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Minister of Science Harsh Vardhan Gets Additional Charge of Environment


Updated: May 18, 2017, 11:39 PM IST
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Minister of Science Harsh Vardhan Gets Additional Charge of Environment
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, has been given additional charge of the Environment Ministry, following the demise of Anil Dave.

Press Trust of India tweeted the news.

Anil Madhav Dave, the incumbent minister of Environment, passed away this morning after he was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi after he complained of uneasiness. He was 60 years old.

Dave, an RSS activist since his college days, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2009 and renominated for a second term. He was a river conservationist, as evidenced by his travels and writings about the Narmada river.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, by contrast, was a practicing ENT surgeon before entering public life in 1993. He was elected to the Delhi Assembly that year from Krishna Nagar constituency in east Delhi and went on to retain that seat in subsequent elections. In 2014, he contested the Lok Sabha election for the first time and was elected from Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi.

A longtime RSS activist, Dr Harsh Vardhan was appointed as the health minister when the Narendra Modi government came into power in 2014, a post he held for 5 months.

First Published: May 18, 2017, 2:00 PM IST
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