Shri Y. S. Chowdary joined politics to make a difference to people's lives, motivated by the desire to serve and set an example. Being a first-generation politician, he had to quickly adapt to politics and devote himself to bring a change.
He joined Telugu Desam, a party he loved and admired because he was drawn to the ideas of its founder, late Sri N T Rama Rao. Having entered national politics in the year 2010, after relinquishing all positions in business and stake in various companies, he took up the challenge of working to bring back the party to power. As a highly dedicated member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), he was chosen to represent the State of Andhra Pradesh in the upper house of Indian Parliament.
He was elected as a Member of Parliament (M.P.) in the Rajya Sabha unopposed, representing the Telugu Desam Party from Andhra Pradesh, on June 22, 2010.
MR. YS Chowdary became a very active Member of the Rajya Sabha, he participated keenly in all important issues raised in the house and was aware of his responsibilities towards the people and nation.
According to the PRS (Policy Research Studies) Legislative Research, his track record in Parliament is rated as “excellent”. According to the data corresponds to the period June 2009 to February 2014 (MR. YS Chowdary was elected to Rajya Sabha on June 22, 2010), his maiden term, he participated in 37 debates on various national and State issues, far above the national average which was 29.8 percent. He asked 343 Questions in the House of various ministries, again above the National Average of Questions (213).
He also participated in the House proceedings by raising important national and state issues, his Motion of Thanks on the President’s address, stated his party’s reaction on General Budget. He asked some of the most impactful questions in the Rajya Sabha on subjects like Agriculture, Finance, Water Resources, Railways, Social Justice, Empowerment, Labour and Employment.
As an MP, MR. YS Chowdary was appointed as a member of the Indo-Singapore Parliamentary Friendship Group, jointly set up as a step towards strengthening bilateral ties between the Parliaments of the two countries.
He was a member of Government of India's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, the Parliamentary Forum on Youth, and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, where he discharged his duties earnestly.
Y. S. Chowdary served the Union Council of Ministers as a Minister of State for Science and Technology, & Earth Sciences from 2014 to 2018.
On November 9, 2014, during the first Cabinet Expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's NDA Government (National Democratic Alliance), of which the Telugu Desam Party was a constituent, MR. YS Chowdary was appointed as the Minister of State for Science & Technology, & Earth Sciences.
In 2010, MR. YS Chowdary ran unopposed and was elected as a Member of the Parliament to the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh for a second term as a TDP nominee.
He was also elected as the Leader of the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party (TDP) on June 4, 2014.
The Ministry of Science & Technology promotes new ideas in science and technology and plays the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting science and technology activities across the country.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences is mandated to provide the nation with the best possible services in forecasting weather/climate parameters, ocean state, earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena related to earth systems through well-integrated programmes. The Ministry also deals with science and technology for exploration of ocean resources and play a nodal role for ocean research.MR. YS Chowdary was perhaps the first minister in India to have a vision for having a Nobel Prize for an Indian researcher working in India by 2030. He has initiated cross-functional teams to work on several projects in conjunction with leading Indian academic and premier research institutions.
On March 8, 2018, the two TDP ministers in the Narendra Modi government, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y. S. Chowdary submitted their resignations as Ministers in the Union Cabinet over the issue of the Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh, following the announcement by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to withdraw support to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.
Ever since the inception, the discretionary MP Local Area Development Funds (MPLADs) has been a great tool of initiating and delivering on development projects for Parliamentarians of both Houses. Since his first day as a Parliamentarian, MR. YS Chowdary had undertaken a proactive and diligent approach to reaching out to various constituents, identifying their needs and deploying funds for a fast turnaround and regular follow up.
A regular “topper” in performance of MPLAD disbursal and deployment, MR. YS Chowdary uses several modern methods, including social media and reporting systems to remain on top of all MPLAD projects, even as future projects are scouted and vetted for feasibility, impact, utility, and cost-time-benefit parameters.
MR. YS Chowdary has adopted two villages – Ponnavaram and Palaparru – in Andhra Pradesh as part of the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), a rural development programme focusing upon development in villages, by bringing in several best practices, involving NGOs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. He has successfully transformed them into modern villages.
After having left the Union Ministry and the NDA, MR. YS Chowdary is now committed to bringing all the benefits, funds and programmes promised to the State of Andhra Pradesh as part of AP Reorganization Act, 2014 and the promises made by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the Floor of Rajya Sabha.
MR. YS Chowdary today is ensuring the voice of farmers, women, and youth is heard, and the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh echo in the policy as well as in implementation of various schemes and programmes of the Centre.
He is working on the political transformation of our system wherein younger, educated and motivated people, especially women and youth, can be empowered and encouraged to join politics.