Minister Profile


Smt. Jennifer Monserrate

Smt. Jennifer Monserrate, an Arts Graduate from National College of Mumbai, was born on 24th March 1970, in Santa Cruz, Mumbai.

Smt. Jennifer Monserrate is an Indian Politician from the state of Goa. She currently holds charge as the Cabinet Minister for Revenue, IT, Labour and Employment in the Goa cabinet. Smt. Jennifer Monserrate is the only women Minister in the cabinet as well as the first women MLA to be elected from Taleigao Constituency of the Goa Legislative Assembly for two successive terms.

Smt. Jennifer, to her credit, has 20 years experience working with government. She began her political career in March 2005 when she was elected as Adhyaksha of the North Goa Zilla Panchayat. In March 2006, she was elected as the Panch of the Village Panchayat Taleigao. She presided as the Adhyaksha of the North Goa Zilla Panchayat from 2005 to 2007.

She was elected as Sarpanch of Taleigao Village Panchayat in 2009 and carried on till 2012. Under her tenure she implemented the GIS Mapping of Taleigao that boosted development in Taleigao. Under her guidance, the Panchayat, being one of the very first, also adopted specialized incineration system to dispose bio-waste completely. She also undertook and oversaw development of Taleigao via construction of proper pavements, proper drainage, and development of open spaces into garden areas and basketball/ badminton courts and play areas for children. She undertook activities like development of drinking water wells and building community assets like community halls, bus sheds, government primary/middle school buildings, market complexes and such for development of her constituency people. Her primary focus has always been progress of the people.

At present Smt. Jennifer Monserrate is Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Revenue and Information & Technology. She assumed office of Minister in July 2019. She is the most active member and has been known for her swift and spontaneous decision making. After resuming office, Smt. Jennifer has implemented various reforms in departments under her jurisdiction. She is continuously working to promote IT in Goa and make it accessible to all. Her vision as the Minister for IT, is to make Goa the bench mark for IT and further on to make Goa the IT hub for the nation.

Along with the ministry, she also handles charges as the Chairperson to the Building and Other Construction Workers Association (BOCW), Chairperson to the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Chairperson to the Employees Provident Fun Organization (EPFO), Chairperson to the State Disaster Management Committee, Chairperson to the North Goa Planning & Development Authority and Vice chairperson to the Goa Investment Promotion & Facilitation Board.

Smt. Jennifer Monserrate is known for her simplicity, her humble and kind nature and unparalleled accessibility. She is also known to be a brave administrator, unreservedly accountable for her decisions, despite being the only woman Minister currently in the cabinet.

Constituency: Taleigao
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Date of Birth: 24 March 1970
Spouse Name: Atanasio Monserrate
State Name: Goa
Permanent Address: ‘Casa Monserrate’, House No. 167, Church Galli, Taleigao, Tiswadi, Goa.
Email Id: jennifermonserrate3@gmail.com, mla.taleigao.gvs@gov.in,
min-it.goa@nic.in,min-rev.goa@nic.in
Education Qualifications: Arts Gaduate, National College, Mumbai