Full time politician since the year 1983, Dr. A. K. Walia has an unblemished political career, having been entrusted with high responsibilities within the Congress-ruled state government in New Delhi. Among his distinguished political responsibilities, Minister of Finance, Planning, Urban Development, Land & Building are key areas where he served with his highest faith and dignity.
It was late Congress leader HKL Bhagat who brought Walia Ji into politics. When Walia Ji was assigned with the task to organize political meetings and public gatherings for the party, HKL Bhagat got him a ticket for assembly election for 1993 assembly election in New Delhi. And thus his journey as an active and dedicated politician began. In 1993, 1997, and 2003 assembly election, he was sent to Delhi legislative assembly and he did his duty as a sincere social worker.
Before joining politics, he had a successful professional career as a qualified doctor and he ran his medical practice for more than 18 years. He completed MBBS from MGM Medical College, Indore in 1972. Being a bachelor, he says “Being a bachelor my material needs are limited.”
Walia Ji’s Achievements during his spotless political career:
When he was Health Minister, he started 24hrs. Emergency & Maternity services in more than twelve hospitals. Besides, he is recognized for introducing MMR and Hepatitis vaccines as a main part of the regular immunization program in Delhi state for the first time in India.
In addition to his contributions to the society as a Health Minister, he is known for providing incinerators in hospitals for disposing wastes. Being a doctor, he was well aware of the need to have ultramodern equipment in hospitals. Walia Ji pioneered several key initiatives to curb diseases such as TB, AIDS, and Leprosy.
When he took the responsibility as a PWD Minister, he accomplished more than 15 flyovers during his tenure. With an objective to make Delhi a world class city in line with 2010 Commonwealth Games, he proposed to build 26 new flyovers and 31 foot over bridges with electronic escalators.