Shri Rameshwar Thakur


Name Shri Rameshwar Thakur
Blossomed 28 July 1927 (Village Thakur Gangti, District Godda, Jharkhand)
Wilted On 16th January 2015
Qualification M.A., L.L.B. from Calcutta University
Profession Chartered Accountant (F.C.A.) from I.C.A.I., India in 1953
Tenure 30.06.2009 to 08.09.2011
  • Actively involved in the Quit India movement in 1942, stayed underground for about 6 months in Raj Mahal hills of Santhal Parganas, Jharkhand
  • Arrested and detained in Central Jail, Kolkata (Dum Dum) beacuse of participation in the national movement in 1942
  • Active participation in health care, educational upliftment, social reforms and rural reconstruction activities particularly in Santhal Parganas, Jharkhand
  • Worked as a Chartered Accountant in the 1950s
  • Lecturer with City College, Calcutta University during 1955-60
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Management Studies, Delhi University during 1960-73
  • Actively involved in social welfare activities
  • Founder Secretary of Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration as well as Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award
  • Founder trustee of Hari Devi Memorial Fund set up in 1965
  • Set up a 30-bedded Hari Devi Rural Referral Hospital at Godda in 1976
  • Set up a 40-bedded Hospital for Cancer, Leprosy & T.B. in 2002 at native village, Thakur Gangti, Dist. Godda, Jharkhand
  • Founder trustee of Gadadhar Mishra Memorial Fund established in 1965 at Gandhigram
  • Gadadhar Fund engaged in Khadi & Village Industries, Rural Development Programmes in Godda District, Jharkhand
  • ICAI Council member from 1964 to 1970
  • President of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (VIth Council) during 1966-67
  • President of Indian Fellowship of former Scouts and Guides
  • President of Indian Scouts and Guides from November 1998 to November 2001, and again after November 2004
  • Chairman of Study Group on Banking Costs, Banking Commission, Government of India from 1978-82
  • Former convener of Committee for Productivity, Efficiency and Profitability, RBI
  • Chairman of Associated Journals Ltd. from 1987-91. (National Herald Group of Papers)
  • Chairman of Thakur Research Foundation, New Delhi
  • Chairman of Rajendra Bhawan Trust, New Delhi
  • Former Director, Unit Trust of India (4 years)
  • Director, Punjab National Bank from 1978 to 1982
  • Former Director, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (3 years)
  • Former Director, Punjab-Haryana and Delhi Chambers of Commerce (3 years)
  • Member of Board of Governors, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana
  • Member of Planning Commission Committee on Voluntary Participation in Rural Development (1978-79)
  • Member of Central Direct Taxes Advisory Committee
  • Member of Bihar State Planning Board
  • Member of Uttar Pradesh State Planning Board
  • Member of AICTE in Commerce
  • Member of Governing Board, Peoples Action for Rural Development (Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India)
  • Secretary of Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust, Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, since 1986
  • Deputy Leader – Indian Parliamentary Union Conference, Geneva (1984)
  • Group Leader of Indian Delegation to the World Congress of Scouts, Burssels (1964)
  • Founder and Group Leader of the International Congress of Accountants, Mexico in 1982
  • Leader of Fifteenth Asia Pacific Gathering, Colombo (1984)
  • Leader of Indian Delegation to the 17th General Assembly Coventry, London (1987)
  • Chairman, World Congress of Scouts & Guides Fellowship (1999)
  • Senior Indian National Congress politician
  • Elected to Rajya Sabha for the first time from April 1984 to March 1990
  • Member of Committee of Privileges, Rajya Sabha during 1986-90
  • Member of Public Accounts Committee during 1986-89
  • Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from April 1990 to March 1996
  • Union Minister of Finance (Revenue) and Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs from June 1991 up to December 1994
  • Apppointed Governor of Orissa on 17 Novemeber, 2004
  • Handled additional charge of Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 29 January 2006 to 22 August 2007
  • Apppointed 15th Governor of Karnataka on 21 August 2007
  • Early education in Bhagalpur, Patna University
  • Travelled to countries - Russia, Poland, Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, England, Switzerland, Egypt, USA, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Thailand, Middle-East countries, Singapore, Bangladesh, etc.
  • Wife : Shrimati Narmada Thakur
  • Children : Two sons and Two daughters