Punjab Legislative Assembly

Speaker

DR.CHARNJIT SINGH ATWAL

Hon'ble Speaker, Legislative Assembly of Punjab (India)
Legislative Party: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)
Constituency: Payal (Punjab), India
Official Residence: House No.42, Sector 2, Chandigarh, India 160 001
Permanent Address: House No. 484-A, Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, (Punjab), India - 141 002
Contact: Tel. (0091-161) - 2463199, 2461014 FAX 0091-161-2450033
Official Address:Legislative Assembly of Punjab, Sector-1 Chandigarh, India 160 001

Personal Information

Father's Name
: S. Sohan Singh Atwal
Mother's Name
: Late Smt.Shiv Devi
Date of Birth
: 15 March 1937
Place of Birth
: Chak No.251, PO Gaggo, Tehsil Pak Pattan, District Montgomery, Sahiwal (Now in Pakistan)
Marital Status
: Married
Spouse's Name
: Mrs.Inderjit Kaur
Children
: Two Sons & Three Daughters
Educational Qualification
: B.A LL.B (Bachelors degree in Arts and Bachelors degree in Laws)
Profession
: Advocate

Elected as Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly for the Second time on 20-03-2012

POSITIONS HELD

Elected as Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly from Dakha Constituency in 1977

Elected to 8th Lok Sabha (Ropar) Parliamentary Constituency Deputy Leader, Shiromani Akali Dal Parliamentary Group, Member, National Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes

Elected as Member of Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1997 from Kum Kalan Constituency and Unanimously Elected as Speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly

Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha Phillaur Constituency in 2004

Elected as Deputy Speaker of 14th Lok Sabha (The Lower House of Parliament of India) on 9th June 2004

Remained Chairman, Library Committee (Parliament House)

Remained Chairman, Committee on Private Members' Bills and Resolutions

Remained Chairman, Committee on Provision of Computers for MPs' Offices of Political Parties in Lok Sabha and Officers of Lok Sabha Secretariat

Remained Chairman, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security in Parliament

Remained Chairman, Committee of Presiding Officers to Ensure Executive Accountability to the Legislature

Remained Chairman, Committee of Presiding Officers to look into all aspects of the Office of Presiding Officer

Remained Vice-President, Parliamentary Forum on Children

Remained Vice- President, Parliamentary Forum on Youth

Remained Vice-President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Harvesting

Remained General Secretary, Constitutional Club, New Delhi

Remained Member, General Purposes Committee

Current Positions:

Nominated as member of the Committee of Presiding Officers to look into problem of Disruptions of Question Hour by Speaker, Lok Sabha

Nominated as member of the Committee of Presiding Officers to look into all aspects of the office of Presiding Officer by Speaker, Lok Sabha

Social & Cultural Activities

Enabling women, children and disabled persons to participate in the development work and share its benefit; working for upliftment of the poor, especially Downtrodden Communities, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes and Financially Weaker Sections of the Society particularly in the field of Rural Primary Education.

Special Interests

Reading books on History, Legislation, Law & Religion

Sports & Clubs

Badminton Actor, Director and Founder President of Chan Dramatic Club, Ludhiana (Social & Religious Plays)

Awards & Honours

Bestowed "The Asian Guild Special International Award 2012" in November, 2012 in the House of Lords (British Parliament) by the Asian Guild of England for contributing in Rural Primary Education

International Conferences and visits as Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly

1. Represented Punjab in World Punjabi Conference Milwaukee Chicago, USA, May 1997
2. 9th CPA Seminar, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Ghana, 1997
3. 43rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Mauritius, September 1997
4. 44th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, New Zealand, October 1998
5. 45th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Trinidad and Tobago, September 1999
6. 46th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference,London & Edinburgh, UK, September 2000
7. 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Australia, September 2001
8. Participated in Executive Committee meeting of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Barbados, West Indies
9. Represented Punjab Government in Religious and Spiritual World Peace Summit at New York, USA organized by the United Nations
10. 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Sri Lanka, September, 2012
11. 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013
12. Minneapolis NCSL Legislative Summit-2014, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Achievements as Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly in Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

1. Nominated as Member of Sub Committee of International Program Planning of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
2. Unanimously elected as Regional Representative for Asia Region of Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at Trinidad and Tobago in September 1999
3. Elected as Vice Chairman of Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in September 2001 in Australia by defeating Chairman of Senate of Malaysia Parliament
4. Nominated as Regional Representative from India Region in the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, London (U.K), (2014-16).
5. Nominated as member of the Executive Committee of the CPA India Region from 15.08.2014 to 14.08.2017.

Countries Visited as Deputy Speaker of Parliament of India

1. 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Canada, September, 2004
2. Participated in the 112th IPU in Manila, April 2005
3. As Leader of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation visited Belarus, Vienna, Hungry and Bratislava in May 2005
4. Represented Indian Parliament in United Nations as first Indian Deputy Speaker in the Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in New York September 2005
5. Headed Indian Parliamentary delegation in SAARC Countries Speakers Conference, Sri Lanka.

International Awards & Honours

"The Asian Guild Special International Award 2012" in the House of Lords (British Parliament) by the Asian Guild of England for contributing in Rural Primary Education on November 2012

Conferred Honorary Citizenship of U.S.A by New Jersey State, Government of U.S.A.

* Honorary Doctorate conferred by Government of Republic of Tajikistan