(Last Updated on : 07-06-2014)
S. Jaipal Reddy or Sudini Jaipal Reddy is an Indian politician
and was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha
. He represented the Chevella constituency of Andhra Pradesh
. S. Jaipal Reddy served as the Cabinet Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India. As a member of the Indian National Congress
, he had also served as the Cabinet Minister of Urban Development of India. He headed the group of ministers and was employed by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
to supervise XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi
Early Life of S. Jaipal Reddy
Sudini Jaipal Reddy was born on 16th January 1942 to father Late Shri Durga Reddy and mother Yashodamma in Nermatta village, Andhra Pradesh
. He has an M.A in English and Bachelor of Journalism and is educated at Osmania University
(Andhra Pradesh). Being physically handicapped he uses crutches.
Political Career of S. Jaipal Reddy
Jaipal started his political career with the Congress and in the late sixties; he headed the Youth Congress unit of Andhra Pradesh. In 1969, he became Andhra PCC General Secretary and held the office for three years.
He was an MLA of Andhra Pradesh for four times in between 1969 and 1984 representing Kalwakurthy constituency. To protest against the Emergency
, he quit the Congress Party and joined the Janata Party in 1977. In the 1980 Lok Sabha election, he contested against Indira Gandhi
. From 1985 to 1988, he was the general secretary of the Janata Party. He was selected to the Lok Sabha four times: the 8th Lok Sabha in 1984 (in alliance with TDP), the 12th in 1998 (again as ally of TDP), the 13th in 1999 (as a member of the Congress Party) and the 14th in 2004 (as a member of the Congress Party). On two occasions, 1990-1996 and 1997-1998, he was also a member of the Rajya Sabha
. For a year from June 1991 to June 1992, he also carried the position of leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha. In 1999-2000, he became the Chairman of Committee of Privileges. In the government under I. K. Gujral
, he served as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting
on two occasions: in 1997-1998 and from 2004 under Manmohan Singh with additional responsibility for Culture.
Though Jaipal Reddy's tenure in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was too short but he tried to revive the two powerful medium the All India Radio
and the Doordarshan
, possibly for the first time, from the chokehold of officialdom. To ensure objectivity ended with the change of government, he attempted to grant complete autonomy to the two powerful media.
As the member of 14th Lok Sabha of India, he represented the Miryalguda constituency of Andhra Pradesh and became a member of the Indian National Congress as he returned in the parent organization. He also worked as the spokesman for a number of parties. He is also credited as the youngest parliamentarian to receive the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1998.
Personal Life of S. Jaipal Reddy
S. Jaipal Reddy is married to Lakshmi since 7th May 1960 and the couple has two sons and a daughter.
Positions Held by S. Jaipal Reddy
||President AP Youth Congress
||General secretary, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee
||Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (4 terms)
||Member, National Executive, Janta Party
||Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
||General secretary, Janta Party
||Member Rajya Sabha
|July 1991 - June 1992
||Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha
||Union cabinet minister ( I & B)
||Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (second term)
||Member, Committee of Finance, Consulative Committee Ministry of Finance
||Re elected to 13th Lok Sabha (third term)
||Chairman Committee of Privileges, Member Committee of Finance, Joint Committee of Patents
||Member Consultative Committee, Ministry of Power
||Re elected to 14th Lok Sabha (fourth term)
|May 2004 - Nov 2005
||Union cabinet minister, Information & Broadcasting
||Union cabinet minister, Urban Development; Vice-President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management
||Union cabinet minister, Urban Development, Vice-President Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation Management
||Re elected to 15th Lok Sabha (fifth term)
|May 2009 - Jan 2011
||Union cabinet minister, Urban Development
|Jan2011 - Oct 2012
||Union cabinet minister, Petroleum and Natural Gas
||Union cabinet minister, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences.