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Nitin Jayram Gadkari

Government of India
Minister of Road Transport Highways & Shipping Government of India

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, 57, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Gadkari was born in a middle-class agricultural family in Maharashtra’s Nagpur City in central part of India. Gadkari has studied M.Com, LLB & Diploma in Business Management (DBM). 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 Minister for Public Works in Maharashtra between 1995-1999.  There he gained first-hand experience of undertaking large scale infrastructure projects. “With Rs. 5 Crore equity, I earned the distinction of completing works worth 8,000 crores”; Gadkari often recalls this unique distinction he earned as the PWD Minister.

As Public Works Minister in Maharashtra, he built the Mumbai – Pune Expressway which was first of its kind in India. He is recognised for being pioneer of PPP in Road Sector in India. He was elected to Parliament from Nagpur in 2014 and become Minister for Road Transport Highways & Shipping in PM Narendra Modi’s government. In last two years this administration & visionary skill has been recognized and has been rated top performer in the government. From that experience he was asked by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to launch the National Highways Authority and Rural Roads Program.

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