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Tribute to Haji Abdul Salam – Rajya Sabha MP

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Brief Profile Of Haji Abdul Salam 

Rajya Sabha MP (Member of Parliament from Manipur) (Feb 2014)

Former Minister, Manipur 


Father’s Name : Late Hafiz Mufizuddin

Mother’s Name : Heiton Bibi

Full Address : Heibong Makhong Village,

P.O. & P.S. Mayang Imphal, 

36- Wabagai Assembly Constituency, 

Thoubal District, Manipur.

Present Address : Minuthong, Golapati, 


Date of Birth : 01st March, 1948

Educational Qualification : M.A. (Pol. Sc.), LL.B, (Gauhati University) 

Marital Status : Married on 8th Feb, 1971

Spouse’s Name : Mrs. Najida Begum 1 (one)

Number of Son : 1 (One)

Number of Daughter : 5 (five) 

Religion : Islam (Sunni) 

Nationality : Indian 


(with inputs from e-pao)

Haji Abdul Salam is the first Rajya Sabha MP from among the Meitei Pangal Community.

His father, Hafiz Mufizuddin, a Hafiz (one who keeps the Quran by-heart) & mother, Heiton Bibi, a house-wife, were from a remote village of Thoubal district. His father  had his religious education from a madrasa in U.P. (1925-40), took to teaching in a madrasa. He was, in fact, one of the distinguished teachers and founding member of the 68 years old Mukam Madrasa in Mayang Imphal, regarded as the first madrasa established in Manipur.

Haji Abdul Salam is the eldest of the 6 siblings (4 brothers and 2 sisters). He  had his early education from the village schools. 

Honours/Certificates/Awards Conferred: 

– Haji Abdul Salam was Awarded “Best Citizen of Manipur Award” by Manipur Muslim Development Organisation, as apex body of Manipuri Muslim in Barak Valley, Cachar (MMDO) along with (in Manipuri) citation by the Manipur Muslim Development Organisation, Barak Valley, Assam on 28.04.2002. 

– He was Conferred “Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award” by the India international Friendship Society (NFS), Nev. Delhi, at a function organized in New Delhi on 19th August, 2003 for “Meritorious Seivices, Outstanding performance, Remarkable role, Achievements and Contributions to the Society” to commemorate tre 59th Birth Anniversary of Late Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India. 

-He was also Conferred “Jewel of India Gold Award” and “Gold Medal” (Certificate of Excellence) (Certificate of Felicitation) for the year 2004 and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal by the Friendship Forum of India, New Delhi on 31st August, 2004. 

– He was Conferred “Best Social Worker of Manipur among the Muslims” on 26th April, 2009 by the Ail Manipur Art & Culture as Sports Development Society at Khurai Khomidok Mayai Leikai, Imphal East, Manipur. 

– Veteran Certificate awarded on 28th December, 2011 on the occasion of 126th Congress Foundation Day by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur at MPCC Office, Imphal. 

– The late RS MP was awarded the “Life Time Achievement Award 2013 by the All Manipur Art & culture and Sports Development Society on 30th June, 201 3 at IAS School Ground, Khurai Khomidok Mayai Leikai, Imphal East, Manipur. 

Member of the Govt, of India Hai Goodwill Delegation-2005

Haji Abdul Salam was Nominated as Member of the Govt, of India Haj Goodwill Delegation-2005 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 16.01.2005 to 03.02.2005. First Member from Manipur to be a part of the Govt. Of India Haj Goodwill Mission. Also performed Haj. The Delegation was led by Alhaj Ghulam Nabi Azad, the then Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Urban Development. 

Services rendered in the State/Central Government:

Before joining active politics Haji Abdul Salam  had served both in the State (in Education Department) and Central (in Accountant General Office) Government Services for a total period cf 141/2 years, from 1965 to 1 979. 

Special Invitee at the PM’s Iftar Part.

In recognition to his loyalty to Congress party he invited as the lone person from Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) at the Iftar party hosted by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 6th Oct. 2007 at his Bunglow, 7, Race Course Road, New Deihi. 

Social Activities: 

-Actively involved as leader of the local organizations for various developmental activities of the village area from boyhood.

-Moved for reservation of seats for the Muslims in Manipur in the State Government Services and educational institutions since 1977 onwards.

-Actively involved in setting up of State Haj Committee, State Wakf Board and State Minority Commission in Manipur.

– Member of the State Wakf Board, Manipur since its inception in 1987 till date under Wakf Act 1954 and 1 995 etc. (Central Act.)

– Executive Member of the All Manipur Meitai Pangal (Manipuri Muslims) Welfare Association (AMMPWA), an apex body of the Muslims in Manipur.

