Fifth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile


CHANDA, SHRIMATI JYOTSNA, B.A., (Cong.) Assam-Cachar—1971, Daughter of late Shri Mahesh Chandra Datta; b. at Silchar, March 28, 1904; ed. at Mission Girls' High School, Silchar and Diocesan College, Calcutta; m. Shri Arun Kumar Chanda, 1927, Widow; 2 s. and 2 d.; House-wife and Social Worker; was appointed Jail Visitor of the District Jail in 1931-32 being the first woman Jail Visitor in Assam; was Chairman, (i) Silchar School Board, (ii) Silchar District Social Welfare Advisory Board, (iii) N.E.F. Railway Employees Union (iv) Tea Employees' Union; was elected first President of the Bengali Speaking People's Association of Assam, in 1960; was Member of (i) Silchar Municipal Board, (ii) Gauhati University Court, (iii) Assam State Text Book Committee, (iv) Assam State Advisory Board for Social Education, (v) Assam State Advisory Board for Women's Education; M.L.A., Assam, 1957-61; resigned in 1961 as a protest against police firing at Silchar on Satyagrahis on May 9, 1961; Member, (i) Third Lok Sabha, 1962-67 and (ii) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70.

Social activities.—Associated with nearly all educational institutions and social welfare organisations in the district; presently President of the Silchar B.T. College Managing Committee; Member, Governing Body of Gurucharan College, Silchar; President, Srihatta Sammelani, New Delhi since 1966; President, All India Sri Sarada Sangha since 1969.

Hobbies.—Collection of curios and cooking.

Favourite pastime and recreation.—Reading religious books and books on travels and knitting.

Special interests.—Religion, spread of education and rehabilitation of displaced persons.

Travels abroad.—U.K., West Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and East Berlin.

Permanent address.—Chanda Bhavan, Silchar, Assam.