Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away this morning. He was 60. Dave had not been keeping well for the last few months. He complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, official sources told. Science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan will now hold additional charge of the environment ministry. The minister was in meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as late as last evening, the latter tweeted, calling him “a devoted public servant”. Several Central and state politicians also expressed their condolences.”I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues.
This demise is a personal loss,” the PM said. “Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment,” the PM added.Dave took charge as Minister+ of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), in New Delhi on July 6, 2016. He hailed from Madhya Pradesh. The minister was elected to the Rajya Sabha in August 2009. At the time, he was appointed member, Committee on Water Resources. He was also on the consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. From March to June 2010, Dave was a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change.