Environment Minister Anil Dave passed away early this morning. He was 60. Dave was reportedly unwell over the last few weeks.
Anil Madhav Dave was born on July 6, 1956 at Barnagar in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh.
He did his M. Com at Gujarati College in Indore. Dave, was sworn-in as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) on July 6, 2016 in the NDA government.
Dave was a Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.
Dave was also a recognised nature conservationist and has extensively worked for river conservation. He was also very passionate on projects including conservation of the Narmada river through an organisation ‘Narmada Samagra’ that he founded.
He was so passionate about conservation of environment that the name of his house was “nadi ka ghar”.
Anil Dave also held several posts including as Member, Standing Committee on Environment and Forest and Science & Technology; Member, Standing Committee of Water Resources; Member (Board of Governors) of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan; Nominated Member of Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Chairman, Select Committee on Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and Chairman, Select Committee on Coal Mines (Special Provision) Bill, 2015.
Anil Dave was also an author having authored several books on various subjects including environment and climate change.
Beyond Copenhagen; Yes I Can, So Can We; Creation to Cremation; rafting through a civilization: a travelogue; Shatabdi ke Paanch Kaale Panne; Sambhal Ke Rehna Apne Ghar Me Chhupe Hue Gaddaron Se; Mahanayak Chandrashekhar Azad; Roti Aur Kamal ki Kahani; Samagra Gram Vikas, are some of them.
In socio-political circles, Dave is famous for his strong and longtime association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Dave.
“Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a much respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji.
My condolences,” he said in a tweet. The Prime Minister said Dave will be remembered as a devoted public servant who was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.
“I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss,” he said in another tweet.