NEW DELHI(PTI): Union Environment Minister Anil Dave passed away on Thursday. He was 60.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said that he was shocked with Dave’s sudden demise with whom he was discussing key policy issues till late evening on Wednesday.
“Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences,” Modi said in a series of tweets.
“Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment,” Modi added.
This demise is a personal loss, the Prime Minister added.
In July 2016, Dave had taken over the charge of the Ministry from Prakash Javadekar.
The two-time Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh was known in BJP as a man gifted with immaculate organisational skills.
Born on July 6, 1956, Dave was involved in social work right from his early days and had founded an NGO “Narmada Samagra” for conservation of the river.
He shot into prominence in 2003 when he crafted the strategy leading to defeat of Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.
A post-graduate in Commerce from Gujarati College in Indore, Dave had keen interest in literature and has penned a number of books.