Santosh Gangwar is an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is currently serving in the second Narendra Modi government as Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Labour and Employment. He is a former national secretary of the BJP and was also the chief whip of the party in the 14th Lok Sabha. He had in 1996 held the position of General Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh BJP Unit.
Gangwar, who had been jailed during the Emergency of 1975 for being a part of the movement against the then government led by Indira Gandhi, became a Member of Parliament for the first time when he was elected to the 9th Lok Sabha in 1989 representing the Bareilly constituency, which he represented continuously until 2009. He was re-elected for the 7th time in 2014.
He was a Union Minister of State holding the portfolio of Petroleum & Natural Gas with additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs in the 12th and 13th Lok Sabha. Prior to this, Gangwar was Minister of State for Science and Technology with additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs during October and November 1999.
Elected to the 16th Lok Sabha, he was Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Textiles for the period May 27, 2014 to July 7, 2016 and then Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance for the period July 5, 2016 to September 3, 2017. Gangwar was also Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from May 2014 to November 2014.
In May 2019, Gangwar became the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment.
Gangwar was born on November 1, 1948 in Chaudhary Mohalla, Bareilly to Ram Lal Gangwar and Sheela Devi Gangwar. He is married to Saubhagya Gangwar and has one son and a daughter with her. Gangwar, who suffers from vitiligo, earned his B.Sc. degree from Agra University and LL.B. from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly.
Gangwar was actively involved in the establishment of the Urban Cooperative Bank in Bareilly and held the position of its chairman since its beginning in the year 1996. He has also been given credit for getting several projects executed for public use such as Chaupla Railway over-bridge, a library, and mini bypass.
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