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Mansukh Mandaviya appointed new Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs

Mansukh Mandaviya has been appointed the new sports minister of India, replacing Anurag Thakur, in the new government.

Mansukh Mandaviya appointed new Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs
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Mansukh Mandaviya is the new sports minister of India. (Photo credit: @mansukhmandviya/X)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 11 Jun 2024 4:54 AM GMT

Mansukh Mandaviya has been appointed the new Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, replacing Anurag Thakur. This change marked a notable shift in the ministry's leadership, with expectations running high as India prepare to compete in the Paris Olympics and set to bid for the 2036 Olympics.

Mandaviya, a PhD in political science, brings a wealth of experience from his tenure in other critical sectors. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, a role he assumed on July 7, 2021, following a cabinet reshuffle.

His efforts in the health sector, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, have been widely recognized.

In addition to his health portfolio, Mandaviya had also been handling the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers since 2021.

Born in a small village in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, Mandaviya's journey from a middle-class farmer family to a prominent political figure is inspiring. He also holds a certificate in Veterinary Live Stock Inspection.

His political career began in 2002 when he became the youngest MLA in Gujarat after winning the Palitana Constituency. His dedication to public service was evident early on, highlighted by his organization of a 123 km walk titled "Kanya Kelavani Jyot Padyatra" for the "Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao" cause, covering 45 educationally backward villages.

During his tenure as Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mandaviya made notable contributions, such as increasing the per day road construction speed, reducing the cost of urea and other fertilizers, and establishing over 5,200 Jan Aushadhi stores under the "Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana" initiative. His efforts in women's healthcare have also been acknowledged by UNICEF, particularly for distributing 100 million sanitary napkins through Jan Aushadhi stores.

As Mandaviya steps into his new role as Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, the sports community and the nation at large are keen to see how his strategic vision will enhance India's sports infrastructure and support for athletes. His leadership will be pivotal in shaping the future trajectory of Indian sports, especially with the Olympic Games on the horizon.

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