A. K. Balan

A. K. Balan (born 3 August 1948) is an Indian politician and advocate. He was the Minister for Devaswom and SC/ST Development in the Left Democratic Front government under V. S. Achuthanandan from 2006 to 2011[1], Minister for SC/ST, Law, Cultural Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs in the first Vijayan ministry and a member of Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist). He represents the Tarur constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.[2]


A. K. Balan
A.K. Balan, Minister.jpg
Minister for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development and Devaswom
Government of Kerala
In office
2006–2011
Preceded byAryadan Mohammed
Succeeded byAryadan Mohammed
ConstituencyCoyalmannam
Minister for Law, Cultural Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, SC/ST Development
In office
25 May 2016 – 3 May 2021
Succeeded by
Member of legislative assembly
Assumed office
2011
ConstituencyTarur
In office
2001–2011
ConstituencyCoyalmannam
Personal details
Born (1948-08-03) 3 August 1948 (age 72)
Nadapuram, Calicut, Kerala, India
NationalityIndian
Political partyCommunist Party of India (Marxist)
Spouse(s)Dr. P. K. Jameela
Children2
ParentsKelappan
Kunhi
Alma materGovernment Brennen College, Thalassery, Government Law College, Kozhikode

Personal lifeEdit

A. K. Balan was born to Kelappan and Kunhi on 3 August 1948 at Nadapuram in present-day Kozhikode district, Kerala.[3] He is married to Dr. P. K. Jameela (Rtd. DHS) and has two sons, Nikhil Balan and Naveen Balan.[4] Jameela was appointed as Management Consultant at Aardram Mission in 2017.[5] Naveen is married to Namitha Venugopal[6] and is an international business developer in Paris, France.[7] Nikhil is a graduate of Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram and has also completed Post Graduation in Air and Space Law from Leiden University, Netherlands,[8] becoming the first Malayali to complete the course.[9]

EducationEdit

Balan received his B.A. degree from Government Brennen College, Thalassery, and also holds an LL.B degree from Government Law College, Kozhikode.

CareerEdit

 
A. K. Balan - Minister for Law, Cultural Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, SC/ST Development in Kerala Government

Balan entered politics through students movement and served as the President and the Secretary of Kerala State Committee of Students' Federation of India (SFI). He took part in 'Land Agitation' and imprisoned for 30 days in Kannur Central Prison.[10] He was elected to Lok Sabha from Ottapalam constituency in 1980 and to Kerala Legislative Assembly from Kuzhalmannam in 2001.

He is first electricity minister of any state in Indian history to electrify a district completely. In February 2010, under his ministry Palakkad was declared first district in India to be fully electrified.[11]

He is also having record of giving the most electricity connections to consumers in Kerala state. Kerala also won the National Award for Energy Conservation during his period as minister.[12] He was the Minister for SC/ST, Law, Cultural Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs for the State of Kerala and the Central Committee member of CPIM.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Twelfth Kerala Legislative Assembly". Kerala Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Members of Legislative Assempbly". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ "A. K. Balan". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Profile – Sri.A.K Balan". Archived from the original on 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ "AK Balan's wife appointed as Management Consultant at Aardram Mission".
  6. ^ "മന്ത്രി എ.കെ.ബാലന്റെ മകൻ വിവാഹിതനായി".
  7. ^ "ഭരണം ഈ കൈകളിൽ".
  8. ^ "ബഹിരാകാശ നിയമങ്ങൾ പഠിക്കാൻ?".
  9. ^ "നിഖിൽ ബാലൻ: ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ സ്പേസ് നിയമത്തിൽ പിജി നേടുന്ന ആദ്യ മലയാളി". Archived from the original on 16 February 2017.
  10. ^ "A. K. Balan". Government of Kerala. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Palakkad country's first fully electrified district - Indian Express".
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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