Fourteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Jha, Shri Raghunath
Constituency   : Bettiah (Bihar)
Party Name     : Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
Email Address : rjha[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in

Father's Name Late Shri Jiya Lal Jha
Mother's Name Late Smt. Kalawati Devi
Date of Birth 09 Aug 1939
Place of Birth Amba Ojha Tola, Distt. Sitamarhi/Sheohar (Bihar)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 11 Jan 1952
Spouse's Name Smt. Dev Karma Devi
No. of Sons 1
No.of Daughters 1
Educated at Bihar University, Muzaffarpur (Bihar)
Profession Agriculturist
Permanent Address
Ragadiya Guest House,
Cold Store, Supriya Road, Bettiah (Bihar)
Present Address
14, Teen Murti Lane,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels.(011) 23794021, 23794004, 9868180095 (M)
Positions Held
1972-98 Member, Bihar Legislative Assembly
1975-77 Chairman, District Board, Sitamarhi
1980-83 State Minister, Government of Bihar
1990-98 Cabinet Minister, Parliamentary Affairs, Food & Civil Supplies,
Health, PHED, PWD, Building and Agriculture, Government of Bihar
1999 Elected to 13th Lok Sabha
Chief Whip, Janata Dal (U)
2000-2001 Member, Committee on Agriculture
Member, Committee on Ethics
2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Mines and Minerals
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 2nd term)
Member, Committee on Agriculture
Member, Railway Convention Committee
Member, House Committee
Member, Public Accounts Committee
5 August 2006 Member, Committee on Home Affairs
6 April 2008 onwards Minister of State, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Social And Cultural Activities
Promoting education, helping rural people and handicapped children and other activities of social work; participated in cultural programmes organised at the state, district and block levels; and also participated in seminars conducted at national and state levels
Special Interests
Nation-building and upliftment of poor as well youth
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading newspapers, watching T.V. and listening to classical music
Sports and Clubs
Cricket, football, volleyball and carrom; instrumental in construction of sports complex in Sheohar
Countries Visited
Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Newzealand, Russia (Erstwhile U.S.S.R.), Singapore, Thailand, Romania, U.K. (to participate in the World Cooperative Conference) and U.S.A. to participate in the 59th Annual General Meeting of United Nations Organisation
Other Information
Worked for the establishment of two Secondary Schools for girls; DC Inter College and a hostel for Dalits; helped in constructing buildings for 5,000 Dalits under Indira Awas Yojana, Sheohar Bidhan Sakha

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