Praful Patel

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Praful Manoharbhai Patel
Praful Patel World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Praful Patel at the 2013 World Economic Forum annual meeting
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Constituency Bhandara-Gondiya, Maharashtra
Personal details
Born (1957-02-17) 17 February 1957 (age 58)
Kolkata
Political party Nationalist Congress Party
Spouse(s) Varsha Patel
Children Avni, Niyati, Poorna and Prajay
Residence New Delhi, India
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman [1]
Religion Hinduism
Website Parliament Member
As of 8 May, 2008

Praful Manoharbhai Patel (born in Kolkata, India on 17 February 1957) is an Indian politician and businessman. His father, the late Manoharbhai Patel, was an Indian National Congress leader and had been elected to represent Gondia district in Maharashtra. Praful Patel graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay and married Varsha Patel, a Gujarati businessman's daughter. His political career started in 1991 and he was appointed as the Civil Aviation Minister in 2004. His family runs the CeeJay group, one of the largest tobacco conglomerates of India.

He has been the President of India's association football governing body the All India Football Federation (AIFF) since 2012.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Praful Patel followed in the footsteps of his father by setting out on a political career.[4] In 1985 Patel became the President of the Municipal Council, Gondia, (Maharashtra) and in 1991 Patel was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha. In 1996 and 1998 he was re-elected to the 11th Lok Sabha and 12th Lok Sabha respectively.[5] Patel also took on membership of a number of committees within the Indian Government such as the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Environment and Forests (1991-1996), the Committee on Science and Technology (1994–1995), the Committee on Home Affairs (1995–1996), the Committee on Finance (1996–97), and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation, before getting elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2000.[6] In 2004, Praful Patel became the Minister of State for Civil Aviation. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha for his 2nd term in 2006 and in 2009 he elected to the 15th Lok Sabha for his 4th term. On 19 January 2011, Patel became the Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises after completing his term in Civil Aviation. Since 2012, Praful Patel has been the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).[7][8]

Achievements[edit]

In 2004 Patel was appointed as the Minister of Civil Aviation. Within months of taking charge of the sector, Patel convinced the government to hike the FDI cap in the domestic airlines sector from 40% to 49%.[9] In addition, he also emphasised the importance of the cargo carriers of the aviation sector and the difference it would make to the Indian economy. In 2004, India had 125 aircraft, however, it was after Praful Patel took charge, that the number increased to 400.[10] On 18 January 2011, Patel's term as the Civil Aviation Minister ended and he was appointed as the Union Cabinet Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise in the same month.

On 9 January 2013, Patel launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020, which is a roadmap for progressive introduction and expansion of efficient and environmentally friendly electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. In July 2013, Patel launched The Indian Electrical Equipment Industry Mission Plan (IEEIMP) 2022 with a specific intention to ensure that Indian manufacturers are able not only to fulfill India's requirements, but also to be major exporters of electrical equipment.[11][12] Two important areas – the Auto Sector Skill Development Council and the Capital Goods Sector Skill Council - were also promoted. Apart from promoting electric and hybrid vehicles, Patel also aimed at creating a green, clean and environmentally friendly corridor.[13]

As the Minister of the Heavy Industries, Patel launched the project of building the world's largest solar power plant near Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.[14] The project will generate power of around 4000 MW, which will almost quadruple India's solar power capacity.[15][16]

In February 2014 Patel inaugurated the 12th edition of Auto Expo in New Delhi. The 2014 Auto Expo has also paved way for electric vehicles. This introduction is in accordance with the NEMMP plan that was unveiled by Patel in January 2013. Apart from promoting a self-sufficient nation, India would also be exporting electric vehicles. Green Cars will further help in creating a green and pollution free environment.[17]

As a representative of the Bhandara-Gondia constituency, Patel initiates regular developmental activities. Construction of new roads, drains, bore wells, schools and community halls has been initiated in Gondia and Bhandara districts.

