Who will be the finance minister of Punjab in the new govt headed by Capt. Amarinder Singh. There are chances that Manpreet Singh Badal, who is a 5 time MLA and now became MLA from Bathinda Urban seat as a Congress candidate, can be given the charge of finance department. He was also the finance minister in 2007 in the Parkash Singh Badal govt.
Lal Singh was the finance minister of Punjab in the previous Congress govt in 2002-2007, but he has not contested the elections this time. So Manpreet Badal is the most eligible congressman for this post.
Parminder Singh Dhindsa was the previous finance minister of Punjab and he is in this position since 2012. He was given the charge of finance department in March 2012, when Shiromani Akali Dal - BJP alliance formed the government after winning the assembly elections held in 2012. He is perhaps the youngest finance minister of Punjab, who became finance minister at the age of 38 years.
He was born on 7 Dec 1973 and his current age is almost 43 years. His permanent residence is at Ubhewal village in Sangrur district.
He is MLA from Sunam vidhan sabha seat in Sangrur district. He is a leader of Shiromani Akali Dal and is son of senior akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. He was elected as MLA from this seat in the elections held in 2012 and won by a margin of 4656 votes. Aman Arora of Congress was at the second position. He was also elected as MLA from same constituency during elections held in 2002 and 2007.
During the earlier tenure of Badal govt from 2007 to 2012, he was a cabinet minister and headed the PWD department.
For more details about this constituency, check this page - Sunam MLA.
Punjab Elections 2017 - Parminder Singh Dhindsa is sitting MLA from Sunam, but in the Punjab assembly elections to be held in early 2017, Shiromani Akali Dal has not given him ticket from Sunam consituency. Gobind Singh Longowal, who is sitting MLA from Dhuri constituency, is the SAD candidate from Sunam.
Mr. Dhindsa is given the ticket from Lehra halka in Sangrur district. Smt. Rajinder Kaur Bhathal, ex CM of Punjab and senior leader of Congress party is the sitting MLA from Lehra constituency.
- He is a post-graduate and had done MBA from Punjabi University, Patiala in year 1997. Earlier he did B.Com from Govt College from Men, Sector 11, Chandigarh in year 1995. He has studies at school level in St. Kabir Public School, Chandigarh.
Parminder Singh Dhindsa also heads the following departments as a cabinet minister in Punjab government:
- Finance and Planning
- Institutional Finance and Banking
- Programme Implementation
You may be interested to know that Sunam constituency comes under Sangrur lok sabha constituency
. In general elections held in 2014, his father Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa contested from this lok sabha seat and lost to Bhagwant Mann of Aam Aadmi Party by a record margin of more than 2 lakh votes.
Office Address and Contact Number
The office of the finance minister of Punjab is situated at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh. The complete office address and contact information is:
Address: Finance & Planning Minister, Punjab, Room No. 38, 6th Floor, Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.
Phone: 0172-2740788, 2741818
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/parminderdhindsa.sad
Addl. Chief Secretary, Finance
D.P. Reddy is the Addl. Chief Secretary of Finance department. He is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Punjab cadre from 1985 batch. You can contact him at the office phone numbers 0172-2742316, 2740729.
The finance department has the control of the following:
- Department of Finance
- Punjab Infrastructure Development Board
- Department of Pensions and Welfare of Pensioners
- Punjab State Lotteries Department
Other departments related to financial matters of the state are:
- Excise and Taxation Department - S. Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief minister of Punjab, is the minister of Excise and Taxation departmenth. He belongs to SAD and is MLA from Jalalabad in Fazilka district.
Saroop Chand Singla, MLA from Bathinda constituency, is the chief parliamentary secretary of this department.
- Department of Revenue - S. Bikram Singh Majithia is the Revenue minister of Punjab. He complete name of the department is , Department of Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management. He belongs to SAD and is MLA from Majitha constituency in Amritsar district.
Finance Minister of India
Arun Jaitley, a BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, is the current Finance Minister in Government of India. During the last general elections held in May 2014, he contested from Amritsar lok sabha seat in Punjab but lost to Captain Amrinder Singh of Congress.
Do you know that who was the first finance minister of India after independence? R K Shanmukhan Chetty was the first finance minister of independent India and presented the first budget in parliament on 26 November 1947.