Hon’ble Minister for SC/ST Development & Parliamentary Affairs
Shri. A. K. Balan serving as Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward classes, Law, Culture and Parliamentary Affairs since 2016. Minister for Electricity and SC/ST Development in the Left Democratic Front government under V. S. Achuthanandan from 2006-2011 and a member of Central Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist). He represents the Tarur constituency in the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
He was Secretary and President of S.F.I. State Committee (1979-1982); Chairman, Thalassery Brennan College Union (1973-74); President, Palakkad District Council (1989-91); Chairman, K.S.F.E. (1996-2001); District President and Secretary, C.I.T.U. Palakkad; All India Executive Committee Member and State Vice-President, C.I.T.U.; State Secretariat and Central Committee Member, C.P.I. (M). He was elected to Parliament from Ottappalam (1980-85) and served as Member for Estimates Committee and Defence Consultation Committee.
He is first electricity minister of any state in Indian history to electrify a district completely. In February 2010, under his ministry Palakkad was declared first district in India to be fully electrified. Kerala won the National Award for Energy Conservation during His period of ministry.