Praful Patel's efforts have been notable for the progress of the tribal community of Gondia and Bhandara. A Mega Agriculture and Fish Exhibition cum Technical Guidance Camp was held in December 2013, in Gondia and during this camp, Patel released a landmark postage stamp featuring Eklavya, a mentor of the anglers, Kahar Bhoi and Kevat community.[18]

In addition, Patel was an integral part of the exchange of MOU for collaborative MBA and other courses, between three Indian academic institutes and the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises, Slovenia.[19] The government regularly nominates government officers and public sector executives to attend the courses and programmes conducted by ICPE.[20][21]

Patel inaugurated the Auto Hub in Nagpur, when the unit was in its initial stages. This is a centrally located city like Nagpur, from where cargo could be distributed all over the country faster because of its network of road, rail and air connections, which could also be developed into a hub for automobile sector. The land in the Butibori Industrial area is also well connected by road, rail and air network. Concessions and subsidy by state government will decide what materialises here.[22][23]

The biggest turn-around was when Patel won the rights to host the FIFA Under 17 world Cup. This event spelt a change in fortune for India's football federation. New life was injected into the sport, which further ensured equal geographical distribution of football in India through the Grassroots Programme, as the nation prepares for this prestigious FIFA event.[24][25][26]

Praful Patel has also placed a bid from India to host the FIFA World Club Championships. After the bidding session, Patel stated that he felt confident about India's chances of winning the rights to host the event.[27]

On 14 Feb 2014, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was named the best National Sports Federation. This heralds the beginning of a new era, for Indian football.[28]

Under Patel, the AIFF introduced the Indian Super League run by the Football Sports Development Pvt Ltd., it aims to ignite a revolution in Indian football at an international level. In April 2014 Patel announced of the eight franchise owners in the Indian Super League.

In addition, Patel also looks over the proceedings at Gondia Education Society, which educated more than one lakh students in several disciplines including Law, Engineering and the Arts. His father, the late Manoharbhai Patel laid the foundation of this educational institution in 1958.[29]

Awards[edit]

In 2005, Patel was awarded the CAPA (Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation) Aviation Minister of the year. The award was in recognition of Patel's contributions towards the progress of aviation, in the Asia Pacific region.[30] In 2006, the leadings news magazine India Today ranked Praful Patel as the no.1 minister. In addition, Patel was bestowed with the title of 'Reformer of the Year' by Asia's largest financial daily, The Economic Times, in the year 2007. Among the several other accolades, Patel has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution in making India a rapidly developing and economically strong nation in 2007. For instance, the Civil Aviation sector grew exponentially under his leadership from the year 2004–09.

Participation in Cultural and Social activities[edit]

Patel is Chairman of the Manoharbhai Patel Charitable Trust and President of the Gondia Education Society, Gondia, Maharashtra. This society manages more than 1,000,000 students who are studying in schools and colleges that come under it. The Manoharbhai Patel Charitable Trust holds regular aid and equipment distribution programs in Gondia and Bhandara[31] to improve the lives of the physically challenged.

Association with Sports and Clubs[edit]

Associated Sports and Clubs include the Gondwana Club, Nagpur Lions International Club, Gondia Football President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Cricket Club Mumbai and Mumbai Cricket Association, Mumbai[32]

Controversies[edit]

During his tenure as a Civil Aviation Minister of India, the national carrier Air India procured multiple aircraft and made heavy investments. The idea backfired, as it did not yield rich dividends. Another version that accounted for the fall of the airlines is the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines. The merger did not result in economies of scale that was aimed for. This is what the former Aviation Minister Ajit Singh[33] says: "In retrospect, it is easy for people to say things. At the time of the merger it must have seemed the right thing to do." On the flipside, people believe that Air India has always been embroiled in controversy due to its bureaucratic functioning. Moreover, in the last six years the airline had four chairpersons with no-one willing to bite the bullet when it came to decision making.[34][35]

References[edit]

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