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Detailed Profile: Prof. Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas

NameProf. Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas
Constituency from which I am electedErnakulam
Father's NameLate Shri Kuruppassery Devassey Varkey
Mother's NameLate Smt. Rosa Varkey
Date of Birth10 May 1946
Birth PlaceKumbalanghi, Distt. Kochi (Kerala)
Maritial StatusMarried
Date of Marriage 12 Apr 1970
Spouse NameSmt. Sherly Thomas
No. of ChildrenNo.of Sons:2   No.of Daughters:1
State NameKerala
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent AddressProf. K.V. Thomas Road, Thoppumpady, Kochi - 682 005 KeralaTels. (0484) 2232530, 2231999, 2235400 0944778331, 9847077150 (M) Fax. (0484) 2235541
Present Address(i) 17, B. R. Mehta Lane,New Delhi - 110 001Tels. (011) 23070884, 23070885 (R), 9013180212 (M) Fax. (011) 23070846 (R)
Email id(i) minister-food[at]nic[dot]in (ii) kvthomas[at]asia[dot]com
Educational QualificationsM.Sc.(Chemistry) Educated at Sacred Heart College, Kochi, Kerala
Profession
Positions Held
1970 to till dateMember, Indian National Congress (I.N.C)
1977 to till dateMember, Kerala Pradesh Congress (I) Committee
1978 - 1987General Secretary, Ernakulam District Congress (I) Committee
1984Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
Observer, A.I.C.C., Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep
Member, Committee on Official Language
Member, Library Committee
1984 - 1989Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation
1984 -1996Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Tourism, Defence and Official Language
1984 to till dateMember, A.I.C.C.
1987 - 2001President, Ernakulam District Congress (I) Committee
1989Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
19 Jan 1990 - 7 Aug.Member, Joint Committee on Salaries & Allowances of Members of Parliament
1990Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation
1991Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1992-1997Treasurer, Kerala Pradesh Congress (I) Committee
2001-06 & May 2006-2Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly (two terms)
2001-2004Minister for Tourism, Fisheries and Excise, Govt. Of Kerala
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (4th term)
27th May 2009 - 18thUnion Minister of State, Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
19 Jan 2011 onwardsUnion Minister of State (Independent Charge), Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Member, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
Member, Cabinet Committee on Prices
Member, Group of Ministers on Agreement on Trade in Goods under the Comprehensive Economic co-operation Agreement (CECA)
Member, Group of Ministers (GOM) regarding review of the Fertilizer Policy
Member, Group of Ministers to consider issues relating to World Trade Organisation
Member, Core Group of Central Ministers and State Chief Ministers regarding prices of Essential Commodities
Member, Empowered Group of Ministers to review the situation and take quick and timely decisions on policy issues as well as on other issues for effective management of drought and related issues
Member, Empowered Group of Ministers to consider issues concerning procurement Management of food grain stocks, revision of Central issue prices of food grains and the proposed law on Food Security
Oct. 2012 onwardsUnion Minister of State (Independent Charge) Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Social and Cultural ActivitiesActively participated in labour movement and literary activities.
Special InterestsTourism and fisheries development
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationFishing,music and reading and writing
Countries VisitedChina, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman,Philippines, Portugal, Rome, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, U. A. E., Saudi Arabia and Yugoslavia
Other InformationChairman, Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kochi, 1994-96; President, 7th Ward Committee, Kumbalanghi, 1970 - 75; Organising Secretary, INTUC, Kerala, 1978 - 84; General Secretary, INTUC, Kerala, 1984 - 93; Director, (i) Cochin International Airport; (ii) Marine Products Export Development Authority; Member of Court, Jawaharlal Nehru University & Pondicherry University, 1987-2001; Office Bearer, INTUC trade unions in (i)Travancore, Titanium Ltd., Trivandrum, (ii)FACT, Udyogamandal; (iii) HMT, Kochi; (iv) Cochin Shipyard; (v) Cochin Port Trust; (vi) H.I.L., Kochi; (vii) I.R.E, Kollam; (viii) All Kerala Retail Ration Dealers Associations; and (ix) Kerala Home Stay and Tourism Society (x) Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kochi; (xi) Cochin International Airport Society; (xii) Marine Products Export Development Authority, Kochi; (xiii) Director, Jai Hind TV and 33 years of teaching experience at Sacred Heart College, Kochi in the Department of Chemistry; Professor for 20 years and retired as Head of the Department of Chemistry Awarded Best Tourism Minister by Pacific Asia Travel Writer`s Association (PATWA), 2003 and recognised as Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation Inter Religious and International Federation for World Peace, 2005

Source: Lok Sabha