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Prakash Javadekar
Javadekar in October 2020
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
Succeeded byBhupender Yadav
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
Succeeded byMahendra Nath Pandey
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
Preceded byRajeev Shukla
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
Preceded byFaggan Singh Kulaste
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 72)
Village Apta in Panvel Taluka, Raigad District, India
(Maharashtra, India)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpousePrachee
Children2
RelativesSuhas Javadekar (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Pune
WebsitePrakash Javdekar Website

Prakash Keshav Javadekar (born 30 January 1951) [1] is an Indian politician. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change from 30 May 2019 till 7 July 2021, precisely from 26 May 2014 till 5 July 2016.

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

Education

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

Political career

Prakash Javadekar taking charge as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi on May 29, 2014
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 Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student organization. During the Emergency declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi between 1975 and 1977, Javadekar participated in student movements against the government.

From 1984 to 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 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 and 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 was appointed as the Human Resource and Development Minister of India on 5 July 2016 and held the post until 30 May 2019 when he was succeeded by Ramesh Pokhriyal.[10][11] He is also a spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Before becoming a National Spokesperson, he was 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."[12][13]

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.[14]

In May 2019, Javadekar became the Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting.[15]

In July 2021, Prakash Javadekar was removed from all posts of cabinet ministers in Government of India. He was appointed as BJP’s election in-charge for Telangana on 07 July 2023.[16]

Personal life

Javadekar's wife Prachee Javadekar, an education researcher and consultant, is a former Director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune. He has two sons: Ashutosh Javadekar who is a dentist and an artist, and Apoorva Javadekar, who is Assistant Professor of Finance at Indian School of Business.<ref>"Apoorva Javadekar Profile", ISB

Positions held

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Books published

In Marathi:[8]

References

  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. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2008.
  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 "Ministers & Secretary - About Ministry: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India". www.mpa.nic.in. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014.
  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 "Detailed Profile - Shri Prakash Javadekar - Members of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Irani shifted to textiles ministry, Javadekar is new HRD minister". Hindustan Times. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  11. ^ "Meet the new HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank". The Indian Express. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  12. ^ "CVC asks CBI to probe alleged coal scam despite UPA govt's attempt to brush it under the carpet". 31 May 2012.
  13. ^ "CVC Refers Coal Block Allocation Case to CBI". Outlook India. 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012.
  14. ^ "3000 seats vacant In NIT /IIIT/GFTI; joint careers 360 initiative". Careers360. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  15. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  16. ^ Hindustan Times (7 July 2023). "BJP appoints election in-charges for Telangana, MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan". Archived from the original on 7 July 2023. Retrieved 7 July 2023.
Political offices Preceded byManish Tewari Minister of Information and Broadcasting 26 May 2014 - 9 November 2014 Succeeded byArun Jaitley Preceded byVeerappa Moily Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change 26 May 2014 - 5 July 2016 Minister of State with Independent charge Succeeded byAnil Madhav Dave Preceded bySmriti Irani Minister of Human Resource Development 5 July 2016 - 30 May 2019 Succeeded byMahendra Nath Pandey Preceded byHarsh Vardhan Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change 30 May 2019 - 7 May 2021 Succeeded byBhupender Yadav Preceded byRajyavardhan Singh RathoreMinister of State with Independent charge Minister of Information and Broadcasting 30 May 2019 - 7 May 2021 Succeeded byAnurag Thakur Preceded byArvind Sawant Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises 12 November 2019 - 7 May 2021 Succeeded byRamesh Pokhriyal