About AWBI

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India

Animal Welfare Board of India

The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. Established in 1962 under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (No. 59 of 1960), the Animal Welfare Board of India was started under the stewardship of Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, well known humanitarian. From ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed, to provide grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advising the Government of India on animal welfare issues, the Board has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country for the last 50 years.
The Board consists of 28 Members. The term of office of Members is for a period of 3 years.

Constitution of India

The Animal Welfare Board of India, the first of its kind to be established by any Government in the world, was set up in 1962, in accordance with Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Acts 1960 (No.59 of 1960).
Shrimati Rukmini Devi Arundale pioneered the setting up of the Board, with its Headquaters at Chennai. She guided the activities of the Board for nearly twenty years till her demise in 1986.

  • Chairman
  • Vice - Chairman
  • Inspectors General of Forests (1)
  • Animal Husbandry Commissioner (1)
  • Rep of Miny. of Home Affairs (1)
  • Rep of Miny. of HRD (Education) (1)
  • MPs - Lok Sabha * (4)
  • MPs - Rajya Sabha * (2)
  • Individuals(3)
  • Humanitarians(3)
  • SPCAs (3)
  • AWOs (3)
  • Rep. of Indian Board for Wildlife (1)
  • Rep. of Indian Veterinary Assn. (1)
  • Rep. of Indian Medicine (1)
  • Rep. of Allopathic Medicine (1)
  • Municipal Corporations (2)

Total 28

* To be nominated

Chairman S.P.Gupta, IAS (Retd.)


Educational Qualifications :-
B.Sc (Medical), MA Public Admn, LLB
PG Diploma in Journalism, Public Relations,
Financial Management and Astrology.

He is a well known face in the field of Infrastructural Development i.e. Urban Development, Housing, Land Acquisition, Environment & Forest, Regulatory and enforcement functions, Traffic & Transport, Agriculture with special emphasis on Organic Farming, Animal Husbandry with special reference to Cow Wealth Protection and Samvardhan, etc.

Presently he is the Chairman of Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India. He has served for more than 25 years out of 35 years of his administrative service in the field of Urban Development, holding key positions in Delhi NCR such as Deputy Commissioner Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD), Additional Transport Commissioner-cum-Flying Squad Officer, Haryana at ISBT, Delhi, Director, New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC), Director in the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India and in Haryana as Administrator (HUDA) Gurgaon, Divisional Commissioner, Chief of Housing Board Haryana, & various Municipal Corporations/Committees in Haryana i.e. Faridabad, Panipat, Narnaul etc. Lately he has been Director General of Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), a premier institute of the country imparting training to civil servants i.e. IAS, IPS, other all India service officers, Haryana Civil Service Officers and other services of the state.

He is widely known as Architect of Millennium City, Gurgaon as he was instrumental in bringing Metro connectivity in Gurgaon, creating Multi Road connectivity to Delhi. His tenure brought in unprecedented boom in the Real Estate Prices in Gurgaon due to meticulous Planning & Execution of innovative strategies, plans & policies which resulted in Record Revenue of Rs 1800 Cr in one year for HUDA by Auction of Commercial Sites as against Rs 300 Cr in 30 Years since inception. As Chief Administrator, housing board, Haryana, he introduced a very innovative concept of Rural Housing in the state of Haryana by launching a Rural Housing Pilot project at Madlauda (Panipat).

He is fortunate to have attended & successfully organize various Seminars/Workshops & International Programs. Few of them being:

  • Public Sector Reforms on Good Governance at Sydney, Auckland & Kuala Lumpur
  • Development Country Policy Choices in the Global Economy at Atlanta. USA
  • International Workshop on Urban Management Sustainable Management at Rotterdam
  • Organized Seminar on the Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2013 and also made presentation before the standing committee of parliament.
  • Made Presentation before Petition Committee of Parliament on “NCR Planning Board” and Review of Meat Export Policy.
  • Continued Campaign on Toll Road Reforms through Judicial and Administrative Decisions
  • Nationwide Awareness Drives for strong & stable Government before 2014 General elections

