Sixteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Sumitra Mahajan (Tai),
Constituency   : Indore (Madhya Pradesh )
Party Name     : Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)
Email Address : speakerloksabha[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in
s_mahajan[AT]nic[DOT]in

 
Father's Name Shri Purushotam Neelkanth Sathe
Mother's Name Smt. Usha
Date of Birth 12 Apr 1943
Place of Birth Chiplun, Distt. Ratnagiri (Maharashtra)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 29 Jan 1965
Spouse's Name Late Shri Jayant Mahajan
No. of Sons 2
Educational
Qualifications
Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), M.A. (Psychology)

Permanent Address
68, Manishpuri, Saket Nagar,
Indore-452 018, Madhya Pradesh
Tels : (0731) 2596655 (R) 2542211, 2542233 (O)
Present Address
20, Akbar Road,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23014011,23014022

Office:
16, Parliament House,
New Delhi-110 001
Tels. (011) 23017795, 23017914
Positions Held
1982-85 Corporator, Municipal Corporation, Indore (M.P.)
1984-85 Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Indore
1989 Elected to 9th Lok Sabha (the House of People) for the first time
1990-91 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
President, Mahila Morcha, (Women Wing) Bharatiya Janata Party (B.J.P.), Madhya Pradesh
1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
1991-92 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee for 73rd Constitution Amendment Bill
1991-93 Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee for Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Bill, 1991
1991-96 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
1992-94 Vice-President, B.J.P., Madhya Pradesh
1995-96 Secretary, B.J.P. Parliamentary Board
Chairperson, B.J.P. Parliamentary Board, Madhya Pradesh
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1996 Secretary, B.J.P.
1997 Member, Committee on Public Accounts
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1998 General-Secretary, B.J.P.
1998-99 Member, Standing Committee on Human Resource Development and its Sub-Committee on Value-based Education
Convenor, Sub-Committee on Drug Control, Standing Committee on Human Resource Development
Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women
Member, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Human Resource Development
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (5th term)
Oct. 1999- Jun. 2002 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Jul. 2002 - May 2003 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
24 May 2003- May 2004 Union Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha( 6th term)
2004-2009 Member, General Purposes Committee
Chairperson, Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
Member, Panel of Chairpersons (Lok Sabha)
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation
2005 Prabhari, (In charge) Mahila Morcha, B.J.P.
2009 Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (7th term)
Jun. 2009 Member, Panel of Chairpersons (Lok Sabha)
31 Aug. 2009 - 18 May 2014 Chairperson, Standing Committee on Rural Development
23 Sep. 2009 - 18 May 2014 Member, Committee on Empowerment of Women
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (8th term)
6 Jun. 2014 Unanimously elected as Speaker, 16th Lok Sabha (House of People)
13 June 2014 onwards Chairperson, Business Advisory Committee
1 Sep. 2014 onwards Chairperson, Rules Committee
08 Oct. 2014 onwards Chairperson, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Maintenance of Heritage Character and Development of Parliament House Complex

Chairperson, Committee on Installation of Portraits/Statues of National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex
29 Jan. 2015 onwards Chairperson, General Purposes Committee
29 Apr. 2015 onwards Chairperson, Committee on Security in Parliament Complex


 
Literary Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Participated in discussions and delivered lectures on historical personalities and Ramayana including a play on Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar; Marathi literature and poetry; and associated with several cultural organizations/forums promoting literary activities.
 
 
Special Interests
Women’s Welfare and Social Reforms; Literature (poetry in particular).
 
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading, music, drama, and cinema
 
Sports and Clubs
Associated with Clubs / Organizations for promotion of Indian rural sports; protection/development of playgrounds; and women’s Kho-Kho matches.
 
