Cabinet condoles the sad demise of Ramvilas Paswan

New Delhi, October 9, 2020: The Union Cabinet condoled the sad demise of Ramvilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. It also observed silence for two minutes in his memory.
The Cabinet approved state funeral to be accorded for Ramvilas Paswan and passed the following resolution:
“The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Ramvilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
In his passing away, the nation has lost an eminent leader, a distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator.
Born on 5th July 1946 at Shaharbanni, Distt. Khagaria (Bihar), Ramvilas Paswan was educated at Kosi College, Khagaria and Patna University, Patna. He obtained degrees in Master of Arts (M.A.) and Bachelor of Law (LL.B). He was also conferred Degree of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by Bundelkhand University, Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh).
Ramvilas Paswan was one of the most popular leaders from Bihar and enjoyed strong mass support. He was elected to Bihar State Legislative assembly in 1969 as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party.
Thereafter, he was elected as a member of the 6th Lok Sabha from Hajipur constituency in 1977 by a record margin. Paswan was re-elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 and 8th Lok Sabha in 1984. He was re-elected to 9th Lok Sabha in 1989 and was appointed as Union Minister for Labour and Welfare. In 1996, he became Minister for Railways and continued to hold the post till 1998.
Thereafter, he served as Minister for Communications from October, 1999 to September, 2001 when he was made Minister of Coal and Mines, the portfolio he held till April, 2002. After 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, Paswan joined the United Progressive Alliance Government and was made Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister of Steel.
Paswan was elected to 16th Lok Sabha in 2014 and served as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. In 2019, i Paswan was elected to Rajya Sabha and continued as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Paswan was the voice of the oppressed and always championed the cause of marginalized sections of the society.
The cabinet extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the Government and the entire nation.”
Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, others visit residence of Ramvilas Paswan to pay their last respects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ram Vilas Paswan residence in New Delhi to pay his last respects
PM Modi was accompanied by senior BJP leaders including party president JP Nadda.
In his condolence message yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had remembered the Dalit icon as a fiend and valued colleague whose interventions during Cabinet Meetings were insightful.
Working together, shoulder to shoulder with Paswan Ji has been an incredible experience. From political wisdom, statesmanship to governance issues, he was brilliant. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.
Union Home Minister, Amit Shah also visited the residence of Ramvilas Paswan today to pay his last respects to the departed leader.
Amit Shah, after his visit, in a tweet said, “Paid tribute to our senior Union Minister, Ramvilas Paswan ji. Paswan ji will always be remembered as a person having gentle behavior and for his work related to public welfare. May the grace of God be on him and may his family have the strength to bear this loss.”
Piyush Goyal given charge of Ministry
The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Piyush Goyal, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, in addition to his existing portfolios.

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