Ramchandra Prasad Singh


Ram Chandra Prasad Singh is an Indian politician and former national president of Janata Dal (United).[3] He is also a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from Bihar since 2010. He was a UP cadre IAS officer before joining politics.[4] He was also principal secretary of Nitish Kumar.[2][5]He became Minister of Steel in Second Modi ministry when cabinet overhaul happened.[6]

Ramchandra Prasad Singh
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Minister of Steel
Assumed office
7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byDharmendra Pradhan
National President of Janata Dal (United)
In office
27 December 2020 – 31 July 2021
Preceded byNitish Kumar
Succeeded byLalan Singh
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
8 July 2010 – 4 July 2022
Succeeded byKhiru Mahto
Personal details
Born (1958-07-06) 6 July 1958 (age 63)[1]
Mustaffapur, Nalanda, Bihar
Political partyJanata Dal (United)
Other political
National Democratic Alliance
Girija Singh
(m. 1982)
Children2 (including Lipi Singh)
Nickname(s)RCP Singh[2]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1] His daughter, Lipi Singh, is a 2016-batch IPS officer and second daughter Lata is a Lawyer.[7]


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.[1][8]


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.[9]

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.


  • Got elected to Rajya Sabha in June 2010.
  • Served as Member of Standing Committee on Railway, DOPT, Home.
  • Served as Member of Consultative Committee on External Affairs and Home.
  • Joined JDU in 2010. Given the assignment of General Secretary.
  • Later elevated as General Secretary (Organisation) of JDU.
  • Served as National President JDU from 27 December 2020 to 31 July 2021.
  • Took oath as Union Cabinet Minister of Steel, Govt. of India on 7 July 2021.


  1. ^ a b c "Detailed Profile: Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh". India.gov.in. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Nalin Verma (1 June 2010). "RS reward for Nitish's trusted RCP". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Nitish Kumar's JD(U) successor an ex-IAS officer who cleared UPSC before graduating". ThePrint. 28 December 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  4. ^ "RCP Singh—Meet the IAS officer-turned politician who becomes new JD(U) president - The Financial Express". www.financialexpress.com. 27 December 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  5. ^ Ahmad, Soroor (1 June 2019). "Bihar: JDU leaders unhappy with the new cabinet of Modi Sarkar 2". National herald. Retrieved 31 October 2020. 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.
  6. ^ "Modi cabinet rejig: Full list of new ministers". India Today. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. ^ Singh, Rohit Kumar (23 August 2019). "Lady Singham: How this Bihar woman cop made 'bahubali' MLA Anant Singh flee for his life". India Today. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Ramchandra Prasad Singh(Janata Dal (United)(JD(U))):(BIHAR) - Affidavit Information of Candidate:". myneta.info. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Shri Ram Chandra Prasad Singh Highlights Importance of Training for People from All Walks of Life". pib.gov.in. Retrieved 22 February 2022.