Department of Public Relation:Government of Madhya Pradesh

Shri Arif Aqueel

Life Sketch

Shri Arif Aqueel has been elected from the Bhopal North constituency no. 150 in the 15th Assembly. Shri Aqueel was born on January 14, 1952 in Bhopal. An M.Sc, M.A., B.Ed. and LL.B Shri Aqueel’s profession is agriculture. In the year 2018, Shri Aqueel has been elected to the Assembly for the sixth time.

Shri Aqueel began his public and political life in 1972 with student politics. He has also been the Students Union president of Safia College Bhopal, Vice President of Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress and NSUI, Madhya Pradesh and member of the Bar Council. Shri Aqueel is a member of the Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board since 1995. Along with this Shri Aqueel was also a member of the Bhopal University court, Director of Nagrik Bank and president and patron of other institutions. Prominent among the interests of Shri Aqueel are public service, sports and agriculture.

Shri Aqueel has also been active in many sports organizations. He is the president of the District Shooting Child Association, member of the Bhopal Hockey (Men's) Association executive body and is an office-bearer of many sports organizations. Since 1998, he has been the Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Haj Committee and since 1995, he has been the office-bearer of several organizations including the president of Bhopal Nagrik Bank.

Shri Aqueel was elected the member of the 9th assembly in the year 1990 and member of the 11th Assemnbly in 1998. He was given the responsibility of the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Minority Welfare, Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Relief and Rehabilitation, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department, followed by the responsibility of Minister of Backward Classes and Minority Welfare and Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Relief and Rehabilitation Department. Shri Aqueel has been a special invitee member of Bhopal District Level Committee constituted for computerization and review of land records since April 2004. He has been Secretary of Congress Party in the Assembly since February 13, 2004, was a member of the Consultative Committee of the Minority Welfare and Backward Class Welfare Department since June 5, 2004. He has been elected as member in 12th assembly in 2003, 13th in 2008 and 14th in 2013.

Srhi Arif Aqueel took oath of the minister’s post in Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath’s Council of Ministers on December 25, 2018.

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