Former Minister AT Pawar no more


Nashik: Senior NCP leader and former state Minister Arjun Tulshiram Pawar passed away at Mumbai on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.
Pawar, 79, was undergoing treatment at the Bombay Hospital where he breathed his last.

The final rites on the mortal remains of the departed leader will be performed at 11 am today at his native village Dalvat in Kalwan taluka.

The health condition of Pawar had deteriorated since last few days. He was admitted to Nashik’s Sahyadri hospital 15 days back. As there was no improvement, Pawar was shifted to Mumbai eight days ago. He suffered a heart attack around 7.30 am yesterday. As news of death of Pawar spread in Kalwan, a pall of gloom descended on the area.

A T Pawar who had represented Kalwan State Assembly constituency for eight times, had done many welfare works in tribal area. When he was the Minister of State for Tribal Welfare he had implemented various schemes. Pawar was considered very close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He had done irrigation related works on large scale in Kalvan constituency. The water project Arjun Sagar which was constructed in Pawar’s regime became important for tribals. He was popular among tribals and students as he had conducted various development schemes as Minister and handled responsibility as Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development.

Pawar had remained popular for 40 years in political circle of Kalwan. Simple living, commitment to people and people oriented leadership were his qualities.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of Pawar were kept for darshan at Savarkar Nagar in the afternoon yesterday. He is survived by his son ZP member Nitin Pawar and Pravin Pawar, daughter-in-law former ZP president Jayashri Pawar and Dr. Bharati Pawar.