The Minister of State (Revenue)

Shri J.D. Seelam

Father's name
Shri Abraham Seelam
Mother's Name
Shrimati Annapurnamma Seelam
Date of birth
13 August, 1953
Place of birth
Distt. Guntur (Andhra Pradesh)
Martial Status
Married
Spouse's name
Shrimati Sujatha Seelam
No. Of Sons
One
No. Of Daughters
Two
Educational Qualification
B.Sc., - Andhra Christian College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh (1971-74)
M.Sc., (Chemistry) - Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (1975 -77)
Profession
Resigned from the IAS in 1999 to join Indian National Congress Party
Permanent Address
Pusuluru, Pedanandipadu Mandal, Distt. Guntur-522 112, A.P
Present Address
C-I/ 8, Pandara Park, New Delhi-110 003
Tel. & Fax: + 91112378 2588. Mobile: +91 9868181113, E-mail: mosfr[at]nic[dot]in
Position held
Elected twice as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha - June 2004 & June 2010 Served as Member, Standing Committee on Energy, Information & Technology, Coal & Steel, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Consultative Committee for Social Justice Ministry, Parliamentary Committee on SC/ST welfare, Committee on Computers to Members of Rajya Sabha, Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Forum on Population & Public Health, IPU Global Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS, Animal Welfare Board of India, Khadi & Village Industries Board of India, Secretary, Indian National Congress, Congress Party in charge for the Delimitation Exercise & Indo-US Parliamentarians Forum. Presently, Member, Public Accounts Committee, Standing Committee on Law & Personnel, Standing Committee on Social Justice, Consultative Committee on Road Transport & National Highways, Committee on Subordinate Legislation, India-Bhutan & India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Forum, Secretary General, Forum of SC/ST Parliamentarians, Secretary General, Forum of Parliamentarians on HIV/AIDS.
Special contribution
MPLADS
Taken up special project under MPLADS in Prakasam & Guntur Districts for construction of 350 community halls cum libraries, establishing 250 safe drinking water units & 2 Girls Hostels with the assistance under CSR..
Inter Parliamentary Union
Served as Vice President of the first Standing Committee (Peace & Int. Security), Attended 112th (Manila), 114th (Nairobi), 116th (Bali), 118th (Cape Town) and 122nd (Panama City) IPU Assemblies, worked as Rapporteur, drafting Committee Member and contributed vastly during the proceedings
PGA International Council
As member of the International Council of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), participated in number of International Seminars and workshops on International Peace and Security, Sustainable Development, Democracy and other related issues and contributed qualitatively..
HIV/AIDS work
As Secretary General of the Parliamentarians Forum on HIV/AIDS, assisted in organizing Legislators Fora in various States, conducted National Seminar of elected representative in 2003, Youth Parliament on HIV/AIDS in 2004, North East Zonal Convention of MLAs in Guwahati in 2005, National Convention of ZP Presidents & Mayors in 2006, Youth Parliament on HIV/AIDS in 2008, National Workshop for elected representative in 2011. Participated in the World AIDS Congress in Bangkok in 2004, International Congress on AIDS in Asia-Pacific (ICAAP), Japan in 2005, World AIDS Congress in Toronto in 2006, Vienna in 2010, ICAAP, Colombo in 2007, SAARC regional seminars in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Dhaka during 2005-07. Participated in the Euro Asia Leadership Workshop on AIDS in Moscow in Oct 07, First Global parliamentarians Meeting on HIV/AIDS in Manila in Nov 2007. Member of the IPU Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS.,
Social Empowerment
As Secretary General of the Forum of SC/ST Parliamentarians, relentlessly working for mobilizing the MPs/MLAs belonging the marginalized sections to work with the Govt. in implementation of the programmes and in bringing the required legislations for closing the gap between the SCs/STs and rest in the development process & also for capacity building among the weaker sections.
Interface with Civil Society:
A social activist right from the student days - organized the youth for their socio-economic and educational advancement. Propagated the ideology of Dr. Ambedkar with focus on core values of self-confidence, self-esteem, and vertical social mobility through hard work & quality education among the marginalized sections. Worked for peace and harmony among the various sections in case of land disputes, communal clashes and atrocities. Associated with the NGOs like SAAS Parivarthana Foundation in AP.
Government Service:
Asst. Professor of Chemistry 1977-1980
Member of Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) 1981-83
Member of Indian Police Service (IPS) 1983 Member of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 1984-99
Served as Collector & Dist. Magistrate in Mandya District, Karnataka, Deputy Secretary, Forests, Deputy Secretary, PWD & Irrigation and Deputy Resident Commissioner, Karnataka Bhavan, Commissioner, Social Welfare & Commissioner, Minority Welfare, Officer on Special Duty in the State Planning Board till May 2004. Under Government of India - worked as P.S to the Minister for Railways, Social Welfare, G. M. Handloom & Handicrafts Exports Corporation (1992-98). A social activist right from the student days - organized the youth for their socio-economic and educational advancement. Propagated the ideology of Dr. Ambedkar with focus on core values of self-confidence, self-esteem, and vertical social mobility through hard work & quality education among the marginalized sections. Worked for peace and harmony among the various sections in case of land disputes, communal clashes and atrocities. Associated with the NGOs like SAAS Parivarthana Foundation in AP.
Academic:
Presented several papers on social empowerment, capacity building, Energy, Education, Health, HIV/AIDS in national & international workshops, seminar
Countries Visited:
Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK & USA. Played active role at the international seminars and conferences on issues like Energy, fighting HIV/AIDS, Peace, Democracy and Sustainable Development.