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SHRI VIRENDERA VERMA (Formerly Honb'l Governor of Punjab & Himachal Pradesh)

Shri Virendra Verma was born on 18th September, 1916, at Shamli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar pradesh. He had his education in (i) J.H. School, Shamli; (ii) DAV/SD High Schools, Muzaffarnagar and (iii) after his graduation he did his L.L.B. in 1943 from Meerut College, Meerut.

Shri Verma married Shrimati Rameshwari Devi in June, 1940 and was blessed with one son and two daughters.

He has special interests in Education, Agriculture, Games and sports including Wrestling; Captained Volley-Ball, Hockey and Sports First teams in the College. He takes keen interest in the upliftment of   Farmers, Mazdoor, Backward Classes and Harijans.

Previously associated with Congress: President (i) District Board, Muzaffarnagar, 1948-52 and (ii) District Congress Committee, Muzaffarnagar, 1950-59; Member (i) Executive Council U.P. Congress 1960-67 and (ii) All India Congress Committee 1950-80, Congress (I) Working Committee from May, 1977 to May, 1980. In 1978 congress split, Shri Virendra Verma alongwith Shri P.V. Narasima Rao, Shri Pranab Mukherji, Late Shri Kamlapati Tripathi, late Shri A.P. Sharma and Shri Buta Singh stayed with Shrimati Indira Gandhi. Against the arrest of Shrimati Indira Gandhi by the Janta Party Government in 1978. Shri Virendra Verma led 1200 satyagrehis, courted arrest and was lodged in district Jail Muzaffarnagar twice.

Vice President U.P. Sugarcane Co-operative Union Federation, 1949-55, Member (i) Indian Central Sugarcane Committee & UP-Bihar Sugarcane Board. 1952-55 and (ii) State transport Authority, 1957-59; Chairman, (i) Indian Sugarcane development Council. Government of India, 1967-75 and (ii) Headed UP Sugar Mills nationalization Committee, 1970.

Member (i) U.P. Legislative assemble 1952-62, 1967, 1969-77 (ii) Chairmen, Public Undertakings Committee UP 1973-75. He was (i) deputy Minister, Co-operatives in UP 1959-60; (ii) Cabinet Minister in UP with portfolios of Irrigation, Power, Industries, Labor, education, technical education and home 1970-71 and (iii) Agriculture Minister in UP 1975-77. Elected to the Rajya Sabha in April, 1984: Leader, Lok Dal Party there 1984-88: Became a Member of Committee on Privilege, Rajya Sabha in 1984 and Member Joint Select Committees of parliament on (i) Lok Pal Bill, 1985 and (ii) Indian Medical council Bill, 1987; Vice President, Rashtriya Lok Dal 1987-88: Deputy Leader Janta Dal and National Front parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha from 1988 to June 1990; re-elected to Rajaya Sabha in the year 1990.

He was already visited USA, Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, England, Holland, France, west Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Egypt and Dubai.

Shri Virendra Verma was appointed the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory Chandigarh on June 14, 1990. he took over as Governor of Himachal Pradesh on 19th December, 1990. He was a member of the Lok Sabha from 1998 to 1999.

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