Shri Purno Agitok Sangma Member of Parliament (MP) from Tura (ST)(Meghalaya) Biodata

Name of Member: Shri Purno Agitok Sangma

Political Party: National Peoples Party

Constituency & State: Tura (ST)(Meghalaya)

Lok Sabha Experience: 6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,16

Sixteenth Lok Sabha

Members Bioprofile
Sangma, Shri Purno Agitok
Constituency   : Tura (ST) (Meghalaya)
Party Name     : National Peoples Party(NPP)
Father’s Name Late Shri Dipchon Ch. Marak
Mother’s Name Late Smt. Chimri A. Sangma
Date of Birth 01 Sep 1947
Place of Birth Vill. Chapahati, Distt. West Garo Hills (Meghalaya)
Marital Status Married
Date of Marriage 06 Jun 1972
Spouse’s Name Smt. Soradini K. Sangma
No. of Sons 2
No.of Daughters 2
B.A. (Hons.), M.A., LL.B.
Educated at St. Anthony’s College, Shillong
and Dibrugarh University (Assam)
Profession Professor
Advocate, Journalist
Permanent Address
Walbakgiri, P.O. Tura,
Distt. West Garo Hills, Meghalaya
Tel : (03651) 232825, 09818003422 (M)
Positions Held
1973-76 Vice-President, Pradesh Youth Congress, Meghalaya
1974-75 General-Secretary, Pradesh Youth Congress, Meghalaya
1975-80 General-Secretary, Pradesh Congress Committee [P.C.C. (I)], Meghalaya
1977 Elected to 6th Lok Sabha
1980 Re-elected to 7th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee (Indira) [A.I.C.C.(I)]
1980-82 Union Deputy Minister, Industry
1982-84 Union Deputy Minister, Commerce
1984 Re-elected to 8th Lok Sabha (3rd term)
Nov.-Dec. 1984 Union Deputy Minister, Commerce
Jan.-March 1985 Union Minister of State, Commerce and Supply
March-Sept. 1985 Union Minister of State, Commerce
1985-86 Union Minister of State, Home Affairs
1986-88 Union Minister of State, Labour (Independent Charge)
1988-90 Chief Minister, Meghalaya
1988-91 Member, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
1990-91 Leader of the Opposition, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
1991 Re-elected to 10th Lok Sabha (4th term)
1991-93 Union Minister of State, Coal (Independent Charge)
1993-95 Union Minister of State, Labour (Independent Charge)
Feb.-Sept. 1995 Union Cabinet Minister, Labour
1995-96 Union Cabinet Minister, Information and Broadcasting
1996 Re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (5th term)
1996-98 Speaker, Lok Sabha
Chairman, (i) Business Advisory Committee; (ii) Rules Committee; (iii) General Purposes Committee; (iv) Standing Committee of the Conference of Presiding Officers of the Legislative Bodies in India; and (v) Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies;
President, (i) Indian Parliamentary Group, (ii) National Group of Inter-Parliamentary Union; and (iii) India Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
1998 Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (6th term)
1998-99 Member, Committee on External Affairs and
its Sub-Committee-I
1998-2004 Vice-President, Indian Institute of Public Administration
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of External Affairs
1999 Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (7th term)
1999 – 2004 Founder Member and General Secretary of Nationalist Congress Party
1999-2000 Member, Committee on Labour and Welfare
Feb. 2000 – 2002 Member, National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution
June 2000-2002 Member, National Commission on Population
2002 Member, Committee on External Affairs
2003-2004 Member, Committee on Home Affairs
2004 – 2005 Nationalist Trinamool Congress
2004 Re-elected to 14th Lok Sabha ( 8th term) (resigned from Lok Sabha on 10.10.2005 as a member of All India Trinamool Congress)
Member, Committee on External Affairs
Member, Committee on Private Members Bills and Resolutions
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
December, 2005 Nationalist Congress Party
23 Feb. 2006 Re-elected to Lok Sabha as N.C.P. candidate
Sept. 2006 4 March 2016 General Secretary, NCP
20 March 2008 Resigned from Lok Sabha
2008 – 2012 Member, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
Chairman, Meghalaya State Planning Board
2012 Presidential Candidate
January 2013 Founder of National People`s Party
May, 2014 Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (9th term)
1 Sep. 2014 – 4 March 2016 Member, Standing Committee on Energy
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
