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Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
01-June-2019 14:17 IST
Shri. Prakash Javadekar takes charge as the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate

Shri. Babul Supriyo assumes charge as Minister of State

Shri. Prakash Javadekar today assumed charge as the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change here today. He was greeted at the office at Paryavaran Bhawan by Environment Secretary Shri C K Mishra and other senior officials of the ministry. Shri Babul Supriyo also assumed charge as Minister of State.




Briefing the media after assuming the charge, the Union Minister said it is like a home coming for him as he already served in the ministry for two years in the first term of NDA government. He stressed that we will strongly reinforce that this ministry is seen as a facilitator and not merely as a regulator. “Economic growth and environment protection should go simultaneously, and we need to work with an increased impetus towards that”, said Shri Javadekar.


After assuming the charge, the Minister also held a meeting with the senior officers of the Ministry where he was briefed on the key initiatives and policy issues of the Ministry.


Brief Profile

Prakash Javadekar

Father’s Name : Shri. K K Javadekar 


Mother’s Name : Smt. Rajani Javedekar

Date of Birth                       :               30 January, 1951

Place of Birth                      :               Pune, Maharashtra, India

Marital Status                     :               Married

Spouse’s Name    :               Smt. Prachee Prakash Javadekar

Children                               :               Two son

Edu Qualification              :               B.Com. (Hon.) at University of Pune, Pune, India

Profession                            :               Politician

Current Position(s) Held

Union Minister of Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting

Positions Held (Previous)

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development - 5th july 2016 to 30th May 2019
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) — Environment, Forest & Climate Change - 26th May 2014 to 4th July 2016
  • Minister of State — Parliamentary Affairs - 26th May 2014 to 9th Nov 2014
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) — Information and Broadcasting - 26th May 2014 to 9th Nov 2014
  • Member of Parliament — Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra (April 2018 onwards )
  • Member of Parliament — Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh (June 2014 –March 2018)
  • Member of Parliament — Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra (May 2008– May 2014)
  • Executive President — State Planning Board Maharashtra (1995–1999)
  • Member of Legislative Council — Maharashtra from Pune Division Graduate Constituency for 12 years (1990–2002)
  • Chairman — Task Force on IT, Government of Maharashtra (1997–1999)
  • Chairman — Working Group on “IT for Masses”, Government of India (2000)
  • Member — Press Council of India
  • Member — Public Accounts Committee
  • Member — Standing Committee on HRD
  • Member — Consultative Committee for Min. of Power
  • Member — Committee on Subordinate Legislation
  • Member — Committee on WAKF
  • Member — Standing Committee on Defence


Social Work

  • Chairman, Gramshakti, an NGO working in rural development area.
  • Completed successfully GoI’s Watershed Development Project in Kolvan Valley of Mulshi Tehsil of Pune District. (1996–2000)
  • Worked in tribal area of Thane District for revival of a Development Project, launched by Bank of Maharashtra. (1978–1980)

Other Facts

  • Worked with Bank of Maharashtra for 10 years (1971–1981)
  • Worked in Rural Development Department, Sick Unit Cell, Employment Promotion Programme of the Bank of Maharashtra


  • Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial National Award, for research Paper on Rural Development and Banks’ Role in Coordinated Approach.
  • Led delegation to Boston to Negotiate Media Lab Asia Project (2000)


  • 300 articles in various newspapers on contemporary subjects.
  • Many booklets on unemployment, infiltration, IMF loan and other political topics.