Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Ashwini Kumar Choubey
Constituency: Buxar

Born/Date of Birthday: 2 January 1953
Place of Birth: Bhagalpur, Bihar, India
Political party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Education Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology Educated at Science College, Patna University, Patna, Bihar
Profession: Political and Social Worker, Agriculturist
Marital Status: Married
Date of Marriage: 08 May 1978
Spouse(s): Neeta Choubey
Children: Arjit Shashwat Choubey, Aviral Shashwat Choubey
Parents: Late Sahadeo Prasad Choubey, Late Sudevi Devi
Residence(s): T.N Singh Lane, Manik Sarkar Bengali Tola, Bhagalpur (Bihar)

Ashwini Kumar Choubey (born 2 January 1953) is Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Environment, Forest and Climate Change and a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He is an Indian politician belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Buxar (Lok Sabha constituency) and a former health minister of Bihar. He had represented the Bihar legislative assembly from Bhagalpur (Vidhan Sabha constituency) before contesting for the 16th Lok Sabha election. On 3 September 2017, he took in charge of office as Minister of State for Health in Narendra Modi's Government. He resigned in July 2021.

Political career
Choubey is a veteran politician from state of Bihar and elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for five consecutive terms. He was accredited to have built 11,000 toilets for minority and Below Poverty Line families under Swachh Bharat Mission. A slogan "Ghar-ghar Me ho Shouchalaya ka Nirman, Tabhi hoga Ladli Bitiya ka kanyadaan" given by him was a hit in Bihar and people from all caste and religion availed government provided subsidy to build toilets in their respective home.

Early career
Chaubey has been associated with BJP for almost five decades and was earlier associated with Jansangh. In his earlier stint, he was the health minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet in 2012.

He authored a book "Kedarnath Trasadi" based on the 2013 deluge in Uttarakhand where he got stranded with his family. He and his family managed to take shelter in the Kedarnath temple and was airlifted by a state government helicopter.

In May 2019, Choubey became the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.

Portfolio Held - NDA I (2005-2010) and NDA II (2010-2013) are Urban Development, PHED and Health care.

Member of Parliamentary Committee on Estimates, Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, Consultative Committee on Health and Family Welfare and Central Silk Board.

Professional work
He was instrumental on digitisation of health services in the time of pandemic and had launched Digitised platform of Flagship Health Schemes on (NHA)’s IT platform. The whole process of delivery of healthcare services to eligible beneficiaries under national health scheme is made paper less.

Choubey had piloted medical mobile unit project under his constituency Buxar where the facility of tele-medicine , pathological tests and online medical consultation was facilitated. The mobile unit is named ' Aarogya wahan' and it is piloted in all constituencies in Buxar.

Choubey ministry has provisioned and had exceeded the quota of Remdesivir injection to 2 Lakhs in the state of Bihar in May 2021.

In June 2019, Children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts have been plagued with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has resulted in loss of lives. In order to address the growing concern, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan called for a media briefing. There were reports that MoS Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey was sleeping during the same and later clarified that he was in deep thoughts during the crisis call.

On being questioned by the media, he said 'Main manan chintan bhi karta hoon na, main so nahi raha tha' (I contemplate also. I was not sleeping). In September 2019, Ashwini Choubey said that Cow Urine should be used in medicines and treatment of cancer, for which he was severely criticised for lack of scientific temper. He also pointed out that the former prime minister Morarji Desai used to consume cow urine as it cures various diseases.

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