KAMLA KUMARI, KUMARI, M.A., Dip. in Ed. [Congress (I)—Bihar, Palamau (Res. Sch. Castes), 1984] d. of late Shri Somar Ram; b. at Ranchi, January 14, 1937; ed. at Govt. Girls High School, Ranchi; Womens' College, Ranchi, B.N. R. Training School, Patna and Ranchi University; Unmarried; Teacher, Principal, State Subsidised Girls Higher Secondary School, Daudnagar, Gaya, 1966-67; Union Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction, January 15, 1982—January 29, 1983; Joint Secretary, All India Congress (I) Committee since September, 1983; Member, (i) Bihar State Welfare Advisory Board, 1967-69 and 1977-79, (ii) Executive Committee, All India Depressed Classes-League, 1967-70, (iii) District Development Committee, Palamau, Bihar, (iv) Eastern Railway Catering Supervisory Committee, 1967-70, (v) All India Council for Sports and Games, 1968-70, (vi) All India Handicrafts' Board, 1968-70, (vii) Bihar Secondary Education Board, 1977-79, (viii) Zonal Catering Supervisory Committee, N. E. Railway, 1971-74; Member, (i) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70, (ii) Parliamentary Committee for National Policy on Education, 1967-68, (iii) Committee on Government Assurances, 1967-69, (iv) Joint Committee on Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Bill, 1968-69; Member, Consultative Committee of Ministries of (i) Education, 1967-69, (ii) Railways, 1967-68, (iii) Steel and Heavy Engineering, 1968-69 and (iv) Shipping and Transport, 1968-70; Member, (i) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971-77 and (iii) Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, 1971-73; Member, (i) Seventh Lok Sabha, 1980-84, (ii) House Committee, 1983-84, (iii) Consultative Committee of Ministry of Railways; represented India at the Second Meeting of Co-ordinators of Non-Aligned Countries for Food and Agriculture at Pyongang (North Korea), June 10-12, 1981; Member, Indian Delegation to the 38th United Nations General Assembly Session at New York, September—December, 1983; Chairman, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit, 1985-86.
Social activities: Working for Girls' education and upliftment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, particularly in the field of education; presided over the All India "Dusadh Mahasabha" Conference (an organisation of ST/SC in 1965 in Patna and in 1966 at Gaya, Bihar); Worked for communal harmony during communal riots at Ranchi, 1967.
Favourite pastime, and recreation: Reading, gardening, sightseeing and fine arts.
Special interests: Social service and upliftment of people of rural and tribal areas.
Sports and clubs: Badminton, Carrom and Volleyball.
Travels abroad: U.K., West Germany, Italy, France, Ghana, Senegal, Mauritius, North Korea, Hong Kong, China and U.S.A.
Permanent address: 35, Sarat Babu Lane, Ranchi (Bihar).