Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Keshav Javadekar (born 30 January 1951) [1]is an Indian politician. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who previously served as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises between 2014 to 2021.

Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar meeting the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Ms. Janet Austin and explains the significant educational reforms currently underway in India, in Victoria, Canada.JPG
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byRajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Succeeded byAnurag Singh Thakur
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byManish Tewari
Succeeded byArun Jaitley
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
In office
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byHarsh Vardhan
In office
26 May 2014 – 5 July 2016
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byVeerappa Moily
Succeeded byAnil Madhav Dave
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
In office
12 November 2019 – 7 July 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byArvind Sawant
Minister of Human Resource Development
In office
5 July 2016 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySmriti Irani
Succeeded byRamesh Pokhriyal
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Succeeded byMukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded byAjay Sancheti
ConstituencyMaharashtra
In office
13 June 2014 – 2 April 2018
Succeeded byDharmendra Pradhan
ConstituencyMadhya Pradesh
In office
2010–2014
ConstituencyMaharashtra
Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council
In office
1990–2002
Personal details
Born (1951-01-30) 30 January 1951 (age 70)
Village Apta in Panvel Taluka, Raigad District, India
(Maharashtra, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Prachee
Children2
RelativesSuhas Javadekar (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Pune
WebsitePrakash Javdekar Website

Javadekar was elected to the upper house Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Maharashtra in 2008, and re-elected from Madhya Pradesh in 2014.[2][3]

Following the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Indian General Election, he was appointed Minister State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is also a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs,[4] and briefly held the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting.[5]

Javadekar is an official spokesperson of the BJP.[6]

He is married to Dr. Prachee Javadekar and has two sons. He also has a brother, Suhas Javadekar.[7]

EducationEdit

Javadekar has a B.Com.(Hons) from the University of Pune.[8][9]

Political careerEdit

 
Shri Prakash Javadekar taking charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi on May 29, 2014
 
Shri Prakash Javadekar takes charge as Union Minister for Human Resource Development, in New Delhi on July 07, 2016

Active in politics since his college days, Javadekar was a member of ABVP, the student union. During the Emergency declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi between 1975–77, Javadekar participated in student movements against the government.

From 1984-1990, Javadekar was a National Secretary and then General Secretary in the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. In 1989, he was appointed State Secretary and Campaign Chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, a position he held till 1995. Javadekar was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Council between 1990 and 2002. He also occupied the positions of the Executive President of the State Planning Board and then Chairman of the Task Force on IT in the Government of Maharashtra.

In 2008, Javadekar was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Maharashtra. He was re-elected from Madhya Pradesh in 2014.

Following the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Indian General Election, Javadekar was appointed Minister State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was also appointed as a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.[4] He led the Indian delegation to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Between May to November 2014, he was also Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting.[5] After taking charge of his ministry, Javadekar notably said that “the media itself suffices for self-regulation. Institutions are important for the functioning of democracy and priorities would be worked out after due consultation with the stakeholders”.

Javadekar is now the Human Resource and Development Minister of India and also a veteran spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Before becoming a National Spokesperson, he was also a Spokesperson for the Maharashtra BJP. He has also previously in-charge of the BJP's Economic Forum and Cells related to the economy.

On 31 May 2012, based on Javadekar's complaints about various irregularities in coal mining, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) directed a CBI enquiry. He said,"We have made a formal complaint to CVC because there were so many glaring lacunae which needed to be probed. If the inquiry has been ordered, it's good."[10][11]

Javdekar's ministry conducts a common admission process for national institutes via the Joint Seat Allocation Authority. In 2016 more than 3000 seats were still vacant in the 92 institutes involved in the system, leading to calls for a further round of placements to fill the vacancies. To date the ministry has refused to conduct a "spot round" of further placements.[12]

In May 2019, Javadekar became the Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Javadekar's wife Dr. Prachee Javadekar is an education researcher and consultant and is a former Director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune. He has two sons: Dr. Ashutosh Javadekar who is a dentist and an artist, and Apoorva Javadekar, who is Assistant Professor of Finance at Indian School of Business.[14] On 16 April 2021, he tested positive for COVID-19.[15]

Positions heldEdit

Books publishedEdit

In Marathi:[8]

  • (i) Bekaricha Jwalamukhi (Problem of Unemployment), 1986,
  • (ii) Nanenidhiche Karz (IMF Loan), 1987
  • (iii) Shetkaryanchi Karzmukti (Farm Loan Waiver), 1988
  • (iv) Mahagaicha Bhasmasoor (Problem of Inflation), 1999 and 2010
  • Presented over 300 articles in various newspapers on contemporary subjects; has also written many booklets on unemployment, inflation, IMF loan and other political issues[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prakash Javadekar Biography - Age, Education, Family, Political Life". www.elections.in. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Javadekar nominated BJP's Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra". Thaindian News.
  3. ^ "Prakash Javadekar files Rajya Sabha nomination from MP". Firstpost. 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Sarkaritel.com, : Ministries, Government of India Ministry of Information and Broadcasting".
  5. ^ a b [1] Archived 19 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "prakash javadekar - Bio". Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  7. ^ "COVER STORY : Freedom of space". corporatecitizen.in. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  8. ^ a b Layak, Suman (10 July 2016), "Cabinet reshuffle: Modi government's got talent but is it being fully utilised?", The Economic Times
  9. ^ a b http://www.archive.india.gov.in/govt/rajyasabhampbiodata.php?mpcode=2050
  10. ^ "CVC asks CBI to probe alleged coal scam despite UPA govt's attempt to brush it under the carpet". 31 May 2012.
  11. ^ "CVC Refers Coal Block Allocation Case to CBI". Outlook India. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012.
  12. ^ "3000 seats vacant In NIT /IIIT/GFTI; joint careers 360 initiative". Careers360. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  13. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  14. ^ "Apoorva Javadekar Profile", ISB
  15. ^ Staff Writer (16 April 2021). "Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tests positive for Covid-19". mint. Retrieved 16 April 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
26 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
Succeeded by
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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
26 May 2014 - 5 July 2016
Minister of State with Independent charge
Succeeded by
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Minister of Human Resource Development
5 July 2016 - 30 May 2019
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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
30 May 2019 - Present
Incumbent
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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Minister of State with Independent charge
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
30 May 2019 - Present
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Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
12 November 2019 - Present
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