaction which detailed steps taken by the government to tackle rain-related damage. [12]

To which former chief minister and Congress veteran Harish Rawat took a jibe saying, “Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Dhami should propose his cabinet minister's name for Bharat Ratna.”[13]


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  2. ^ "Dhan Singh Rawat Profile: पहली बार विधायक बने धन सिंह रावत को मिल सकती है उत्तराखंड की कमान, जानिए इनके बारे में". abp news (in Hindi). Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Uttarakhand CM candidate: Who is Dhan Singh Rawat?". India Today. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Uttarakhand CM expands cabinet; 11 ministers take oath". Times of India. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Dhan Singh Rawat frontrunner to replace Trivendra Singh Rawat as Uttarakhand Chief Minister". India Tv. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  6. ^ "कौन हैं धन सिंह रावत? जो बन सकते हैं उत्तराखंड के नए मुख्यमंत्री!". Aajtak (in Hindi). Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b "About Us", Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Blogspot, retrieved 10 March 2020.
  8. ^ PTI, "BJP declares candidates for Uttarakhand polls", NDTV, 9 January 2012.
  9. ^ Sanjay Singh, "Trivendra Singh Rawat sworn in as Uttarakhand CM", The Economic Times, 18 March 2017.
  10. ^ PNS, "Higher Education Min Dhan Singh Rawat draws flak", Daily Pioneer, 14 January 2020.
  11. ^ "State Minister (Independent Charge)", Chief Minister, Government of Uttarakhand, retrieved 10 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Uttarakhand: BJP Minister suggests 'app to divert rain'; gets mocked". Yahoo News. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Working on app to control rain: Uttarakhand minister Dhan Singh Rawat". Times of India. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 18 October 2021.