Satyendra Kumar Jain, an architect by profession, quit his job with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) due to prevailing corruption in the Department and turned to politics.
An MLA from Shakur Basti, 49-year-old Jain defeated BJP’s Shyam Lal Garg by a margin of 7,062 votes.
Mr. Jain, among six MLAs, has been chosen to be part of the cabinet headed by Arvind Kejriwal — who has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
He has been allocated the Health and Industries Department in the Kejriwal-led Delhi government.
Mr. Jain had actively participated in the Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement where he came in touch with Arvind Kejriwal.
A well known social worker, he helped Chitrakoot-based social organisation Drishti, working for visually impaired girls, with the construction of the organisation’s building.
He is also associated with social organisation Sparsh — which works for mentally challenged children — and organises mass marriages for poor girls.
A native of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Jain — who lives in Saraswati Vihar in a joint family — starts his day at 6.30 a.m. meeting people and listening to their problems.