Khongmen, first woman MP from NE, passes away

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Shillong, Mar 18: Former member of Parliament and educationist Bonily Khongmen passed away here yesterday. She was 92.

The first woman MP from the North Eastern region, Ms Khongmen, also served as Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly from 1946 to 1951.

She was also unanimously elected twice as a member of the Gauhati University and served in important committees and selected committees of the Assembly.

In 1953, she attended the 10th session of the United Nations as delegate and worked in the Committee of Human Rights.

In 1957, after the dissolution of Parliament, she was elected Member and Chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission for a term of six years.

She was appointed member of the Union Public Service Commission in 1963 till 1970.

She was also the Chairman of the first Nagaland Public Service Commission from 1970 to 1974 and appointed Chairman of the first Pay Commission in the government of Nagaland in 1975.

Apart from her service career, she was an social worker and member of Young Women's Christian Association, Chairman of the Eastern Indian Women's Association, Chairman of Meghalaya chapter of the Indian Council of Child Welfare.

She will be laid to rest in the All Saints' Church cemetery near the official residence of General Officer Commanding 101 Area.


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