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Detailed Profile: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

NameShri Ravi Shankar Prasad
Father's NameLate Shri Thakur Prasad
Mother's NameShrimati Bimla Prasad
Date of Birth30/08/1954
Birth PlacePatna (Bihar)
Maritial Status Married On 3 February 1982
Spouse NameDr. (Shrimati) Maya Shankar
No. of Childrenone Daughter One Son
State NameBihar
Party NameBharatiya Janata Party
Permanent Address42, East Boring Road, Nageshwar Colony, Ward No.4, P.S.- Budha Colony,Patna 800001
Telephone : {0612} 2531635
Present Address21, Mother Teresa Crescent, New Delhi 110011
Telephone : 23793228, 23793691, Mobile: 9868181730
Email idravis[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational QualificationsB.A.Hons., M.A. (Pol.Science), LL.B. Educated at Patna University
ProfessionSenior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Positions Held April 2000 Elected to Rajya Sabha May 2000-2001 Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals 1 Sept. 2001-29 Jan. 2003 Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines 1 July 2002-29 Jan. 2003 Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice (Additional charge) 29 Jan. 2003-May 2004 Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting May 2000 - Aug. 2001 and Member, Committee on Rules July 2004 - Aug. 2006 Aug. 2004 - 2006 Member, Committee on Human Resource Development Sept. 2004 - April 2006 Member, Committee on Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (Rajya Sabha) Oct. 2004-2006 and May 2012 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance Nov. 2004- May 2009 Member, Sub-Committee on University and Higher Education of the Committee on Human Resource Development April 2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2006- May 2009 and Member, Committee on Information Technology Aug. 2009-Aug. 2011 Sept. 2006 onwards Member, Committee of Privileges Sept. 2006- May 2009 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs Aug. 2009 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance Oct. 2009 onwards Member, Executive Council of the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies Dec. 2009-Nov. 2011 Member, Library Committee Aug. 2010 onwards Member, Court of the University of Delhi March 2011 onwards Member, JPC to examine matters relating to allocation and pricing of telecom licences and spectrum April 2012 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha May 2012 onwards Member, Committee on Finance Member, Committee on Privileges Aug. 2012 onwards Member, Business Advisory Committee Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit
Freedom FighterNo
Books PublishedHas written many articles on contemporary legal and constitutional issues, which have been published in leading newspapers like The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, The Pioneer, Hindustan and Dainik Jagran, etc.
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and RecreationPlayed table tennis in university level tournaments; Member, (i) Bankipur Club, (ii) Patna Golf Club and (iii) Delhi Golf Club; keen interest in classical Indian music, travelling and reading historical, biographical and legal literature
Countries VisitedU.S.A. and Europe in the Group Study Exchange Programme of the Rotary International; South Africa, Morocco and France for cooperation in the mining and coal sectors; represented India in the Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Conference in St. Vincent, West Indies in 2002; Durban (South Africa), as leader of the Indian Delegation in the Non-aligned Meet in April, 2002 and Ramallah (Israel) to meet the Palestinian leader, late Shri Yasser Arafat, as Indian representative of the NAM Ministerial delegation to express solidarity with him; Cannes (France); Venice (Italy) to deliver Key Note Address in the Film Festivals; Bangkok (Thailand) to deliver Key Note Address on Broadcasting Media; Yugoslavia as an Observer to oversee the elections there; Canada to attend Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 2004 and Pakistan to attend South Asia Free Media Association Parliamentary Conference in 2005; New York, U.S.A. as member of Indian delegation to attend the 61st U.N.General Assembly in October 2006
Other InformationDuring youth, led the student movement in Bihar under the leadership of Shri Jai Prakash Narayan and was imprisoned during the Emergency; was associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (A.B.V.P.) for many years and held various posts in the organization; during college days, was Assistant General Secretary of the Patna University Students’ Union and member of the Senate, Finance Committee, Arts and Law Faculties of the University; as a lawyer, championed the causes of ‘eradication of corruption’ and ‘civil liberty; has been a practising lawyer in the Patna High Court since February 1980; has also appeared in the Supreme Court of India for a variety of cases; specialized in writ, constitutional, civil service and criminal matters; was lawyer for Shri L.K.Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister in various proceedings in the Patna High Court; attended International Congress on Law and Medicine and on Patent Laws; designated Senior Advocate by the full bench of the Patna High Court; has argued a large number of cases of public, private and corporate bodies; has been handling cases of major organisations including Railways, Bennett & Coleman, Dabur Company, etc.; was Senior Counsel, Bihar Banking Service Recruitment Board; was the main arguing counsel in Patna High Court in the public interest litigation leading to CBI investigation into the fodder and bitumen scam; currently, also a Senior Advocate appearing in important matters in the Supreme Court; as a Minister, championed the cause of economic reforms; as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal and Mines, helped to accelerate the reforms process in the mining and coal sectors; during his time, the privatization of Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. was upheld by the Supreme Court of India, the Hindustan Zinc Ltd. was privatized successfully, Coal India Ltd. (CIL) made a record profit of Rs. 1,758 crore and other loss making coal companies like the Central Coalfields Ltd. also turned around; took steps to pave way for the entry of privatization in coal mining with the aim of making coal price cheaper and opening up investment opportunities for overseas players; as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice, had helped to prepare a Bill seeking to amend the Representation of the People’s Act, in order to usher in accountability in politics; the ‘Offshore Area Bill’ became an Act under his leadership paving the way for investment in offshore mining; was instrumental in changing the Evidence Act in rape cases for fairer appreciation of evidence in favour of rape victims; as Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, took various initiatives to make the entertainment industry including radio, television and films competitive, follow corporate governance including policies for venture capital and follow new marketing strategy for Indian films; undertook steps for co-production agreements with different countries in the film sector, invited foreign direct investment (FDI) in the entertainment sector and set up an Expert Committee to open up the radio sector; has made frequent appearances on television in international and national channels including the BBC, CNBC, NDTV, Star News, Doordarshan, Zee News and Aaj Tak, where his views have been sought to defend the policies of the Government of India and also to participate in discussions on issues of topical interest; was General Secretary of the Peoples Union for Civil Liberty (P.U.C.L.), Bihar; was Secretary, Patna High Court Advocates Association; National Convenor, B.J.P. Legal Cell, 2001-2002; was Member, Central Disciplinary Committee, B.J.P.; was Director, State Bank of India, Bihar Local Board; Member, National Executive Committee, B.J.P.

Source: Rajya Sabha