During his school days, Dr. Raman Singh was riveted by the principles and ideologies of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He used the leadership qualities within him to organize the Youth Movement of the Bahratiya Jana Sangh. In 1966-67, he became the president of the Kawardha Youth Movement. In 1983-84, he was elected as the Councillor of the Kawardha Muncipal Shitala Ward.
Soon, the scope of his political activism began to widen. From 1990-92 and then from 1993-98, he was the member of the Madhya Pradesh state legislature. During this period, he was also a member of the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee. Along with this, he shouldered the responsibility of editing the assembly magazine ‘Vidhayani’. In 1999, on the instructions of the BJP he contested the elections for the Rajnandgaon constituency. The role of BJP’s sincerely diligent and disciplined soldier played by him, took the party to the summit of excellence and Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was extremely impressed by him.
He made Dr. Raman Singh, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, in his government. He was universally praised for his role as a Union Minister. Dr. Raman Singh led the industrial fairs on behalf of India in Israel, Nepal, Palestine, and Dubai.
In 2003 when the first elections of Chhattisgarh state were to be declared, the party was in search of a man who would be capable of efficiently handling the organization months before elections. Endowed with the capability and ability to unite people, Dr. Raman Singh was the ultimate choice. After resigning from the post of a Union Minister, he gladly agreed to accept the responsibility of state organization.
For the first time, BJP won the Chhattisgarh assembly elections. Generally, Chhattisgarh was known as the kingdom of Congress. 1st December 2003 was recorded as BJP’s victory day in the history of Chhattisgarh. Dr. Raman Singh became Chhattisgarh’s first elected Chief Minister. With this began the process of creating a new record. In his first term, Dr. Raman Singh was declared as the most successful Chief Minister by a reputed national weekly. This decision was based on the findings of a national survey that was neutral. According to a recent national survey, Dr. Raman Singh has been considered the second most successful and popular Chief Minister.
Under the guidance of Dr. Raman Singh Chhattisgarh has been able to establish record breaking versatile development. The state has earned a new identity in the eyes of the nation and world. His description is the subject of an independent book. Some examples can be given briefly. Chhattisgarh has been placed on top for the excellent implementation of the SC, ST youth elevation 20-point program of 2006-07.
This decision was based on the assessment of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Looking at Chhattisgarh’s human development, the UN recognized its efforts with the most prestigious award.
During his days as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh received national appreciation for superb fiscal management. Accordingly, the Reserve Bank of India established its branch in Raipur on 2nd January 2007. It is noteworthy, that in the successful implementation of the President’s Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme in Chhattisgarh, it is the constant leader for the past three years.
It will also be useful to mention the fact that, the Urban Development Ministry CRI has awarded Chhattisgarh the second prize for the state’s urban modernization.
Dr. Raman Singh has been awarded with the prestigious title of ‘Vikas Purush’ due to the versatile developments Chhattisgarh has achieved under his leadership. Apart from this, abundant capital has been raised for the development of the state’s electricity, road and water resources. As a result, the evidences of infrastructure development can be seen all around the state. For quite some time, the unavailability of clean drinking water in rural and tribal areas led to the outbreak of diseases. Before the formation of the state, a large number of people suffered from premature death every year due to these diseases in Bastar and Surguja. The echoes of these people can be heard in the parliament!
Young Dr. Raman Singh would feel the pain of these people. After becoming the Chief Minister of the state, he made pure drinking water supply to millions of poor and helpless families, the government’s top priority. With the goal of providing villages with clean drinking water, he also implemented plans for irrigation to thirsty fields, expanding canals and preventing the draining of river water.
Today, farmers are getting the rich rewards of these efforts. Mainly dependent on monsoons for irrigation, the farmers of Chhattisgarh could only harvest Kharif crops. With increase in irrigation facilities, farmers are now able to grow multiple crops. Since, villages were now better connected to cities by road, farmers began to get a good value for their crops.
Along with that, now it is easy to quickly drive perishable products like vegetables and milk to markets. Agro-based small and medium enterprises are now being promoted. In order to expand rural employment, plans have been implemented for forest medicine and marketing of minor forest produce – these plans are now showing signs of success. Popular for its bio-diversity and forest medicines, Chhattisgarh is fast gaining an important place on the industrial world map, under the guidance of Dr. Raman Singh.
Depending on the increasing abundance of industrial investments, the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry declared Chhattisgarh as the leading state for industrial investment in January 2007.The state made a record investment of Rs 1,07,899.
With the goal of encouraging international as well as domestic industrialists to invest in the state in 2004-2005, Dr. Raman Singh embarked on a tour to United Kingdom, America and Canada. The state saw these efforts bear fruits with plentiful foreign investments in Chhattisgarh. Indians in those countries and citizens of Indian origin were affected by Dr. Raman Singh's personality and behaviour. The Indo - American Community of North America and Chhattisgarh NRI Association honoured Dr. Raman Singh with the “Outstanding Person Award”.
Chhattisgarh received its first award for the procurement of paddy first time under the leadership of Dr. Raman Singh. This award was given by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh himself. Chhattisgarh state is called the “Rice Bowl of India”; this line proves his efforts, justifying the significant award!
On February 3rd, 2008, the Supreme Court Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan conferred the honour of “India’s Greatest Representative Identity” upon Dr. Raman Singh at a glittering ceremony in Pune. There are many more honours and laurels recorded in Dr. Raman Singh’s treasure. But he believes that the greatest reward for him till date is the trust of Chhattisgarh’s 2.5 crore people. This trust keeps Dr. Raman Singh dynamic and confident. It does not let him sleep. It does not let him retire. This traveller’s vision is focused on achieving the pinnacle of growth. The name of this pinnacle is the overall growth of Chhattisgarh.