Nitin Gadkari

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Nitin Gadkari
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President of Bharatiya Janata Party
In office
1st january 2010 – 22nd January 2013
Preceded by Rajnath Singh
Succeeded by Rajnath Singh
Minister for PWD, Maharashtra
In office
27th May 1995 – 1999
Personal details
Born (1961-05-27) May 27, 1961 (age 52)
Nagpur, India
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Kanchan Gadkari
Children Nikhil, Sarang and Ketki
Alma mater Nagpur University
Occupation Lawyer, Industrialist

Nitin Gadkari Marathi नितीन गडकरी About this sound pronunciation ; (born 27 May 1961) is an Indian politician and former President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[1] Mr Gadkari was appointed to head BJP in December 2009 after the party suffered a defeat in the general elections earlier that year.[2] He is also known for the works during his tenure as a Public Works Department Minister in the state of Maharashta when he constructed a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state including the Yashwantrao Chavan Mumbai–Pune Expressway.[3]

Background, family and education[edit]

Nitin was born in Nagpur, India, to a middle class Hindu family hailing from Nagpur district. During his teens, he worked for the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and the student union ABVP.

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Nitin Gadkari is married to Kanchan Gadkari and they have three children; Nikhil, Sarang and Ketki. He currently lives in Nagpur close to the head office of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[4] His eldest son Nikhil, got married to Rutuja Pathak on December 2, 2010. On 24 June 2012, Sarang Gadkari married Madhura Rodi.[5]

Political career[edit]

Nitin Gadkari served as the Minister of Public Works Department(PWD) of the Government of Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999 and restructured it from top to bottom.[6] He has served as the president of the Maharashtra BJP.[7]Nitin Gadkari was seeking second term as Bhartiya Janta Party President but resigned from the post on January 22, 2013, due to alleged irregularities in the firm Purti Group promoted by him.Many senior party leaders, such as Yashwant Sinha, were against the re-election of Nitin Gadkari.[8]

Support for privatization[edit]

He showed strong support for privatization when he campaigned for investment in the infrastructure areas from private firms. He addressed several meetings between private investors, contractors, builders and various trade organizations and diverted large amounts of budgeted projects towards privatization. He managed to convince the state to allocate Rs. 700 Crores for rural connectivity. In the next 4 years, 98% of the total population of Maharashtra achieved an all-weather road connectivity. It also helped to solve the malnutrition problems prevailing in remote Melghat-Dharni area of Amravati district which previously had no access to medical aid, ration or educational facilities. The project aimed to connect 13,736 remote villages which remained unconnected since independence by road.[citation needed]

Chairman of NRRDC[edit]

The Union Government appointed him the Chairman of National Rural Road Development Committee. After a series of meetings and studies, Gadkari submitted his report to the central government and gave the presentation to the Hon. Prime Minister of India. His new report was accepted and a new rural road connecting scheme now popularly known as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched. The ambitious scheme is of Rs. 60,000 crores.[9][10]

Positions served[edit]

Industrial career[edit]

Nitin Gadkari does not consider himself a career politician.[15] He is known to control these establishments in the following way;

  • Poly sack Industrial Society Ltd - Founder and Chairman.[11]
  • Nikhil Furniture and Appliances Pvt. Ltd - Promoter and Director.[11]
  • Antyodaya Trust - Founder and Member[11]
  • Empress Employees Co-operative Paper Mills Ltd - Founder and Chairman.[11]

Gadkari is also an agriculturist. He has not only promoted but also has major interests in the fields of Water Management, Solar Energy Projects and the use of modern tools in agriculture. Recently, he started exporting fruits to various countries under the banner Ketaki overseas Trading Company.[11]

In Total 17 Sugar Plants were started in Vidarbha regions, and a Sugar plant is considered to be the best industry in terms of local economic development (that's the reason why the district with highest per capita income is Solapur with the 17 sugar industries). However Vidarbha now has just three plants functioning, and all of those three plants are of Purti group, a Sugar Factory is not a profitable industry, but its a major step to boost the local economy where the cash directly rises in the hand of the farmer. 5 different Industries is not true. Sugar cane produces Bagas and Molasses - where Bagas is used for power production and molasses is used for Ethanol (Alcohol) production, while the other waste products produce bio fertilizers. Purti group has brought enormous development in the catchment area. The whole thing started with a genius idea of Social entrepreneurship, Co-operative general stores (Purti Super Bazaar) is just an example. Purti group also carried out many social welfare projects such as making 100+ villages self-sufficient by solar energy in Melghat region of Vidarbha (which is the most under developed region), 2000+ Heart surgeries. Solar Rickshaws and much more.