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Neera Shastri

Neera Shastri is an ex-member of national executive of Bharatiya Janata Party and a noted woman activist. She was a member of National Commission of Backward Castes. She is the youngest daughter- in-law of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the former prime minister of India. Mrs Neera Shastri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1993.

Early life

Mrs Neera Shastri was born on October 13, 1955 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She has completed her M Sc. in Zoology from Jodhpur (with specialisation in Entomology, Ecology & Environment Biology).

She was ushered into the world of politics after her marriage to Late Ashok Shastri, the youngest son of former Prime Minister Late Lal Bahadhur Shastri.

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Family

Ashok Shastri married Neera Shastri on 19 May 1977. He died at 34. She raised her three children, Mahima Shastri, Mandira Shastri and Sameep Shastri.

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Political Life

Mrs Shastri has headed the Mahila Morcha wing of the Delhi BJP for three terms during which she organised a large number of activities for women upliftment. Nearly four to five thousand women participated in the programmes and became active members of the party.

She has served as the Vice President of the Delhi BJP as well as the incharge of the Shahdara District (East Delhi), actively participating in and organising a number of party programmes.

Her leadership skills were utilized successfully when she in her capacity as the convener organised the National Rally for Women’s Reservation on February 21, 2008 bringing as many as 40,000 women from all over Delhi to participate in it. Also,as a member of

1 The National Executive she has actively been participating in and contributing to the various conferences and meeting. She had also successfully organised a conference of Muslim women in 1998 which was addressed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at New Delhi and received wide coverage from the foreign media including ‘The New York Times’.

Realizing the potential of the youth of the country, she has actively promoted the youth wing of various organisations and in 1997 had also mobilized a huge gathering of the youth wing from the eastern part of the country which was addressed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Her humane face came to the fore when she tirelessly organised relief material and undertook collection work during the Tsunami and earthquakes in Gujarat, Kashmir and other parts of the country. After the Tsunami, she also visited and reviewed the rehabilitation of the affected people in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

She has also campaigned for all-important national leaders of the BJP like Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Lal Krishna Advani, Shri Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Narendra Modi and others in their respective constituencies in Lok Sabha/Vidhan Sabha elections.

Social Life

Mrs Shastri was a member of the National Commission for Backward Classes, Government of India, and in her capacity had visited all the states and union territories as a Bench Member for the Public Hearing to identify the OBC castes/communities for the Central List. She has also attended the meetings of OBC Welfare Organisation in different states to discuss key problems and getting OBC certificate and implementation of reservation criteria in central and state government services. As a member of the Commission, she has drawn the attention of the central and state government for a special drive to providing enough opportunities of education and employment to the OBC women in order to bring them to the mainstream of the nation.


She took part in organising the National Conference of central and states OBC Commissions and Secretaries in-Charge of OBC Welfare Department. This was inaugurated by the then Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. S.N. Jatia, and addressed by the then Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Sanjay Paswan. In July, 2005, she also presided over the National Conference of central and states OBC Commissions and Secretaries in-Charge of OBC Welfare Departments from all over the country which was inaugurated by Meira Kumar, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and addressed by S. Jagadeesan, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment.In the same conference she presented a paper emphasizing the need of categorization of the central and state lists of OBCs, maintenance of uniformity in both the lists and increase in the creamy layer limit as a policy preparation, which was later considered by the ministry and the creamy layer limit was increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh per capita income. She also suggested that the artisans engaged in the hereditary occupation be kept out of the purview of creamy layer. The main focus of the presentation was also on the educational empowerment of the OBCs.

She has also been associated with the Lal Bahadhur Shastri Hospital from the day of its inception. Thereafter as a member of the Hospital Advisory Committee, she has helped in setting up and operationalising the hospital including its building and procurement of critical equipment. The hospital was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


Corporate Life

At TATA STEEL Company (Corporate Office) she was primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the activities of the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS). The basic activities of the agency included assistance in drip irrigation, agriculture, safe drinking water, basic healthcare service, income generating activities, environment and forest protection, and women development programme in 32 villages in and around Jamshedpur (The number of villages now under TSRDS is 200). The most noteworthy involvement in this field includes the “Lifeline Express” or the “Hospital on Wheels”.

Family Welfare

Her work in TSRDS included a progression from immunization in isolation to an integrated approach towards mother and child health care. Projects such as child survival project laid stress on community awareness and empowerment. A total of about 95,000 children were immunized from deadly diseases and about 12,500 women were sterilized. Women were encouraged to attend annual laparoscopy camps in rural areas and the expenses were subsidized.

Income generation Schemes

She has also worked with the Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART,). It is an agency under the M/o Rural Development which ensures right marketing techniques to be followed between the buyers and rural producers for appropriate returns. As part of her functions with the agency she has also interacted with the Confederation of Indian Industries, Department of Company Affairs and Department of Economic Affairs and other agencies.

Water Conservation and Allied Schemes

As part of her work Mrs Shastri also helped establish a number of micro-water cooperatives around available water resources, optimally starting from the ‘Pani Panchayat’ at Pachardih, a village near Jamshedpur. Today about 21 such panchayats are running successfully. Some of the programmes that she was associated with were check dams, paddle pumps, pump sets and pond deepening exercises.

Tribal Development

She has also coordinated the efforts and activities of the tribal and Harijan Welfare cell of Tata Steel. The focus of this cell is the socio-economic development of the tribal, the original inhabitants of Singhbhum. The Harijan, welfare activities were confined to the slum regions of Jamshedpurs urban areas and the key development issues identified for both these communities were education, health and medical activities, development of youth through sports and games, art and culture. The cell assesses the potential of the young tribal and Harijans and assists them to accelerate their development in their chosen field. One of the prominent initiatives in this regard includes creation of an experimental herbal garden. She has also worked as a coordinator for relief activities during natural calamities (earthquakes in Garhwal Hills, Latur and floods in Bihar) on behalf of Tata Steel. Apart from the activities and initiatives undertaken to do full justice to her role as a social citizen in a corporate environment, she has also handled media related public relation activities including organising press conferences, seminars and sport activities for the company.

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