Pawan Kumar Chamling (born September 22, 1950) is a politician from Sikkim and the fifth titular minister of the Indian state of Sikkim.
Chamling is the founding president of the Democratic Front of Sikkim, which has governed the state for five successive periods since 1994.
Chamling is currently the chief minister of any state in India after independence.
Before establishing the Sikkim Democratic Front, Chamling served as Minister of Industry, Information and Public Relations from 1989 to 1992 in the Nar Bahadur Bhandari cabinet.
|Real Name||Pawan Kumar Chamling|
|Profession||Politician, Social Worker, Poet, Writer, Contractor|
|Famous As||Longest-serving Cheif Minister (Sikkim) of India|
Physical Stats & More
|Height||in centimeters– _168 cm|
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet inches– 5’ 6”
|Weight||in kilograms– 65 kg|
in pounds– 145 lbs
|Political Party||Sikkim Democratic Front|
|Political Journey||1978: elected as secretary of the Prajatantra Congress|
1975: to be the president of the youth congress block
1982: became president of Yangang Gram Panchayat
1985: elected to the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim
1989-1992: Minister of Industry, Information and Public Relations of Nar Bahadur Bhandari
1993: Form the Democratic Front of Sikkim
1994: became the prime minister of Sikkim
|Biggest Rival||Nar Bahadur Bhandari of Sikkim Sangram Parishad|
|Date Of Birth||22 September 1950|
|Age (as in 2018)||66 Years|
|Birth Place||Yangang, South Sikkim|
|Home Town||Ghurbisey, Namchi, South Sikkim|
|Educational Qualification||10th Pass|
|Address||Ghurbisey, Namchi, South Sikkim|
|Hobbies||Poetry, Reading, Writing|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||1996: Bharat Shiromani by the Shiromani Foundation|
1998: India’s Greenest Chief Minister by the Center for Science and the Environment
1998: Man of the year by Biographical Institute, United States
1999: Manav Seva Puraskar by the Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi
2002: Prize of the Poets Foundation for the Poets Foundation, Calcutta for the realization of a life in literature
2003: Ph.D. in Philosophy (honoris causa) from Sikkim Manipal University
2009: Leadership and Good Governance Award
2010: Thekong Ambassador of Peace by the Pang Lhabsol Committee
2010: Bhanu Puraskar by Sikkim Sahitya Parishad
2016: Yug Kavi Siddhicharan Award from Siddhicharan Shrestha Academy
2016: Samaj Kalyan Puraskar by Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sangh, Darjeeling
2016: Leadership Award in Sustainable Development by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
2017: a world prize (Grand Prize)
2018: 1st Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Tribute to the life of former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee
|Controversies||Criticism began to reach social networks when Chamling’s net worth increased by 80% from Rs.2.36 crore to Rs.4.27 crore in five years, from 2004 to 2009. He said Rs.98 Lakh when submitting an application in 2004, which apparently increased by 70 percent; making your network worth Rs.1.60 crore. His second wife has assets worth 2.09 crores against Rs. 1.26 crore in 2004, be it your bank deposits, farm to commercial land properties and jewelry. Four of their children (Suneeta, Komal, Vivek, and Sushila) who did not have any financial assets in 2004 accumulated a combined net worth of Rs. 39.27 Lakh.|
Girls, Affairs and More
|Wife/Spouse||First Wife: Dhan Maya Chamling|
Second Wife: Tika Maya Chamling (Agriculturist, Entrepreneur)
|Children||Son(s)– Bijoy Chamling, Bishal Chamling, Bikash Chamling, Bibek Chamling|
Daughter(s)– Sushila Chamling, Shiela Chamling, Sunita Chamling, Komal Chamling
|Parents||Father– Ashbahadur Chamling (Farmer)|
Mother– Asharani Chamling
|Siblings||Brother(s)– Pratiman Chamling, Santa Man Chamling, Rup Narayan Chamling, Ashok Chamling|
Sister– Rita Chamling
|Net worth||Rs.10 Crore (As Per 2014)|
Some less famous facts about Pawan Chamling
- Does Pawan Chamling smoke ?: Unknown
- Does Pawan Chamling drink alcohol ?: Unknown
- As a child, he played sports such as soccer and volleyball and represented his school in interdisciplinary and interdistrict tournaments. Outside of sports, he participated in dramas in school functions.
- He was a leader from his childhood; since he was elected head of the organizations in his school.
- He began his career as a farmer and later became a government contractor and built a series of roads, buildings, bridges and irrigation canals.
- He created the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and became Cheif Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1994. Since then, the party won the elections of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
- In 2009, 32 seats of the assembly were won by his party (Sikkim Democratic Front) in the Legislative Assembly of Sikkim.
- In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sikkim was the first and only “organic state” in the country since the State was fully implementing organic and banning all chemicals and fertilizers on farms.
- In April 2018, he became India’s oldest minister (five consecutive terms) leader after becoming the Prime Minister of Sikkim for the 5th time in 2014.
- At the end of his 25 years in power, he made history by breaking the record of Jyoti Basu (former Communist leader of West Bengal), who held the position for 23 years.
- He gave the slogan “New Sikkim, Happy Sikkim” while launching policies and programs to develop the state.
- He is also a Nepalese writer.
- He received the title of Ambassador “Organic Himalaya and Organic World in 2017”.