Shri Babu Parmanand
Babu Parmanand was born on 10th August 1932 at village Sarore, Tehsil R.S.Pura, District Jammu. He did his M.A. in Economics & LL.B. from Aligarh University. He got elected to the Legislative Assembly of J&K for the first time in 1962 from the Ramgarh Constituency. Thereafter he got elected to the Assembly for five times from different Constituencies of J&K. He served as the Minister for Social Welfare and Transport in 1967 and as the Minister for Local Bodies, Housing Corporation in 1972. He was elected as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of J&K in 1980. He was appointed as the Minister for Finance and Power in Dr. Farooq Abdullah‟s Ministry in 1982. He remained a Member of the Legislative Assembly of J&K till 18th Jan. 1990. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Member of the Advisory Council to Governor, J&K by His Excellency G.C. Saxena in 1991 and continued in that capacity till 1995 during the Governorship of General (Retd.) Shri K.V. Krishna Rao. He served as the Governor of Haryana from 19th June 2000 to 1st July 2004.
Babu Parmanand took great interest in promoting the cause of ruralites and in the generation of literature for the downtrodden. He remained the President of Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademy J&K for the period of 10 years. He also served as the Director of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd., the Jammu Rural Bank, the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes Corporation, and the Khadi Board for a period of 12 years. He was awarded the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Award by the National Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademy in 1991-92 for the distinguished service rendered by him for the cause of the downtrodden. He remained the Editor-in-Chief of a Journal “Voice of the Depressed” and voiced forcefully through his pen for the cause of economically weaker sections of society in this publication. He died on 24 April 2008.