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Biographical Sketch
Member of Parliament
14 th Lok Sabha

Constituency : Shillong ( Meghalaya )

Party : Indian National Congress (INC)

Father’s Name Late Shri Paty Laloo
Mother’s Name Late Smt. Sandrina Kyndiah
Date of Birth 7 May 1928
Place of Birth Shillong, Distt. East Khasi Hills (Meghalaya)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 20 September 1948
Spouse’s Name Smt. Gavvy Khyriem
No. of Sons 3
No. of Daughters 2
Educational Qualifications Graduate
Educated at Gauhati University, Guwahati (Assam)
Profession Social Worker
Permanent Address Honey Wood, Upper New Colony, Laitumkhrah,
Shillong, 793 003 (Meghalaya)
Tels. (0364) 223600,225336

Present Address 3, Safdarjung Road,
New Delhi - 110 011
Tels. (011) 23012445, 23010595
Fax : 23012412

Office Add:
Room No. 751/A Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23381499, 2338482
Fax : 23070577
Positions Held
1970-93 Member, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
1975-88 Cabinet Minister, Government of Meghalaya (four times)
1979-81 Leader of Opposition, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
1987 Acting Chief Minister, Meghalaya
1989-93 Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
1993-98 Governor, Mizoram
1998 Elected to 12th Lok Sabha
1998-99 Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism
Member, Committee on Public Undertakings
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Water Resources
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1999-2004 Member, Committee on Petitions
Member, Committee on Urban and Rural Development
2000-2001 Member, Committee on Estimates
2000-2004 Member, Committee on Defence
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Information Technology
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 3rd term)
23 May 2004 - onwards Union Cabinet Minister, Tribal Affairs
Books Published
(i) Jawaharlal Nehru : The Thinking Dynamo; (ii) Meghalaya : Yesterday and Today; (iii) Journey of Words; (iv) Rev. J.J.M. Nichols Roy : Architect of District Council Autonomy; (v) Mizo Freedom Fighters; and (vi) Pillars of Mizo Society
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Member, Assam Sangeet Natak Academy during 1950’s and 1960’s; contributed many papers on drama and music, particularly on tribal dance, drama and music

Social And Cultural Activities
Actively associated with social, cultural, educational and sports organisations
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading and writing
Sports and Clubs
An ardent promoter of body building movement; associated with health and body building activities over the years; Chief Patron, (i) Meghalaya Body Building Association since 1974; and (ii) Meghalaya Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Association
Countries Visited
Widely travelled; made valuable contribution as a member of the Indian delegation to UN General Assembly in 1992; Member, Parliamentary delegation to Mexico, 2002;Visited Rome from 7 April to 9 April 2005 as a member of the Indian Delegation led by the Vice-President of India to attend the state funeral of Late Pope John Paul-II
Other Information
Associated with Indian National Congress and took active part in the Freedom Movement; Frontliners leader in the struggle for a Hill State of the tribal people in the North East Region which led to the creation of the State of Meghalaya, 1970; associated with the Indian Red Cross Society since 1958 and was the Red Cross Chief of Assam and Meghalaya, in that capacity, participated in international conferences of the Red Cross and was involved in the massive relief operation organised for the Bangladesh refugees who fled to India from erstwhile East Pakistan in 1971; Municipal Ward Commissioner 1962; Chairman,(i) Municipal Civic Body, Shillong 1967-72; (ii) North East MPs forum (iii) Christian MPs forum; (iv) Study Group on Bangladesh South Asian Forum; Convenor, High Powered Meghalaya Commission on Resource Mobilisation, 1988-89; Founder-Chairman Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd., Shillong; also helped in pioneering a number of other co-operative and banking institutions in the State; Former Co-Chairman, Minority Department, All India Congress Committee; Member, Governing Council of North-Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, 1998



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