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PM Modi condoles Environment Minister Anil Dave's death

Anil Dave Anil Dave
Johnnie Parks | 28 May, 2017, 03:42

Chief Minister Raman Singh today announced that a developed forest zone in Chhattigarh s Durg district will be nurtured and named after Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who passed away yesterday. He was 61 and a bachelor. The will also said that no memorial should be erected in his name and the people should rather plant trees. Environment was a subject close to the heart of Dave, who was appointed environment minister only previous year. The linkage, located in Madhya Pradesh, is also Uma Bharti's pet project. "This demise is a personal loss", the prime minister added.

Meena Agarwal, the wife of Dave's family physician Bharat Agarwal, told IANS that his family tried to wake him up in the morning but he appeared unconscious.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami expressed grief and regret and said: "I express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the family of Anil Madhav Dave and pray for his soul to reach the holy abode". She said: "His body will be taken for embalming".

He was inducted as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July a year ago after Prakash Javadekar was elevated as the Human Resource Development Minister.

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Here's a main list of ministers who paid their condolence for Dave.

. They hailed him as a committed environmentalist. Before being appointed as environment minister, Dave never held any official position besides being an MP.

He was a former pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party's ideological parent, and used to identify himself as an "RSS swayamsewak" (volunteer) on his Twitter handle before he became minister.

In the single page note, Dave wished to be cremated at Bandrabhan, where he organised the river festival on the union of Narmada and Tawa rivers. Dave had been closely in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state from 2003 to 2014. "He was an accomplished writer both in Hindi and English language", the Congress leader said, as per a release issued by his office.

The Governor said that officers in Chandigarh have been directed to initiate a plantation drive dedicated to Dave.

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