Anbumani Ramadoss

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In this Indian name, the name Ramadoss is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Anbumani.
Anbumani Ramadoss
அன்புமணி ராமதாஸ்
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Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
22 May 2004 – 22 May 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Sushma Swaraj
Succeeded by Ghulam Nabi Azad
Member of the India Parliament
for Dharmapuri
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by R Thamaraiselvan
Personal details
Born (1968-10-09) 9 October 1968 (age 48)
Nationality Indian
Political party Pattali Makkal Katchi
Spouse(s) Sowmiya Anbumani
Parents S. Ramadoss
Alma mater Madras Medical College
Occupation Politician

Anbumani Ramadoss is a politician from Tamil Nadu, India. He is currently a Member of the Indian Parliament from Dharmapuri constituency, holding office since 16 May 2014. He is also the youth wing president of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK). Anbumani was the union minister for health and family welfare from 2004 to 2009 as part of the UPA government.

Early life and education[edit]

Anbumani was born into an agrarian family on 8 October 1968 at Pondicherry to Dr. S. Ramadoss and Ms. R. Saraswathi. Dr. S. Ramadoss was an agriculturist and a doctor who later on founded the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) a socio-democratic party in the year 1989. Since the father was travelling through every village of Tamil Nadu to mobilize support for his party, the responsibility of taking care of Anbumani fell on his mother, Mrs. Saraswathi Amma. She wanted Anbumani to emerge as a disciplined man than an academic wizard. But Anbumani, the naturally an intelligent kid completed his SSLC from Montfort Boys Higher Secondary School, Yercaud in 1984 and finished his higher secondary in 1986 from St. Ann’s Higher Secondary School, Tindivanam standing first in the district. After his schooling, he chose to pursue Medicinae Baccalaureus and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and entered Madras Medical College, the second oldest college in Asia through an open competition. Intended to take quality healthcare to the rural masses, Anbumani spent a year and a half stint serving as a medical practitioner at Nallalam, a small village near Tindivanam. His educational journey did not stop there. In 2003, Anbumani further did a course on introductory macro-economics from the London School of Economics –LSE.[1]

Leading Pasumai Thayagam[edit]

After a couple of years of practicing medicine in the rural parts of Tamil Nadu, Anbumani returned to Chennai to lead a green non- governmental organisation (NGO) called ‘Pasumai Thayagam’ (Green Motherland) founded in 1995 by Dr. S. Ramadoss. During his tenure, he organized to plant over 25 lakh trees and desilted more than 1000 lakes and built about 50 check dams to conserve water. He led a number of protests to highlight environmental degradation thereby facilitating access for Pasumai Thayagam to ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council), the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. He also facilitated for Pasumai Thayagam to get a special consultative status with the United Nations Human Rights Council General Debate in 2013. The organization witnessed incredible recognition worldwide under his exemplary leadership to an extent that Pasumai Thayagam is today accredited to being the lone member from TN to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Anbumani’s participation at global conferences and summits broadened his vision of a green nation. He took part in the Hannover Conference 2000 in Germany, the "World Earth Summit" at Johannesburg, South Africa in September, 2002 and "World Water Forum" at Kyoto, Japan in February, 2003. He also attended the Copenhagen Global Earth Summit 2012 in Denmark.

Early Political Career[edit]

Little did Anbumani know that politics would be his next big step as his father Dr. S. Ramadoss wished him be trained further in medicine. Having seen his simple father rise against social injustice to the voiceless, he vowed to join his father in his fight for the upliftment of the marginalized. He chose politics as an active career and joined the Pattali Makkal Katchi as its member.

The 2004 polls marked Anbumani’s entry into central politics. The Pattali Makkal Katchi that was then part of the UPA was offered with a ministry and the party selected Anbumani as its candidate of choice to head the health ministry at the centre

Tenure Positions Held[2]
2004-2010 Member, Rajya Sabha
2004-2009 Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare
2014- Member, 16th Lok Sabha
Member, Standing Committee on Rural Development
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs
Member, Committee on Absence of Members from the Sittings of the House

Minister of Health and Family Welfare[edit]

The 108 Ambulance Service was introduced during his tenure

On the 22 May 2004, Anbumani became as the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India. At the time of induction into the Manmohan Singh's 2004 cabinet, Anbumani was the youngest Cabinet Minister in the Union Cabinet. During his tenure, the ministry set up various institutions like the Public Health Foundation of India, Department of Health Research, National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library. As the Union Health Minister, Anbumani established the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005 to provide primary health care to the women and children living in the rural parts of India. The project was lauded as ‘the largest successful health scheme to be implemented anywhere in the world’ by economist Jeffrey Sachs.[3][4] The NRHM was set up to achieve the health targets set in the millennium development goals and to integrate various public health programs like the National Malaria Eradication Program, National Immunization Program and the National Polio Eradication Program. Anbumani introduced 108 ambulance service based on 911 service in the United States.

