P. L. Punia

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P. L. Punia
Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes
Assumed office
MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh
Assumed office
26 November 2014
Constituency Uttar Pradesh
In office
15th Lok Sabha 2009–2014
Preceded by Kamla Prasad Rawat
Succeeded by Priyanka Singh Rawat
Constituency Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh)
Personal details
Born (1945-01-23) 23 January 1945 (age 71)
Salhawas, Jhajjar, Punjab region (Now Haryana) British India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Indira Punia
Children Two sons & one daughter
Residence New Delhi,5, New Moti Bagh,New Delhi - 110 021
Alma mater Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh
Occupation Politician, Civil Servant, Administrator, Educationalist
Website http://plpunia.blogspot.com/

Panna Lal Punia, usually known as P. L. Punia, is an Indian politician and Member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh since 2014. He was member of the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014 and represented Barabanki (Lok Sabha constituency).[1] He is a Dalit leader of the Indian National Congress party.[2] He is also Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and as such sits ex officio on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).[3][4]

In July 2012, Punia appeared in the popular TV show Satyamev Jayate, hosted by Bollywood star Aamir Khan, to raise awareness of discrimination against scheduled castes.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 23 January 1945 to Bharat Singh and Dakhan Devi in the Jhajjar district of the Punjab region (now Haryana), British India. He took an M.A. from Panjab University, Chandigarh and a PhD from Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh.[1][5] In 1970 he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), becoming District Magistrate in Aligarh during 1982–85.[6]


  1. ^ a b Detailed Profile – Shri P. L. Punia. India.gov.in (1974-01-16). Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  2. ^ Statue Or Pedestal?. www.outlookindia.com (2012-08-20). Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  3. ^ PL Punia appointed NCSC Chairman. iGovernment.in. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  4. ^ National Commissions – Associated Organisations: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Socialjustice.nic.in. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  5. ^ Stung by defeat, Mayawati to revert to Dalit agenda. Deccanherald.com. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  6. ^ Rina » Yellow Journalism Is A Shameful Point For The Community. Rina.in (2011-06-13). Retrieved on 2013-01-08.