Fifth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile


MURTHY, SHRI B.S., B.A., B.Ed., (Cong.) Andhra Pradesh-Amalapuram - (Res. Sch. Castes)—1971, Son of late Shri B. Nagaiah; b. at Nagaram, Razole Taluk, Distt. East Godavari, October 29, 1906; ed. at Government Arts College, Rajahmundry, Christian College, Madras, Law College, Madras (Gold Medalist for proficiency in English and winner of trophies for inter-collegiate debate and elocution); m. Smt. Adilakshmi Murthy, 1927; 3 s. and 2 d.; Journalist, Poet, Short Story Writer and Essayist; Editor of Telugu Weekly "Navjivan"; Vice-President, Andhra Provincial Journalists' Association; suffered imprisonment twice during the years 1940—43; organised Harijan Satyagraha in 1947 leading a batch of 10,000 people up the famous Tirupati Hills to establish the right of Harijan entry to the Sacred Hills; interested in Trade Union activities and labour problems; studied labour problems in Burma; Ex-President, (i) Andhra Provincial Harijan Sewak Sangh, 1942—49; (ii) Andhra Provincial Agricultural Labour Congress since 1947; (iii) Bhartiya Depressed Classes League, 1959; (iv) All India Station Masters' and Assistant Station Masters' Association, (v) All India Railway Vendors' Union; Adviser-Delegate to the 32nd International Labour Conference, Geneva, 1949; was Member, Working Committee, I.N.T.U.C; Member, Executive Committee, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi; Secretary of the Sub-Committee for Basic Amenities for Human Living of the National Committee for Gandhi Centenary; Chairman, Congress Tribunal, Andhra P.C.C., 1939—42; Member, Legislative Assembly, Madras, 1937—52; Parliamentary Secretary for Labour and Industries, Madras, 1937—39 and 1946-47; Chief Whip, Madras Legislature Congress Party, 1946-47; Member, (i) First Lok Sabha, 1952—57, (ii) Second Lok Sabha, 1957—62, (iii) Third Lok Sabha, 1962—67 and (iv) Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—70; Member, Estimates Committee, 1955—57; Member of Parliamentary Delegation to China, October, 1956; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development and Cooperation, March, 1958; Deputy Minister for Community Development and Cooperation, March, 1959—January 1966; led a delegation to Rio de Janeiro for the World Social Service Conference 1962; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, January, 1966; Leader of the Indian Delegation to the Second Commonwealth Medical Conference in Kampala (Uganda), September, 1968; Minister of the State in the Ministry of Health, Family Planning, Works, Housing and Urban Development, February, 1969; Leader of the Indian Delegation to the 23rd World Health Assembly at Geneva, May, 1970; was awarded the title 'Ayurveda Bandhu' for his services to the Indian System of Medicine.

Social activities.—Deeply interested in youth movement and the welfare of the weaker sections; organised the 9th Andhra Students' Conference, 1929; organised industrial schools for the Harijans and the backward classes; founded the M. C. Raja Hostel for Harijan College students, invited on a lecture tour for three months in the U.S.A. by the Howard University; instituted two prizes at the Osmania University and Andhra University for the best essay on Social Justice.

Publications.—Always at the Helm of Service (in English), Revolt of Six Crores, Agony and Andhra Virakumar (in Telugu), Glimmer in Darkness (in English) and O Thou the Curse, in English (under-print).

Travels abroad.—Extensively travelled in Europe, U.K., Burma, China, Thailand, Uganda, Geneva, Beirut, Zurich, Berne, Frankfurt, West Berlin and U.S.S.R.

Permanent address.—Nagaram, Razole Taluk, Distt. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.