Fifth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile


BASUMATARI, SHRI D., (Cong.) Assam-Kokrajhar (Res. Sch. Tribes)—1971, Son of late Shri Lakshmi Ram Basumatari; b. at Vill. Dalaigaon, Distt. Goalpara, 1914; ed. at Cotton College, Gauhati and Rongpur College, Rongpur City, Calcutta University, Studies incomplete as imprisoned for taking part in the 1942 National Movement; m. Shrimati Narmada Basumatari, July, 1940; 4 s.; Cultivator and Landlord; Member, Gauhati Local Board, 1945-50; Member, Legislative Assembly, Assam, 1946-57; was also Whip, Congress Party, Legislative Assembly, Assam; Member, Constituent Assembly, 1946-52; Member, (i) State Development Committee, Assam, 1952-56; (ii) Advisory Committee for Community Development Project, 1952-57; Secretary, Congress Party, Legislative Assembly, Assam, 1953-55; Member, Working Committee, Assam P.C.C. and D.C.C., Gauhati; established Panchayats and schools, dispensaries and co-operative societies in the tribal areas, appointed one of the Whips in the Congress Party in Parliament, 1959-66; elected as member of the Executive Committee in the Congress Party in Parliament from 1959-66; nominated as one of the members in Nomadic Tribal Enquiry Committee by the Central Advisory Council for Tribal Welfare in 1959; nominated as one of the members in the Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes Commission by the President in 1960; nominated as member of the Central Scholarship Board for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in 1957; nominated as member in the Central Advisory Council for Tribal Welfare, 1957-62; Member, Second Lok Sabha, 1957-62; Third Lok Sabha, 1962-67; and Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70; appointed Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in December, 1968. 

Hobbies.—Riding, reading and sight-seeing.

Favourite pastime and recreation.—Badminton and tennis.

Special interests.—Uplift of tribal and rural communities in social welfare, education and developmental activities.

Sports.—Indoor games.

Travels abroad.—Ghana, Sudan, Pakistan, Bahrein, Arab Republic of Egypt, Nigeria, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Italy, Switzerland, USSR and U.S.A.

Permanent address.—Bhurulumukh, Gauhati, Assam.