shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari
- Department : Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping.
- Constituency : Nagpur.
- Party : Bharatiya Janata Party.
- Date of Birth : Monday, May 27, 1957.
- State Name : Maharashtra
- Permanent Address : Gadkari Wada, Upadhye Road, Mahal, Narpur- 440032, Maharashtra (0712) 2727145, 09821080522(M).
- Education Qualifications : M.Com., LL.B. and Diploma in Business Management.
- Present Address : 13, Teen Murti Lane,New Delhi-110011.
- Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
An indomitable Nitin Gadkari for whom politics is an instrument of socioeconomic transformation today joined the Narendra Modi cabinet as a senior minister. Gadkari, 57, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, a traditional Congress stronghold, defeating seven time winner Vilas Muthemwar by a margin of about three lac votes. Under his dynamic supervision and able guidance, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine won 42 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, including all the ten seats in the Vidarbha region for the first time since independence. Gadkari was born in a middle-class agricultural family in Maharashtra's Nagpur city, which is also the headquarters of the RSS. Gadkari entered politics as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) and later joined the Janata Yuva Morcha, youth wing of the BJP. Nitin Gadkari does not consider himself to be a career politician but takes politics to be social service - initiating projects for the poor, for the society and the downtrodden. Gadkari has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since 1989. He was also the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1999-2005. He was also President of the Maharashtra Pradesh BJP till 2009 when he was elevated to the post of the BJP National President to become the youngest ever party president.
About/Political Activities and achievement:
Mr. Gadkari entered politics as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) and later joined the Janata Yuva Morcha, youth wing of the BJP. Mr. Gadkari has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since 1989. He was also the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1999-2005. He headed the Maharashtra Pradesh BJP till 2009 as the State President when he was elevated to the post of the BJP National President to become the youngest ever party president. He was a PWD minister in Maharashtra between 1995 & 1999, As Public Works minister in Maharashtra, he built the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. From that experience he was asked by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to launch the National Highways Authority. The Vajpayee Government appointed him the Chairman of National Rural Road Development Committee. After a series of meetings and studies, Mr. Gadkari submitted his report to the central government and gave a presentation to the Prime Minister Vajpayee. His report was accepted and a new rural road connecting scheme now popularly known as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched. Mr. Gadkari completed several prestigious assignments in record time. His two achievements stand out in particular. He pioneered the concept of Public-Private partnership (PPP) in infrastructure development. The BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model has the basis of this concept. It is now implemented widely in India, thanks to this initiative large budgetary funds were made available for rural road development. The other is the up-gradation of norms for the construction industry. Completion of mega projects in a time bound frame, too, is his initiative. Establishment of a Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) was one of his innovative initiatives through which funds were raised from open market for infrastructure projects for the first time in India Mr. Gadkari is also an agriculturist. He has promoted Water Management, Solar Energy Projects and the use of modern technology & management tools in agriculture. He has a passion for bio-fuel and non-conventional sources of energy. Mr. Gadkari has also carried out many social welfare projects in Vidarbha region including making several villages self-sufficient by solar energy, couple of thousand heart surgeries and solar rickshaws for the needy.