Son of Shri Hari Ram; born on 11th June, 1951 at Khanyara, Distt. Kangra; Intermediate, educated at Degree College, Dharamshala; married; Businessman.
Remained Member, Bhartiya Jan Sangh and Janata Party before being associated with BJP.
Elected to the State Legislative Assembly in 1990; re-elected in 1993, 1998 and 2007.
Remained Transport and Tribal Development Minister from March, 1998 to 1st March, 2001 and 3rd April, 2001 to December, 2003; and Transport and Industries Minister from 9th January, 2008 to December, 2012.
Re-elected to the thirteenth Vidhan Sabha (5th term); and inducted into Council of Ministers as Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs Minister on 27th December, 2017.
Special Interest: Social Work.
Languages Known: Hindi and English.