Union Cabinet hails Ananthkumar's service to nation

Union Cabinet hails Ananthkumar's service to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar in Bengaluru. PTI photo

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday expressed profound sorrow at the demise of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

A special meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, passed a resolution that places on record its appreciation of Ananth Kumar's services to the nation in different capacities.

“The Cabinet noted that in his passing away, the nation has lost an experienced leader,” an official statement said. The Cabinet also observed a two-minute silence in his memory and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

A condolence resolution passed by the Cabinet also noted his rise in politics from a student activist to being a minister in the Union Cabinet and him as a “key strategist” of the BJP.

“It was under his stewardship that party expanded in the State of Karnataka and eventually formed the Government of its own. He was the National General Secretary of the party and a Member Secretary of its Parliamentary Board. He was amongst key strategists of the party,” the resolution said.

“In 1996, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bengaluru South for the first time. In his subsequent term as an MP in 1998, he became the youngest minister in the Vajpayee Cabinet and was appointed the Minister for Civil Aviation,” the Cabinet resolution said

He continued to represent the prestigious Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency till date, for the sixth time, it said.

“In his long political career, he had earlier held the portfolios of Union Minister of Tourism; Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports; Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation; Rural Development. He had also been Chairman and member of several Parliamentary Committees,” it said.

The cabinet hailed Ananth Kumar as an active social worker who was involved through his NGOs in undertaking many social service projects such as providing nutritious mid-day meal to underprivileged school children with Government support.

It also noted his initiative of running a mobile unit fitted with educational gadgets covering different schools situated in slums of Bengaluru, adoption of Government schools to provide drinking water and other facilities and running vocational training programmes for underprivileged, especially girls and women.

“He also launched an initiative called 'Green Bengaluru 1:1', which aims to increase the green cover in Bengaluru by planting one crore saplings for taking 'Tree-to-Person' ratio to at least one in Bengaluru. This initiative has seen regular planting and nurturing drives,” the Cabinet resolution said.


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