Industries, NRI, State Enterprises Department, DMIC, Youth Affairs and Sports.
An alumnus of Doon School and St Stephen’s College, Gajendra Singh Khimsar is perhaps the most elitist minister in Vasundhara Raje’s Cabinet. As one who can articulate his views and put forth the government’s vision to the corporate world, Khimsar has one of the most important portfolios in the Raje Cabinet- that of Industry.
Now that Raje is going all out to woo the corporate world, visiting countries, signing MOUs and wooing investors for the Resurgent Rajasthan summit and the promised 15 lakh jobs to the state’s youth, Khimsar is helping her to achieve the dream to an extent.
Raje places a lot of trust on him and had entrusted him with the energy department in her previous stint from 2003-2008. He has been a MLA in the Rajasthan Assembly since 2003. Incidentally, both have royal connections.
Gajendra Khimsar has chosen Lohawat instead of his principality Khimsar in the last two elections. In 2003, Khimsar defeated Congress heavyweight Harendra Mirdha from Nagaur.
A management graduate from Canada, Gajendra Singh hails from the royal principality of Khimsar. He is a MLA from Lohawat in Jodhpur district.
Born on 25th Dec, 1959 in the Khimsar royal family, he is the 20th direct descendent of Rao Karamsi, founder of the Karamsot clan of Rathore and is owner of the Khimsar group of heritage hotels.
Married to Priti Kumari, he has two children- Dhananjai Singh and Urvashi Kumari. A good squash player, he is a sports enthusiast as well.
A hotelier by profession, the Khimsar Group of Hotels has been recipient of the ‘National Grand Heritage Award For Excellence’- the highest recognition conferred upon any heritage property by the Department of Tourism, Government of India.