Fourteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Veerendra Kumar, Shri M.P.
Constituency   : Calicut (Kerala)
Party Name     : Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S))

Father's Name Late Shri Padmaprabha Gowder
Mother's Name Smt. Marudevi
Date of Birth 15 Aug 1937
Place of Birth Kalpetta, Distt. Wayanad (Kerala)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 02 Jun 1959
Spouse's Name Smt. Usha Veerendra Kumar
No. of Sons 1
No.of Daughters 3
M.A. (Phil.), M.B.A.
Educated at Zamorin College, Kozhikode, Vivekananda College, Madras (Tamil Nadu) and Cincinatti University (U.S.A.)
Profession Social Worker
Writer, Businessperson
Permanent Address
Ananda Mandiram Puliyarmala Estate, P.O. Kalpetta North,
District Wayanad- 673 122 (Kerala)
Tels. (04936) 202355, 202484
Present Address
27, Canning Lane,
New Delhi - 110 003
Tels. (011) 23782264, 23715386, 9868180585 (M)
Positions Held
1968-70 All India Treasureir, Samyuktha Socialist Party
1970 onwards Member, National Executive, Socialist Party, S.S.P., J.P. and J.D.
1974 National Secretary, Socialist Party
1975 Convenor, Opposition United Front, Kerala
1977 Secretary, J.P., Kerala
1983 Vice-President, J.P., Kerala
1987-91 Member, Kerala Legislative Assembly
1987 Minister of Forests, Government of Kerala
1988 Chairman, Policy Planning Committee, J.D. Kerala
1993 President, J.D., Kerala
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
21Feb.- 9June 1997 Minister of State, Finance (Deptt. of Expenditure)
10June 1997- March 1998 Minister of State for Labour (Independent charge) with additional charges as Minister of State, Urban Affairs & Employment (Independent charges) and Parliamentary Affairs
Member, Committee on Agriculture
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
-- Member,Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management
16 Aug. 2006-onwards Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women
5 Aug. 2007 Member, Committee on Agriculture

Books Published
(i) Samanwayathinte Vasantham, (ii) Budhante Chiri, (iii) Gattum Kanacharadukalum, (iv) Ramante Dukham, (v) Atmavilekkoru Theerthayatra (vi) Prathibhayute Verukal Thedi, (vii) Changampuzha Vidhiyute Vettamrigam, (viii) Amasonum Kure Vyakulathakalum (all in Malayalam)
Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Awarded, (i) Kerala Sahitya Academy - C.B. Kumar Endowment Award, (ii) C. Achutha Menon Award, (iii) G. Sankarakurup Literary Award, (iv) Darsana Award, (v) Bharat Soorya Award and (vi) Dubai Malayalee Association Award
Social And Cultural Activities
Social activist in the forefront of all people struggles in Kerala during the last five decades; President, (i) A.K.P. Jain Boarding Trust; and (ii) A.K. P. Jain Temple Trust
Special Interests
Reading on an electic variety of subjects, environment and newspaper management Reading on an eclectic variety of subjects, environment and newspaper management
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Phtography, music and reading
Sports and Clubs
Countries Visited
Widely travelled (more than 22 countries)
Other Information
Deputy Speaker, Student`s Union, Zamorin`s College, Kozhikode, 1953; Chairman and Managing Director, `Mathrubhumi` since 1979; Chairman, Press Trust of India, 1988; Director, P.T.I. ; President, India News Paper Society; Member, (I) International Press Institue and (ii) Commonwealth Press Union ; avid collector of watches & pens (a taste inherited from his father)

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