Honorable Governor Shri Balramji Dass Tandon was born in Amritsar, Punjab on 1st November, 1927. He completed his graduation from Punjab University, Lahore. He was actively involved in various social activities and causes of public interest. His selflessness in social service and public welfare works made Shri Tandon popular among the masses.
Started his political career as Corporator of Amritsar Municipal Corporation in 1953, Shri Balramji Dass Tandon was elected for Vidhan Sabha from Amritsar in 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1977 and from Rajpurain 1997. He has served as Cabinet Minister in Punjab in various ministries like industry, health, labour and employment. From 1979 to 1980, Shri Tandon served as the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Shri Tandon has taken part in the International Conference of Labour Department in Geneva as deputy leader of Indian delegation. He has also represented Indian team in the conference of SAARC Nations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Shri Balramji Dass Tandon played an important role in providing basic facilities to the people coming from Pakistan, after partition of the country in year 1947. During Indo-Pak war in year 1965, Shri Tandon made significant contribution in boosting the morale of people living in Amritsar district near borders. Between 1980 and 1995, he motivated the people of Punjab to fight against terrorism. As Chairman of 'Competent Foundation’, he served the poor and the needy people.Shri Tandon was jailed in 1975 to 1977 during Emergency. Even then he continued to raise issues of public interest before state government.
Shri Tandon has keen interest in sports. He has been an active sportsman of sports like wresting, volleyball, swimming and kabaddi.