ANSARI, SHRI ZIAUR RAHMAN, B.A., LL.B. [Congress (I)—Uttar Pradesh, Unnao, 1984] s. of late Shri Habibur Rahman Ansari; b. at Banger mail Village, Safipur Taluk, Unnao District, March 9, 1925; ed. at Govt. High School, Unnao, Christ Church College, Kanpur, Halim Muslim Inter College, Kanpur, Subhash National College, Unnao and Lucknow University; m. Smt. Kaniz Fatima, February, 1950; 2 s. and 1 d.; Political and Social Worker; took part in 1942 Movement; Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Shipping & Transport since December 31, 1984; Union Deputy Minister, (i) Ministry of Industry, 1973-76, (ii) Ministry of Petroleum, 1976-77; Union Minister of State, (i) Ministry of Commerce, 1980, (ii) Ministry of Irrigation, 1980-83, (iii) Ministry of Shipping & Transport, January, 1983-December 31, 1984; President, (i) Kanpur Students' Congress, 1944 and (ii) U.P. Students' Congress, 1946; Member, All India Handloom Board—nominated by the Govt. of India in 1970; Director, Mogul Lines Ltd., Bombay, 1970; President, All India Momin Conference since 1974, Member, (i) U.P. Vidhan Sabha, 1962-67 and 1967-69, (ii) Fifth Lok Sabha, 1971-77 and (iii) Seventh Lok Sabha, 1980-84; led the Indian Silk Delegations to the XI and XIII International Silk Conferences held in Barcelona (Spain) in 1973 and Algeria in 1975, respectively; visited Bangladesh twice in 1980-81 for bilateral talks on Ganga Waters; led the Indian delegation to Hungary for Indo-Hungarian co-operation in the field of Irrigation, 1981; led the Indian delegation to the USSR for Indo-Soviet co-operation in the field of Irrigation—1982; led the Indian Goodwill "HAJ" delegation to Saudi Arabia in 1982; visited USSR as leader of Friends of Soviet Union Delegation, 1983; visited Netherlands for talks on bilateral co-operation in the field of Shipping & Transport, 1985.
Social activities: Closely involved in measures for development and upliftment of the weavers' community.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Book-reading and music.
Special interests: To work for the emancipation of the downtrodden and the backward classes.
Sports and Clubs: Golf & Tennis; Member, Golf Club and Gymkhana Club, New Delhi.
Travels abroad: Spain, U.K., West Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, France, Kuwait, USSR, Hungary, Bangladesh, Netherlands.
Permanent address: 204, Civil Lines, Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.