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Shri R K Singh

Honourable Minister of State (IC) - Ministry of Power, and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, GOI Honourable Minister of State - Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI

Shri Raj Kumar Singh assumed the charge as the Minister of State(IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India on 3rd September, 2017. Born on December 20, 1952 in Supaul (Bihar), he is presently the elected Member of Parliament from the Lok Sabha constituency of Arrah (Bihar).

Shri Singh, a graduate from St. Stephens College, New Delhi in English literature, pursued his LLB from the Magadh University. He further went on to do ‘Diploma in Management’ from RVB Delft, Netherland. Shri Singh became an IPS Officer in 1974 and an IAS Officer in 197 5.

He served in the field as the District Magistrate of East Champaran ( 1981-83) and later as that of Patna (1983-85), where he effectively quelled the riots that erupted after the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi within two days. The state government appointed him as the Inspector General of Prisons to check the increasing trend of incidents of absconding in the state.

During his stint as the administrator of the State Cooperative Marketing Association, Mr. Singh was appreciated by the State Cabinet for ensuring the availability of Fertilizers and Controlling its prices. In 1991, he moved to the Government of India to serve initially as a Director and then as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. He did the NDC course from the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.

In 1997, after returning to his cadre Bihar, he was appointed as the Commissioner of Patna Division before serving as the Home Secretary of State till 1999.

He joined Central Government again in the year 2000 as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and served the post till 2005 contributing immensely by way of implementing Police Modernization Plan, introducing Prison Modernization Plan, preparing Disaster Management Framework and setting up the NDRF amongst other notable achievements.

During his tenure as the Principal Secretary of the Road Construction Department of the Government of Bihar, the state witnessed the total transformation in the sector. Within a span of two years, it progressed from having one of the most dilapidated Road Networks in the country to having one of the best ones in the Country.

The government of India appointed him as the Secretary, Department of Defence Production, where he achieved a record production during his tenure from 2009 to 2011 in the Ordnance Factories, Defence Shipyard, Hindustan Aeronautics Department and other manufacturing facilities. Shri Singh was appointed as the Union Home Secretary, Govt. of India in 2011, a position he served diligently till June, 2013.

He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014. He served on various Parliamentary Committees including mainly - the Privilege Committee, the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence and the Standing Committee of Ministry of Health &Family Welfare. He was also a Member of the Standing Committee for Peace and Security of International Parliamentary Union.

Shri Singh was sworn in as Minister of State with Independent Charge of the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy. As the Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, he had the privilege of launching and accomplishing the task of world’s biggest power access programme, under which all villages and hamlets in the country were provided access to electricity. This involved electrification of over 18,000 leftover villages across India, many of them located in far-flung and arduous terrains- right from the mountainous regions to the large tracts of deserts. Thereafter, he implemented the “Saubhagya Scheme”, which saw electricity connections being provided to more than 26 million households who were earlier deprived- all within a span of just 18 months (October 2017 -March 2019). The International Energy Agency acknowledged this achievement as the most significant initiative in the energy sector worldwide.

His term as the Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister is also marked by connecting the whole country into one grid under the initiative - ‘One Country, One Grid, One Frequency’. This has ensured access to the better quality of power, stability to the grid and also the efficient use of energy in line of Sustainable Development Goals. In the Renewable Energy Sector, Shri Singh has effectively catalyzed India’s vast RE potential with renewable energy capacity already reaching over 83 GW, as on date with 30 GW under installation and India is now well poised under his leadership to achieve the target of 175 GW by 2022.