Known for his simplicity and adherence to Gandhian values, Shri Ashok Gehlot, son
of Late Shri Lachman Singh Gehlot, was born on 3rd May 1951 in Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
A Science and Law Graduate, Shri Gehlot holds a Post Graduate Degree in Economics.
Married to Smt. Sunita Gehlot on 27th November 1977, he has a son (Vaibhav) and
a daughter (Sonia). Magic and travelling are Shri Gehlot's favourite past time activities.
Being a true son of the soil, Shri Gehlot does not believe in extravagance and wasteful
expenditure. He meets people directly at regular interval to know their sufferings
and grievances .
Active in politics and social service ever since his student life, Shri Gehlot was
elected for the first time to the 7th Lok Sabha (1980-84) from Jodhpur Parliamentary
Constituency in 1980. A leader with charisma Shri Gehlot has represented Jodhpur
Parliamentary Constituency in the 8th Lok Sabha (1984-1989) 10th Lok Sabha (1991-1996),
11th Lok Sabha (1996-1998), and 12th Lok Sabha (1998-1999).
Elected from Sardarpura (Jodhpur) Assembly Constituency, he became member of the
11th Rajasthan Legislative Assembly in Feb. 1999. A leader with mass appeal, Shri
Gehlot was again elected from the same Assembly Constituency on 4.12.2003 for the
12th Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha and on 8.12.2008 for the 13th Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha.
A true statesman with his vision focused on the overall development of the underprivileged,
Shri Ashok Gehlot served in the Union Cabinet of late Smt. Indira Gandhi, late Shri
Rajiv Gandhi and late Shri P.V. Narsimha Rao. He has served in the Union Cabinet
three times. He remained Union Deputy Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation from
2nd September 1982 to 7th February 1984, when late Smt. Indira Gandhi was the Prime
Minister of India. Thereafter, he became the Dy. Minister of Sports. He served the
Sports Ministry from 7th Feb. 1984 to 31st Oct. 1984 and again from 12th Nov. 1984
to 31st Dec. 1984. His transparent and meticulous style of working brought him laurels
from great leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi and Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. He was
elevated to the rank of State Minister. Shri Gehlot served as the Union Minister
of State, Tourism and Civil Aviation from 31st Dec. 1984 to 26th Sept. 1985. Later,
he was made the Union Minister of State, Textiles with Independent Charge -a portfolio
held by the Prime Minister himself. Shri Gehlot held this portfolio from 21st June
1991 to 18th Jan. 1993.
Shri Gehlot served for a short period of time, as the Home and PHED Minister, Government
of Rajasthan from June 1989 to November 1989.
In view of Shri Gehlot's untiring endeavors to promote and propagate Congress party's
ideology, he was made General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee on 17th
July 2004. He held this post up to 18th February 2009. Being a devoted and dedicated
worker of the Congress party, Shri Gehlot was made Member (Special Invitee), Congress
Working Committee as well as In charge of Himachal Pradesh and Chattisgarh States.
He held this responsibility from Jan. 2004 to July 2004.
Shri Ashok Gehlot became the President of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee at
the young age of 34. His first tenure as the RPCC Chief lasted from Sept. 1985 to
June 1989. He became RPCC Chief the Second time on 1st December 1994 and held this
post upto 14th April 1999.
Shri Gehlot strengthened the Youth wing of Congress party as the President of Rajasthan
NSUI from 1973 to 1979. He served the City District Congress Committee, Jodhpur
as its President from 1979 to 1982. Besides it, he was also the General Secretary
of Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (I) in 1982.
Always eager to serve the poor and the downtrodden, Shri Gehlot worked in the refugee
camps at Bangaon and 24 Parganas districts (WB) during the liberation war of Bangladesh
in 1971. Inspired by his keen interest in Social service, Shri Gehlot rendered his
services for the development of slums and jhuggi areas and actively took part in
camps organized by Tarun Shanti Sena at Sevagram, Wardha, Aurangabad, Indore and
several places. He contributed to the extension of adult education through Nehru
Yuva Kendra. He has been actively associated with Kumar Sahitya Parishad as well
as Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Book Bank, Jodhpur.
Shri Gehlot is the founder president of Bharat Seva Sansthan . Dedicated to the
social service, the Sansthan arranges for ambulance services and free books for
the poor students through Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Book Bank. The Sansthan has established
a reading room in Jodhpur at Shri Rajiv Gandhi Seva Sadan.
Sh. Gehlot is also the Chairman of Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle, New Delhi which caters
to the interests of university/ college students and teachers across the country.
Shri Gehlot has represented India abroad as the Member of various Indian delegations. He visited China in January 1994 as Member of the AICC delegation. He was leader of Indian delegation to Commonwealth Youth Affairs Council that visited Cyprus. He also led the Indian delegation to Bulgaria. He visited various countries including Bangkok, Ireland, Frankfurt, USA (as Member of Indian delegation to UNO and for RIC convention), Canada, Hongkong, UK, Italy, Dubai, France. As the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Gehlot visited USA from 1-5 July, 2010 to take part in "RANA Conclave" organized by Non Resident Rajasthani of USA. He led a delegation of 5 Cabinet Minister and 5 officials during this visit. On his way back to India, he paid a brief visit to UK from 6-9 July, 2010 where he meet the Rajasthani living in UK and also held discussion with industrialist Shri L.N. Mittal and Shri Anil Agarwal. He was on an official tour to Israel from 25th April to 1st May 2013. During the tour, he studied various agriculture techniques being implemented by Israel and which can be adopted in Rajasthan.These visits gave him vast exposure to International relations and developmental works of these countries.
Shri Ashok Gehlot has always considered himself as the trustee of public funds and
property. He had been member of the Public Accounts Committee (Lok Sabha) from 1980
to 1982. He was also Member of the Consultative Committee on Communication (10th
Lok Sabha). He served as Member, Standing Committee on Railways (10th and 11th Lok
Sabha) besides being member of the Consultative Committee on External Affairs (11th
Shri Ashok Gehlot's first tenure of Chief Ministership (1-12-1998 to 8-12-2003)
was remarkable, among other things, for unprecedented drought management, power
generation, infrastructure development, employment generation, industrial and tourism
promotion, financial management and good governance.
During his first tenure the state of Rajasthan suffered worst famine of the century.
He manage the famine relief works quite efficiently. Famine affected people stocked
more wheat with them than they could get from their crops. Even the opposition could
not raise a finger for non-availability of food grain or fodder as he personally
monitored the famine relief operations. Empathizing with the poor and their sufferings
is what Shri Gehlot is known for.
His slogan "Save Water, Save Electricity, Educate all" was hailed by all and sundry
Shri Ashok Gehlot has been sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for the second
time on 13th December 2008.
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