SURYANARAYANA, SHRI KOMMAREDDI, Cong., (Andhra Pradesh—Eluru—1977): s. of Shri Brahmiah; b. at Pothunuru Village, West Godavari District, March 8, 1907; Widower; 1 d.; Agriculturist; previously associated with the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party and the Praja Socialist Party for sometime as General Secretary and Chairman respectively; gave up English studies in 1921 in response to the call of Mahatma Gandhi and joined the Congress as a volunteer; suffered imprisonment on several occasions totalling 4 years during the freedom movement in the years 1930, 1932 and 1942; Joint Secretary, District Congress Committee, 1936-37; President, District Congress Committee, West Godavari, 1947-48 and Andhra State P.S.P., 1953-54; President, West Godavari Cooperative Sugar Ltd., Bhimadole; President, Eluru Tube Wells Construction and Irrigation Cooperative Society Ltd., Eluru; Member, Managing Committee, Theosophical High School, Eluru; President, Village Panchayat, Pothunuru, 1933—36 and Eluru Taluk Cooperative Marketing Society, 1947—52; Member, District Board, West Godavari, 1949—52; President, West Godavari District Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd., Eluru, 1952—68; Director, (i) Andhra Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation- Ltd., 1956—70, and (ii) Eluru Central Cooperative Consumer, Society Ltd., since 1964; Founder President, West Godavari Cooperative Sugar Ltd.; Director (i) Andhra Pradesh Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories, (ii) National Federation of Coop. Sugar Factories, New Delhi and Member, Executive Committee, Indian Sugar Industry Export Corporation Ltd., New Delhi; Member, (i) Rajya Sabha, 1952—58, (ii) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—70, (iii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971—77 and (iv) Estimates Committee, 1971-72 and 1972-73; Member, Select Committees on (i) Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, (ii) Insurance (Amendment) Bill, (iii) Central Excise Duties (Amendment) Bill and several Joint Select Committees; Lok Sabha representative to National Productivity Council; Member, (i) Consultative Committee, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, (ii) Consultative Committee, Ministry of Commerce, Civil Supplies and Cooperation, (iii) Joint Select Committee on Lok Pal Bill, 1977 and (iv) National Social Welfare Board of India, New Delhi; Member, Indian Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Meetings held at Canberra, 1977.
Social activities: Working for the uplift of rural masses; Organised rural electricity scheme for which the upland farmers voluntarily contributed Rs. 2 crores forming 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Service to the poor people particularly to the agricultural labourers in the villages.
Special interests: Establishing rural industries and cooperative societies in rural areas for the benefit of the weaker sections and agriculturists.
Sports and clubs: Member, (i) Cosmopolitan Club, Madras, (ii) Andhra Gymkhana Club, Vijayawada and (iii) Fateh Maidan Club, Hyderabad.
Travels abroad: Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Kuwait, Singapore and Australia.
Permanent address: Ashok Nagar, Eluru P.A., West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.