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Posted on Oct 29, 10:43AM | UNI
Pawan Kumar Bansal, who has been entrusted with the important portfolio of Railways, has well displayed his acumen in the government as Union Parliamemtary Affairs and Water Resources Minister.
In the UPA I, Bansal was made Minister of State for Finance in 2006 and was given the additional charge of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 2008.
Bansal, 60, was elected to the Lok Sabha for the fourth time from Chandigarh constituency. He has won the seat in 1991, 1999 and 2004.
Born on July 16 in 1948 at Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab to Piara Lal Aggarwal (Tapa Wale) and Rukmani Devi, Bansal, an advocate by profession, was educated at Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, Government College, Chandigarh and Department of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
He bacame active in youth politics in early 70s and was General Secretary, Punjab University Students' Council. Later, he got associated with the Youth Congress, Chandigarh and held various posts including that of president, in 1982. He also headed Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress in 1982-83.
His long parliamentary career began in 1984 as a Rajya Sabha Member. He made his presence felt as member of several parliamentary committees and was also selected as the Whip for Congress (I) Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha towards the end of his term.