Member, National Executive
Delhi Cabinet Minister- Social Welfare, SC & ST, Gurudwara Elections, Water and Registrar of Cooperative Societies
MLA, Seemapuri, Delhi
Rajendra Pal Gautam is the Minister for Social Welfare, SC & ST, Gurudwara Elections, Water, and Registrar of Cooperative Societies. Gautam is an accomplished, practising lawyer and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2014. He was elected as an MLA from the Seemapuri constituency in the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections after winning by a margin of 48,821 votes.
Within just 24 hours of taking charge as the minister, Gautam was applauded for his decision of widening the scope of the developmental works that can be undertaken by MLAs using the SC/ST welfare fund. He said the decision, taken by the Delhi Cabinet, will cover around 5,500 blocks. The fund can be used by MLAs in areas where the SC/ST population is over 33 percent. He explained that under the previous arrangement works such as repair and construction of community bathrooms, drains or pavements, unmetalled (kuchha) roads, community centres and approach roads could be undertaken. “One issue the MLAs intending to utilise this fund were facing was related to the limited number of agencies that were authorised to take up work”, he told PTI.
Rajendra Gautam is a law graduate from Delhi University. He has done a diploma in labour laws and a post-graduate diploma in human resource management.