25 May 2015 – 4 March 2016 Member, National Monitoring Committee for the Education of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons With Disabilities
4 March 2016 Expired
Books Published
Edited books and entitled (i) ‘India in I.L.O.’ (two volumes); (ii) Into the Third Millennium: A Speaker`s Perspectives; and (iii) A Life in Politics
Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments
Editor, Chandambeni Ku’rang—a local daily
Social And Cultural Activities
Associated with various social organisations like the Red Cross Society, Youth Hostels Association of India and educational institutions; set up night school for the poor and the needy children in his constituency
Special Interests
Social service and tribal welfare
Favourite Pastime and Recreation
Reading, discussions and listening to Tribal, Western and Indian music
Sports and Clubs
Indoor games
Countries Visited
Widely travelled
Other Information
Leader, Indian Delegation to (i) U.N.I.D.O. Conference, Khartoum, Sudan, 1981; (ii) ESCAP Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 1984; (iii) International Labour Conference organised by I.L.O., six times; and (iv) Conference of Asia Pacific Labour Ministers (C.A.P.L.M.) at Tehran, Iran, 1993; Leader, Inter Parliamentary Delegation, to (i) 42nd CPA Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 1996; (ii) 96th IPU Conference, Beijing, China, 1996; and also led bilateral Parliamentary Delegations to Australia, Croatia, DPR Korea, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and U.K.; Leader, Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Bulgaria, Mongolia and Thailand, 1997; a member of Commonwealth observer to Zimbabwe Parliamentary Election; Leader of the Commonwealth observer for Presidential Election in Gambia
Taken several policy initiatives; as Union Industry Minister, enhanced the production capability of the Cement Industry to the level of self sufficiency; Coal India Ltd. turned into a profit-making enterprise during his tenure as Coal Minister; as Commerce Minister, introduced plantation crops like Tea, Rubber and Cashew of export importance in non-traditional areas of the North-Eastern India; as a Labour Minister initiated social security measures in the liberalization phase of Indian economy; introduced pension scheme for 18 million industrial workers, rationalised wages and introduced employment injury compensation for unorganised labour sector; placed child labour elimination on high national agenda, worked for elimination of discrimination against women; as Information and Broadcasting Minister, worked for liberalised usage of airwaves and investments in the electronic media; as Speaker, guided formation of a Standing Joint Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women and constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee for considering the Constitutional (Eighty-first) Amendment Bill seeking to enhance the presence of women in Parliament; also created a group of Parliamentarians to report on Ethics and Standards in Public Life; Chairman, (i) Asia-Pacific Regional Group in the International Labour Conference, 1994-95; (ii) 5th Conference of Labour Ministers of Non-aligned and other Developing Countries, Delhi, 1995; (iii) Specialised Inter-Parliamentary Conference of the I.P.U. on Partnership between Men and Women in Politics, Delhi, 1997; conferred, (i) Michael John Roll of Honour of the Tata Workers’ Union for distinguished contribution to the cause of labour and to the parliamentary system in 1997; (ii) Golden Jubilee Award of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (I.N.T.U.C.) for outstanding contribution to the cause of the working class by Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma, the then President of India, 1997 ; nominated `Man of the year` by Competition Success Review(CSR-1998); received “Saraswati National Eminence Award” in the category of Public Leadership by the South Indian Education Society, Mumbai in January 2003
In the history of Lok Sabha, He has been the first to be unanimously elected as Speaker, with universal support cutting across all political parties; The first from the opposition to hold the Office of Speaker; and The youngest Speaker, 50 yrs


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