Kolkata: A trained pilot, Dinesh Trivedi
has a challenging task ahead in putting the Railways on track
after his boss and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee often came
under attack for alleged neglect of this key ministry hit by
train accidents in the recent days.
Known to be erudite and affable, Trivedi(61) has been
with Banerjee since the inception of Trinamool Congress and
was rewarded with a Cabinet berth for his loyalty to her.
Elevated from the post of minister of state for Health
and Family Welfare, Trivedi steps into the shoes of Banerjee,
who held the Railway ministry before becoming the Chief
Minister of West Bengal in May. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
had been holding the Railways portfolio after Mamata`s exit
from the Centre.
Trivedi has been actively fighting criminalization in
politics. He has filed several public interest litigations
including Vohra Committee (The Right to Information Act is a
fall out of his petiton on Vohra Committee). He is also
actively involved in consumer protection movement.
Trivedi had also reportedly offered to resign in a
letter written to Anna Hazare within first few hours of his
fast for a strong Lokpal bill at Jantar Mantar on April 5.
Trivedi had told the social activist that he is ready
to do anything to strengthen his fight against corruption. He
has been associated with Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal since many
An aviation buff, Trivedi holds a pilot licence-flying
training in India and advance training in USA.
Elected to the Rajya Sabha twice, Trivedi defeated
CPI(M) heavyweight Tarit Topdar from Barackpur constituency in
the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. He entered the Upper House
on January one, 1990.
A former Congress man who switched over to the V.P.
Singh-led Janata Dal, he did his B Com. from St Xaviers`
College, Calcutta University and MBA from Univesity of Texas.
He was actively involved in students` affairs in India
and abroad, besides holding the post of President of
International students association, University of Texas.