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Shri Saif-ud-Din Soz, MP
[ Indian National Congress-Jammu and Kashmir ]

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Father's Name : Shri Hakim Habibulla
Mother's Name : Shrimati Sajida Begum
Date of Birth : 1937-11-23
Place of Birth : Sopore, Distt. Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir)
Marital Status : Married
Spouse's Name : Shrimati Mumtazunnisa
Children : one daughtersTwo Sons
Educational Qualifications : M.A. (Economics) Educated at Jammu and Kashmir University, Srinagar
Profession : Educationist, Economist, Writer, Political and Social Worker
Permanent Address : Shehjar Humhama Heights, Airport Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. 190014 Telephone : {0194} 2430248
Present Address : 12, Akbar Road, New Delhi 110001 Telephone : 23782032, 23782034, Mobile: 9868181333, 9868181984
Email Address : ssaif@sansad.nic.in
Freedom Fighter : No
Positions Held :  
1983-84 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Social Welfare 1984-89 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha (2nd term) 1984-99 Leader, Parliamentary Party, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference 1985-88 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings Member, Committee on Estimates 1985-88 and 1998-99 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas 1989-91 Member, Ninth Lok Sabha (3rd term) Nov. 1996 Elected to Rajya Sabha 1996, 1998-99, Jan. 2003-Feb. Member, Committee on Science and 2004 and Aug. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Technology, Environment and Forests 1997-98 Union Cabinet Minister, Environment and Forests 1998-99 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha (4th term) Member, Public Accounts Committee Nov. 2002 Elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Member, Committee of Privileges Aug. 2005 - Jan. 2006 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit 29 Jan. 2006-22 May 2009 Union Cabinet Minister of Water Resources Feb. 2009 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha
Books Published :  
(i) Kashmir Crisis, (ii) Why Autonomy to Kashmir, (iii) Secularism - an Interpretation, (iv) A Socio-Economic Survey of Gurez Valley, (v) Problems of Kashmiri Language and Literature and (vi) Daj (A play in Kashmiri on abuses of Dowry system); translation of M. Allins book "1,00,000 Whys" from Russian to Kashmiri (the same was awarded Soviet Land Nehru Award)
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests : 
Has written essays and short stories in Kashmiri, several articles in reputed newspapers and journals on a variety of subjects like Islam and Modernism, Rights of Women, Secularism, Literature, Education and Economics; wrote extensively and participated widely in discussions on Kashmir during the last two decades; received, (i) Soviet Land Nehru Award, (ii) All India Basic Literature Competition Award and (iii) Competition for Literature for Neo-Literates Award
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation : 
Member, (i) Foreign Affairs Club of India and (ii) India International Centre; reading and participation in activities related to environment and social justice
Countries Visited :  
Travelled extensively in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia; represented India at the international fora as Member/Leader of Indian Delegations : (i) 12th Congress of Afro-Asian Solidarity Conference, Algeria, May, 1984, (ii) Inter-Parliamentary Conference, Mexico, April, 1985, (iii) International Conference on Peace, Copenhagen, May, 1987, (iv) International Conference on Peace, Baghdad, April, 1989, (v) Afro-Asian Conference on Peace and Solidarity, U.S.S.R., May, 1989, (vi) International Conference on Alternative World Order, Kuala Lumpur, November, 1994, (vii) International Conference on Peace Movements, Tripoli, November, 1995, (viii) Conference on Ethnic Conflict in South Asia, Colombo, June, 1996 and (ix) 50th Anniversary of Bandung Conference under the auspices of Afro-Asian Solidarity Organisation at Cairo, Egypt, 28 February - 4 March 2005; represented Indian National Congress at the Third International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) at Beijing, China, 3-5 September, 2004; Member, (i) Parliamentary Delegation, Japan, October, 1989 and (ii) Official Delegation led by the then President of India, Shri K.R. Narayanan to Germany, Luxemburg, Portugal and Turkey, 5-21 September, 1998; Chief Guest at Male (Maldives) representing Government of India at the inauguration of Maldives Institute of Technical Education, May, 1997; Leader of Indian Delegation to the (i) Ministerial Conference on Commission on Sustainable Development, Dresden, Germany, March, 1997; (ii) Ministerial Conference on U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification in Asia, Beijing, May, 1997, (iii) Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) to review implementation of Agenda 21, New York, 23-27 June, 1997, (iv) IXth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, Montreal, Canada, 15-17 September, 1997, (v) First Conference of Parties of Convention to Combat Desertification, Rome, 8-11 October, 1997, (vi) XIth World Forestry Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 11-16 October, 1997 and (vii) Conference of Parties-3 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto, Japan, 9-11 December, 1997; Leader of Indian Parliamentary delegation to the (i) 10th General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Conference on Environment and Development (APPCED), Cozumel Island, Mexico, 13-15 November, 2003 and (ii) 11th General Assembly of the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Conference on Environment Development (APPCED), Koroleuv Island, Fiji, 17-20 August, 2004; visited, Austria to hold bilateral discussions with the Environment Minister of Austria on conservation of water bodies, solid waste management, etc., 3-8 July, 1997; participated in Peoples Summit on Climate Change, Birmingham, U.K., 14-16 May, 1998; addressed the U.N. Special Session on Human Rights in Geneva, 22 March-30 April, 1999; attended, Meeting of the Standing Committee of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) - Seoul, South Korea, 26-27 May, 2005
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