KIDWAI, SHRIMATI MOHSINA [Congress (I) —Uttar Pradesh, Meerut, I984] d. of late Shri Qutubuddin Ahmad; b. at Banda District, January 1, 1932; ed. at Women’s College, Aligarh; Intermediate; m. Shri Khalilur Rahman Kidwai, December 13, 1953; 3 d.; Political and Social Worker; Minister of State, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Uttar Pradesh, 1973-74; Cabinet Minister, U.P. Government, (i) Harijan and Social Welfare, 1974-75; (ii) Small Scale Industries, 1975-77; Union Minister of State for Labour and Rehabilitation, September 11, 1982 —January 29, 1983; Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, January 29, 1983—August 2, 1984; Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Rural Development, August 2, 1984—October 31, 1984 and again from November 4, 1984—December 31, 1984; Cabinet Minister for Health and Family Welfare since December 31, 1984; President, Uttar Pradesh Congress (I) Committee, 1976-8O; re-nominated as President U.P. Congress Committee (I) in July, 1982 Founder Patron (I) National Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Barabanki; (ii) Condensed Courses School for Promotion of Literacy among Adult Women for making them self-supporting, (iii) Tailoring and Embroidery Centre for Women and (iv) Bal Jagat—for providing shelter to orphans and forsaken children and children belonging to the poor families; Member, (i) Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, May I960—February, 1974 and (ii) Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, 1974-77; Member, (i) Sixth Lok Sabha, May, 1978—August, 1979 and (ii) Seventh Lok Sabha, 1980-84; Member, (i) Official Delegations to U.S.A., U.K., Tanzania, Mauritius, Kenya and United Arab Emirates, (ii) Women’s Conferences in German Democratic Republic and (iii) World Peace Conference, U.S.S.R., Brunei and Hungary.
Social activities: Upliftment of women and children, including Harijans and amelioration of the down-trodden sections of the society.
Favourite pastime and recreation: Reading literary works and biographies of eminent personalities, music and sports.
Special interests: Political and social service to help destitute, downtrodden women and children and create opportunities for them to become responsible citizens.
Sports and clubs: Badminton.
Travels abroad: U.S.S.R., Britain, U.S.A., Canada, East Germany, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Hungary, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
Permanent address: Civil Lines, Bara Banki, Uttar Pradesh.