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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha

Constituency : Jorhat ( Assam )

Party : Indian National Congress (INC)
E-Mail :

Father’s Name Late Shri Krishna Kanta Handique
Date of Birth 1 December 1934
Place of Birth Jorhat (Assam)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 22 February 1965
Spouse’s Name Smt. Swarup Rani Handique
No. of Daughters 3
Educational Qualifications M.A.
Educated at Calcutta University, Calcutta (West Bengal)
Profession Political & Social Worker , Industrialist
Permanent Address Kushal Konwar Path,
Jorhat-785 001 (Assam)

Present Address C-2, M.S. Flats, B.K.S. Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23718095, 23737960,23011705, 9868180151(M)

Positions Held
1972-76 Member, Assam Legislative Assembly
1973-78 President, District Congress Committee (D.C.C.), Jorhat
1973-91 Member, All India Congress Committee (Indira) [A.I.C.C. (I)]
1974-77 Chairman, Estimates Committee, Assam Legislative Assembly
Chairman, Inquiry Committee on Assam State Electricity Board
Member, Committee on Government Assurances, Assam Legislative Assembly
1980-86 Member, Rajya Sabha
1980-90 Vice-President, Pradesh Congress Committee (Indira) [P.C.C. (I)], Assam
1982-84 Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
1984-85 Member, Committee of Privileges
Member, Government Assurances Committee
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministries of Education, Sports and External Affairs
1991 Elected to 10th Lok Sabha
1991-96 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Member, Committee on Official Language
Member, Committee on External Affairs
Member, Committee on Food and Civil Supplies
1992 onwards Member, All India Congress Committee (Indira) [A.I.C.C. (I)]
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1997-98 Member, Committee on External Affairs
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1998-99 Chairman, Railway Convention Committee
Member, Committee on Industry
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs

1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals
2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
2003 Member, Congress Working Committee, AICC
Member, Rules Committee, Lok Sabha
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 5th term)
23 May 2004 - 28January 2006 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Defence; Parliamentary Affairs
29 January 2006-onwards Union State Minister, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Published poems in Anthology of American poetry entitled “The other side of the Mirror” and the “American Poetry Anthology” (Vol. IX, No. 4); and contributed to newspapers and periodicals

Social And Cultural Activities
Engaged in relief work in natural calamities; organiser of crafts among women; organised cultural activities among tea garden workers and rural population; and provided hostel facility to tribal students of tea estates
Special Interests
Developmental work, environment and foreign affairs
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading, poetry, bird-watching and collection of Orchids
Sports and Clubs
Tennis; and sports complex organiser
Countries Visited
Widely travelled; visited Germany, Netherlands and U.K. as a member of the World Trade Authority delegation sponsored by Union Ministry of Commerce; Represented India in, (i) World Congress of Peace Forces, Moscow, 1973; (ii) Disarmament Commission, Warsaw, 1975; as a member of Indian Parliamentary Delegation visited Democratic Republic of Korea on its foundation anniversary, 1984; Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by, (i) Speaker, Lok Sabha to Cyprus, 1992, Thailand, 1997 and the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Bangladesh, 2003; (ii) Vice-President of India to Morocco and Paris, 1993; (iii) Prime-Minister to Bangladesh for bilateral talks, 1997; and (iv) Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha to Inter Parliamentary Union, Chile, 2003; represented India in the 48th session of the U.N.O., 1993; also visited many countries as a member of the study group of the Committee on Official Language
Other Information
Managing self-founded institutions; organised relief work; Chairman, (i) Kushal Konwar Indoor Stadium Committee; (ii) Jyoti Chitrobon-Film Studio Society (a Government Undertaking–the first film studio in public sector in the country), 1973-78; (iii) North-Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation (a Government of India Undertaking); and (iv) Inquiry Committee on Assam State Electricity Board; Member, (i) Executive Council, Dibrugarh University; (ii) Court of North-Eastern Hill University, 1980-84; (iii) Tea Board; (iv) E.S.I. Corporation, 1980-84; (v) Wild Life Board of India, 1985; (vi) Indian Council of Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), 1985; and (vii) Trade delegation sponsored by the Trade Development Authority



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