NAVEEN JINDAL

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Member of Parliament, Kurukshetra

Member of Parliament, KurukshetraNaveen Jindal has been an active Member of Parliament ever since he first entered the Lok Sabha in 2004. A regular attendee at all sessions, his powerful speeches and interventions in the House have raised issues that are of significance at the national and local level. Over the years he has been a voice of the people of Haryana - and in particular Kurukshetra - in the Lower House, raising questions about development activities in his constituency including the Kaithal railway bridge, Shahbad-Thol railway over-bridge, a railway over-bridge at Yamuna Nagar, a four-lane-highway from Yamuna Nagar to Pehowa and trauma centres at Yamuna Nagar and Kurukshetra.

Naveen has carried his passion for the National Flag into the Parliament complex. Following his repeated efforts, on February 18, 2010, the Rules Committee of the Lok Sabha accepted his proposal to allow MPs display the Tricolour as a lapel pin while seated in the House. The Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha, did not permit the MPs to wear badges of any kind while seated in the House. An exception has now been made for the 'Tiranga'.

His sustained 3-year effort led to the Central Government making Indian currency acceptable at Duty Free Shops at all international airports in the country. This was a no mean achievement. On August 21, 2002, Naveen wrote a letter to the then NDA government's Minister of Tourism and Culture articulating his concerns about the non-acceptance of Indian currency within India at the Duty Free Shops run by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), even though FEMA rules permit an Indian resident to carry up to Rs 5,000 while travelling abroad. Over a period of three years (during which time the Congress party came back to power with the UPA), Naveen had to pursue the matter with the Ministry, ITDC and the Reserve Bank of India. Considering the issues of national pride at stake, he finally took up the matter with then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. In early 2005, the Centre at last decided to make Indian currency acceptable at Duty Free Shops at international airports in India.

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