Transforming The Food Economy
3-5 November, 2017 | Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India


Mr. Nitin Gadkari

Mr. Nitin Gadkari

Designation : Hon'ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways

Company : Government of India

Speaking in : Opportunities in Infrastructure, Logistics, Technology and Equipment

Personal Profile :

  • An indomitable Shri. Nitin Gadkari for whom politics is an instrument of socioeconomic transformation joined the Narendra Modi cabinet as a senior minister. Shri. Gadkari, 57, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.
  • Shri. Gadkari was born in a middle-class agricultural family in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, which is also the headquarters of the RSS. His mother had a great influence on him and she inculcated in him the spirit of social work. Shri. Gadkari has studied M.Com, LLB & Diploma in Business Management (DBM).
  • Shri. Gadkari has been a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council since 1989. He was also the leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1999-2005. He was also President of the Maharashtra Pradesh BJP till 2009 when he was elevated to the post of the BJP National President to become the youngest ever party president.
  • He was a PWD minister in Maharashtra between 1995 & 1999. Shri. Gadkari managed to convince the state to allocate Rs. 700 Crores for rural connectivity. The project aimed to connect 13,736 remote villages which remained unconnected since independence by road. As Public Works minister in Maharashtra, he built the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. From that experience he was asked by the then Prime Minister Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee to launch the National Highways Authority.
  • The Vajpayee Government appointed him the Chairman of National Rural Road Development Committee. After a series of meetings and studies, Shri. Gadkari submitted his report to the central government and gave a presentation to then Prime Minister Vajpayee. His report was accepted and a new rural road connecting scheme now popularly known as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched. The ambitious scheme is of Rs. 60,000 crores. Shri. Gadkari is also an agriculturist. He has promoted Water Management, Solar Energy Projects and the use of modern technology & management tools in agriculture. He has a passion for bio-fuel, non-conventional sources of energy.
  • Shri. Gadkari has also carried out many social welfare projects in Vidarbha region including making several villages self-sufficient by solar energy, couple of thousand heart surgeries and solar rickshaws for the needy.

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