Arjun Singh is an Indian politician who belongs to the Indian National Congress party. In the year 2000 he was bestowed the `Outstanding Parliamentarian Award`.
Arjun Singh was a prominent figure in the political domain. Arjun Singh was born on 5th November 1930 in Madhya Pradesh to father Rao Shiv Bahadur Singh and mother Mohini Devi.
Arjun Singh belonged to a Jagirdaar family, as his father was a Former Jagirdaar of Churhat Jagir under Ex Princely State of Rewa. Arjun Singh was married to Saroj Devi of Pratapgarh District in Madhya Pradesh. He had introduced reservation systems for the backward class people.
Arjun Singh had become minister first in the P.V.Narasimha Rao government in 1991. He had resigned though after Babri Mosque demolition.
The newly formed party by Arjun Singh lost at the Lok Sabha Elections of the year 1996. He returned to the Congress party and lost again from Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. He served three times as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Union minister & Governor of Punjab once for a short period. In April 2000 he got elected for Rajya Sabha.
Arjun Singh was the Human Resource Development Minister in the Government of Dr Manmohan Singh from 2004 – 2009. He has been intimately consociated with various social and cultural organizations with his keen interest in social work. Here are the positions held by Arjun Singh in an orderly manner.
Arjun Singh has played a significant role to ensure the reservation of the backward castes. According to the 104th Amendment Bill, the State Government can ask all private unassisted educational institutes to reserve seats for designated Other Backward Classes.
In early 2006, Mr. Singh attempted to increase caste-based reservation quotas for the supposed Other Backward Classes in the internationally esteemed Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management, along with other Indian central government run institutes of higher studies, from 22.5 percent to 49.5 percent.
Arjun Singh also suggested that overall seats be modified over a short period of time in order to mollify the general category students, so that the absolute number of general category seats remains the same. However, he is now retired from active politics due to his failing health.