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Kishore Chandra Deo
An Indian politician, and a member of the Indian National Congress political party.


Kishore Chandra Deo Biography



Vyricherla Kishore Chandra Suryanarayana Deo (born 15 February 1947) is an Indian politician and a member of the Indian National Congress political party. He has been elected to the Lok Sabha for five times, and has also held one term in the Rajya Sabha. Since July 2011, he is the Union Cabinet Minister for Tribal Affairs & Panchayati Raj



Kishore Chandra Deo was born in Kurupam to Raja V. Durgaprasad Deo of Kurupam and Rajmata Sobhalata Devi.He is the present Zamindar of Kurupam,Vizianagram District,Andhra Pradesh. He belongs to the Konda Dora scheduled tribe community, and is from a family of tribal hill chiefs. He was educated in Madras, he holds an M.A. degree in Political Science and a B.A. degree in Economics from Madras Christian College, Madras (now Chennai). He is the one of the most respected Parliamentarians in India.


He belongs to Kurupam Zamindari Royal Family who are Tribal Chiefs of the Konda Dora tribe. He is married to V. Preeti Devi, who is the Princess of Daspalla which is in the state of Orissa. They have a daughter, V. Shruti Devi who is a political worker and legal expert and activist on tribal rights and biodiversity, and a son, V. Shishir Deo who works in the corporate sector.


Political career

Deo is a member of the Lok Sabha representing the Araku (ST) constituency in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. He has been a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) which is the highest decision-making body of the party. He was first elected to parliament in 1977 and has been elected to the Lok Sabha five times, and has also held one term in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament). On 12 July 2011 he was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister in the Union Cabinet, holding the portfolios of Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj.


He was also a Minister of State for Steel, Mines and Coal in the Central Cabinet in 1979-80. He has served on numerous parliamentary committees, and has been the chairperson of several key parliamentary committees, including the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill that led to the Forest Rights Act. He was also the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Undertakings (CoPU).


He headed the parliamentary investigation into the 2008 cash-for-votes scandal. Deo is the author of the book Changing India's Political Mould, published in 1993. The book is on electoral and federal reforms in India.


Positions held

  • Cabinet Minister - Tribal and Panchayati Raj Affairs - July 2011 – present
  • Minister of State for Steel, Mines and Coal in the Central Cabinet - 1979-80



August 31, 2012

updated: 2013-05-03

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