Giriraj Singh

Giriraj Singh (born 8 September 1952) is an Indian politician and the Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department in the 23rd Ministry of the Republic of India with a cabinet minister rank. He is the Member of Parliament from the Begusarai Loksabha constituency in the 17th Lok Sabha. He has also formerly served as Minister of Cooperative, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resources Development in the Government of Bihar.

Giriraj Singh
Giriraj Singh
Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNarendra Singh Tomar
Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byministry created
Succeeded byParshottam K. Rupala
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(Independent charge)
In office
3 September 2017 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKalraj Mishra
Succeeded byNitin Gadkari
Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
In office
9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017
Served with H.P Chaudhary (From 5 July 16)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterKalraj Mishra
Member of Parliament
Lok Sabha
Assumed office
Preceded byBhola Singh
In office
Preceded byBhola Singh
Succeeded byChandan Singh
Minister of Animal Husbandry & Fisheries
Government of Bihar
In office
26 November 2010 – 16 June 2013
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byRamnarayan Mandal
Minister of Cooperatives
Government of Bihar
In office
13 April 2008 – 26 November 2010
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byRamji Das Rishidev
Succeeded byRamadhar Singh
Member of Bihar Legislative Council
In office
7 May 2002 – 16 May 2014
Constituencyelected by Legislative Assembly members
Personal details
Shandilya Giriraj Singh

(1952-09-08) 8 September 1952 (age 69)
Barahiya, Bihar, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Uma Sinha
Alma materMagadh University

Personal lifeEdit

Giriraj Singh was born in Barahiya town in Lakhisarai district of Bihar to Ramavtar Singh and Tara Devi.[1] He graduated from Magadh University in 1971.[1][2] He is married to Uma Sinha and has a daughter.[1]

Political careerEdit

Singh served in the government of Bihar as Co-Operative Minister from 2005 to 2010 and as Animal Husbandry minister from 2010 to 2013. He has been a staunch supporter of Narendra Modi from the beginning. He publicly supported Modi for Prime Minister for a long time. He was among the eleven BJP ministers who were dismissed by Nitish Kumar as a result of breaking the JDU-BJP alliance. He was a member of the Bihar State Bharatiya Janata Party's 16-member state election committee and a State Minister (independent charge) of the "Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises ", MP from Nawada Constituency (2014 Indian General Election).[3]

In May 2019, he became the Cabinet Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries after defeating CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in the 2019 Indian general election.[4][5]

In July 2021, he became Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Panchayati Raj in Second Modi ministry after the Cabinet reshuffle replacing Narendra Singh Tomar.[6]


In April 2016, he stirred up a controversy with his remark stating that the population should be controlled by ensuring that people of all religions have the same number of children in their families.[7] In October 2016, he was embroiled in a controversy when he urged Hindus to produce more children. Again on 4 November 2016, Giriraj Singh stressed that the Hindus in India need to increase their population.[8][9]

In January 2020, he raised controversy by remarking that Indians eating beef outside the country was "a matter of concern". He also suggested teaching Hindu religious texts to school children.[10]

On 12 February 2020, NDTV reported that Giriraj Singh said sites like Deoband in UP and Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, where protests have been on for two months against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), especially by Muslim women, are breeding grounds for suicide bombers.[11]

On 23 February 2020, he made yet another controversial remark by saying "India's founding fathers made a mistake by not ensuring all Muslims were sent to Pakistan and that all Hindus were brought to India".[12]

Positions heldEdit

  • 2002 – May 2014: Member, Bihar Legislative Council
  • 2005 – 2010: Cooperative Minister, Government of Bihar
  • 2010 – 2013: Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resources Development, Government of Bihar
  • May 2014: Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
  • 1 Sep 2014 – 9 November 2014: Member, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament.
  • Sep. 2014 – 9 November 2014: Member, Standing Committee on Labour
  • 9 November 2014: Union Minister of State, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • 4 September 2017: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises[1]
  • 30 May 2019: Cabinet Minister of Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Giriraj Singh". National Portal of India. Government of India. Retrieved 5 October 2019. Father's Name: Shri Ramavtar Singh Mother's Name: Late Smt. Tara Devi
  2. ^ "लोकसभा चुनाव: करोड़पति गिरिराज सिंह पर आधा दर्जन मामले हैं दर्ज". Hindustan (in Hindi). 7 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ Singh, Abhay (11 January 2014). "State BJP forms 16-member election panel". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  4. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  5. ^ "BJP's Giriraj Singh Beats Kanhaiya Kumar By 4 Lakh Votes in Begusarai". 24 May 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Modi cabinet rejig: Full list of new ministers". India Today. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Giriraj Singh kicks up row over population control remark". ABP Live. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  8. ^ PTI (24 October 2016). "Union Minister Giriraj Singh Urges Hindus To 'Increase Their Population'". NDTV. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  9. ^ IANS (24 October 2016). "Union Minister Giriraj Singh urges Hindus should to increase their population". Firstpost. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Indians abroad eating beef, a matter of concern, says Union Minister Giriraj Singh". The Times of India. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  11. ^ Ghosh, Deepshikha (12 February 2020). ""Gangotri Of Terror": Minister Giriraj Singh On Islamic Seminary in UP". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  12. ^ PTI (21 February 2020). "India paying price for not sending Muslims to Pakistan: Giriraj Singh". India Today. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Outspoken Giriraj Singh to Take Charge as Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries". News18. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.

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