Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Ashwini Kumar Choubey (born 2 January 1953) is Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and a member of the 17th Lok Sabha (2019-2024). He is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Buxar (Lok Sabha constituency)[1] and a former health minister of Bihar. He had represented the Bihar legislative assembly from Bhagalpur (Vidhan Sabha constituency) before contesting for the 16th Lok Sabha election. On 3 September 2017, he took in charge of office as Minister of State for Health in Narendra Modi's Government.[2][3][4]

Ashwini Kumar Choubey
The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey on July 25, 2018.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byJagada Nand Singh
ConstituencyBuxar
Minister of State for Ministry Health and Family Welfare
Assumed office
3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Personal details
Born (1953-01-02) 2 January 1953 (age 67)
Bhagalpur, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ChildrenArjit Shashwat Choubey & Aviral Shashwat Choubey
ResidenceTn Singh Lane Manik Sarkar Bengali Tola Behind Deeprabha Talkies, Bhagalpur, Bihar - 812001
Alma materPatna University
ProfessionSocial Worker & Politician

Choubey is a veteran politician from state of Bihar and elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for five consecutive terms. He was accredited to have built 11,000 toilets for minority and Below Poverty Line families under Swachh Bharat Mission. A slogan "Ghar-ghar Me ho Shouchalaya ka Nirman, Tabhi hoga Ladli Bitiya ka kanyadaan" given by him was a hit in Bihar and people from all caste and religion availed government provided subsidy to build toilets in their respective home.[5]

Chaubey has been associated with BJP for almost five decades and was earlier associated with Jansangh. In his earlier stint, he was the health minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet in 2012.[6]

He authored a book "Kedarnath Trasadi" based on the 2013 deluge in Uttarakhand where he got stranded with his family.[7] He and his family managed to take shelter in the Kedarnath temple and was airlifted by a state government helicopter.

CareerEdit

In May 2019, Choubey became the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.[8]

Portfolio Held - NDA I (2005-2010) and NDA II (2010-2013) are Urban Development, PHED and Health care.

Member of Parliamentary Committee on Estimates, Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, Consultative Committee on Health and Family Welfare and Central Silk Board.

ControversiesEdit

In June 2019, Children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts have been plagued with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has resulted in loss of lives. In order to address the growing concern, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan called for a media briefing. There were reports that MoS Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey was sleeping during the same.

On being questioned by the media, he said 'Main manan chintan bhi karta hoon na, main so nahi raha tha' (I contemplate also. I was not sleeping).[9] In September 2019, Ashwini Choubey said that Cow Urine should be used in medicines and treatment of cancer,[10] for which he was severely criticized for lack of scientific temper.[11][12][13] He also said the former prime minister Morarji Desai used to consume cow urine as it cures various diseases.[14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://164.100.47.132/LssNew/Members/former Archived 25 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine state health minister_Biography.aspx?mpsno=4650
  2. ^ "MoS for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey flags off Organothon to support & pledge for organ donation". newsonair.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey seeks involvement of state health ministers in National Health Mission". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Union minister Ashwini Choubey cautions judiciary to avoid conflict with legislature". Hindustan Times. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. ^ India, Press Trust of (3 September 2017). "Bihar's Ashwini Kumar Choubey appointed MoS Health and Family Welfare". Business Standard India. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Business News, Shares and Stock Markets News Live - Latest IPO, Mutual Funds, Budget, Income Tax and Finance News". Mint. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.news18.com/news/india/bjp-leader-ashwani-choubey-family-rescued-from-kedarnath-617579.html
  8. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  9. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/bihar-encephalitis-deaths-was-contemplating-says-state-health-minister-on-charges-of-sleeping-during-meeting-1550590-2019-06-17
  10. ^ "cow urine to be used in medicines".
  11. ^ "After Pragya Thakur, Union Minister Ashwini Choubey Sees Cure For Cancer In Cow Urine".
  12. ^ "From cure in cow urine to 'superior child', pseudoscience inviting research".
  13. ^ "Of 'cowpathy' & its miracles".
  14. ^ "Former PM Morarji Desai used to drink cow urine: Ashwini Choubey".
  15. ^ "Former PM Morarji Desai also used to drink cow urine for medicinal benefits: Ashwini Choubey".

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