Moodbidri Veerappa Moily

Moodbidri Veerappa Moily
Moodbidri Veerappa Moily
Date of Birth : January 12, 1940

Mini Biography :

Moodbidri Veerappa Moily (born January 12, 1940) is the current Cabinet Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs in the Government of India. Moily was elected as MP of the Chickballapur district by a wide margin in 2009.He currently serves as the Honorable All India Congress Committee General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh. He is one of the senior members of the Congress Party and is a close adviser for Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi. Moily is a former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka (19 Nov 1992 – 11 Dec 1994). He was elected to Karnataka state legislative assembly from Karkala constituency of Udupi district. He was first ethnic Tuluva Chief Minister of Karnataka state.

Veerappa Moily was born in Marpadi Village, Moodibidri, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka. He did his BA and BL from University Law College, Bangalore.

Till the 2009 general elections Moily worked as chairman of the Overseeing Committee appointed for Implementation of Reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBC) by the Government of India. He is also appointed as the Chairman of Second Administrative Reform Commission of India. This commission has presented eight reports to date. He was also the President of the Media Wing of the Congress and Head Spokesperson of the party for many years. However, in May 2009, just before the general elections, when he tried to publicly discount the importance being given to major Opposition leaders Nitish Kumar and L.K.Advani whom Moily’s own party was actually trying to woo, he was relinquished from both posts and Janardan Dwivedi took charge. After winning the Lok Sabha election, he was inducted as a cabinet level post in the Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the Union Minister for Law and Justice.

Career Background

* 2009 – present: Cabinet Minister of Law and Justice, Govt. of India
* 2006 – 2009: Chairman of the Oversight Committee for implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in central educational institutions
* 2002 – 2004: Chairman, Revenue Reforms Commission
* 2000 – 2002: Chairman, Tax Reforms Commission
* 1992 – 1994: Chief Minister of Karnataka
* 1989 – 1992: Minister for Law, Youth Service, Culture, Information, Parliamentary Affairs and Education, Govt. of Karnataka
* 1983 – 1985: Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Assembly
* 1980 – 1982: Minister for Finance and Planning, Govt. of Karnataka
* 1974 – 1977: Minister for Small Scale Industries, Govt. of Karnataka
* Appointed to various committees by Indira Gandhi one of which led to the setting up of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
* Practiced law in the courts of Karkala, Mangalore, High Court in Bangalore and at the Supreme Court of India.
* Led the implementation of economic reforms in Karnataka in 1992 and also responsible for drafting & implementing the Karnataka Land Reforms Act in 1974.
* Led several projects, policies and achievements of the State of Karnataka in ministries and sectors such as Finance, Irrigation and Power, Urban Development and Infrastructure, Housing and Rural Development, Empowerment, Education and Culture.
* Author of epic poem Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam in five volumes containing 42,295 lines in Kannada. It is also being translated into Hindi and being published by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
* Authored ‘Musings on India’ Part 1 & 2 in English containing articles on contemporary issues including public finance.
* Regular columnist for leading print publications and electronic media.
* Currently writing a book on the steps to be taken to make India an economic superpower by year 2020.

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