|Governor of Himachal Pradesh|
25 January 2010 – 24 January 2015
|Preceded by||Prabha Rau|
6 August 1946 |
Phingeshwar, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Virendra Bahadur Singh|
Urmila Singh was born in Phingeshwar village in Raipur district, now located in Chhattisgarh state, into a landowning family of central India, which also produced freedom fighters and social reformers. Urmila's great-grandfather, Raja Natwar Singh (alias Lalla Shah) of Haridaypur, was a freedom fighter, who was executed by the British rulers. Some other family members were deported to serve sentences in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Urmila Singh was married at a young age to Virendra Bahadur Singh, Raja of Seraipally princely state in Chhattisgarh. The couple became the parents of one daughter and two sons and Urmila Singh devoted herself to the nurture of her family. Virendra Bahadur Singh became a prominent Congress party political and a member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly, elected from the areas that his family had previously ruled for several centuries. His mother, Rani Shyam Kumari Devi, was a Member of Parliament.
After the sudden, early death of her husband, Urmila Singh stepped into the political arena to contest the assembly seat previously held by him. She was duly elected for several consecutive terms from the family borough to the Madhya Pradesh assembly and remained a member from 1985 to 2003. She served as a Minister of State for Dairy Development (1993–95) and as Cabinet Minister for Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare (1998–2003). She also served as President of the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, a party forum, between 1996 and 1998.
The new state of Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2001, and Urmila's constituency now fell to the portion of the new state. Urmila Singh was therefore automatically a member of the first ever legislative assembly of Chhattisgarh between 2001 and 2003. The Congress party suffered a rout in both states in the 2003 assembly elections and Urmila Singh was one of the casualties. She lost the elections in 2008 also. In recognition of her services to the congress party, the congress-led central government appointed her governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2010. She took office on 25 January 2010.
- "Governor House, Himachal Pradesh, India - Her Excellency The Governor". himachalrajbhavan.nic.in. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Urmila Singh takes over as Himachal Governor". The Indian Express. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.