Indian minister chemicals fertilisers dies at 59

Indian minister of chemicals and fertilisers dies at 59

5:12 AM, 12th November 2018
Union minister Ananth Kumar
Union minister Ananth Kumar died in Bengaluru Monday morning after a prolonged battle against lung cancer. (Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)

BENGALURU, INDIA: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar, 59 who was battling with lung cancer for several months passed away today morning around 2 am, in Bengaluru. He is survived by two daughters and wife.

He had returned to India recently after unsuccessful treatment in US and UK.

Besides Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister he handled Parliamentary Affairs. Ananth Kumar won South Bangalore Lok Sabha seat six times consecutively and was key to BJP's success in Karnataka.

In 2016, under his tenure, the government decided to reduce prices of key fertilisers like diammonium phosphate (DAP), muriate of potash (MOP) and nitrogen phosphate and potash composition (NPK).

Ananth Kumar was part of unveiling National Chemical Policy, to provide an enabling environment and infrastructure and duty structure for the industry.

Things Ananth Kumar will be remembered for:

Health Segment: The costs of cardiac stents reduced by 85 percent and knee implants were cut by 70 percent under his tenure as chemicals and fertilisers minister.

Neem-coated urea: Ananth Kumar's ministry took a decision to go for 100 percent neem-coated urea sale. This helped the government prevent diversion of urea subsidy.

Suvidha campaign: The campaign launched under Ananth Kumar's ministry, aims at providing bio-degradable sanitary napkins to women at a cost of Rs 2.50.

GST: Ananth Kumar as parliamentary affairs minister played a key role in holding special mid-night session of Parliament for Goods and Services Tax rollout in July 2017.

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