VERMA, SHRI BALGOVIND, M.A., L.T., (Cong.) U.P. Kheri—1971, Son of Shri Dwarka Prasad Verma, b. at Village Chhetonia, District Lakhimpur Kheri, August 20, 1923; ed. at Public Inter College, Gola Gokaran Nath Lakhimpur Kheri, B.N.S.D. Inter College, Kanpur and D. A. V. College, Kanpur; m. Smt. Usha Devi,. 1946; 2 s. and 2 d.; Social Worker; was associated with the Revolutionary Socialist Party of India 1938—47 and the Socialist Party of India, 1947—52; President (i) Consumer Council of India; since 1969; and (ii) U.P. Rail-Road Yatra Sahayata Samiti; General Secretary, All India Backward Classes Federation; ex-Principal, Krishak Samaj Agricultural College, Gola Gokaran Nath; ex-Director, Cooperative Sale and Purchase Society and District Cooperative Bank, Lakhimpur Kheri; ex-Member, (i) District Advisory Committee (Consolidation); (ii) Zila Parishad, Lakhimpur Kheri; Member (i) Shahid Raj Narain Samarak Committee, Lakhimpur Kheri; (ii) District Congress Committee, Lakhimpur Kheri; (iii) Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and All India Congress Committee; ex-President (i) Municipal Board, Gola Gokaran Nath; (ii) National Federation of Railway Porters and Vendors; (iii) New Delhi Cooperative Bank Ltd., 1967-71; Member, Public Accounts Committee, 1969-70 and 1970; Member (i) Third Lok Sabha, 1962—67, (ii) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—70; appointed Deputy Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation, May 2, 1971.
Social activities.—Founded the Krishak Samaj Educational Society; the Krishak Samaj Inter College, Gola Gokaran Nath and the Krishak Samaj H. S. School, Fathpur (Lakhimpur Kheri); President, Gandhi Shiksha Nidhi, Lakhimpur Kheri; keenly interested in prohibition; working for eradication of untouchability and dowry system.
Hobbies.—Reading and writing.
Favourite pastime and recreation.— Games and social service.
Special interests.—Education, cooperative movement and rural development.
Permanent address.—Village Chhetonia, P.O. Gola Gokaran Nath, District Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh).