Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri was inducted into the Council of Ministers, Government of India, as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs on 3 September, 2017.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is the designated ministry of the Government of India at the national level to formulate policies, sponsor and support programme, coordinate the activities of various Central Ministries, State Governments and other nodal authorities and monitor the programmes concerning all issues relating to housing and urban affairs.

The Ministry is the part of the government where three of the Prime Minister’s flagship programmes are anchored – Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Smart Cities. These programmes are part of a bold and ambitious agenda for planned urbanization which when implemented, individually and collectively, will involve a paradigmatic shift and have a transformative effect.

Prior to his induction in the Council of Ministers, Shri Puri had a distinguished four-decade career in diplomacy spanning both bilateral relations and the multilateral arena, having held Ambassadorial level posts in London, Brazil and as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in both Geneva (2002-2005) and New York (2009-2013). He also served in India’s missions in Tokyo, Colombo and Geneva earlier.

He is one of the few Indians who has presided over the United Nations Security Council and the only one to have chaired its Counter-terrorism Committee. He served as Vice President at the International Peace Institute in New York and as Secretary-General of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (2014-2016) in New York appointed by it.

He is the author of 'Perilous Interventions: The Security Council & The Politics of Chaos, a Harper Collins publication (September 2016). Among his other publications are, India’s Trade Policy Dilemma and the Role of Domestic Reform, Carnegie India (February 2017).