Members of the HLC

Dr.LM Singhvi (Cabinet Rank as Chairman HLC)
Currently a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha 1998-2004) and a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India, Dr Singhvi was first elected to Parliament (in the Lok Sabha) in 1962. He has held many distinguished posts in his long career of public service. Some of them were : Advocate General of India (1970 to 1977); UN Special Rapporteur on the impartiality and Independence of the Judiciary, Jurors and Assessors and Independence of Lawyers (1979-87); Honorary Bencher and Master of the Middle Temple (1987); High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom from early 1991 to end of 1997 and President Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts( since 1999). Currently he is a member of several prestigious bodies among which are Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague (2000), Commission of Inquiry into Administration of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago; He also has professional and academic connections all over the world. These include the International Legal Centre in New York (of which he was a Trustee, 1967-76); International Conference on Legal Aid (Chairman, 1969); World Conference of Judges & Lawyers (Co-Chairman, 1980); Public Law Centre, London (Patron); Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London (Honorary Fellow); The Hunger Project in London (Patron); and many Indian and British Universities, where he was an Hon.Visiting Professor and from which he was the recipient of several LL.Ds and D.Litts The President of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1998 in recognition of his pre-eminent contributions to Public Law and Public Affairs.

Member: Shri R. L Bhatia
Like the Chairman Shri R L Bhatia is also a Member of Parliament. A senior member of the Indian National Congress, he currently represents the Amritsar constituency in the Lok Sabha. His current tenure in Parliament follows his seventh successful election starting from 1972. During his long political career, Shri Bhatia has held many important posts such as General Secretary of All India Congress Committee, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Petitions and Member of the Committee of Privileges(1980-83) and Minister of State for External Affairs(1996). Widely travelled, he has been a member of the ndian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1975.

Member: Shri JR Hiremath
A career diplomat, Shri Hiremath retired from the Indian Foreign Service in 1989 as Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative of India to the European offices of the UN, the IAEA and the UNIDO. For two years after that, he was the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Southern African Affairs and the AFRICA Fund. Thereafter, he was a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow researching on the then prevailing conditions of the people of Indian origin in South Africa and their likely prospects in non-racists future that was about to be born. Since 1994, Shri Hiremath has enlarged the scope of his interests to cover diasporic problems and prospects in other parts of the world.

Member: Shri Baleshwar Agarwal
Starting his professional career as an Engineer, Shri Agarwal soon switched gears and in 1949, became a publisher of patriotic literature in Hindi and English. Two years later, he had taken up the challenging task of establishing Hindustan Samachar. In due course, he had converted it into a news agency using Nagari script teleprinters to transmit news to its outlets in almost all the state capitals. But Shri Agarwal's most significant contribution to public service has been the leadership he has provided since 1978 to the Antar-Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad, Bharat (Indian Council for International Cooperation). An NGO, the ARSP has been engaged in strengthening the existing links between the people of Indian origin all over the world and their country of origin. 

Member Secretary: Shri JC Sharma
Hailing from a family with a tradition of service to the Nation, Shri Sharma joined the Armed forces (along with his two brothers) and took active part in the 1971 war. Shri J C Sharma and one of  his brothers were decorated with the Sena Medal and the  Vir Chakra, respectively,  for gallantry in Bangladesh operations. Apart from several stints at the Headquarters of  the Ministry of External Affairs and also the Ministry of Defence , his varied foreign assignments in the diplomatic service took him to places like Tokyo, Jakarta and Vietnam. A respected scholar, his keen interest in India's cultural relations with South East Asia resulted in his authoring two highly acclaimed books on Hindu and other temples in Vietnam. His two tenures as Consul General in Vancouver and Chicago brought him into close contact with the Indian Diaspora, and gave him an insight into their problems and difficulties, as well as their varied demands and expectations from their country of origin. Shri J C Sharma is the Member Secretary of the HLC and also its Contact Person