Environment Minister Anil Dave dead

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New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Anil Dave (60) is no more. This morning, Dave complained of uneasiness at his home. He was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he died, according to the sources at the hospital. He was suffering from lung cancer and was diagnosed with pneumonia, from which he hadn’t recovered fully.

“Anil Madhav Dave had been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2009. Born on 6 July 1956 in Badnagar in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, the postgraduate in commerce who was also trained by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) was an expert in rural development and management. He had participated in the students’ movement spearheaded by Jayaprakash Narayan in the 1970s. He was elected the college president in that duration.

Dave joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and worked for the conservation of the Narmada.

Dave was a member of various committees including the Committee on Water Resources and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change from March 2010 to June 2010.

He was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Narendra Modi government’s cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016.

He made headlines with his activism against the use of asbestos.

Since the use of asbestos is affecting human health, its usage should gradually be minimised and ended. As far as I know, its use is declining, but it must end

— Anil Dave, 15 August 2016

Paraphrased article on the subject in Wikipedia

Prime Minister Modi has condoled his colleague’s death.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, etc posted their condolence messages on Twitter, too.

Dave’s predecessor and currently HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar condoled the death, too.

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