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Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passes away, PM Modi condoles demise

Anil Madhav Dave Anil Madhav Dave the Union Minister of State for Environment Forest and Climate
Theresa Hayes | 19 May, 2017, 06:55

Environment was a subject close to the heart of Dave, who was appointed environment minister only past year.

Mr Naidu said, he was shocked and extremely sad to know the sudden demise of his colleague. Even as a Union Minister and despite his failing health, he put in long hours in office and yearned to remain connected with the river.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his shock over the sudden death of the minister in a series of tweets.

Minister of State (MoS) (Home) Jitendra Singh told the media about the cause of his death and last rites ceremony.

A prolific writer, he penned nine books in Hindi that reflected his varied interests, including conservation of the Narmada River and freedom fighter Chandrasekhar Azad. "This demise is a personal loss", he added.

He was 60 and had been the member of Rajya Sabha since August 2009. Deepest condolences to his family & friends.

Haryana Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar has expressed sorrow and grief over the demise of Dave. President Pranab Mukherjee termed Dave's tenure as distinguished by extensive efforts to conserve nature and protect the environment while Vice- President Hamid Ansari called him a humble human being. After his demise, Modi tweeted and stated that he is devoted community servant.

"Anil ji's organisational skills and connect with grassroots karyakartas was unparallel". Reports said that he was facing health issues for some time now.

- Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) May 18, 2017Anil Madhav Dave ji was the ideal definition of a gentleman & good human being. I'll forever miss his smiling character. The government has named Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan as Dave's replacement in the green ministry, in addition to his existing portfolio.

Madhya Pradesh had great hope from Dave on the issue of getting Asiatic lions at the Palpur Kuno Sanctuary from Gir in Gujarat.

His body was brought home after official and medial formalities around 1230 pm when already a large number of ministers and BJP leaders were waiting at his home.