Published May 10, 2023, 5:40 a.m. by Jerald Waisoki
Ajit Pawar, member of the Indian National congress (INC) and former maharashtra Chief Minister, passed away on Monday, March 20 after a prolonged illness. He was 83.
Pawar, who was born on October 10, 1932 in the village of Dhule in maharashtra, was first elected to the maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1967 as an MLA from the Dhule constituency. He was subsequently elected to the maharashtra Legislative Assembly and to the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament) in 1974, 1977 and 1980.
He was appointed Chief Minister of maharashtra in October 1991, and held the post until December 1995. He was subsequently elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) in 1996 and served until his defeat in the 2004 general election.
During his time as Chief Minister of maharashtra, Pawar was credited with initiating major economic and social reforms in the state. These included the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the establishment of the maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), and the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Health Mission (MGNRHM).
Pawar was also known for his efforts to promote tourism in maharashtra, and for his work in promoting Marathi language and culture.
Pawar died in Mumbai on Monday, March 20 after a prolonged illness. He was 83.
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