Mansukh Mandela the new Health Minister of India takes over in the country’s fight against covid. He is given the responsibility to save the nation from the upcoming third wave and on the whole, trusted to play his role accordingly.
The 49-year-old parliamentarian from Gujarat who famously rode a bicycle to parliament is among the seven ministers promoted to the cabinet on Wednesday.
Born into a farming family in Hanol village in Bhavnagar district on July 1st, 1972. He studied veterinary science at the Gujarat Agricultural University and later completed a master’s in Political Science.
Initially, he had also served as a chairman of the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited.
He has remained an important and among one of the youngest ministers under the Modi government at the centre since 2016.
Mansukh Mandela succeeds Dr. Harsh Vardhan former Health Minister who has been dropped from the council of ministers despite being one of the strongest protector of government policies during the pandemic crisis. Mandela’s preferment in this post assumes significance in India’s fight against the covid 19 pandemic and the imminence of the upcoming third wave.

Mansukh Mandela also retains the position of Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers. He was honored by the UNICEF for his contribution to the cause of women’s menstrual hygiene by using the chain of Jan Aushadhi Kendras to sell 10 crore sanitary pads made with oxo-biodegradable technology at a normal price.
As Union minister, he is credited with setting up over 5,100 Jan Aushadhi stores to provide more than 850 medicines at affordable rates and reducing the cost of heart stents and knee implants.
In the year 2004, he had also organized a 123km long Padyatra titled ” Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra for the social cause ‘Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao’ where he covered 45 educational backward villages of his constituency. Again in 2006, he organized a 127km Padyatra connecting 52 villages of his constituency with the title “Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao, Vyasan Hatao”.
However, in the past six days as a Minister of Chemical and Fertilizers, has visited the three vaccine makers in the country. The Serum Institute of India in Pune, Zydus in Ahmedabad, and Covaxin producing facility in Ahmedabad itself. The role of the pharmaceutical department has become more important as the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of life.

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