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Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan Passed Away at 74

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On 8th October 2020, Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (elected from the Hajipur constituency of Bihar) passed away at the age of 74 in a hospital at New Delhi due to heart ailments. He was born on 5th July 1946 at Khagaria, Eastern Bihar. He was the leader of the Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) and a stalwart of socialist movements and known as the foremost Dalit leader of Bihar.

About Ram Vilas Paswan:

Political Career:

i.Ram Vilas Paswan was elected to Bihar Legislative assembly in 1969 as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party.

ii.He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1977 with highest margin as a member of Janata Party and he held the Guinness record for winning his constituency, Hajipur, with the highest margin for many years.

ii.Later he formed the Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) in 2000.

iii.He was elected 8 times to Lok Sabha between 1977 to 2014 and he also served as a member of Rajya Sabha from 2010 to 2014.

v.He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2019 and continued as the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

v.He served as a Union Minister under several Prime ministers including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.

Initiatives:

i.Ram Vilas Paswan was instrumental in the implementation of the Mandal Commission report in the 1990s.

ii.He played a major role in consolidating the Dalits of North India.

iii.He launched the “One Nation One Ration Card” scheme which enables migrant workers to access food grains at a cheap price.

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About Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution:

Union Minister– Piyush Goyal (Additional Charges)
Minister of State– Raosaheb Patil Danve