Prakash Javadekar

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Prakash Javadekar
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Minister for I&B (Independent)[1]
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Manish Tewari
Minister of State for Parliamentry Affairs[2][3]
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Minister for Environment and Forests[4]
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jayanthi Natarajan
Personal details
Born (1951-01-30) January 30, 1951 (age 63)
Pune
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Prachee Prakash Javadekar
Children 2
Occupation Politician
Website Prakash Javdekar Website

Prakash Javadekar (Marathi: प्रकाश जावडेकर) (born January 30, 1951) is a former Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha[5] and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra in 2008.[6] He is the official spokesperson of the BJP.[7] Javadekar is the incumbent Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)[8] in the Government of India. He holds the portfolios of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting[9] and Ministry of Environment and Forests,[10] with an Independent Charge. He is also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.[11]

Early life[edit]

He was born in pune in the Brahmin family of Shri Keshav Krishna Javadekar and Ranjani Javadekar, a school teacher. He studied B.Com. from Pune. He was associated with ABVP from student days.

He worked with Bank of Maharashtra for 10 years from 1971– 1981. He also worked in Rural Development Dept. Sick Unit Cell, Employment Promotion Pragramme of the Bank.

His father Keshav Krishna Javadekar was a senior leader of Hindu Maha Sabha and even lead its Pune unit as its President. His father was friend and follower of Veer Savarkar. He worked as joint editor of Marathi Daily started by Lokmanya Tilak - Kesari before having stints with some other newspapers like Tarun Bharat, Kaal as journalist. He still occasionally writes his thoughts in some newspapers. His mother is from Konkan region and was one of the first educated women from her area. Nowadays she conducts free classes of Vedic education for women.

Positions held[edit]

Present[edit]

  • Minister of State Information & Broadcasting and Minister of State (Independent Charge) & Environment Ministry
  • Member of Parliament of India
  • National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party
  • President, GLOBE India (Global Legislators Organisation for Balanced Environment)
  • In-Charge, BJP Economic Forum and Cells related to Economy
  • President, NOINO (National Organisation of Insurance Officers)
  • President, KCKU (Khadi Commission Karmachari Union)[7]

Committees[edit]

Previous posts held[edit]

Executive President, State Planning Board, Maharashtra (1995–1999) Member of Legislative Council - Maharashtra from Pune Division Graduate Constituency for 12 yrs (1990–2002) Chairman, Task Force on IT, Govt. of Maharashtra (1977–1999) Chairman, Working Group on "IT for Masses" Govt. of India (2000)[7]

Emergency days[edit]

Prakash Javadekar was a student activist and worked for ABVP during days of emergency. He was arrested during emergency for leading a Satyagraha in Pune. While in jail he was diagnosed with major problem in heart but government was not willing to give permission for operation. All the political activists arrested in jail went on fast and finally government gave in. He was operated upon and came out from jaws of death as during those days survival rate of heart surgeries was abysmally low.

Complaint in Coal Mining Scam[edit]

Main article: Coal Mining Scam

On 31 May 2012 based on his complaint about various irregularities in coal mining, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) directed a CBI enquiry. Reacting to this he said, "We have made a formal complaint to CVC because there were so may glaring lacunae which needed to be probed. If the inquiry has been ordered, it's good."[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Prakash has a sister who is MA BEd and is working as a school teacher and one brother who is BCom working in central bank.

His wife is Dr. Prachee Javadekar who is a former Director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune and a leading Education Consultant. He has two sons. First Dr. Ashutosh Javadekar is a Dentist and Artist. Second Apoorva Javadekar is B.Com., CA, FCA and MA (Economics), DSE MSC Financial Engineering, London and Pursuing PhD in Economics from Boston University.[7]

Achievements[edit]

  • "Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial" National Award, for research Papers on "Rural Development & Banks role in Co-ordinated approach".
  • Led delegation to Boston to Negotiate Media Lab Asia Project (2000)[7]

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