Nitin Jairam Gadkari
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, MP, MLC, Nagpur , Maharashtra, BJP
Nitin Jairam Gadkari is an Indian pol1itician and Minister of Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He was born on 27-May-1957 to Jairam Gadkari and Bhanutai Gadkari in Nagpur. He completed M.Com. and L.L.B. from Nagpur University. Basically, he hails from an Agricultural family. Nitin Gadkari married Kanchan Gadkari and they have three children.
In 1974, He joined the ABVP and worked for the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and the student union Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Later he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP). In 1979, He became the Secretary of Vidharbha Region later held all positions in the Nagpur University student council. He was the Secretary of the BJP Nagpur City in 1985. He became MLC for four consecutive years in 1989, 19990, 1996, 2002. Nitin Gadkari served as the Minister of Public Works Department(PWD) of the Government of Maharashtra from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, He was the Chairman of the mining policy implementation committee in Maharashtra and the Chairman of the National Rural Road Development Committee, Government of India.
As PWD Minister of Maharashtra, Nitin played a crucial role in expediting the construction of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. In 1990, the Government of Maharashtra conducted feasibility studies for the new expressway to be operated on a toll basis, however, it was only after Gadkari took over as PWD Minister that the construction of this project was fast-tracked. The other major achievement of Nitin as state minister was the construction of 55 flyovers in Mumbai, which eased the city traffic problems significantly.
Nitin worked as Chairman of Review Committee of CPWD, Govt. of India. From 1995-1999, he became a Member of the High Power Committee for Privatization in Maharashtra. He was the Founder, Chairman of MSRDC Ltd and he was the guarding Minister of Nagpur district and he became the Chairman of the Metropolis Beautification Committee of Maharashtra. In 1999, He was the Leader of Opposition, Maharashtra Legislative Council. He was appointed as the President of BJP Maharashtra state in 2004. Nitin was elected to 16th Lok Sabha from Nagpur constituency he defeated Congress party candidate Vilas Muttemwar by a margin of 285,000. Nitin was the Chairman of the Purti Group of Companies.
In 2014, He served as Union Cabinet Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping also served as Union Cabinet Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation. He was the Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in 2017. In 2019, He was inducted into Modi’s cabinet as a Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Minister of micro, small and medium enterprises. He contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur where he defeated Congress rival Nana Patole by a margin of two lakh votes.
- Founder and Chairman of Poly Sack Industrial Society Ltd
- Promoter and Director of Nikhil Furniture and Appliances Pvt. Ltd
- Founder and Member of Antyodaya Trust
- Founder and Chairman of Empress Employees Co-operative Paper Mills Ltd
- The promoter of Purti Power and Sugar Ltd/Purti Sakhar Karkhana Ltd
Laying Foundation Stone
Minister Nitin laid the foundation stone for 9 national highway projects in Tripura with a total cost of 2752 Cr in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Biplab Kumar Deb, MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS General V.K.
On the eve of Dhammachakra Pravartan Day
Launch of "National Program Management Policy Framework"
For the first time in the country, shoes made from Khadi fabric were launched through video conferencing. It is the request of the Prime Minister for increase khadi usage, Nitin appreciates this effort of KVIC and congratulates Khadi artisans for designing such attractive footwear. This effort by him will definitely boost the khadi industry and also help increase local employment.