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Shri Ramdas Athawale
Shri Ramdas Athawale
Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment

Father's Name : Shri Bandu Bapu Athawale
Mother's Name : Shrimati Honsabai Bandu Athawale
Date of Birth : 25 December 1959
Place of Birth : Agalgaon, Distt. Sangli (Maharashtra)
Marital Status : Married on 16 May 1992
Spouse's Name : Shrimati Seema Ramdas Athawale
Children : One son
Educational Qualification :
Under Graduate Educated at Siddharth College, Mumbai
Profession :
Political and Social Worker, Industrial Worker/Trade Unionist, Journalist/Writer, Publisher and Sportsperson
Permanent Address:
647, 'Savindhan' Gandhi Nagar, Near. Guru Nanak Hospital, Bandra (East),Mumbai400051 Tel. {022} 26455164, 22656099, Mobile: 09004809627
Present Address :
102, New Maharashtra Sadan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi Tel. 23380328 Email :
Positions Held:
199096 Member, Maharashtra Legislative Council 199095 Cabinet Minister, Social Welfare and Transport, Employment Guarantee Scheme and Prohibition Propaganda, Government of Maharashtra 199899 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha 199899 Member, Committee on Transport and Tourism Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Industry 19992000 Member, Committee on Industry 19992004 Member, Thirteenth Lok Sabha ( second term) 20022004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports 20042009 Member, Fourteenth Lok Sabha (third term) 2004 Member, Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture April 2014 Elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Sept. 2014 onwards Member, Committee on Industry Nov. 2014 onwards Member, Library Committee Freedom Fighter : No
Books Published:
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
EditorBhumika (Weekly Magazine), Mumbai; Publisher, Parivartan Publications; Founder Member, Parivartan Sahitya Mahamandal; President, (i) Parivartan Kala Mahasangha, (ii) Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Foundation and (iii) Buddhist Kalawant Academy; Founder President, Budh Dhamma Parishad; upliftment of the handicapped, dalit, poor and weaker sections; Played title role in a Marathi film 'Anya yacha Pratikar' and small role in another Marathi film 'Joshi ki Kamble'; played role in Marathi drama 'Ekach Pyala' and other Marathi dramas
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation :
Cricket, volleyball, football, khokho, kabaddi and carrom; reading, travelling, music, discussion on social and economic problems
Countries Visited :
Widely travelled (more than 60 countries)
Other Information :
President, (i) Republican Party of India, 1998, (ii) Republican Employees Federation; and (iii) Municipal Majdur Sangh
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