Prem Das Rai
|Prem Das Rai|
|Member of Parliament
25 May 2009
|Preceded by||Nakul Das Rai|
Sikkim Democratic Front
31 July 1954 |
|Political party||Sikkim Democratic Front|
|Children||Juneli Rai, Nitin Das Rai|
|Alma mater||IIT Kanpur
Prem Das Rai (born 31 July 1954) is an Indian politician from the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party. In the 2009 election, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sikkim constituency of Sikkim, India. He has the distinction of being the first member of parliament with both Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management degrees. He is also a former Eisenhower Fellow (2000) from India.
Prem Das Rai was educated at IIT Kanpur (bachelor of technology in chemical engineering) and at IIM Ahmedabad (MBA). In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious and selective Eisenhower Fellowship (USA) for his contribution to Sikkim’s economic and industrial growth.
Rai joined the SDF in its formative years. He served as the party’s General Secretary and has worked at all its various structural levels. He has helped with SDF’s manifesto and vision, and continues to work for the party and for the prosperity of the Sikkimese people. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the Government of Sikkim.
The positions held by Rai include: senior executive at Bank of America (Kolkata), managing director of Sikkim Milk Union, establishing Sikkim Flour Mills, chairman of Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (SIDICO) and Sikkim Scheduled Tribes and All Other Backward Classes Financial Development Corporation (SABCO), founding chairman of the Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS), and CEO (north-east) of BASIX. At BASIX, one of India’s largest microfinance and livelihood promotion institutions, he implemented microfinance initiatives for Sikkim and other north-east states by working with farmers, villagers, and non-governmental organizations.
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