Last Updated on July 29, 2021
Jai Ram Thakur (born 6 January 1965) is an Indian politician, who currently serves as the Chief Minister of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. He is a 5th time MLA in Himachal Pradesh Assembly winning continuously since 1998 and has previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the BJP Government of Himachal Pradesh. He was the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj from 2009 to 2012. He is elected to Himachal Pradesh Assembly from Seraj Assembly constituency of Mandi district. He won his first election in the year 1998 from now delimited constituency of Chachiot (Seraj).
|6th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh|
27 December 2017
|Preceded by||Virbhadra Singh|
|Minister of Panchayati Raj & Rural Development|
Government of Himachal Pradesh
25 December 2009 – 25 December 2012
|Chief Minister||Prem Kumar Dhumal|
|Member of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly|
25 December 2012
|Preceded by||constituency established|
24 March 1998 – 25 December 2012
|Succeeded by||constituency abolished|
|Born||6 January 1965 (age 56)|
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Children||Chandrika Thakur , Priyanka Thakur|
|Residence||Village Tandi, P.O. & Tehsil Thunag Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh|
|Alma mater||Vallabh Govt. College, Mandi|
Panjab University Chandigarh
Early life and education
A Rajput by caste, Thakur was born to a poor farming family in Tandi village of Mandi’s Thunag area; he was fourth among five siblings – two sisters and three brothers. His father’s name is Jethu Ram who used to work as mason and mother’s name is Briku Devi. Jai Ram Thakur who spent his childhood in acute poverty attained his primary education from Kurani School. Then he did graduation B.A from Vallabh Govt. Degree College Mandi, H.P, ( Graduated in 1987). Later he did Post- Graduation( M.A.) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Thakur is married to ABVP colleague Dr. Sadhana Thakur and they have two daughters. Sadhana is a doctor, born to a Kannada family in Jaipur and brought up there. The couple has two daughters. Both daughters are studying MBBS in Himachal Pradesh. Elder is already studying in RPGMC Tanda while younger got selected to SLBSGMC Ner Chowk in the year 2018.
He was introduced to the ABVP during his graduation at Vallabh Govt. College Mandi, and won first election under the flag of ABVP, beginning his long association with the student organization. He remained Joint Secretary, State ABVP, 1986; Organizing Secretary, ABVP (J&K), 1989–93; State Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha; 1993–95; President: State Bhartiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha, ii) B.J.P. District Mandi 2000–03; Vice President State BJP, 2003–05; and President State Bhartiya Janata Party 2006–09.
Elected to State Legislative Assembly in 1998, and re-elected in 2003 and 2007 from Chachiot Assembly Constituency which after the delimitation has been renamed as Seraj. Remained Chairman, General Development Committee & Education Committee; and Vice-Chairman, State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.
In the year 2009,he was inducted to the council of Ministers and given the portfolio of rural development and panchayati raj. Also remained Chairman, Rural Planning Committee and Member of various other House Committees before being inducted into Council of Minister as Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister on 09-07-2012.
Elected to the State Legislative Assembly for a consecutive fourth term in December, 2012. In 2017 Assembly elections, BJP won two-thirds majority but its Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal received a shocking defeat from Sujanpur assembly segment. Considering Jai Ram’s strong RSS connections and a strong political profile,he was the favourite for the top post and was chosen to lead the state. He was the first to become Chief Minister from Mandi district and currently he is the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh