P. Geetha Jeevan

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Geetha Jeevan
Tamil Nadu Minister for Social Welfare
Assumed office
May 2008
First Minister M. Karunanidhi
Preceded by Poongothai Aladi Aruna
Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
May 2006
Preceded by S. Rajammal
Constituency Thoothukudi
Tamil Nadu Minister for Animal Husbandry
In office
May 2006 – May 2008
Preceded by P. V. Damodaran
Succeeded by Pongalur N. Palanisamy
Member of Panchayat
In office
Constituency Thoothukudi District Panchayat
Chairperson of Panchayat
In office
Constituency Thoothukudi District Panchayat
Personal details
Born (1970-05-06) 6 May 1970 (age 47)
Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Political party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Spouse(s) Jeevan Jacob Rajendran
Relations N. Periasamy (father)
Children 2

P. Geetha Jeevan (born 6 May 1970) is the current MLA of Thoothukudi constituency in the 15th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. She was previously the minister of social welfare in Tamil Nadu during the 2006-11 DMK Government and prior to holding that office had been in charge of the Ministry of Animal Husbandry.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jeevan was born in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India, on 6 May 1970[citation needed] and is the daughter of N. Periasamy, himself a former Thoothukudi constituency MLA.[2] She holds a master's degree in commerce awarded by A. P. C. Mahalakshmi College for Women, Tuticorin, having previously attended Geetha Matric Higher Secondary School in the city.

Jeevan married Jeevan Jacob Rajendran on 7 September 1990. The couple have a son and a daughter.

Political career[edit]

Jeevan was a member and chairperson of Tutucorin district panchayat between 1996-2006.[3] She defeated Danielraj from ADMK with about 15000 votes in Thoothukudi constituency to become member of the assembly.[4][5] The Social Welfare ministry portfolio was given to her when Poongothai Aladi Aruna was implicated in a telephone controversy.[6]

In the 2011 Tamil Nadu state elections, Jeevan was defeated by S. T. Chellapandian of the AIADMK party with about 27000 votes. In contrast, in the 2016 elections she defeated him with about 20000 votes.