Roshan Warjri: The first woman Home Minister in Meghalaya

Veteran public leader Roshan Warjri, a three-time legislator, scripted history by becoming the first woman to take charge of the Home department in the matrilineal state of Meghalaya — she is also the second woman in India after P. Sabita Indra Reddy in Andhra Pradesh to hold the home minister portfolio.

She was among 11 ministers, who were sworn in by Governor R S Mooshahary yesterday.

Warjri was elected from North Shillong assembly constituency in last month’s election. Apart from the home portfolio, she will look after jails and public works department (buildings).

The 63-year-old legislator, is the widow of Korbar Sing Phanbuh, a legislator of the erstwhile Hill People’s Union. After the demise of her husband, Warjri joined electoral politics and was elected to the assembly two times consecutively, in 1993 and 1998, on the Hill People’s Union and United Democratic Party tickets, respectively.

She was first inducted as cabinet minister in the B.B. Lyngdoh ministry and held the urban affairs portfolio. Before joining the electoral fray, she has worked as the chairperson of Meghalaya state women’s commission.

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