Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away this morning in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on twitter: “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.”
He was 60 and had been the member of Rajya Sabha since August 2009. Dave earned his master’s degree in commerce from Gujarati College. He was a member of various committees like Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change and Committee on Water Resources.
He was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the current government on 5 July 2016.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, Kiren Rijiju, tweeted: “Anil Madhav Dave ji was the perfect definition of a gentleman & good human being. I’ll forever miss his smiling character. May his soul RIP.”
Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje has also expressed her condolence: “Absolutely shocked by sudden demise of Sh Anil Madhav Dave ji – an extraordinary leader devoted to the masses. May his soul rest in peace.”