Sudhir Mungantiwar

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Sudhir Mungantiwar
Sudhir Mungantiwar1
Maharashtra Minister of Finance, Planning, and Forests
Assumed office
31 October 2014
GovernorC.V. Rao
Chief MinisterDevendra Fadnavis
Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
for Ballarpur
Assumed office
2009
Maharashtra Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection
In office
1995–1999
Chief MinisterManohar Joshi
Narayan Rane
Personal details
Born (1962-07-30) 30 July 1962 (age 57)
Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India
CitizenshipIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Sapna Mungantiwar
RelationsMarried
Children1
ProfessionLegislator
Signature
WebsitePersonal Website

Sudhir Mungantiwar (born 30 July 1962) is a Legislator from the state of Maharashtra, India. He served as the Cabinet Minister of Finance & Planning and Forests departments in the Government of Maharashtra,[1] Previously, he was the Maharashtra State President for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2010 to 2013[2] and the Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection in the Government of Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999.[3] In 2014, he was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly to serve for a fifth consecutive term.[4] He also holds additional charge as the Guardian Minister of Chandrapur and Wardha districts.[5]

Early life and political career[edit]

Sudhir Mungantiwar was born on 30 July 1962 in Chandrapur district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He started his political career at the age of 17 when he was appointed as the Secretary of the Students Union at the Sardar Patel Mahavidyalaya in Chandrapur and has remained politically active since then. In 1989 and 1991, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from Chandrapur, but was unsuccessful on both occasions.[6] He completed his M.Phil from Nagpur University and in 1993, became the Vice President of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Maharashtra. In 1995, he won the Legislative Assembly elections from Chandrapur with a record margin of around 55,000 votes[7] and eventually became the Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection in the 'BJP-Shiv Sena' alliance's Maharashtra government, a position he held till 1999.[8] He continued to rise in the ranks of the Bhartiya Janata Party, becoming the General Secretary of BJP's Maharashtra State unit in 1996 and the National Vice President of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha in 2001.

In 2010, Mungantiwar was unanimously elected as the Maharashtra State President for the BJP. He replaced senior leader Nitin Gadkari, who became the party's national president.[9] In 2014, after the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Mungantiwar became the Minister of Finance & Planning and Forests in the Devendra Fadnavis ministry.

Minister of Finance & Planning, Forests[edit]

As the Minister of Finance & Planning departments, Sudhir Mungantiwar played an integral role in chalking out the 'Shetkari Sanmaan Yojna' - Maharashtra state government's decision to waive around 34,000 crore worth of farmers' loans.[10] In his 2015 budget speech, he announced his decision to implement an 'Evidence Based Project Management System', making Maharashtra the first state in the country to implement such a system.[11] He also played a key role in passing landmark decisions like increasing the insurance coverage for government employees and providing 180 days of paid maternity leave to women government employees.[12] He also helped set up a 'War Room' in association with the UN to track policy and development projects in the state. In 2016, he led efforts to improve business and trade relations with Mauritius. This included the decision by the Mauritius government to waive 40 per cent tax paid by film-makers who would want to shoot in Mauritius.[13] He also formed committees to recommend measures to improve efficiency and transparency in the areas of governmental procurement, school and college fee structures, and disbursement of scholarships.

In 2017, under his leadership, the offices of the Finance and Forest departments in Mantralaya were awarded the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) certification — ISO 9001:2015. It became the first elected officials' office in India to receive this certification.[14][15]

As the Minister of Forests, he initiated a massive state-wide plantation drive which aimed at planting 50 crore saplings by 2019.[16] As part of this initiative, 2.81 crore saplings were planted on a single day, July 1 2016 - earning the initiative a place in the 'Limca Book of Records'.[17] Another 5.43 crore saplings were planted against a target of 4 crore in 2017. He also led the state government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's Isha Foundation to carry out large scale plantation along the banks of rivers in Maharashtra under an initiative called Rally for Rivers.[18] Similar MoUs was also signed with Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari and the then Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu for tree plantation along roads and railway lines respectively.[19] Mungantiwar also approved the establishment of Maharashtra State Zoo Authority, Nature Tourism Board, Mangroves Protection Authority and Maharashtra State Wildlife Fund for better administration and conservation efforts. He also helped launch - Maharashtra Harit Sena or Green Army - a volunteer group which aims to participate in plantation and conservation efforts and 'Hello Forest' - a dedicated helpline number for all state-wide forest and conservation related issues.[20][21]

