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Fifteenth Lok Sabha Member

Palaniappan Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram

Party Name Indian National Congress (INC)
Constituency Sivaganga
State Tamil Nadu
Father's Name Shri Palaniappan
Mother's Name Smt Lakshmi Achi
Date of Birth 16.09.1945
Place of Birth Kanadukathan, Distt. Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu
Profession Lawyer
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 11 Dec 1968
Spouse's Name Smt. Nalini Chidambaram
No. of Children 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.

Permanent Address

16, Pycrofts Garden Road
Chennai - 600 006
Tamil Nadu
TeleFax: 044-28279025

Present Address

19, Safdarjung Road
New Delhi-110 011
Phone: 011-23792222

Position Held

- Member, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.)

- President, Youth Congress, Tamil Nadu

- General-Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee (P.C.C.), Tamil Nadu

- Elected to 8th Lok Sabha

- Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee (Indira) [A.I.C.C. (I)]

September 1985
- Union Deputy Minister, Commerce

- Union Deputy Minister, Personnel, Administrative Reforms, Training Public Grievances and Pensions

- Union Minister of State, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

- Union Minister of State, Home Affairs (Internal Security)

- Re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

- 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
- Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance

- Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

1991-1992 and 1995-96
- Union Minister of State, Commerce (Independent Charge)

- Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (4th term)

- Union Minister, Finance (with additional charge of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, June 1996 and held charge of Company Affairs till April 1997)

- Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (5th term)

- Member, Committee State Privileges
- Member, Committee on Finance
- Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs

- Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (6th term)

23 May 2004 onwards
- Union Cabinet Minister, Finance

Social And Cultural Activities


  1. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation; and
  2. 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,

  1. Kodaikanal Club;
  2. Sterling Club, Chennai; and
  3. 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