Dr. M. Veerappa Moily
Veerappa Moily ((born January 12,
1940) is the Minister for
Law, Justice and Company Affairs in the Government of India.He is a former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka
(19 Nov 1992 - 11 Dec 1994). He was elected to Karnataka state legislative
assembly from Karkala
constituency of Udupi
district. He was first person to become Chief Minister of Karnataka from the
undivided South Canara district (now split into Dakshina
Kannada and Udupi).
Moily is working as chairman of the Overseeing Committee appointed for
Implementation of Reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBC) by the
Government of India. He is also appointed as the Chairman of Second Administrative Reform
Commission of India. This commission has presented eight reports to
date. He was also the President of the Media Wing of the Congress and Head
Spokesperson of the party for many years. However, in May 2009, just before the
general elections, when he tried to publicly discount the importance being
given to major Opposition leaders Nitish Kumar
and Mr.L.K.Advani whom Moily's own party was actually trying to woo, he was
relinquished from both posts and Janardan
Dwivedi took charge.
- 2009 – present: Minister of
Law and Justice, Govt. of India
- 2006 – 2009: Chairman of the
Oversight Committee for implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs
in central educational institutions
- 2002 – 2004: Chairman,
Revenue Reforms Commission
- 2000 – 2002: Chairman, Tax
- 1992 – 1994: Chief Minister
- 1989 – 1992: Minister for
Law, Youth Service, Culture, Information, Parliamentary Affairs and
Education, Govt. of Karnataka
- 1983 – 1985: Leader of
Opposition, Karnataka Assembly
- 1980 – 1982: Minister for
Finance and Planning, Govt. of Karnataka
- 1974 – 1977: Minister for
Small Scale Industries, Govt. of Karnataka
- Appointed to various
committees by Indira Gandhi one of which led to the setting up of National
Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
- Practiced law in the courts
of Karkala, Mangalore, High Court in Bangalore and at the Supreme Court of
- Led the implementation of
economic reforms in Karnataka in 1992 and also responsible for drafting
& implementing the Karnataka Land Reforms Act in 1974.
- Led several projects,
policies and achievements of the State of Karnataka in ministries and
sectors such as Finance, Irrigation and Power, Urban Development and
Infrastructure, Housing and Rural Development, Empowerment, Education and
- Author of epic poem Sri
Ramayana Mahanveshanam in five volumes containing 42,295 lines in Kannada.
It is also being translated into Hindi and being published by Indira
Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
- Authored ‘Musings on India’
Part 1 & 2 in English containing articles on contemporary issues
including public finance.
- Regular columnist for leading
print publications and electronic media.
- Currently writing a book on
the steps to be taken to make India an economic superpower by year 2020.
Summary of Achievements
Chairman of Tax Reforms Commission
- Formulated a systematic
reform of the tax system resulting in improved revenue productivity and
competitiveness of the State of Karnataka.
- Karnataka Chief Minister SM
Krishna, implemented 80% of the recommendations from the commission
resulting in tax revenues increases of Rs. 2200 crores in 2003-04 from recommendations
of the commission.
Chairman of Revenue Reforms Commission
- Report submitted during
November 2003 recommending reforms in Irrigation, Health, Education and
- Revenue increases of Rs.
1800 crores from the commission’s recommendations.
- Presented the Karnataka
State Budgets for 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1980-81, 1981-82 &
- Set records of revenue
surplus during every stint as Finance Minister.
Irrigation and Power
- Led unprecedented and huge
outlays in irrigation works and helped maximize the irrigation potential
- Developed innovative
financing schemes such as Irrigation bonds which were appreciated by the
Reserve Bank of India and the World Bank.
- Cleared and conceived
massive works on the power generation and power distribution system in
Karnataka that substantially reduced the power shortage position in
- Established Krishna
Jalabhagya Nigam scheme which mobilised Rs. 13,000 crores for irrigation
Rural and Urban Development and Infrastructure
- Formulated and implemented
various drinking water schemes and employment guarantee schemes and
- Established the Karnataka
Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance to formulate and appraise
infrastructure development projects, mobilization of funds from different
sources, implementation of urban infrastructure projects, and capacity
building/training on urban development issues.
- Initiated various projects
such as the International Airport in Bangalore, International Convention
Centre, Konkan Railway, and National Games in Bangalore.
- Sanctioned and implemented
the Rs. 1200 crores ADB aid programme for the coastal region of Karnataka.
- Chief Architect of the new
Common Entrance Test (CET) system launching an admission policy for
technical education founded on merit, transparency and social justice.
- Established the nation’s
leading law institute, The National Law School University.
- Executed the Total Literacy
Programme in the State of Karnataka.
- Worked with the World Bank
to execute Universalisation of Primary Education.
- Oversaw the reform in
University Education in Karnataka. He established six universities such as
Kannada University, Rajiv Gandhi Medical University, Visweshwariah
Technical University, Karnataka Open University, Mangalore University and
- Laid the foundation for the
growth of Information Technology industry in Bangalore through various
incentives to Indian and multinational companies.
- Established the
International Information Technology Park (ITPL) at Whitefield in
- Established the Electronic
City, an IT industrial estate at Anekal, Karnataka. Electronic City now
exports Rs. 25,000 crores worth of software per annum.
- Established the Peenya
Industrial estate which is the biggest of its kind in Asia.
- Announced the new Industrial
Policy in 1993, in tune with the liberalization policy of the Govt of
India, which resulted in investment projects worth Rs. 87,000 crores in
- Sanctioned and facilitated
the establishment of the major employment generating companies such as the
Vijaynagar Steel Plant, MRPL, BSAF and Wipro in Karnataka.
Minister Mr. M.Veerappa Moily has a written a book “The edge of time” It is a
Kannada novel Tembare which examines, a complex cultural practice of coastal
Karnataka, called bhutaradhane, or the worship of hero-spirits. The Pambada
community, a marginalised dalit community, has as its hereditary profession, spirit
impersonation during elaborate rituals. Mr. Moily explored two responses to
this traditional and exploitative profession through two Pambada brothers: one
who rebels and opts for formal education, and the other who tries to revive the
true spirit of the ancient practice. (courtesy : Prasanta Varma, Advocate,
Supreme Court of India). Mr. Moily is an advocate by profession, he entered
politics about four decades ago and he became the chief minister of Karnataka
in the year 1992.
Moily is a prominent literary figures in Karnataka . He is also a regular
columnist for leading print and electronic media including The Hindu,
Samyukta Karnataka. Some of his well known
publications are listed below
- Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam -
the poem will be published across five volumes, Volumes I – IV have
already been released from February 2001 to March 2004. Originally
published in Kannada, the epic poem is being translated into Hindi.
- Musings on India – a
collection of articles, Sapna Publications and Full Circle, New Delhi,
- Suligali, Sagardeepa, Kotta
and Thembare. Originally written in Kannada, these anthropological novels
have been translated into Hindi, English and Tamil. Kotta has been
telecast as a telefilm in Kannada and Hindi directed by M.S Sathyu.
- Milana, Parajitha and
Premavendare - Dramas
- Halu-Jenu Maththe, Nadeyali
Samara and Yakshaprashne – a collection of poems.
- Ameen Sadbhavana Award in
- Devaraj Urs Prashasthi in
- Aryabhatta Award in 2001
- Dr. B.R Ambedkar Award in
- B.A, B.L., Partner in Law
Firm - Moily Associates
- Born on 12 January 1940 at
Marpadi Village, Moodibidri, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka
- Married to Malathi with four
children, three grandsons and two granddaughters
- Languages spoken include
Tulu (Mother tongue),kannada, english, and Hindi.