In a sudden development India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave died on Thursday morning in the midst of his passionate career and devotion to environment issues.
He was with PM Narendra Modi till evening on Wednesday discussing environment-related issues and in the morning he woke up complaining about uneasiness and was rushed to AIIMS in Delhi where he died soon. Reports said that he was facing health issues for some time now.
Expressing his shock, PM Modi said, “I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss. Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.”
Earlier, Modi tweeted: “Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences.”
Dave hailed from Madhya Pradesh and took over as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) from Prakash Javdekar in July 2016. He was a Rajya Sabha member since August 2009 and worked as panel members in Committee on Water Resources, consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change, before becoming minister for environment.
One major contribution by him to the environment was India’s move to make the country asbestos-free last year on 15 August 2016. “Since the use of asbestos is affecting human health, its usage should gradually be minimised and ended. As far as I know, its use is declining, but it must end,” he declared. He was also active on rural development issues in Madhya Pradesh.
Modi has lost two of his cabinet colleagues in the last three years, Gopinath Munde died in a car accident in 2014 and now Dave. Reacting to Dave’s demise, veteran BJP member and actor Shatrughan Sinha tweeted: “Saddened by the news of the sudden & untimely demise of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave. My heartfelt condolences to his family.”