Union Environment Minister Anil Dave passes away after suffering cardiac arrest

Union Environment Minister Anil Dave passes away at 60
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave, who was a well-known environmentalist who had worked on, among other projects, conservation of the river Narmada, died here this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was 60. He was a bachelor.
Sources said Mr. Dave did not respond when his family tried to wake him up this morning and appeared to be unconscious. He was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here around 9 am. Doctors at the hospital made all possible efforts to revive him but did not succeed, and he was finally declared dead around 9.45 am.
Mr. Dave, a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers on July 6, 2016 as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change with independent charge. He had earlier served as Minister of Environment in Madhya Pradesh.
President Pranab Mukherjee, as advised by Prime Minister, has directed that Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in addition to his exiting portfolios.
Announcing the death of Mr. Dave, the Government said that, as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Centre has decided that the National Flag will fly half-mast today in Delhi and all State/UT Capitals on all the buildings where it is flown regularly and on the day of the funeral where the funeral takes place. 
Born on July 6, 1956 at Barnagar, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Dave had a post-graduate degree in Commerce with specialization in Rural Development and Management.
He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in August 2009 and re-elected in June 2010 and in June 2016. 
Mr. Dave had authored several books on topics related to politics, administration, art and culture, travel, environment, history and management.
He was particularly well-known for his work on the river Narmada and through his organistion, Narmada Samagra, which works on conservation of the river and its catchment area. He was an amateur pilot and was fond of photography and reading.
President Mukherjee, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Modi were among those who mourned the death of Mr. Dave.
In a message, Mr. Mukherjee said Mr. Dave had rendered commendable service to the nation as Member of Parliament and as Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment. "He made important contribution as member of various Parliamentary Committees during his 8 years as Rajya Sabha member. His tenure as Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Environment was distinguished by extensive efforts to conserve nature and protect environment," he said.
Mr. Ansari, who is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, said Mr. Dave was an active and respected member of teh House since 2009 and his presence would be missed by all who worked with him.
"Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend and a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences," Mr. Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment. 
"I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss," he added.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi condoled the passing away of Mr. Dave. Stating that she was shocked by his sudden demise, she said Mr. Dave was a soft-spoken and gentle human being. "He will be fondly remembered for his humble personality," she said.
"V. sad to learn of the sudden demise of Union Min Anil Madhav Daveji. He worked tirelessly for Narmada conservation. My condolences to his fmly," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.


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