– Nominated by the State Assembly as Senate Member of the Manipur University (now upgraded as Central University) as lone Muslim Senator for the years 1993, 1994, 995 and 1996. Re-nominated in 2005.

– Worked as elected President of the Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association, Manipur from 2002 to Feb. 2007. 

Areas of Special Interest: 

– Work for communal harmony, national integration, upliftment of rural and village areas in all respect, protection of downtrodden masses.

o Also take keen interest “ the protection of ecology, environment and wild-life, especially protection of natural lakes of Manipur valley. Moved in the State Assembly and outside for protection of the fresh water-bodies and natural lakes in the 4 valley districts of Manipur.

– Saved one rare “Hog Deer’ from the hands of hunters and handed over to Manipur Zoological Carden on 6th May, 1997 through Shri. Th. Priyobor Singh, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) & Chief Wild Life Warden, Govt, of Manipur. 

Positions Held under the State Government: 

– Minister, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RD & PR) from 1997 to 1999.

– Minister, Co-operation, Minorities & Other Backward Classes (MOBC) from 12.03.2002 to 05.07.2004 and resigned with the Downsizing of Ministries in India.

– Elected (in the first election held under the Central Haj Act, 2002) as the Chairman, State Haj Committee Manipur in May 2003. Re-elected in July 2006 for a term of 3 years. ]

-Member of WAKF Board, Mar our since its inception in 1 987 (till date). 

Positions Held in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly: 

– Nominated as Panel of Chairman to conduct assembly sessions by Hon’ble Speaker in his absence from July 2004 till the completion of the term of 8th Manipur Legislative Assembly (i.e., 28.02.2007).

– Worked as Member of the Committee on Public Accounts, 2004 – Feb. 2007.

– Worked as Member of the Committee on the Government Assurances, 2004 – Feb. 2007.

– Worked as Member of the Committee on Welfare of the Women and Children Programme, 2004-2007.

– Worked as Chairman of the Petition Committee, 2004-2007.

– Working as a member of the State Level Steering Committee of the Secular Progressive Front (SPF) since 2002. 

Conferences Attended: 

1. All India Hai Conferences Attended:-Attended the AN India Annual Conference for Haj 1423 (H)/ 2003 (AD) at Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre, Srinagar on 04.08.2002 (Sunday).

– Attended the All India Annual Conference for Haj 1425 (H)/ 2005 (AD) on 27th Oct. 2004, at Vigyan Bnawan, New Delhi.

– Attended the All India Annual Conference for Haj 11426 (H)/ 2006 (AD) on 6th June, 2005 at Vigyan Bnawan, New Delhi.

– Attended the All India Annual Coherence for Haj 1427 (H)/ 2006-11 (AD) on 20th May 2006 at Vig . Bhawan, New Delhi.

2. Ministerial Conferences Attended:

  Haji Abdul Salam  had attended the all-India Conference arranged by the Ministry of Rural Areas & Employment, Govt, of India, along with the concerned Ministers and Secretaries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj of the states, on 12-1 3th May, 1998 at Vigyan Bhawai, New Delhi, in the capacity of Minister, RD & PR, Govt, of Manipur. The conference was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

– Also attended Conference of the Panchayati Raj Ministers of the States with Finance Commission, Govt, of India, on 09.09.1998, at New Delhi, in the capacity of Minister, RD & PR, Govt, of Manipur. 

– Also attended the all-India Conference arranged by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt, of India with the Co-operation Ministers of the States on 08.08.2002 at New Delhi. 

Member in the Ministerial Committees: 

Haji Abdul Salam Member of “State Level Communal Harmony Integration Committee” from 2002 to 2004. The Committee was headed by the Chief Minister of Manipur.

He was Member of “Manipur State Population Commission” from 2002 to 2004. The Committee was headed by the Chief Minister of Manipur. 

Political Activities: 

Haji Abdul Salam joined active politics w.e.f. 22.09.1979 just after acceptance of resignation on 21.09.1979 from the Central Govt, service in Accountant General Office, Manipur.

He ever changed Political Pan:, for attraction of Anti Defection Act, 1985.

Haji Abdul Salam was elected for the first time “ the 3rd Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections (1980) from the 36-Wabagai Assembly Constituency as an independent candidate and joined INC supporting R.K. Dorendra Singh Congress Government.

He was again re-Elected for the 2nd time in the 6th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election (1995) from 36-Wabagai A/C.

Again re-Elected in the 8th Manipur Legislative Assembly Elections (2002) under Indian National Congress (INC) ticket for the 3rd time. 

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