Hon. Members, as you are aware, in a tragic helicopter crash at Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh on 31 March, 2005 we lost two of our former colleagues Shri O.P.Jindal and Shri Surender Singh.

Shri Om Prakash Jindal was a Member of the Eleventh Lok Sabha from 1996 to 1997 representing Kurukshetra Parliamentary Constituency of Haryana.

Shri Jindal was a Member of the Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution for 1996 to 1997.

He was elected to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha in February, 2005 and was the Minister of Power in the Government of Haryana at the time of his death.

An industrialist by profession, Shri Jindal was the founder of the Jindal Group of Industries. By the dint of his indefatigable efforts and hard work, he transformed the Jindal Group which was started with a modest capital, into one of the leading industrial establishments of the country. His name also figured in the Forbes World's Richest People List.

A visionary and philanthropist, Shri Jindal worked relentlessly for the welfare of labour and downtrodden people. He played a significant role in unifying various communities and in the development of agriculture.

A son of the soil, Shri Jindal was a role model for the country's entrepreneurs. He was the Chairman of the N.C. Jindal Charitable Trust; Patron and Trustee of Agroha Vikas Trust and Agroha Medical College.

Shri Om Prakash Jindal died at the age of 75.

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