Under Anbumani, the ministry of health brought stringent regulations against the sale of tobacco products. The ministry mandated pictorial warnings to be printed on the packs of cigarettes, beedies and chewable tobacco products and banned sale of these items near educational institutions and smoking in public places. Anbumani initiated a National Alcohol Policy for the first time in India and advocated for the 2nd of October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi to be observed as World No-Alcohol day.[5][6] Anbumani along with T D Dogra, the then Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi expanded the institution to Jhajjar district of Haryana.[7][8][9][10][11] New departments were established and redevelopment was carried out.[12][13][14][15][16] National Institute of Siddha, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai was inaugurated by Anbumani on 3 September 2005.[17][18]

Member of Parliament[edit]

He became a Member of Parliament from Dharmapuri Lok Sabha Constituency in 2014 as a part of the NDA with Bharatiya Janata Party.[2] On 6 October 2015, Anbumani offered to quit the NDA if his decision could help find a permanent solution to the problems of the Sri Lankan Tamils.[19][20]

State assembly elections[edit]

Anbumani was declared as the Chief Ministerial Candidate from PMK for the 2016 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections. He contested from Pennagaram and lost by 18,446 votes.

Awards and Honors[edit]

The General Secretary of United Nations Ban Ki-moon described him as a ‘public health champion’.[21] President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented him with a memento of appreciation on 29 March 2014 at the inauguration of Rotary International’s Polio-Free Conclave 2014 in New Delhi.[22] He was awarded with the Luther L. Terry Award by the American Cancer Society in 2006.[23][24] Anbumani received World Health Organization Director General’s Special Award for Leadership and Special Award for tobacco control in 2007.[25][26] Rotary International awarded Polio Eradication Champion Award in 2007.[27][28] The Rotary club of Madras presented Anbumani with a ‘For the sake of Honour' award in recognition of his contribution to tobacco control and rural healthcare in 2008.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Anbumani is married to Sowmiya and has three daughters. Anbumani heads a NGO Pasumai Thaayagam, which was founded in 1995 by his father S. Ramadoss. The NGO focuses on planting trees, desilting lakes and building check dams to conserve water. It also advocates for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils.[30] Anbumani is currently the President of the Tamil Nadu Badminton Association.[31] He advocates for the ban of alcohol and tobacco products and removing the ban against homosexuals.[32]


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  4. ^ "Professor Jeffrey Sachs lauds NRHM". The Indian News. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Make Oct 2 World No Alcohol Day: Ramadoss". Indian Express. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "How Anbumani Ramadoss can become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu". Times of India. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Venugopal removed, T D Dogra is new AIIMS director". Times of India. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Haryana to get AIIMS extension, Rohtak PGI to be upgraded". Indian express. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Haryana offers free land for 2nd AIIMS campus". Times of India. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "AIIMS-II launched in Haryana village". India Times. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Oversight committee will monitor implementation of reservation in Higher Educational Institutions". Government of India. 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Work on AIIMS tunnel initiated". The Hindu. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "AIIMS facing staff crunch: Parliamentary panel". Zee News. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Finally AIIMS get a Trauma center". Delhi Live. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "New surgical tower to come up at AIIMS". The Hindu. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Ramadoss takes AIIMS head-on, blocks funds". IBN Alive. March 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "National Institute of Siddha - National Institute of Siddha (NIS)". Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "National Institute of Siddha a milestone in health care". The Hindu. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Ready to quit NDA if it helps Sri Lankan Tamils'". The Hindu. 6 October 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Indian MP ready to quit over Sri Lankan issue". Colombo Gazette. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "UN Secretary General lauds Dr. Ramadoss as a Public Health champion". Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the memento of appreciation". Sarkari Mirror. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  23. ^ "2006 Luther L. Terry Award Winners". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  24. ^ "Ramadoss to receive Luther L. Terry Award". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "International Recognition For India's Tobacco Control Efforts". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "Award for Anbumani". The Hindu. 2007-06-29. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "Global Polio Eradication Initiative". (Press release). Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  28. ^ "Polio to be eradicated by 2008: Ramadoss". The Hindu. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  29. ^ "'For the sake of Honour' for Anbumani Ramadoss". The Hindu. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  30. ^ "Pasumai Thayagam Statements to UNHRC". Ilankai Tamil Sangam. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  31. ^ "Tamil Nadu Badminton Association". TNBA. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  32. ^ "Legalise homosexuality - Anbumani Ramadoss". Times of India. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sushma Swaraj
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
May 2004 - April 2009
Succeeded by
Ghulam Nabi Azad