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New Delhi, 6 August 2019: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla; former Deputy Prime Minister Shri L. K. Advani; Members of Parliament and former Members of Parliament paid floral tributes at the portrait of the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Dr. G.S. Dhillon in the Central Hall of Parliament House, on his birth anniversary today. The Secretary-General of Lok Sabha Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava also paid floral tributes to Dr. Dhillon. A booklet containing the profile of Dr. Dhillon, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries. Dr. G.S. Dhillon was a multi-faceted personality with interests that ranged from law to journalism and from education and sports to constitutional studies. Dr. Dhillon started his parliamentary career as a member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly from 1952 to 1967. He was elected Deputy Speaker of the Assembly in 1952 and remained in Office till 1954. He was elected the Speaker in 1954 and held the office till 1962. During 1965-66, he was Minister in the Punjab Government. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1967. On 8 August 1969, he was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Fourth Lok Sabha. After his return to the Fifth Lok Sabha in 1971, Dr. Dhillon was re-elected as the Speaker on 22 March 1971. He was also a Member of the Eighth Lok Sabha. Dr. Dhillon resigned from the Office of the Speaker on 1 December 1975 and became the Minister of Shipping and Transport in the Union Cabinet. He was Minister of Agriculture from 12 May 1986 to 14 February 1988. In his long and distinguished public life, Dr. Dhillon served the country in various capacities, including as member of the Planning Commission and Indian High Commissioner to Canada. Dr. Dhillon passed away on 23 March 1992.



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