(Last Updated on : 31/05/2014)
Prakash Javadekar is a is noted leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
and currently holds the position of the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs in the Government of Narendra Modi
, the 15th Prime Minister of India
, in the 16th Lok Sabha
. In the year 2008 he got elected to Rajya Sabha
from the state of Maharashtra
. He also serves as the official Spokesperson of the BJP
Early Life of Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar was born on 30th January 1951 in Pune
to Shri Keshav Krishna Javadekar and Ranjani Javadekar. His father was a senior leader of Hindu Mahasabha
. He led the Pune Unit of the organization as its President. His mother was one of first educated women of her area and presently imparts Vedic education to women. Prakash Javadekar graduated in commerce from Pune and since his student days is associated with ABVP. After completing his education he worked with the Bank of Maharashtra from the year 1971 to 1981. He also served in the Rural Development Department, Sick Unit Cell, under the Employment Promotion Programme of the Bank. Prakash Javadekar used to work as the joint editor of Kesari a Marathi
Daily initiated by Lokmanya Tilak
. He stills writes for some newspapers
Political Career of Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar worked for ABVP as a student activist during the days of Emergency
in India. For leading a Satyagraha
in Pune he was also arrested. Although he was diagnosed with a major heart problem
while he was in jail the government did not give him the permission for the operation. Later due to the agitation of other activists he underwent operation and was saved. Throughout his career he held several significant positions. Since 1977 to 1999 he was the Chairman of Task Force on IT in the Government of Maharashtra. From 1995 to 1999 he was the Executive President of State Planning Board in Maharashtra. For twelve years, from 1990 to 2002, he served as the Member of Legislative Council, Maharashtra, from Pune Division Graduate Constituency. In 2000 he was also elected as the Chairman of Working Group on IT for Masses in the Government of India
. He has also been the President of GLOBE India (Global Legislators Organisation for Balanced Environment); In-Charge of BJP Economic Forum and Cells related to Economy; President of NOINO (National Organisation of Insurance Officers) and President of KCKU (Khadi Commission Karmachari Union). He has been the member of several committees such as Press Council of India, Public Accounts Committee, Standing Committee on Human Resources and Development, Consultative Committee for Ministry of Power, Committee on Subordinate Legislation and Committee on Wakf.
Other Ventures of Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar is also an avid social activist. He is the Chairman of an NGO working in rural development area named Gramshakti. He has also contributed in the GOI's watershed Development Project in the Kolvan Valley of Mulshi Tehsil of Pune district
. He has also extensively worked in the tribal area of Thane district
for reviving a Development Project, launched by Bank of Maharashtra.
Achievements of Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar was honoured with Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial National Award for research Papers on "Rural Development and Banks' role in Co-ordinated Approach". In the year 2000 he also led delegation to Boston to negotiate Media Lab Asia Project.
Personal Life of Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar is married to Dr. Prachee Javadekar, a leading Education Consultant and a former Director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune. The couple has two sons namely Dr. Ashutosh Javadekar, a Dentist and Artist by profession, and Apoorva Javadekar.