Mansukh Mandaviya (born 1 June 1972) is the Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical and Fertilizers in Government of India.

He is also a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat and is a believer of utmost simplicity. He is known for his Padyatras. He has done Three Padyatras where he covers long distances on foot for a noble cause connecting villages and spreading awareness. His contribution to serving the nation can also be seen in his active participation in Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP). He was recently honoured by the UNICEF and others for his contribution to women’s menstrual hygiene.

He is well known for his intellect and thoughtful leadership, which he often exhibits in his speeches. In 2015, he was selected to represent India at the United Nations where he spoke about ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. To implement simplicity in his professional life, he cycles to the Parliament during sessions.

Early life
Mansukh Mandavaiya was born in a small village named Hanol in Palitana Taluka of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat State. Born to a middle-class farmer family, he is the youngest amongst 4 brothers. He finished his primary education in Government Primary School, Hanol after which he completed his high school studies from Songadh Gurukul.

Education
He completed his MA in Political Science from Bhavnagar University. Mandaviya took keen interest in serving the people of his country since his youth. In 1992, at the age of 20, he became a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and with his organization skills, he soon became State Executive Member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad, Gujarat.

Political Career
Mansukh Mandaviya is currently the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers. He is Rajya Sabha Member from Gujarat. Owing to his intellect, skills and the zeal to work hard he started his political career as a leader of Yuva Morcha followed by the President of Palitana BJP unit. He also holds a record of being one of the youngest MLA in Gujarat.

Positions Served
2002-2007: Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly for Palitana
2011-2012: Chairman, Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited
2012-2018: Member of Rajya Sabha
2013-2015: State Secretary of BJP, Gujarat
2015: General Secretary of BJP, Gujarat
2016-2019: Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India
2018: Re-elected as Member of Rajya Sabha
2019: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India

Member of Legislative Assembly, Palitana (Gujarat)
Mandaviya spearheaded his career in politics in the year 2002 where he fought the Palitana Constituency and became on of the youngest MLA in Gujarat. Being an MLA, in the year 2004, he organized a 123 Km long Padyatra, titled “Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra” covering 38 educational backward villages of his constituency. Taking this initiative forward, in 2006 he organized a 127 km Padyatra connecting 44 villages of his constituency with the title “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Vyasan Hatao”.

Chairman, Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited
As a chairman, Mandaviya took innovative measures like building an E-Radiation treatment plant at Bavla, which was the First Government Facility. He also built a Poha (Flattened Rice) plant at Navsari and a modern banana pack house at Achaliya (Bharuch). He was the pioneer for the establishing 10,000 household Bio-Gas plants in entire Gujarat.

Member of Rajya Sabha (2012-2018)
During his first tenure, Mandaviya raised 448 Parliamentary questions out of which assurances were given in 86 by the Government. Along with this, 14 Private Member Bills and 30 special mentions were also made. Throughout his tenure as Member of Parliament, he has been a part of various important Standing and Consultative committees, namely ‘Petroleum and Natural Gas’, ‘Chemical & Fertilizer Industries’, ‘Environment, Forest & Climate Change’, ‘Textiles’, ‘Select Committee for Real Estate Bill-2015’.

Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India (2016-2019)
On 5 July 2016, Mandaviya was sworn in as a Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. During his tenure, Mandaviya has travelled for 540 days covering a distance of more than 4.9 lakh km, visiting 14 countries, almost all States and UTs of India. During this period, he conducted 394 meetings and attended 332 programs/seminars/workshops/events. He has been a driving force for implementation of “Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana” which has seen a rapid increase in number of PMBJP Kendras from 347 to more than 5200 (Figure – March, 2019). With his decisive and bold leadership, he has helped increasing the per day road construction speed, decreasing the cost of Urea and other fertilizers, establishing more than 5200 Jan Aushadhi stores to provide more than 850 medicines at affordable rates and reducing the cost of ‘Heart Stent’ and ‘Knee Implants’. Mandaviya has also been a dedicated supporter of the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. He has led the Swachh Bharat Campaign in all his Ministries, subordinate offices and public sector undertakings under his administrative control and has also participated in many a cleanliness campaigns during his visit to different parts of the country.

Re-Elected As Member of Rajya Sabha (Second Term)
On completion of his first successful term as a Member of Rajya Sabha, Mandaviya was re-elected for Upper House for the tenure 2018-2024.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India (Modi – 2.0)
On 30 May 2019, Mandaviya took oath as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers.

Foreign Visits
He has been a part of various delegations, twice with the President and once with Vice President to sign MOUs and develop bilateral relations with other Nations. In the Asian Continent he has visited China, Israel, Oman, Nepal, Dubai, Uzbekistan and Bangladesh. He also visited European countries like England, Germany & Hungary, South American countries like Brazil & Argentina. He has visited many countries of Africa like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland and Zambia. In an Oceania Region Shri Mandaviya visited New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Australia.

Padyatras
• In 2004 as a MLA, Mandaviya organized a 123 Km long Padyatra, titled “Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra” connecting 38 educational backward villages of his constituency (Palitana, Gujarat).
• In 2006 as a MLA, Mandaviya organized a 127 Km Padyatra connecting 44 villages of his constituency (Palitana, Gujarat) with the title “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Vyasan Hatao”.
• In 2019, as a part of the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary, Mandaviya undertook 150km long Padyatra, titled “Gandhi Mulyo Na Marge” (On The Path of Gandhian Values) with a mission to promote Basic Education and communicate the Importance of 11 Mahavrats given by Pujya Bapu.

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