Countries Visited
Travelled widely across all over the globe. The countries visited by her include : Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Jersey, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, U.K., U.S.A., Vietnam, Zambia etc.
As a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and as Union Minister attended and participated in the following Conferences and Seminars held in India and abroad : 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing (China), Sept. 1995; International Forum on Parliamentarians and Local Authorities with an interest in Tourism, Bali (Indonesia), 24 - 26 Sept. 1996; As Minister of State for Women and Child Development, led an Indian Delegation to Australia to discuss bilateral issues. As Minister of State for Women and Child Development, attended various Conferences/Bilateral visits to USA, Sri Lanka, Maldives, 2001; As Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, led the Indian Delegation to ITU Conferences, Hong Kong and Morocco, 2002; 112th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Manila, Philippines, 3 - 8 April, 2005; Sixth Canadian Parliamentary CPA Seminar in Ottawa, Canada, 21 - 27 Oct. 2007; Regional Seminar for Asian Parliaments on ‘Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls : From Legislation to Effective Enforcement’, New Delhi, 15 - 17 Sept. 2011; Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) India Region Seminar on ‘Gender Justice and Responsive Governance’, New Delhi, 8 - 9 March, 2012; 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Colombo (Sri Lanka), 7 - 15 Sept. 2012;
As Speaker, Lok Sabha, attended and also led Indian Parliamentary Delegations at the following Conferences and Bilateral visits : 9th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament, Geneva (Switzerland), 4 - 5 Sept. 2014; 131st Assembly of the Inter - Parliamentary Union, Geneva (Switzerland), 12 - 16 Oct. 2014; 2nd Meeting of the Preparatory Committee of The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments in New York (USA), 17 - 18 Nov. 2014; Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of Commonwealth (CSPOC) Standing Committee Meeting, Jersey, Jan. 2015; 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Hanoi (Vietnam), 28 March - 1 April 2015; 3rd Meeting of the Preparatory Committee of The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, Geneva (Switzerland), 1 - 2 June 2015; Visit to European Parliament (Belgium), 23 - 25 June 2015; 10th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament, New York (USA), 29 - 30 Aug. 2015; 4th Meeting of Preparatory Committee of The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, New York (USA), 30 Aug. 2015; 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, New York (USA), 31 Aug. - 2 Sept. 2015; 133rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva (Switzerland), 17 - 21 Oct. 2015; The 23rd Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of Commonwealth (CSPOC), Malaysia, 9 -14 Jan. 2016;
The South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dhaka (Bangladesh), 30 - 31 Jan. 2016; The Pre-Assembly event on 16-17 March, 2016 and the 134th Assembly of Inter - Parliamentary Union in Lusaka (Zambia), 19 - 23 March 2016; Visit to Mongolia, 19 - 21 April, 2016; and visit to South Korea, 27 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2016;
Organized the first ever National Conference of Women Legislators, New Delhi, 5 - 6 March 2016, and Meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians Forum, Jaipur, 20 - 21 Aug. 2016;
As Chairperson of the All India Presiding Officers’ Conference, attended 77th Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), 30 Jan. - 2 Feb. 2015; and 78th Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), 21 - 24 Jan. 2016
 
Other Information
Former President, Marathi Academy, Madhya Pradesh;
Chairperson,(i) Ahilya Utsav Committee, Indore;
(ii) Contemporary Study Centre, Indore;

As the Presiding Officer of directly elected House of People, the Lok Sabha, Speaker is one of the highest constitutional functionaries in India`s parliamentary system. The sustenance of people`s faith in the democratic institutions depends a great deal on the finesse and effectiveness with which the Speaker conducts the proceedings of the Lower House of Parliament. Indian Parliament, down its history, has had a galaxy of eminent Speakers, who have lent dignity and prestige to the Chair. Smt. Sumitra Mahajan joined this illustrious line of Speakers, when she was elected unanimously to the exalted position on 6th June, 2014.

One of the senior most Members of Indian Parliament, she holds the unique distinction of being the only woman MP to get elected eight consecutive times from the same Constituency (Indore) located in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. Her impressive victory margins bear a testimony to her immense popularity and also a reflection on her success in meeting the aspirations of the public.

As a Parliamentarian, she has contributed immensely and enriched the Parliamentary debates with her eloquence and effective speeches. She has always championed the cause of women by effectively articulating their issues. She has always set an example in upholding the values and traditions that enhance the dignity of the Parliament, the sacred temple of democracy.

She has rich administrative experience having been a Minister in key social and economic Ministries in the Government of India. She is widely respected across political spectrum for her affable and non-partisan approach as Presiding Officer in Lok Sabha.

An avid reader, an ardent theatre lover, she has been actively associated with social and cultural organizations promoting music, theatre and other performing arts


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