Awards and recognition[edit]

He was join bjp Over his career in public service, Sudhir Mungantiwar has been awarded many times recognizing his political performance and social initiatives. He was named 'Man of the Year' in 2016 by Lokmat and Junior Chamber International[22] and the 'Best Performing Politician' by the Afternoon Voice in 2015.[23] For his efforts to uplift the blind, he was awarded G. L. Nardekar Memorial Award by The National Federation of the Blind in 2008. He is also known to be a powerful orator. Early in his career, he was awarded Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha's 'Best Orator' award in 1998.[24]

Special legislative efforts[edit]

Ever since he first assumed office, Mungantiwar has been involved in many social initiatives and legislative struggles. He played an important role in the getting the Maharashtra government to rename the Nagpur University as 'Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University' and Amravati University as 'Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University'. He was also successful in his legislative struggle to get the city of Ballarpur made into an independent tehsil. In 2011, he helped establish the Gondwana University, for Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maharashtra Government Ministers List with Portfolios 2017". www.newincept.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sudhir Mungantiwar new Maharashtra BJP chief". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 4 April 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 October 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Sudhir Mungantiwar to be second in command in new Maharashtra government". mid-day. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Devendra's first team: Four CM aspirants, one Amit Shah confidante, one Modi man". The Indian Express. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Fadnavis appoints Guardian Ministers for all 36 districts". The Indian Express. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "BJP-Shivsena Tenure Will Be Unbreakable For Next 25 Years- Sudhir Mungantiwar (State Cabinet Minister, Finance, Forest and Planning)". India Unbound - Exploring Untapped Potential. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Sudhir Mungantiwar new Maharashtra BJP chief". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 4 April 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 1 November 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "My wife is my lucky charm – have not seen electoral defeat since marriage says Sudhir Mungantiwar Finance Minister". www.nagpurtoday.in. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Sudhir Mungantiwar new Maharashtra BJP chief". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 4 April 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 1 November 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "Maharashtra farm loan waiver: Mungantiwar to meet Jaitley today for help to raise funds". www.hindustantimes.com. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Maharashtra govt depts will have to upload photos of work done to get funds". The Indian Express. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Maharashtra hikes coverage amount of group insurance policy for employees". www.indiainsurance.co. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Mauritius to waive 40 per cent shooting tax for Indian film-makers". The Indian Express. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  14. ^ India, Press Trust of; India, Press Trust of (29 June 2017). "ISO certificate for State finance, forest depts". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Maharashtra Finance Ministry becomes India's first administrative unit having ISO certification". www.newsbharati.com. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  16. ^ "50 crore saplings to be planted in Maharashtra in 3 years". Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  17. ^ "State's Rs 2 cr plantation drive in record books - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Maha to organise tree plantation conclave to spread awareness". www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  19. ^ "To increase green cover, Maha to plant trees on land near". Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Years of drought sees high enrolment for Green Army in Latur | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Forest helpline launched a day early - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  22. ^ "2.81 cr saplings planted in a day; Forest Deptt makes it to Limca Book of Records". thehitavada.com. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Star-studded night of 6th Newsmakers Achievers' Award". Afternoon Voice. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  24. ^ "BJP-Shivsena Tenure Will Be Unbreakable For Next 25 Years- Sudhir Mungantiwar (State Cabinet Minister, Finance, Forest and Planning)". India Unbound - Exploring Untapped Potential. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Gondwana University opening delayed yet again till March - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sunil Tatkare
Cabinet Minister for Finance and Planning Maharashtra State
31 October 2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Patangrao Kadam
Cabinet Minister for Forest Maharashtra State
31 October 2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Chandrapur district
December 2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Maharashtra State Guardian Minister for Wardha district
December 2014–present
Incumbent