Minister of IT, BT


Priyank Kharge

Hon'ble ITBT Minister of Karnataka
#289, 17th cross, Sadashivangar — Bangalore, Karnataka 560080


Born 22 November 1978, Bengaluru

Politician, Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly: Chittapur
Member of the Indian National Congress
Member: Sub-Legislation Committee, Govt of Karnataka
Member: Legislative House Committee – NICE, Govt of Karnataka
Member: Simplification & Strengthening of Schemes, Govt of Karnataka
Member: Library Committee, Govt. of Karnataka
Advisory Member: Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development Board
Member: University of Agricultural Sciences
Member: Climate Parliament
Education: Advanced Dip. Graphic Designer + Animation
Entrepreneur + Consultant

Political Initiatives

  • Conceptualized a first of its kind Center of Excellence in Aerospace/Aviation for the Govt. of Karnataka
  • Initiated the country specific pavilions for global investors meet, Invest Karnataka
  • Conceptualized employable based training scheme “Yuva Yuga” for Dept. of Labour, Govt of Karnataka
  • Proposed and initiated a School of Economics to be set up in Bengaluru to commemorate Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s 125th birth Anniversary along with the London School of Economics
  • Contributed to the Ease of Doing Business in Karnataka report
  • Instrumental in initiating National Investment Manufacturing Zone in Chittapur, a 12500 acres industrial township
  • Proposed a separate Bengaluru Tourism Council and branding of the city to promote tourism in Bengaluru
  • Initiated the e-ICDS on trail basis in anganwadis of Tumkur
  • Proposed and sealed foreign collaboration for introduction of new courses with Dept. of Higher Education in sports sciences, cyber security, aerospace & robotics
  • White Paper Submissions and Policy Recommendations for Govt. of Karnataka:
    • Recommendations to Sports Policy, Dept. of Youth Services & Sports
    • Amendments to Apprentice Act, Dept. of Labour
    • Transferable Development Rights, Dept. of Urban Development
    • Cyber Security recommendations, Dept. of Home
    • NRI Policy, Govt. of Karnataka
    • Industrial Policy (HK Region) 2016
    • Advertising Policy, BBMP
    • Media + Film City Concepts
    • Sports Academy in Hyd-Kar region
    • Real Estate Regulation Bill in state
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation, London 2014
  • World Education Forum and British Council     Delegation, London 2016
  • Partnered the administration with Singapore based non profit organization, Billion Bricks to make villages of Chittapur open defecation free
  • Introduced the MLA helpline for the constituency, a first in Hyderabad-Karnataka
  • Construction of Nagavi education campus in 32 acres, a first at the taluk level
  • Irrigated over 30,000 hectares in less than 2 years spending over 220 Cr
  • Providing the most conducive environment for business investments with over 6000 Cr investments flowing in
  • Rejuvenation and enrichment of over 100 water bodies
  • First to implement CSR activities in the region with over 15 Cr annually
  • Conceptualized and implemented “Namma Uru, Namma Hemme” (My village, my pride), a unique citizen and Govt initiative that banks on the participation of the citizen in development. Rs. 50 lakhs per village has been allocated withver 20 villages are under this scheme
  • First to have a taluk level indoor sports stadium

 Political Experience

  1. Member of Legislative Assembly – Chittapur,  Karnataka From 2013 till present
  2. Position Held: Vice President – Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee From: 2011 To: 2013
  3. Position Held: General Secretary: Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee From: 2007  To: 2011
  4. Position Held: General Secretary: Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee From: 2007 To: 2007
  5. Position Held: Secretary: Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee From: 2005  To: 2007
  6. Position Held: General Secretary: State NSUI From: 2001 To: 2005
  7. Position Held: College General Secretary: NSUI From: 2000 To: 2001
  8. Position Held: Member of INC
  9. From: 1999 to Present


National Cadet Corps – AIR WING

  • Over 5 years of experience
  • Best Cadet for 2 years
  • Attended National Integration Camps in Goa & Karnataka
  • Attended Pre Republic Day Selection Camp in Rourkela, Orissa
  • Attended over 3 basic camps in Karnataka
  • Chosen among 5 in Karnataka for training in engine gliders

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