Ram Chandra Prasad Singh is an Indian politician and former national president of Janata Dal (United). He is also a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Bihar since 2010. He was a UP cadre IAS officer before joining politics. He was also principal secretary of Nitish Kumar.He became Minister of Steel in Second Modi ministry when cabinet overhaul happened.
Ramchandra Prasad Singh
|Minister of Steel|
|Assumed office |
7 July 2021
|Prime Minister||Narendra Modi|
|Preceded by||Dharmendra Pradhan|
|National President of Janata Dal (United)|
27 December 2020 – 31 July 2021
|Preceded by||Nitish Kumar|
|Succeeded by||Lalan Singh|
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
8 July 2010 – 4 July 2022
|Succeeded by||Khiru Mahto|
|Born||6 July 1958|
Mustaffapur, Nalanda, Bihar
|Political party||Janata Dal (United)|
|National Democratic Alliance|
|Children||2 (including Lipi Singh)|
Singh was born in Mustaffapur in Nalanda district, Bihar to Sukhdeo Narayan Singh and Dukhalalo Devi. He married Girija Singh on 21 May 1982, with whom he has two daughters. His daughter, Lipi Singh, is a 2016-batch IPS officer and second daughter Lata is a Lawyer.
He completed his primary education in his village and passed Twelfth grade from Patna Science College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History from Patna College in 1979 and did Masters in International relations From School of International studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1982.
He Initially joined IRS (income tax) and completed the training. He resigned from IRS after getting selected in IAS in the year 1984, he was allotted the UP cadre. He worked in various roles typical to an IAS officer both in state government and on central deputation.
While working in central deputation he came in contact with Nitish Kumar and worked as his private secretary for 7 years. He worked as Principal Secretary to Nitish Kumar after he was elected chief minister of Bihar in 2005 Bihar Legislative Assembly election. He took voluntary retirement from the Indian administrative service in 2010 and joined the Nitish Kumar led JDU to start his political career.
According to JD(U) sources, the party wanted cabinet berths for former bureaucrat and Rajya Sabha member R C P Singh and newly-elected MP from Munger Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh and MoS status for Purnea MP Santosh Kushwaha.R C P Singh is a Kurmi and also comes from Nitish Kumar's home district of Nalanda, Lalan is a Bhumihar and Santosh a Kushwaha. The party cannot afford to lose the goodwill of any other two castes by nominating only one minister. Thus it deemed it fit not to join the government at all, said a party leader.