Fifteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Kumar, Smt. Meira
Constituency   : Sasaram -SC (Bihar)
Party Name     : Indian National Congress (INC)
Email Address : speakerloksabha[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in

Father's Name Late Babu Jagjivan Ram
Mother's Name Late Indrani Devi
Date of Birth 31 Mar 1945
Place of Birth Patna (Bihar)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 29 Nov 1968
Spouse's Name Shri Manjul Kumar
No. of Sons 1
No.of Daughters 2
B.A., LL.B., M.A.(English), Advanced Diploma in Spanish
Educated at Indraprastha College and Miranda House, University of Delhi (Delhi) and Madrid (Spain)
Profession Political and Social Worker
Advocate, Civil Servant
Present Address
(i) 20, Akbar Road,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels. (011) 23014011, 23014022
Fax. (011) 23016212
(ii) 17, Parliament House,
New Delhi -110 001
Tels. (011) 23017914, 23017795
Fax.(011) 23792927
Positions Held
Elected to 8th Lok Sabha
1985 Member, Indian Parliamentary Group
1986-89 and 1996-98 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
1990-92 and 1996-99 General-Secretary, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.)
1990-2000 and 2002-04 Member, Congress Working Committee (C.W.C.)
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1996-98 Member, Public Accounts Committee
1998-99 Member, Joint committee on the Empowerment of Women and its Sub-Committee on Education and Health Programmes for Women
Member, Committee on Home Affairs and its Sub-Committee on Personnel policy of Central Para- Military Forces (CPMFs)
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1998-99 Member, Standing Committee on Food & Consumer Affairs
Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Forest
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)
2004-2009 Union Cabinet Minister, Social Justice and Empowerment
Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources
President, Executive Committee, Indian Parliamentary Group
Member, Inter-Parliamentary Union
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (5th term)
3 June 2009 - 3 June 2014 Speaker, Lok Sabha
23 September 2009 Chairperson, Rules Committee
2010 Chairperson, Standing Committee, CSPOC

Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Painting and writing poems some of which have been published; Editor, `Pavan Prasad` (monthly magazine),1980-92
Social And Cultural Activities
Former President (i) All India Samta Movement (also its Founder)1990 ; (ii) RVAKV Society, Delhi (Institute of Blind Girls),1992-98; (iii) Ravidas Smarak Society, Varanasi, 2000-2006; (iv) Jagjivan Seva Ashram, Sasaram, 2002;Former Chairperson(i) Meera Kala Mandir, Udaipur, 2000; (ii) Jagjivan Ram Sanatorium, Dehri-on-Sone,2000-2006; and (iii) Rajendra Bhawan Trust, Delhi, 1987; Managing Trustee, Jagjivan Ashram Trust, Delhi, 1985-2004; Member (i) Senate, Patna University, 1969-71; (ii)Supreme Court Bar Association from 1986; (iii) Senate, Punjab University, 1987-91; (iv) Governing Body, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), 1987-92; (v) Central Advisory Board of Education, 1986-89 and 2004 onwards; (vi) Advisory Council, Delhi Development Authority, 1998-99; (vii) National Commission on Population (current); and (viii) National Integration Council (current)
Special Interests
Visiting old monuments, Indian textiles and craft
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading and Indian classical music
Sports and Clubs
Rifle shooting and equestrian; Member (i) India International Centre, New Delhi; (ii) India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; and (iii) National Sports Club of India, New Delhi
Countries Visited
Widely travelled
Other Information
Leader, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to (i) Myanmar, 12-15 February, 2013; (ii) Sixth Conference of the Association of SAARC Spekaers and Parliamentarians, Islamahad, Pakistan, 4-6 November, 2012; (iii) 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7-015 September, 2012; (iv) CPA Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting, Tonga, April, 2012; (v) New Zealand, April, 2012; (vi) 126th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Kampala, Uganda, March-April, 2012; (vii) Pakistan, February, 2012; (viii) Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, January, 2012; (ix) 21st Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference, Port of Spain, January, 2012; (x) Iran, November, 2011; (xi)125th IPU Assembly, Bern, Switzerland, October, 2011; (xii) Japan, October, 2011; (xiii) 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, London, United Kingdom, July, 2011; (xiv) Denmark , June, 2011; (xv) Sweden, June, 2011; (xvi) Second G-20 Speakers` Consultation Meeting, Seoul, May, 2011; (xvii) Vietnam, May 2011; (xviii) 124th IPU Assembly, Panama City, Panama, April, 2011; (xix) Mexico, April 2011; (xx) 3rd CPA Asia Regional Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, February, 2011; (xxi) United Kingdom, January, 2011; (xxii) Meeting of Standing Committee of CSPOC, Isle of Man, January 2011; (xxiii) 123rd IPU Assembly, Geneva, October, 2010;(xxiv) 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, September, 2010; (xxv) Sixth Annual Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament, Berne, July, 2010; (xxiv) Fourth and Fifth (Final) Meeting of the Preparatory Committee, Geneva, July, 2010; (xxvi) 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, Geneva, July 2010; (xxvii) Mongolia, June, 2010; (xxviii) Hungary and Luxembourg, June, 2010; (xxix) Bhutan, May, 2010; (xxx) CPA Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting, Swaziland, May, 2010; (xxxiv) 122nd IPU Assembly, Bangkok, Thailand, March-April, 2010; (xxxv) Mauritius, January, 2010; (xxxvi) Second Meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, New York, November, 2009; (xxxvii) 121st IPU Assembly, Geneva, October, 2009; (xxxviii) 55th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Arusha, Tanzania, September-October, 2009; (xxxix) Meeting of Speakers of Lower Chambers of G-8, and out reach countries, Rome, Italy, September, 2009; (xl) Austria, September 2009; Indian Delgation for (i)Indian Non-Government Delegation to UN Preparatory Committee Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Geneva, 2000; (ii) Conference on Democracy, Detroit, USA, 1989; Congress party Delegation to (i) POSSAC Conference Athens, Greece, 1996;(ii) World Conference on Solidarity with Cuba, Havana, 1994; (iii) inaugurate Indian National Congress of Americal, San Francisco, 1994; (iv)Socialist International Women Conference, 1989; (i) Congress Party Delegation to MMM (the ruling party)Conference, Mauritius, 1993 and 1987; (ii) Government of India Deletgation to the UN General Assembly, New York, USA, 1994 (iv) Official delegation accompanying the then President of India on State visit to (i) Tanzanias` South Africa, 2004; (ii)Mauritius and Egypt, 2007 and (iii) Belguum, 2008 and (v) Indian Delegation to People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen and Yemen Arab Republic; ( ) All Party Delegation of MPs to Conference on `Towards Detente in the Sub-Contient`,Islamabad, Pakistan, 1999;
Chief Speaker, (i) Golden Jubilee Celebration of India`s Independence, Univeristy of Hull, England, 1997; (ii) Guru Ravidas Brith Anniversary Celebrations, U.K. 1993;
Participant, Inter-Parliamentary Confernce, Bulgaria, 1987; actively participating in movements pertaining to social reforms, human rights and democracy; as Chairperson, National Drought Relief Committee of the Congress Party during the century`s worst drought in 1967, launched a Family Adoption Scheme under which drought-affected families were adopted by affluent families; joined IFS in 1973 and resigned in 1985; served in Embassy of India, Madrid (Spain), 1976-77; High Commision of India, London,U.K., 1977-79 and Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi, 1980-85; being committted to human rights and abolition of caste system, visited every place where atrocities were committed against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes during the last 20 years; held meetings/ demonstrations, courted arrest and filed Public Interest Litigation cases in Supreme Court to ensure justice to them; Member (i) Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1998-99; (ii) Court of University of Delhi 1996-98; and (iii) Rajghat Samadhi Committee, 1998-99; (v) Telephone Advisory Committee, 1997-98; and (vi) ZRUCC (Main) Delhi, Ministry of Railways, 1998-99.

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