He has been awarded several International and National Awards. Few of them being prestigious:

  • Best Administrator in the country in the Year – 2006 & again in 2007 – By Hon’ble Vice President Sh. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Hon’ble President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam Azad respectively.
  • Pride of India, Gold Award–2008 & 2009 - By Sir Anerood Jugnauth the president of the Republic of Mauritius
  • Best Chief Executive Officer in the country – By Sun Exhibition at Toronto (Canada) in 2007.
  • Gullands Excellence Award-2008 – By Lord Karan Bilimoria, Baroness Varma and Lord Sheikh under the auspices NRI Institute (UK) on 27 September, 2008 at London.
  • Excellent Award & Gold Medal in the year–2008 By Lt. General J.J. Singh the then, governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Pravasi Ratan Award-2007 – By Smt. Shiela Dixit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi.

He is a great educationist. After his retirement, he contributed as Vice Chancellor of Maharishi Markandeshwar University (MMU) Ambala by launching the University at Global Scale. The University launched various programs in multi discipline.

He's well known political analyst. He has been regularly writing & featuring in various media & TV Debates on all type of matters of public importance.

Prominent publications to his credit are:

  • Land Acquisition in India - An overview
  • NCR - Yesterday-Today and Tomorrow
  • Toll Tax-a Legalized instrument of Extortion
  • Tanavmukt Khushhaal Jeevan
  • Adarsh Dincharya
  • Right to Service Act - A Bold Initiative
  • RTI & Judicial Interpretations
  • Kamdhenu – Brahmand ka Sarvottam Prani

He is socially Active, Founder Chairman of “People’s Voice” an International NGO. At present, he is fully devoted himself for welfare of Cow-Wealth and is looking after Kamdhenu Gowdham (Bissar-Akbarpur, Mewat, Haryana) with his better half Mrs. Shashi Gupta who is President of the Gowshala. He is also undertaking a very prestigious Project of “Kamdhenu Arogya Sansthan” in the said complex where a Nature Cure Center, Senior citizen shelter home and Yoga Center is being setup, the foundation stone of which was laid by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana recently.
He is regularly giving lectures on various subjects regarding woman empowerment, moral values & ethics and how to live a stress free happy life etc in various training & educational institutes and other social gatherings.

Recently towards woman empowerment he was instrumental in setting up a Kamdhenu Sewing Training Centre at Kamdhenu Gowdham, Bissar Akbarpur, Nuh in collaboration with ‘Mahavir International’, Gurugram, where six month training is imparted to poor rural women, so that they can earn their livelihood.

Meet Our Board Members

Shri S.P. Gupta, IAS (Retd.)

Chairman, AWBI

Founder Chairman, People’s Voice, Kamdhenu Gowdham & Kamdhenu Arogya Sansthan
Village – Bissar-Akbarpur, Naurangpur-Hasanpur Road Tehsil – Taru, Dist. Nuh, Haryana – 122 105
Phone: 0129-2555602
Email: spguptachairmanawbi@gmail.com

Shri Sidhhanta Das, IFS

Director General of Forests & Special Secretary

Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India, Vayu Block, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi-110 003.
Phone: 011-24695282
Email: ishita.edu@gov.in

Dr. Suresh S.Honnappagol

Animal Husbandry Commissioner,

Ministry of Agriculture, Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi-110 011
Phone: 011-23384146
Email: ahc-dadf@nic.in

Shri V.B.Dubey

Joint Secretary (Judicial)

Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, Central Secretariat,
New Delhi -110 001.
Email: vinoydubey@yahoo.co.in

Ms.Ishita Roy

Joint Secretary (Higher Education)

Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Higher Education 109 C – Wing, Shastri Bhawan
Phone: 011-23381721
Email: ishita.edu@gov.in

Shri Soumitra Dasgupta, IFS

Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife),

Ministry of Environment Forests & Climate Change, Govt. of India, Vayu Block, V Floor, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road,
New Delhi-110 003.
Phone: 011-24364791
Email: igfwl-mef@nic.in

Shri Mohan Singh Ahluwalia

#302,G.H.S. 14,Sector 24, Panchkula , Haryana
Mobile: 9416456021
Email: mohansinghahluwalia.info@gmail.com

Shri Rajeev Gupta, IAS (Retd.)

Former Secretary, Dept. of Youth Affairs

1004, Tenth floor, Indira Bhawan Lucknow – Uttar Pradesh.
Mobile : 09873592226, 09868503311
Email: rajeev_gupta_ias@yahoo.co.in

Shri Girish J. Shah

101, Atmaj Apartment, Opp: Cumbala Hospital, August Kranti Marg, Mumbai – 400036.
Mobile : 09820020976
Email: samastmahajan9@gmail.com

Prof. R.S. Chauhan

College of Veterinary and Animal Science,

Department of Pathology, Pantnagar – 263145, Distt. U.S. Nagar, (Uttarakhand)
Mobile : 09412288343, 09711585882
Email: profrschauhan@rediffmail.com profchauhan58@gmail.com

Dr. Vaidya Hitesh Jani,

Head & No.102, Center Point Apts.

Indira Road, Near Gurudwara-361 008, Jamnagar, Gujarat Ayurved University.
Mobile : 09825212333
Email: dr_hitesh_jani2000@yahoo.com

Dr.Rajni Kaul

Scientist G,

Indian Council of Medical Research Ramalingaswamy Bhawan Post Box No. 4911, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi – 110 029
Tel: 011-26589452 / 011- 24648995
Fax: 011-26589791 Mobile : 09810826555
Email: kaulr.hq@icmr.gov.in

Shri Ram Krishan Raghuvanshi

People for Animal Jankalayan Samiti

Royal City Vidisha – 464001, Madhya Pradesh
Mobile : 09425148866
Email: ram89651@gmail.com

Mrs. Manju Pandey, IAS

Joint Secretary, (AW) Vayu Wing,

Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi-110 003.
Phone: 011-24695129
Email: manju.pandey@nic.in

Shri Ajit Sharad Kelkar

Abhinav Centre for Development of Agriculture Human Resources Samiti 75

Greater Tirupati Colony, Indore – 452 001 (MP)
Phone: 0731-2493613
Mobile : 9424877363
Email: ahrdoindia@gmail.com

Shri Dhan Pal Singh

Gayatri Parivaar, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidhyala, Haridwar,
Mobile: 09258369532
Email: dpsingh_kamal@yahoo.com

Dr. Prakash Amte Director

Amte’s Animal Ark At: Hemalkasa, Post Bhamragad, Dist. Gadchiroli,
Maharashtra – 442 710
Mobile: 7588772857 / 58 / 60
Email: aniketamte@gmail.com

Shri Rakesh Gupta

President Gopal Gausadan

New Delhi 38, Rani Jhansi Road Jhandewalan, New Delhi – 110 055
Phone. 011-23552627
Email: chairman@sadhna.com

Shri Sunil Mansinghka

Gauvigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Devlapar

Kamdhenu Bhavan, Pandit Bachrajji Vyas Chowk, Chitar Oli Mahal, Nagpur – 441 432
Tel: 0712-2772273, 2734182
Mobile : 09422101324
Email: gauvigyan@gmail.com

Ms. Anjali Gopalan

Founder of Animal Sanctuary All Creatures Great and Small

D-45, Gulmohar Park New Delhi – 110 049
Mobile: 9910308374
Email: gopalan.anjali@gmail.com

The Commissioner

Municipal Corporation of Guwahati

M.G.Road, Pan Bazaar, Guwahati -781 001, Assam
Email: gmccom@gmail.com

The Commissioner

Municipal Corporation of Hubli-Dharwad

Sir Siddappa Kambli Road Hubli : 580020 Karnataka
Email: commissioner.hdmc@gmail.com