BJP senior leader and Minister of State (IC) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Anil Madhav Dave`s died on 18 May was an Indian environmentalist and politician. He served as the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Narendra Modi ministry from July 2016 till the time of his death in May 2017.
Shri Dave was a Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.
He 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 Modi Government’s cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016.
Shri Dave was born on 6 July 1956 in the city of Badnagar, in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, to Pushpa Devi and Madhav Dave. He earned his master’s degree in commerce from Gujarati College, Indore, specializing in Rural Development and Management. He also began his political career during this time, taking part in the JP Movement, and was elected the college president. He was also a cadet of the National Cadet Corps’ Air Wing.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi tweeted on sudden demise of Shri Anil Madhav Dave “Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment. Home Minister Shri rajnath Singh offered his heartfelt condolences to the members of Shri Anil Dave’s family and said “May God give them strength to bear this huge loss.”
The BJP National President condoled his sudden demise said “Shocked and deeply pained by the sudden demise of our senior leader Shri Anil Madhav Dave ji.” He expressed his deepest condolences to his family & friends. He added “Anil ji’s organisational skills and connect with grassroots karyakartas was unparallel. He always met me with a warm smile on his face. Anil Madhav ji’s contribution to Indian politics &environment conservation was incredible. His passing away is a great loss to Indian polity. He said “Anil Madhav Dave ji has devoted his entire life for the betterment of society and played an important role in conservation of Narmada river.” The mortal remains of Dave were brought early morning of May 18 to Bandrabhan from his home, ‘Nadi Ka Ghar’, in the state capital.
The mortal remains of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave were consigned to flames on the banks of the river Narmada at Bandrabhan in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district on May 18, with full state honours. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Uma Bharti, Anant Kumar, Narendra Singh Tomar and Thawar Chand Gehlot, senior RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatraya Hosbole and Suresh Soni, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya among others were present on the occasion.