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Fifteenth Lok Sabha Member

Meira Kumar

Meira Kumar

Party Name Indian National Congress (INC)
Constituency Sasaram (SC)
State Bihar
Father's Name Late Shri Jagjivan Ram
Mother's Name Smt. Indrani Devi
Date of Birth 31.03.1945
Place of Birth Patna, Bihar
Profession Political & Social Worker, Advocate, Civil Servant
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 29 Nov 1968
Spouse's Name Shri Manjul Kumar
No. of Children 3
Educational Qualifications

M.A., LL.B
Advanced Diploma in Spanish
Educated at Indraprastha College and
Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi

Permanent Address

D-1029, New Friends Colony
New Delhi-110 065
Phone: 011-26910618, 26910639
Fax: 91-11-26910618

Present Address
Position Held

Elected to 8th Lok Sabha

1986-1989 and 1996-1998
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs

1990-1992 and 1996-1999
General-Secretary, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.)

1990-2000 and 2002-2004
Member, Congress Working Committee (C.W.C.)

Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)

- Member, Public Accounts Committe
- Member, Committee on Home Affairs and its Sub-Committee on Personnel policy of Central Para- Military Forces (CPMFs)
- Member, Joint committee on the Empowerment of Women and its Sub-Committee on Education and Health Programmes for Women

Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)

- Member, Committee on Food and Consumer Affairs
- Member, Committee on Environment and Forests

Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha (4th term)

May 2004 onwards
Union Cabinet Minister, Social Justice and Empowerment

Social And Cultural Activities


  1. All India Samta Movement (also its Founder)1990;

  2. RVAKV Society (Institute of Blind Girls),1992-98;

  3. Ravidas Smarak Society, Varanasi, 2000;

  4. Jagjivan Seva Ashram, Sasaram 2002;


  1. Meera Kala Mandir, Udaipur, 2000; and

  2. Jagjivan Ram Sanatorium, Dehri-on-Sone,2002;

Vice-Chairperson, Rajendra Bhawan Trust, Delhi, 1987;

Managing Trustee, Jagjivan Ashram Trust, Delhi, 1985-2004;


  1. Senate, Bihar University, 1969-71;

  2. Supreme Court Bar Association, 1980;

  3. Senate, Punjab University, 1987-91;

  4. Governing Body, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), 1987-92;

  5. Central Advisory Board of Education, 1977-90 and 2004 onwards;

  6. Advisory Council, Delhi Development Authority, 1998-99;

  7. National Commission on Population (Currently); and

  8. National Integration Council (currently)

Special Interests

Old Monuments, Indian Textiles and Crafts

Favourite Pastime and Recreation

Reading and Indian classical music

Sports and Clubs

Rifle shooting and equestrian;


  1. India International Centre, New Delhi;

  2. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; and

  3. National Sports Club of India, New Delhi

Countries Visited

Widely travelled

Other Information

Actively participating in movements pertaining to social reforms, human rights and democracy;

as Chairperson, National Drought Relief Committee of the Congress Party during the century's worst drought in 1967, launched a Family Adoption Scheme under which drought-affected families were adopted by affluent families;

joined IFS in 1973 and resigned in 1985;

served in Embassy of India, Madrid, 1976-77;

High Commision of India, London, 1977-79 and Ministry of External Affairs, 1980-85;

being committted to human rights and abolition of caste system;

visited every place where atrocities were committed against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes during the last 20 years;

held meetings/ demonstrations, courted arrest and filed Public Interest Litigation cases in Supreme Court to ensure justice to them;


  1. Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1996-98;

  2. Court of University of Delhi since 1996-98; and

  3. Rajghat Samadhi Committee, 1998-99