Anurag Thakur is the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports. He is a 4th term Member Parliament (Lok Sabha/Lower House) from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. He previously served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs (31st May 2019 to 7th July 2021).
Within Parliament he has served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT and Member of Public Accounts Committee. During the 16th Lok Sabha, he was appointed as the Chief Whip, Lok Sabha, becoming the youngest to assume the post. He also represented India at the Parliamentary Committee on WTO and the Steering Committee.
In 2016, he was commissioned as a regular officer in the Territorial Army at the rank of Lieutenant of the 124 Sikh Regiment, thereby becoming the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to join as a regular officer. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2021.
He is the former National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM- Youth Wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party) and has been the only National President to be appointed for three consecutive terms in the BJP.
Anurag Singh Thakur Biography & Wiki
|Anurag Thakur Real Name||Anurag Singh Thakur|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Anurag Thakur Height||In Centimeter- 168 cm|
In Meter- 1.68 m
In Feet- 5’6”
|Weight||In Kilogram- 70 kg |
In Pound- 154 lbs
|Date Of Birth||24 October 1974 (Thursday)|
|Anurag Thakur Age (2022)||48 Years|
|Birthplace||Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh|
|Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign||Scorpio|
|Home town||Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh|
|School||Dayanand Model School, Jalandhar|
|College/University||Doaba College, Jalandhar|
|Hobbies||Watching & Playing Cricket|
|Anurag Thakur Wife||Shefali Thakur|
|Marriage Date||27 November 2002 (Wednesday)|
|Children||Son– Jaiaditya Thakur, Udayveer Singh|
|Parents||Father– Prem Kkumar Dhumal (Politician)|
Mother– Sheela Devi
|Sibling||Brother– Arun Singh Thakur (Businessman)|
|Anurag Thakur Net Worth||₹ 5.67 Crore (As in 2019)|
|Salary (as member of Parliament)||1 Lakh + Other Allowances|
Family, Early Life and Education
Thakur was born on 24 October 1974 in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh and his family belongs to the Hindu Rajput community. He is the eldest son of Prem Kumar Dhumal and Sheela Devi. His father, Prem Kumar Dhumal was a former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. He has done his bachelors B.A. degree from Doaba College, Jalandhar, Punjab.
Thakur married Shefali Thakur, daughter of Gulab Singh Thakur, former Minister in the Government of Himachal Pradesh, on 27 November 2002
Anurag Thakur Career
In May 2008, Thakur succeeded his father when he was elected as Member of Parliament of India’s 14th Lok Sabha from Hamirpur constituency. He was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009, 16th Loksabha in 2014, and 17th Loksabha in 2019.
Later, in 2010 Thakur was appointed the national president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
He was honored with the Sansad Ratna Award in 2019 for outstanding performance in the 16th Lok Sabha.
In May 2019, Thakur became Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs.
On 7 July 2021, Thakur was appointed as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of Information & Broadcasting. in the Second Modi ministry as part of changes in the Union Council of Ministers.
Anurag Thakur played a Ranji Trophy match against Jammu & Kashmir in November 2000 when he was the president of HPCA.
Thakur served as the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association for four straight terms since 2000. His tenure saw development of five stadiums in Himachal Pradesh including the stadium in Dharamsala.
He was the president of the Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI ) order on 02/01/2017.
In July 2016, Anurag Thakur became a part of the territorial army, becoming the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a TA Officer. He has been promoted to the rank of captain.
Awards and Honors
- Best Young Parliamentarian Award, 2011
- Young Global Leader, 2014, by the World Economic Forum
- Featured in Financial Times ’25 Indians to Watch’ List
- Featured in India Today Magazine as one of the “Navratnas of Narendra Modi”
- Bestowed with Sansad Ratna Award, 2019, for his distinguished performance as a Parliamentarian, He is the first MP from BJP, and only MP from North India to receive this honor
- Recipient of Champions of Change 2019 Award for exemplary contribution towards Social Welfare.
Facts About Anurag Thakur
- Anurag Thakur is the first-ever National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha to have served for 3 consecutive terms since his appointment in 2010. He is also the first BJYM National President who has worked under the aegis of three BJP Presidents namely Sh. Amit Shah, Sh. Rajnath Singh & Sh. Nitin Gadkari.
- Anurag Thakur believes sports builds character which you need in order to be successful. He began his cricketing career at the age of 12, and was selected to the U-19 team that played against England at Delhi and Patiala. From there, began his love for cricket, and he captained the Punjab U-19 cricket team and North Zone U-19 team that won the All India Championship.
- Regular commissioned officer in the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant of the 124 Sikh Regiment.