Urmila Singh Biography

Urmila Singh took over as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2010. She has been the President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee and served as a minister in the government of Madhya Pradesh.


Born on August 6, 1946 in village Fingeshwar in Raipur district, earlier part of Madhya Pradesh, now part of the new state of Chattisgarh, she belongs to a family of freedom fighters. Her great grandfather Raja Natwar Singh, a martyr, was executed by the British.

Her late husband Shri Virendra Bahadur Singh was a member of the MP Legislative Assembly and the erstwhile Raja of Saraipalli (now in Chattisgarh). Her mother-in-law, the late Rani Shyam Kumari Devi had been a Member of the Parliament for the entire duration of her political career.

Urmila Singh has a BA degree and an additional LLB. She has two sons-Shri Dharmendra Singh and Shri Yogendra Singh- and a daughter Smt Rachna Sodhi.

Smt Urmila Singh has been associated with several social voluntary organizations of Madhya Pradesh. She was the Chairperson of the Madhya Pradesh State Social Welfare Board and member of the MP Scheduled Castes Welfare Advisory Committee. In addition she has been the founder President of Ujjain Citizen Forum and President of the MP Organization for Tribal women.

Political Career

She was elected to the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Ghansaur, Seoni in MP in 1985. She was reelected in 1990 and was an MLA till 2003. During this period she became a Minister in the Madhya Pradesh government twice. First, in 1993, she was given the portfolio of Minister of state for Finance and Dairy Development; she served till 1995. Then, in 1998, she was made the Minister for Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare; she served till 2003.

In 2007, the government of India appointed her as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, a constitutional commission set up under Article 338 A of the Indian constitution.


She assumed the office of the Himachal Pradesh Governor on January 25, 2010. As Governor she holds the position of the Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University. She is also the Chancellor of Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, and Jaypee University of Information technology, both in Himachal. In addition she is the President of the Indian Red Cross Society and of the Himachal Pradesh State council for Child Welfare.

She is also the administrator of the Scheduled and tribal areas in the state.