Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya was born in a small village named Hanol in Palitana taluka of Bhavnagar district in the state of Gujarat, in a middle-class farmer’s family. He holds a postgraduate degree in Political Science from Bhavnagar University and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (PhD), on the subject of ‘Role of Gram Vidhyapiths (Rural schools) in Community Development and Future Challenges’, in the field of Political Science, from the Gujarat Institute of Development and Research, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Since his youth, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has had a penchant for serving people; and thus, has been very active in politics. He became a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and soon became a State Executive Committee Member of ABVP, Gujarat Unit. In appreciation of his intellect, skills and zeal to work hard, he was appointed as a leader of Yuva Morcha (Youth wing) and then the President of the BJP Unit of Palitana. Dr. Mandaviya also holds the record of being the youngest member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Gujarat, when he was first elected in 2002.
In recognition of his diligence, passion and hard work, Dr. Mandaviya was appointed as the Secretary for State Unit, BJP Gujarat, in 2013 and General Secretary in 2014. Later, in 2014, he was appointed as the Gujarat State Incharge of BJP’s High-tech & Mega Membership Drive Campaign which led to 1 crore people joining the BJP in Gujarat.
In a very short time, at the young age of 38, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. He was also a part of several standing committees in the field of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Textiles and Environment and many more.
Working diligently to serve the people, especially the marginalised sections of the society, and uplifting them, has been Dr. Mandaviya’s only goal. Towards this, as an elected leader, he organised three Padyatras (hiking) stretching 123 km, 127 km and 150 km, with the title “Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra, “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Vyasan Hatao” and “On the path of Gandhian values” respectively.
In 2004, the 123 km long Padyatra, he took on the mission of “Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra” for the social cause of the promotion and awareness of Girl Child education in 45 backward villages of his constituency. Due to this initiative school enrolment ratio of Palitana for girls reached 1007 and was able to achieve a female drop-out ratio lower than the state average.
In 2006, he again organized 127 Km padyatra connecting 52 villages of his constituency with a goal of “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Vyasan Hatao” to address concerns of gender discrimination, women empowerment and addiction.
For the third time in his political journey, in the year 2019, he took a 150 km long Padyatra organized in Bhavnagar District, Gujarat coinciding with the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Pujya Bapuji (Mahatma Gandhi). Through the virtual platform, the Hon’ble Prime Minister joined the culmination ceremony. Hon’ble Prime appreciated this initiative and urged Members of Parliament to organize such padyatras.
Dr. Mandaviya is well known for his intellectual analysis and thought leadership, which he also exhibited in his speech on the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at the United Nations on October 20, 2015. He has travelled to several countries to explore and understand their policies, management techniques and governance models to help India grow at a rapid pace.
On July 5, 2016, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya was sworn in as the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemical and Fertilizers, in the Government of India. Serving as a Union Minister, he implemented diverse action plans and policy decisions to impart efficiency and speed in delivering the good work of the Government to the masses. He was re-elected for a second term as an MP in Rajya Sabha in March 2018.
Being a strong advocate of strengthening women’s health, hygiene and education, he was awarded ‘Men for Menstruation’ by UNICEF on Menstrual Hygiene Day for his initiative of ‘Suvidha Sanitary Napkin’ (affordable and quality sanitary napkins) under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Scheme. Also, touted as a ‘Green Minister’, Dr. Mandaviya has been at the forefront of several environmental issues and worked toward a clean and green nation.
In May 2019, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya took oath as a Minister of State in the Council of Ministers, Government of India. He was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, along with being the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers.
His vision to expand the maritime potential of India paved the way for prioritised port-led development. Dr. Mandaviya’s initiatives towards this included the development of the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira to Ghogha (Bhavnagar), Gujarat which helped give momentum to the water-resource based economy in the country. He also strengthened inland water connectivity through the Brahmaputra River in the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ project, focusing on terminal development. His initiatives led to substantial boosting of business and increased connectivity. Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya also organised the Maritime India Summit 2021, during which Maritime India Vision 2030 was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, paving the way for the next 10 years.
With his decisive and bold leadership aimed at the well-being of the people, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya has been credited to have helped decrease the cost of Urea and other fertilizers, establishing more than 8000+ Jan Aushadhi stores to provide more than 1,450+ medicines and more than 200+ surgical items and medical devices at affordable rates and reducing the cost of heart stent and knee implants. Additionally, he has not left any stone unturned to help and uplift the lives of common men, women, farmers and businesses.
Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya took charge as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare in the Government of India on July 7, 2021, with an additional charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Through sheer hard work, determination, and diligence in serving the people of India, Dr. Mandaviya has risen through the ranks from the grassroots level. Charting a challenging and fulfilling journey from being a young leader to a state-level representative to a Minister of State, and now as a Union Cabinet Minister, his commitment to serve the nation has been evident from his various endeavours.
As Health Minister, he played a crucial in augmenting the vaccine manufacturing capacity of the country and boosting the COVID-19 vaccination drive. For his efforts in strengthening India’s fight against the pandemic and improving the overall healthcare system, the Indian Express in its list of 100 Most Powerful Indians in 2022 placed him at number 25.
Dr. Mandaviya has been part of various bilateral visits and delegations to more than 55+ countries including Switzerland, Jordan, Israel, Oman, Italy, Nepal, UAE, Uzbekistan, UK, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland, Zambia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Australia and the Oceania Region.
Dr. Mandaviya has represented India at various business forums including the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in the years 2020 and 2022.
Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya is also currently the Executive Board Member for GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance) and Chairperson, Stop TB Board Partnership.
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