Minister of Finance

Personal Profile

Fatherís Name    Shri Palaniappan
Motherís Name  Smt Lakshmi Achi
Date of Birth 16 September 1945
Place of Birth Kanadukathan, Distt. Sivaganga (Tamil Nadu)
Marital Status  Married
Date of Marriage 11 December 1968
Spouseís Name Smt. Nalini Chidambaram
No. of Sons 1
Educational Qualifications  B.Sc., B.L., M.B.A.
Educated at Madras University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.A.)
Profession  Lawyer
Permanent Address 16, Pycrofts Garden Road,
Chennai - 600 006 (Tamil Nadu)
Tel./Fax (044) 28279025

Present Address 19, Safdarjung Road,
New Delhi-110 011
Tel. (011) 23792222

Positions Held
1972 Member, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.)
1973-76 President, Youth Congress, Tamil Nadu
1976-77 General-Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (P.C.C.), Tamil Nadu
1984 Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
1985 Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee (Indira) [A.I.C.C. (I)]
September 1985 Union Deputy Minister, Commerce
1985-86 Union Deputy Minister, Personnel, Administrative Reforms, Training Public Grievances and Pensions
1986-89 Union Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
1986-89 Union Minister of State, Home Affairs (Internal Security)
1989 Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1990 Member, Committee to review Lok Sabha Secretariat Rules, 1955
Member, Consultative Committee constituted under the `Punjab State Legislature (Delegation of Powers) Act, 1987
Member, Public Accounts Committee
1990-91 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance
1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1991-1992 and 1995-96 Union Minister of State, Commerce (Independent Charge)
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1996-98 Union Minister, Finance (with additional charge of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, June 1996 and held charge of Company Affairs till April 1997)
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (5th term)
1998-99 Member, Committee on Privileges
Member, Committee on Finance
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (6th term)
23 May 2004 onwards Union Minister, Finance
Constituency : Sivaganga ( Tamil Nadu )

Party          : Indian National Congress (INC)

Social And Cultural Activities
Trustee, (i) Rajiv Gandhi Foundation; and (ii) Ilakkiya Chintanai, (Literary Association), Chennai
Special Interests
Modern literature in general and tamil literature in particular
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading books
Sports and Clubs
Badminton, Chess, Tennis; Member, (i) Kodaikanal Club; (ii) Sterling Club, Chennai; and (iii) Gymkhana Club, Delhi
Countries Visited
Widely travelled; Member, Government of India Delegation to Mauritius, 1986; Leader, Indian Delegation to Sri Lanka, 1986 and UNCTAD, 1995; and Member, Congress (I) Delegation to U.S.S.R., 1986
Other Information
Delivered lectures in many Universities in India and abroad


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