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Published On: Thu, May 18th, 2017

Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away 

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BL21_POL_DAVE_3120990fNEW DELHI : Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away on Thursday.Dave suffered a cardiac arrest. He was 61.He complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “absolutely shocked” and described Mr Dave’s death as a “personal loss”. He wrote, “I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues.”
The prime minister also said Mr Dave would be remembered as a devoted public servant and was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan will take additional charge of Environment Ministry.The two-term lawmaker from the BJP, Mr Dave had a longtime association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He was appointed Environment Minister last year. He was a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh.  National Flag will fly half-mast on all government buildings in Delhi and all state capitals today in view of the demise of Dave.

President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the sudden demise of Environment Minister, saying that it was a personal loss. “Shocked by sudden demise of Union Environment Minister Shri Anil Dave; deepest condolences to his family & well wishers,” the President tweeted.

Mr Dave had been due to take a final call on an application for an indigenously developed GM crop of mustard, which is similar to rapeseed. A ministry panel recently recommended allowing commercial cultivation of the oilseed.

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