Mr. K.J. Alphons is a transformational leader, former member of the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister and Bureaucrat (IAS), and a social worker.
He served in the Indian Administrative Service from 1979 to 2006 when he voluntarily retired from the service. For his outstanding work, he was featured in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1994. He pioneered the Literacy Movement in India by making Kottayam in Kerala the first 100 percent literate town in India in 1989. He is credited with the demolition of 14,310 illegal buildings in Delhi, and reclamation of land worth Rs.10,000 crores, as Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority.
Mr. Alphons was appointed as Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism. Under his leadership, India was ranked No. 3 in Global Tourism by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Report 2018.
Presently, he is an elected member of the Rajya Sabha and member of several committees and councils such as the Committee on External Affairs, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence, the Executive Council of the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, and the like.
Mr. Alphons has several publications to his credit including, Making a Difference (1996), India Mattathinte Muzhakkam (Malayalam), 1996, and Badlav Ke Liye, 1998 (Hindi).