Rural Development Minister

  • Union Minister Gopinath Munde cremated at his native village June 4, 2014

    Beed: Union Minister Gopinath Munde who died in a road accident was cremated at his native village Parli, Maharashtra on Wednesday amidst chanting by hundreds of his supporters. The mortal remains of Munde were consigned to flames by his eldest daughter and BJP MLA Pankaja. A sea of humanity converged at his...
  • Number 3 ominous for Munde-Mahajan family? June 3, 2014

    By a tragic coincidence, the number 3 appears ominous for the Munde-Mahajan family. With the untimely demise of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde in a car accident in New Delhi on Tuesday, three of the family members and one close aide of the two BJP leaders have met tragic...
  • RIP Gopinath Munde (1949-2014): Some photos from his life as a beloved mass leader and popular politician June 3, 2014

    Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday after a head-on road collision in New Delhi, depriving Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a senior ally just eight days after he took office. Munde was injured while driving to the capital's airport and died later in hospital.Munde, 64, was deputy chief...
  • Modi single-handedly responsible for derailing the GST: Jairam Ramesh September 18, 2013

    Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh slammed the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and blamed him for single-handedly derailing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "I asked him when I went to Ahmedabad, what he has against the GST. He had no answer to give me, other than maybe the 'not...
  • Jairam Ramesh blames 'forcible acquisition' by PSUs for Naxal problem September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on PSUs for displacing tribals, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday blamed their actions for growth of Naxalism in many areas and cautioned that the era of "forcible acquisition" was now over. The Union Rural Development Minister said if the new Land Acquisition Act is implemented...
  • India's image battered beyond recognition: Jairam January 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has conceded that India's image has been battered beyond recognition after the protests over the Delhi gangrape incident, adding that people expected their leaders to communicate. The Union Minister made the observations in the context of the near breakdown of communication between...
  • Tribals are not show pieces for museums: Ramesh January 14, 2013

    Lanjigarh: A Rs 300 crore package for housing and roads for vulnerable tribal groups in Odisha's backward Kalahandi district was announced on Sunday by Union minister Jairam Ramesh who said tribals should not be treated as "show pieces for museums". Giving details near the bauxite-rich Niyamgiri hill, the Union Rural...
  • Raj minister sacked for calling Prez a 'cook' February 10, 2011

    New Delhi: Rajasthan rural development minister Ameen Khan, whose remarks on President Pratibha Patil triggered a controversy, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday. "Ameen Khan has quit his post and his resignation has been forwarded to Governor Shivraj Patil for acceptance," Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot said. Amin Khan...
  • Vilasrao Deshmukh's promotion raises eyebrows May 19, 2011

    Mumbai: Continuing with the Cabinet reshuffle, Vilasrao Deshmukh's elevation to the Cabinet rank as Rural Development Minister has raised a few eyebrows. Last month the Supreme Court had raised questions on the former Maharashtra Chief Minister's alleged links to money lenders who harass farmers in Vidarbha. His name has also come...
  • Minister owns up, lists flaws in rural jobs scheme July 7, 2009

    New Delhi: The Government on Tuesday admitted to serious faults in the implementation of its flagship rural jobs scheme, saying it had generated just 48 days of work for each beneficiary against the promised 100. The Government made the admission after the Budget for fiscal 2009-10 on Monday hiked the outlay...
  • Child labour lands Bihar Minister in trouble December 11, 2007

    Patna (Bihar): A day after CNN-IBN exposed how Union Rural Development Minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has been using children instead of oxen to plough his family's land, the Bihar administration has finally woken up and taken note of the extensive media reports. The District Magistrate of Vaishali has asked for a...
  • Kids, not oxen plough rural minister's farm land December 11, 2007

    Patna: This is the hard reality of rural India, 10-year-olds replacing oxen to plough fields. The situation is so desperate that there is no dearth of human ploughs. In Sahpur village of Vaishali district, Bihar, small children are ploughing croplands belonging to Union Rural Development Minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. The man who...
  • This mantri lives below poverty line November 15, 2006

    Patna: Believe it or not! The name of a Cabinet minister in Bihar's Nitish Kumar Government figures in the list of people living below poverty line (BPL). Baidyanath Prasad Mahto, the state's Rural Development Minister, under whose supervision the new BPL list is being prepared, is himself shocked over the inclusion...