Published On : Thu, May 18th, 2017

Dr Harsh Vardhan takes over environment ministry after Dave’s death

Dr Harsh Vardhan
New Delhi: Dr Harsh Vardhan gets additional charge of Environment Ministry after Anil Dave’s death. Dr Harsh Vardhan holds the Science & Technology, Earth Sciences portfolio.

Environment Minister Anil Dave passed away in New Delhi on Thursday. He was 60. Dave complained of uneasiness at his home on Thursday morning and was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he passed away, according to official sources.

He was a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2009.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Dave. Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very 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.

A Bharatiya Janata Party member, Dave represented Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.

He was appointed as the Minister of State (independent charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the cabinet expansion on July 5, 2016.