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The Cabinet approved state funeral to be accorded for Paswan
The Union Cabinet condoled the sad demise of Ramvilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Cabinet also observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Ramvilas Paswan.
The Cabinet approved state funeral to be accorded for Paswan.
Born on 5th July 1946 at Shaharbanni, Distt. Khagaria (Bihar), Paswan was educated at Kosi College, Khagaria and Patna University, Patna. He obtained degrees in Master of Arts (MA) and Bachelor of Law (LLB). He was also conferred Degree of D Litt (Honoris Causa) by Bundelkhand University, Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh).
Paswan was elected to Bihar State Legislative assembly in 1969 as a member of Samyukta Socialist Party. Thereafter, he was elected as a member of the sixth Lok Sabha from Hajipur constituency in 1977 by a record margin. Paswan was re-elected to the seventh Lok Sabha in 1980 and eight Lok Sabha in 1984. He was re-elected to ninth Lok Sabha in 1989 and was appointed as Union Minister for Labour and Welfare. In 1996, he became Minister for Railways and continued to hold the post till 1998. Thereafter, he served as Minister for Communications from October, 1999 to September, 2001 when he was made Minister of Coal and Mines, the portfolio he held till April, 2002. After 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, Paswan joined the United Progressive Alliance Government and was made Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister of Steel.
He was elected to 16th Lok Sabha in 2014 and served as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. In 2019, Paswan was elected to Rajya Sabha and continued as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been assigned the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.