Sixteenth Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
Col. Choudhary, Sona Ram, VSM (Retd.)
Constituency   : Barmer (Rajasthan)
Party Name     : Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)
Email Address : col[DOT]sonaram[AT]sansad[DOT]nic[DOT]in

Father's Name Late Shri U.R. Choudhary
Mother's Name Late Smt. Ratani Devi
Date of Birth 31 Mar 1945
Place of Birth Sri Mohangarh, Distt. Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 20 Nov 1969
Spouse's Name Smt. Vimla Choudhary
No. of Sons 1
B.E., Fellow (F.I.E.)
Educated at Multipurpose Higher Secondary School & Engineering Graduation from M.B.M. Engineering College, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
Granted Fellowship by Institute of Engineers (India)
Profession Social Worker
Agriculturist & Politics
Permanent Address
181, Ajit Colony, Circuit House Road,
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Tel : (0291) 2510622, 09828999900, 09468789900 (M)
Present Address
9, Talkatora Road,
New Delhi - 110001
Tel : (011) 23713222, 09868180900 (M)
Positions Held
1996 Elected to 11th Lok Sabha
1996-97 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment
1996-98 Member, Standing Committee on Defence
1997-98 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Member, Executive Committee, Congress Parliamentary Party (C.P.P.)
1998-99 Member, Standing Committee on Defence and its Sub-Committee-I
Member, House Committee
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
1999-2004 Member, Standing Committee on Defence
1999-2003 Member, House Committee
2000-2003 Secretary, Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
2000-2003 Special Invitee, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways
2000-2004 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Communications
2003-2004 Associated Member, Delimitation Commission
2008-2013 Member, Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha
2010-2013 Member, OBC Committee, Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha
2008-2010 Member, Rules Committee, Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (4th term)
14 Aug. 2014 onwards Member, Estimates Committee
1 Sep. 2014 onwards Member, Standing Committee on Defence
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
3 Dec. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Violation of Protocol Norms and Contemptuous Behaviour of Government Officers with Members of Lok Sabha
3 July 2015 Member, Sub Committee-I, Committee on Estimates
2 June 2016 Member, Sub-Committee of the Standing Committe on Defence

Social And Cultural Activities
Took keen interest in social activities and had the opportunity to preside over many of them in Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur; taken keen interest in the social activities of various voluntary organizations working for the children, handicapped and the aged; taken keen interest in the agriculture development and upliftment of the farmers.
Special Interests
(i) Keen agriculturist who takes interest in promoting better farming practices, micro finance/skill development projects for farmers & craftsmen, health insurance for rural poor in Western Rajasthan, especially in Distts. Barmer & Jaisalmer
(ii) Avid Golfer, Swimmer and Traveller.
Photography and travelling; traversed the whole length and breadth of the country as Army Officer, Member of Parliament and Member of Legislative Assembly (Baytu Assembly Constituency in Barmer District)
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Playing Golf, Swimming, Photography,
Sports and Clubs
Declared the best Sportsman in school days 1960-61 and 1961-62, Best Athlete 1964 & 1965-1966. Elected President, Engineering Faculty during 1966-67, MBM Engg. College Jodhpur. Participated in Golf Championships and won trophies in Inter-Service tournaments held at Army Golf Course, Delhi and Bangalore Golf Course, Bangalore
Member, (i) Army Golf Course, Delhi Cantt.; and (ii) Air Force Golf Course, Race Course, New Delhi (iii) Delhi Golf Club and (iv) DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon-Haryana
Countries Visited
Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of the People`s Republic of China), Singapore, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.A.
Other Information
Experience – Armed Forces
Served in Armed Forces for 26 years as Lieutenant, Captain, Platoon Commander and Field Company Commander in Engineers Regiment, 1969-76; Major, Garrison Engineer, 1977-83, Major, Staff Grade-II, HQ Northern Command Udhampur; Lt. Col., Staff Officer, Grade-I at Army HQ, New Delhi; Colonel, Commander of Border Road Task Force, Arunachal Pradesh, 1988-91; Colonel, Additional Chief Engineer, Bangalore , 1991-92; Col. Addl. Chief Engineer, Jodhpur, 1992-94. Had outstanding and challenging tenures in Armed Forces (Corps of Engineers); in various States/regions in India. Recipient of three Awards (i) Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) from President of India, (ii) Commendation of Chief of Army Staff and (iii) Commendation from Chief of Air Staff. Took premature retirement during 1994 to launch in politics to serve poor and downtrodden people of India.
Had outstanding Career in education and sports during schooling and graduation in engineering spanning over 20 years. Thereafter, served for 25 years in Armed Forces with distinction for cause of National security and integration. After voluntary retirement from Armed Forces in 1994, serving nation with dedication for 25 years as MP Lok Sabha (4 Times) and MLA (1 Time) from Western Distt. Of Rajasthan.

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