BESRA, SHRI S. C., (Cong.) Bihar-Dumka (Res. Sch. Tribes)—1971, Son of late Shri Tikat Besra; b. at Vill. Kashitarn, Distt. Santhal Parganas, April 7, 1923; ed. at J.B.C.H.E. School, Jamtara; m. Shrimati Chumu Tudu; 4 s. and 3 d.; Cultivator, petition-writer; Member, District Board, 1947-59; Director, Jamtara-cum-Deoghar Cooperative Society Bank Ltd., 1959-61; Auditor J.B.C.H.E. School, Jamtara, 1958-61; President, Rashtria Adivasi; Member, Third Lok Sabha 1962-67 and Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70.
Social activities: Has worked for the social uplift of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and fought against untouchability, in particular for rights of entry to temples for Harijans and Adivasis; also worked for the rehabilitation of displaced persons from Maithon Dam.
Hobbies.—Gardening and art.
Favourite pastime and recreation.—Reading political literature.
Special interests.—Taking part in the activities of socio-cultural organisations, engaged in the education and welfare of labour and other undeveloped communities.
Permanent address.—Vill. Kashitarn, P.O. Pabia, Via Jamtara, Distt. Santhal Parganas, Bihar.