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An industrialist with a vision

By Our Special Correspondent


CHANDIGARH, MARCH 31. Om Prakash Jindal was born on August 7, 1930 in village Nalwa of district Hisar in Haryana. His father, the late Netram Jindal was a farmer of substantial means. Since childhood, O.P.Jindal took keen interest in technical work. No wonder, after matriculation, he pursued his higher studies at the Industrial Training Institutes of Bengal and Orissa.

He started his industrial career with a small bucket manufacturing unit in Hisar and in 1964 commissioned a pipe unit--Jindal India Limited, which is presently known as Jindal Industries Limited. Shortly thereafter, he founded Jindal Strips Limited in 1969. Today, this factory contributes the largest share to India's total stainless steel production. The Jindal Group has 20 factories whose estimated net worth is Rs.12,000 crores.

He also devoted his life to philanthropy. He was the chairman of N. C. Jindal Charitable Trust, under whose auspices a 500-bed N. C. Jindal Institute of Medical Care functions in Hisar. The trust also runs the Vidya Devi Jindal School for girls at Hisar. He was also the Chairman of the Maharaja Agarsen Medical Education and Scientific Research Society.

The industrialist entered politics to work for the upliftment of weaker and backward sections of society. He joined the erstwhile Haryana Vikas Party and became a MLA in 1991. He was elected MP from the Kurukshetra in 1996.

However, he later left the HVP and floated his own outfit but soon thereafter joined the Congress.

He was elected to the Assembly from Hisar in 2000 and 2005.

He was married to Savitri Devi Jindal. He is survived by four sons and five daughters. One of his sons, Naveen Jindal, is a sitting Lok Sabha MP from Kurukshetra.

Keen Parliamentarian

Surinder Singh, son of the former Haryana Chief Minister, Bansi Lal, was born on July 25, 1946 at Golagarh in district Bhiwani. An M.A., LL.B. from Panjab University, Chandigarh, he was a member of the Haryana Assembly from 1977-86 and served as Agriculture and Wildlife Preservation Minister from 1982-83. He won the recent Assembly election on the Congress ticket and was appointed Agriculture Minister in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Government.

The Haryana Vikas Party floated by his father had merged with the Congress last year.

Mr. Singh was a Rajya Sabha MP from 1986 to 92 and served as Member of Committee on Petitions, House Committee, Consultative Committee of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Consultative Committee of Ministry of Defence.

He was also a Member of Public Accounts Committee from 1989-90. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1996 and 1998.

He also served as president of the Bar Association, Bhiwani from 1970-71, Chairman Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1978 and 1980-82.

He was an outstanding sportsman during his college days and took keen interest in cricket. His elder brother, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, MLA, is president of the Board of Cricket Control of India.

His wife, Kiran Chaudhary, is a prominent Congress leader of Delhi.

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