Margaret Alva

Margaret Alva

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Margaret Alva (Sanskrit: मर्गरेत अलव; Kannada:ಮಾರ್ಗರೆಟ್ ಆಳ್ವ born April 14, 1942) is the Governor of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Alva became Uttarakhand's first woman governor in July 2009. She is a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and was the General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.

Margaret Alva was the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, the oldest political party in India, and a close adviser to the president of the Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi. Alva was removed from her position in Congress Party following her allegations on the functioning of the Congress party pertaining to the Cash for votes scandal. A former five-term member of the Indian parliament from 1974 to 2004, she has also been appointed as advisor to the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, a body set up to improve the standards of legislative functions in the National Parliament and State Assemblies. She has spearheaded four major legislative amendments passed by the Indian parliament involving women's rights, marriage laws, equal remuneration and the reservation of quotas for women in local politics. Ms. Alva also helped draft the blueprint for policies ensuring the empowerment of women, which has been adopted by India's central and state governments. In 2003, she was honored by President Thabo Mbeki of South...
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