Politics

Shri. Gurudas Kamat is a versatile person whose personal and professional life inspires millions.

Shri Kamat has served on the following Prestigious Committees

1984 - 1989

  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

1987  -  1989

  • Member, Joint Committee on Railways Bill

1991 - 1996

  • Member, Committee on Industries
  • Member, Railway Convention Committee
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

1998 - 1999

  • Member, Committee on Petitions
  • Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance

2004  -  2009

  • Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Member, Committee on Official Language
  • Member, Committee on Finance

2005 - 2009

  • Member, Press Council of India
  • Appointed President, India - United Kingdom Parliamentary Association by Speaker (Lok Sabha)

Shri Kamat has held membership in the following Government Agencies

1984 - 2008

  • Film Advisory Board of Film Censors, Government of India, 1980-84
  • Central Purchases Advisory Council, Government of India, 1980-83
  • National Shipping Board, 1985-89
  • Committee of Central Board of Direct Taxes, 2004-2009

2009

  • Sworn in as Minister of State for Communications and IT, Government of India

2011

  • Sworn in as Mos Home Affairs, Government of India
  • Was given additional charge as Minister of State for Communications and IT

2013

  • Was awarded the Gold Medal for his contributions to Census 2011, which has been the most exhaustive and elaborate exercise of Census in the country’s history.

 

The First Step

 

An Advocate by profession, Gurudas Kamat has been in the Political and Social field for over 45 years. Just out of Holy Cross High School in Kurla, Mumbai, Gurudas Kamat began his political career as a Student Activist in the year 1972. He joined the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party while he was studying at RA Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Matunga. After occupying different positions therein he was appointed President of the Mumbai unit of the National Students Union of India in 1976.

 

A Leader of the Youth

 

As NSUI Mumbai unit President, Shri Kamat with his drive and commitment strengthened the NSUI and took up various issues of student’s interests with the Managements of Colleges, the University officials and Government.

 

Gurudas Kamat joined the Youth Congress Movement and was appointed in 1980, the General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, eventually to be promoted as President of Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress in 1984, the first President ever from Mumbai to lead Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress.

 

As President of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress, Shri Kamat again demonstrated his natural talent and remarkable ability as organizer and motivator by rejuvenating the committee and energizing its cadre. He also acquired the distinction of representing India at International Youth Convention in Bucharest, Romania in 1982 and International Youth Festival in Moscow, then USSR in 1986.

 

Bigger Responsibilities

 

Small wonder, therefore that at a youthful age of 29, the Party High Command, in recognition of Shri Kamat's abilities, nominated him for the first time, to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North East Parliamentary Constituency in December 1984, an election which he won, trouncing the then sitting MP Dr. Subramaniam Swamy and Shri Pramod Mahajan of the BJP. He defeated Smt Jaywantiben Mehta of BJP in 1991 and again Shri Pramod Mahajan in 1998. Further in 2004 he defeated Shri Kirit Somaiya of the BJP and in 2009 Shri Gajanan Kirtikar of the Shiv Sena.

 

Leadership and Organization Development

 

Shri Kamat was appointed as President of Indian Youth Congress, one of the largest political youth organizations in the world, in the year 1987 by none other than late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi also the then President of All India Congress Committee.

 

Gurudas Kamat was elected Member of Parliament for the 5th time from Mumbai North West Constituency and was also a Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Communications and IT. He is one of the few leaders who holds the distinction of being elected 5 times to the august house of Lok Sabha from one of the most aware cities in the world, Mumbai, till date.

 

Gurudas Kamat, was appointed the President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee by the Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi on 16th March 2003. During his tenure as the Mumbai Congress President, he led and developed the Congress Party to great heights of accomplishments.

Under his able leadership massive rallies were organized at Shivaji Park to energize and bring the Congressmen out on the streets and to inspire them to serve the people, which were addressed by none other than Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Such was the mood of the people of the city that they gave Congress a Spectacular Victory by electing 5 candidates fielded by Congress from Mumbai in the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, Mr. Kamat himself winning by highest margin of 99,500 votes, the highest lead in Maharashtra amongst Congress candidates. He submitted his resignation in March 2008 on completing a successful tenure of 5 years as Mumbai Congress President as he had promised to do when he took charge.

 

 

 

Recognition as a Parliamentarian

 

With membership of numerous Parliamentary Committees, Shri Kamat's political career is a long roster studded with achievements, not the least of which is representing India at the United Nations along with Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri I.K.Gujral and Dr.Farooq Abdullah, in 1994. Shri Kamat was again nominated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to represent India at the United Nations in 2012 (A rare honour to be asked to represent a second time) which he could not attend due to personal reasons. The Prime Minister also deputed Shri Kamat to represent him at the 5th International Conference on Federalism in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in December 2010. Here is the link to the full album of his visit.

 

Shri Kamat was deputed by the Hon'ble Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee to represent India at the Common Wealth Parliamentary Association, Wilton Park Conference on Financing Politics, curbing corruption and Parliamentary Ethics in United Kingdom, which was held from 7th to 11th June 2004. He was the Chairman of the Indo-UK Friendship Society where the Senior Parliamentarians of India and UK were Members.