|Former Minister & incumbent Member of Parliament
Full Name: Begum Matia Chowdhury
Affiliation: Bangladesh Awami League
Current Position: Presidium Member
Date of Birth: June 30, 1942
Place of Birth: Bangladesh
Home District: Pirojpur
Constituency: 144, Sherpur-2
Term: Fifth (5th-1991, 7th-1996, 9th-2008, 10th-2014, 11th-2018)
Matia Chowdhury (born 30 June 1942) is a Bangladeshi politician, incumbent Member of Parliament representing Sherpur-2 constituency and former Agriculture & Food Minister. She was born in Pirojpur district and married with famous journalist Bazlur Rahman of Sherpur district that is why she started politics in there and got elected as a member of parliament.
As a student of Eden Girls' College in Dhaka she involved herself in student politics, becoming Vice President of the Students' Union in 1963. In 1967, Matia, popularly known as 'Daughter of Fire' joined the East Pakistan Awami Party and became a member of its working committee. Between 1970 and 1971, she was an active participant in the Bangladesh's independence struggle, campaigning, lobbying, and nursing the wounded.
In 1971, she became Organizing Secretary of Awami League (AL). She was arrested several times during the period of late president Ziaur Rahman and former president HM Ershad. In 1996, she was elected a lawmaker and took the charge of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food under the Awami League government. She held this post twice before from 1996 to 2001 and 2009 to 2013 during the previous tenures of Awami League in power.
Matia has pledged to the people of Nakla and Nalitabari to meet the demands of them with highest priority. She would build up Pichhlakuri Bridge over Isamati River and permanent step to prevent wild elephants' attack in the hilly areas of Nalitabari.
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