Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao (74 years) is a versatile parliamentarian, dynamic politician, sagacious businessman, illustrious educationist and devoted social worker. Wife : Leela Kumari, blessed with one son and 2 daughters. Born on 7th June, 1943 in Ungutur Village, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, in a farmers family, Sambasiva Rao graduated (B.Sc.,) from Osmania University. He has a meteoric rise in politics and business. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) from 1982 to 1988, member of the 11th Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) from 1996-98, 12th Lok Sabha from 1998 to 99 and 14th Lok Sabha since 2004 on wards. Again he elected to the 15th Lok Sabha during 2009 and to the 16th Lok Sabha during 2014 elections. He has been Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources since 2004. He was Chairman (with Cabinet Minister rank) of the committee for implementation of the 20 point programme in 1991 - 94. He was a member of several Parliamentary Standing Committees and consultative committees and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam.
He is deeply involved in tobacco cultivation and trade. He is the Chairman of the reputed Jayalakshmi Group of Companies leading exporters of Tobacco and Jayalakshmi Spinning Mills Limited, Guntur. He is the recipient of President of India’s Merit Certificate for best performance in tobacco exports. He was Vice-Chairman of the Tobacco Board for two terms. Sri Sambasiva Rao is closely associated with Nagarjuna Educational Society which managers a chain of reputed educational institutions including the RVR Engineering College, Law College, College of Education, and a degree college.
He is a patron of literature and fine arts and several cultural organizations. He is a member of the Guntur Club, Andhra Social and Cultural Association, Chennai, Race club in Chennai. He is Philanthropist and has a penchant for social and community service especially for the economic amelioration of the downtrodden. He has provided scholarships to several talented but poor students. His address 4th line, Lakshmipuram, Guntur-522 007, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Scion of Rayapati family, Shri Rayapati Ranga Rao also called Ranga Babu, is currently a member of the Telugu Desam Party and actively involved in developmental activities relevant to Narasaraopet parliament constituency. Rayapati’s family has been engaged in public service for a couple of generations and that says serving the public was rooted in his DNA even before he took birth. Mr.Ranga Babu commenced his political career as a coordinator of political campaigns of his father and was instrumental in the victory of Shri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao as MP of Guntur in 2004, 2009, and 2014 elections. He is vigorously engaged in several charities and campaigns for many social causes.
Mr. Rayapati Ranga Rao, born on 22nd August, 1967 in the family of industrialist cum parliamentarian. He had his education in New Delhi and was graduated in Commerce. His father Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, is the Chairman of “Jayalakshmi Group” in Andhra Pradesh a combination of successful and well diversified Group of Companies, started 5 decades ago, in the field of processing and exporting Tea, Tobacco, Yarn to different parts of the Globe – A recognized Trading & export House. The activities of the Group include generation of Hydel Power besides High-way construction in collaboration with Transstroy of Russia. Mr. Sambasiva Rao was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1983 to 1989 and later elected to Lok Sabha from Guntur Constituency in Andhra Pradesh thrice. He was also the Chairman, 20 Point Economic Programme Implementation Committee in Andhra Pradesh with the rank of cabinet Minister. He is the Member of 14th Lok Sabha having been elected in the recent elections and now appointed as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources. With this rich family background, Mr. Ranga Rao was inducted into the commercial ventures at his early age. He visited Britain, France and Germany to study the marketing facilities for shoe uppers conceived by one of the Companies in the “Jayalakshmi Group”.
He visited Egypt, Tunisia, Moracco, Algeria, Poland as a Member of delegation sponsored by Indian Tobacco Board (Ministry of Commerce) to explore the marketing facilities for shoe uppers conceived by one of the Companies in the “Jayalakshmi Group”. He visited Egypt, Tunisia, Moracco, Algeria, Poland as a Member of delegation sponsored by Indian Tobacco Board (Ministry of Commerce) to explore the marketing facilities for Indian Tobacco Board. He also visited USSR on behalf of “Jayalakshmi Group” to promote marketing of Tobacco, which is the main activity of the Group.
Mr. Ranga Rao visited USA, Gt. Britain, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and a host of 27 countries to promote the marketing for the cotton yarn. He also visited several African Countries including Bukino Faso and finalized deals for the import of cotton. He is Managing Director of “RAYAPATI POWER GENERATION PVT. LTD. Efforts are on for establishing units for the Generation of Hydel, Gas and Biomass Power in different parts of India. In the social life – he is a Member of many Class Clubs and Service Organisations. He is at present the “Vice President” of Andhra Pradesh Badminton (Shuttle) Association and is elected as President of Guntur District Badminton (Shuttle) Association for the 2nd consecutive term.