Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave Dies. He Was 60

PM Narendra Modi tweeted that he was "absolutely shocked" and described union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave's death as a "personal loss".

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave Dies. He Was 60

Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave dies at 60 (File photo)

New Delhi: Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave died this morning, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of a key figure as it considers whether to approve the country's first genetically modified food crop.

Mr Dave, 60, died at a hospital in Delhi after complaining of feeling unwell, a day after attending a cabinet meeting.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was "absolutely shocked" and described Mr Dave's death as a "personal loss". He wrote, "I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues."

The prime minister also said Mr Dave would be remembered as a devoted public servant and was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan will take additional charge of Environment Ministry.
 
The two-term lawmaker from the BJP, Mr Dave had a longtime association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was appointed Environment Minister last year.
 
He was a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh.
 
He was a member of various committees in parliament and was also in the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change.

Mr Dave had been due to take a final call on an application for an indigenously developed GM crop of mustard, which is similar to rapeseed. A ministry panel recently recommended allowing commercial cultivation of the oilseed.

(with inputs from agencies)
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