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Prem Das Rai

Prem Das Rai


Prem Das Rai is an active politican in Sikkim. He was born to Shri Chandra Das Rai and Smt. Ganga Devi Rai in Darjeeling (West Bengal). Rai did his schooling at Wynberg Allen School, Mussoorie, then in Uttar Pradesh, on a Government of India scholarship. He did his chemical engineering from IIT, Kanpur in 1976 and his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA), in 1978, from IIM, Ahmedabad. He married Jean Chun Ping Rai and has one son and one daughter,they work in Singapore.

After starting his career with the Bank of America in Kolkata, he returned in 1979 to serve Sikkim in various capacities such as the Managing Director of Sikkim Flour Mills Limited (1979 1985), Managing Director of the Sikkim Milk Union (1983-85), Chairman of Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Limited (SIDICO) & Sikkim Scheduled Tribes and All Other Backward Classes Financial Development Corporation (SABCCO, 1999 2004), Founding Chairman of the Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS) (2001-2009), and CEO (Northeast India) of BASIX (2008), Indias eminent micro-finance and livelihood promotion institution.

During the period 1985-2006, Mr. Rai was also a prolific entrepreneur. He is credited with bringing the first computers into Sikkim, and set up an email service in the region which was used a Bulletin Board Service between Gangtok and Kolkata before Internet services were widely available in the region. Along with his father, he edited the popular weekly, the Gangtok Times, for a decade between 1994 and 2004.

A Consultant,Businessperson, Social Worker, Educationist by Profession is the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Sikkim constituency and belongs to Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF). His political career began in 1993-94, when he joined the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party after the Party was founded by his political mentor, Shri Pawan Chamling. Rai joined the SDF in its formative years. He served as the partys General Secretary and has worked at all its various structural levels. He has helped with SDFs manifesto and vision, and continues to work for the party and for the prosperity of the Sikkimese people.

He also served as the Secretary General and later as President of the Akhil Kirat Rai Sangh (AKRS), and Chaired the Other Backwards Classes Association. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the Government of Sikkim.He was first elected in 2009 election and re-elected in 2014 after serving his first term in 2009-2014.

He has the distinction of being the first Member of Parliament with both Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management degrees. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious and selective Eisenhower Fellowship (USA) for his contribution to Sikkims economic and industrial growth.

Mr. Rai is currently a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Subordinate Legislation, and the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Tribal Affairs & DoNER Ministry. He is also the Secretary General of the North-East MPs Forum, Member of the Governing Council of Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI), and Member of the Advisory Council of Population Foundation of India (PFI). He heads the Parliamentary Committee on Population & Development.

Mr. Rai serves as Chair for the Steering Committee on Anti-Drugs under the Department of Social Justice & Women Empowerment, Government of Sikkim, which has spawned a unique program in Government Schools called SAATHI. He is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of Educational Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP), under the Human Resource Development Department, Government of Sikkim.

Until recently, Mr. Rai served as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the Government of Sikkim, and was a former General Secretary of the Sikkim Democratic Front Party. Currently, he also serves as the editor of the Political & Economic Journal of Sikkim, and as SDF Spokesperson, commenting primarily on National issues.

Personal Life

Full Name Prem Das Rai
Date of Birth 31 Jul 1954 (Age 67)
Place of Birth Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Party name Sikkim Democratic Front
Education Post Graduate
Profession Consultant Businessperson, Social Worker, Educationist
Father's Name Shri Chandra Das Rai
Mother's Name Smt. Ganga Devi Rai
Spouse's Name Smt. Jean Rai
Spouse's Profession Social Worker
Children 1 Son(s) 1 Daughter(s)


Permanent address J-155, Upper Tadong, PO Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim-737102
Present address 402, Narmada Apartment, 3-5, Dr. B.D. Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
Contact number 03592231181, 9933088001, 9013180208
Email pdrai8@gmail.com

Interesting Facts

He is Active in social networking; Enjoys cultural experiences of all kinds; Promoting diversity through exchanges especially in North-East India. He writes on current issues especially those relating to Sikkim and the North-east in newspapers/magazines; Taking part in conferences and debates on topical issues concerning Sikkim and the North Eastern Region. Also has an avid interest in environmental issues and promotion of eco-tourism and education. He has Intellectual discussions; Reading serious books on human conditions; Bird watching and horticulture
He is also interested in Table tennis, cricket, trekking and hiking. He was the Chairman, Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation, 1999-2004.

Political Timeline

  • 2018
    On 5 July 2018: He was appointed as the Chairperson, Library Committee.
  • 2014
    He was Re-elected to 16th Lok Sabha (2nd term). He defeated Tek Nath Dhakal of SKM Party by 41,742 votes. On 1 Sep. 2014: He became the Member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Standing Committee on Finance and Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • 2009
    He was Elected to 15th Lok Sabha. He defeated Kharananda Upreti of INC Party by 84,868 votes. He became a Leader of Sikkim Democratic Front Party.
  • 2009
    On 31 Aug. 2009, he became a Member, Standing Committee on Information Technology. On 7 Oct. 2009, he was appointed as the Member, Committee on Ethics and the Member of Standing Committee on Human Resource Development.
  • 2008
    2008 - 2009: He was the Deputy Chairman, State Planning Commission, Sikkim
Net Worth3.24 CRORE

Disclaimer: The information relating to the candidate is an archive based on the self-declared affidavit filed at the time of elections. The current status may be different. For the latest on the candidate kindly refer to the affidavit filed by the candidate with the Election Commission of India in the recent election.


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