Jitendra Singh is a Union Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. He was a practising doctor with a specialisation in endocrinology. Currently he holds the following portfolios — Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region, Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, and Department of Space.
Jitendra Singh got elected to the 16th Lok Sabha after defeating Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress in the Udhampur constituency of Jammu and Kashmir.
He is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Executive member and had been the chief spokesperson for the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.
Author of eight books and a newspaper columnist, he has previously been a professor of diabetes and endocrinology, a consultant and clinical practitioner. Coming from a Rajput family, Singh is an ex-chairman of National Scientific Committee on Diabetes and the Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India.
He resigned from his government job as a professor Medicine (Diabetes) for pursuing a political career. He played a pivotal role in 2008 Amarnath Land Row Agitation, as a member of the core committee of Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti.
He has contributed over five thousand published articles to the press, including a widely read syndicated column ‘Tales of Travesty’. He was also the first ever medical professional to be conferred the ‘Jamna Devi Gian Devi’ award for journalism.
Jitendra Singh has been retained as the BJP candidate from Udhampur for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He has vouched for the special status of Jammu and Kashmir conferred by the constitution of India to be revoked. He will fight Vikramaditya Singh, the 54-year-old grandson of the last Dogra ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, and son of Congress leader Karan Singh, for the Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency.