S R Vijaya Kumar, Chennai Central: First time MP focussed on mobility


S R Vijaya Kumar, MP, Chennai Central constituency

A first time Lok Sabha MP representing Chennai Central constituency, S R Vijaya Kumar is known for his impeccable record in Parliament. Chennai Central constituency consists of six assembly constituencies — Villivakkam, Harbour, Egmore, Anna Nagar, Thousand Lights and Chepauk – Thiruvallikeni.

S R Vijaya Kumar, 44 is an Advocate at the Madras High Court. He is an economics graduate from Kandaswamy Naidu College (1993-96). After completing a degree in Law from Dr Ambedkar Government Law College in 2001, Vijaya Kumar started practising at the Madras High Court. 

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijay Kumar (AIADMK) defeated Dayanidhi (DMK) by over 45,841 votes. Belonging to the AIADMK, Vijay Kumar has held many roles in the party such as District Deputy Secretary of the students wing, District Student Secretary and State Secretary.  However, he didn’t get a ticket from the AIADMK to contest in the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April-May 2019. Chennai goes to vote on April 18th.

S R Vijaya Kumar, MP, Chennai Central constituency

Personal Information

Name: S R Vijaya Kumar

Age:     44 years

Constituency: Chennai Central

Address: New/Old D.No:77/13, Ward No:105, Valluvar Street, Arumbakkam, Chennai-600106

Profession:Advocate, Madras High Court

Educational qualifications: B.A (Economics), Kandasamy Naidu College, 1993-1996 ; B.L., Dr.Ambedkar Govt.Law College, 2001-2004

Name enrolled as voter in: Chennai Central (Tamil Nadu) constituency , at Serial no 659 in Part no 151


Term:  2014 – present

Email:  srvijayakumar74@gmail.com

Contact: 9840137037

Other online presence: Facebook

Assets & Liabilities (2014)

Movable assets 39,01,506
Immovable assets 95,0000
Total 4,851,506
Liabilities 3,50,483

Source: myneta.info  [All figures in INR]

Positions held

  • Standing Committee Membership — Railways
  • Member, Committee on Government Assurances
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Source: Loksabha

MP Performance

S R Vijaya Kumar has done fairly well in terms of attendance and his participation in debates. He attained 100 percent attendance in five monsoon and budget sessions during his five-year-tenure. However, in the budget session of 2016, his attendance dipped to 8 percent.  

Vijay Kumar did not introduce any private member bill during his tenure as an MP.

MP Attendance No of Debates No of questions asked Private Member’s Bill
S R Vijaya Kumar 79% 63 917 0
National average 80% 67.1 293 2.3
State (TN) average 78% 46.6 453 0

Vijay Kumar has been vocal about the constituency-related issues as he demanded modernisation of Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations and provided adequate relief to victims of the 2015 devastating floods in Tamil Nadu.

He also spoke about renaming Chennai Central railway station as MGR Railway station in the parliament, which was fulfilled by Prime Minister recently.

Here are some of the key issues that he took up at the business of the House through the debates he participated in:

  • The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • Amendments in MoU Regarding Chennai Metro Rail Project
  • Discussion on Price Rise
  • Demand to include the fishermen of Tamil Nadu in Scheduled Tribes
  • Discussion on Sustainable Development Goals
  • Opposition to construction of the dam across the river Cauvery at Mekedatu

For complete list of debates participated in by the MP, click here.

Source: PRS Legislative Research

MPLAD funds

Out of 25 crores allocated to Chennai Central constituency, Vijay Kumar has put 2.84 crores to the use.

Recommended amount 29,52,35,900
Sanctioned amount 3,72,31,300
Utilised amount   2,8425985

He has used the MPLAD funds in 52 projects related to bus route, education, electricity and zonal development. He has recommended works worth 29.5 crores in regards to construction of bus shelters in Egmore, providing mini mass lights and infrastructure to the educational institutions across his constituency. In the sanctioned funds of Rs 3,72,31,300, he has utilised a sum of Rs 2,84,25,985. He still has not utilised Rs 88,05,315 from the sanctioned amount.

Some of the local projects completed by S R Vijaya Kumar are:

  • Construction of Bus Shelter at new park
  • Providing mini High Mast Light at Egmore
  • Construction of Volley Ball ground at Canal Street
  • Purchase of gym apparatus for gym building back side in Zone 8
  • Providing RO facilities (500 litres) at Gangadeeswarar Kovil Street in Zone 8

Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, GOI

MP in news

Tamil Nadu recently launched the pension scheme called Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan scheme for workers in the unorganized sector. MP Vijay kumar was in the frontlines, as the scheme was launched by Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman. According to newsreports, 20,000 unorganised workers had already enrolled themselves on the first day.

S R Vijay Kumar was also in the news for raising the issue of fast trains being operated on the slow lines of Chennai Beach – Chengalpet section. He also raised issues about lack of CCTV functioning in Mambalam and Park railway station, lack of escalator and lift in Nungambakkam and lack of food plaza in Chennai Central stations, according to this report.

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