Harsh Vardhan (Delhi politician)

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Vardhan at the inauguration of India-Canada Technology Summit, in New Delhi, 2017
Chairman of the WHO Executive Board
In office
22 May 2020 (2020-05-22) 2 June 2021 (2021-06-02)
Preceded byHiroki Nakatani
Succeeded byPatrick Amoth
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
In office
30 May 2019 (2019-05-30) 7 July 2021 (2021-07-07) [1]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jagat Prakash Nadda
Succeeded by Mansukh L. Mandaviya
In office
26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) 9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Ghulam Nabi Azad
Succeeded by Jagat Prakash Nadda
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
9 November 2014 (2014-11-09) 7 July 2021 (2021-07-07)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jitendra Singh
Succeeded by Jitendra Singh
Minister of Earth Sciences
In office
9 November 2014 (2014-11-09) 7 July 2021 (2021-07-07)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Jitendra Singh
Succeeded by Jitendra Singh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014 (2014-05-16)
Preceded by Kapil Sibal
Constituency Chandni Chowk
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
In office
27 May 2017 (2017-05-27) 30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Anil Madhav Dave
Succeeded by Prakash Javadekar
Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly
In office
2 December 1993 16 May 2014 (2014-05-16)
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded by S. K. Bagga
Constituency Krishna Nagar
Personal details
Born
Harshvardhan Goel [2]

(1954-12-13) 13 December 1954 (age 66)
Delhi, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Nutan Goel
Children3
Residence New Delhi
Alma mater Zakir Husain College, Delhi
Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (MB, BS)
Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (MS)
Profession

Dr. Harsh Vardhan (born Harshvardhan Goel, [2] 13 December 1954) is an Indian otorhinolaryngologist. He had served as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences in the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from 30 May 2019 to 7 July 2021. [1] He represents Chandni Chowk in Delhi as a Member of Parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha. He was elected to the office of Chairperson of Executive Board of the World Health Organization from May 22, 2020. [3] Vardhan has been prominent in the Indian government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [4] He later resigned from his cabinet post ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2021. [1]

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Early life

Harsh Vardhan was born in Delhi to Om Prakash Goel and Sneh Lata Goel. [5] Vardhan finished his schooling from Happy School, Daryaganj, in 1971. He attended Zakir Husain Delhi College of the University of Delhi and Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College of the Kanpur University, where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. He earned his Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology from the same college in 1983.[ citation needed ] He has been a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh since childhood. [6]

Political career

In 1993, Vardhan was elected as a member of the Delhi Assembly representing Krishna Nagar. [7] He was appointed as the State Minister of Health and Minister of Law for Delhi. [8] He later became the state Minister of Education in 1996. [9] He has been re-elected from the same constituency in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 elections. [10] [11] [12] [13]

Minister of Health and Family Affairs of Delhi

Vardhan as the State Minister of Health in 1994 oversaw the implementation of the pilot project of the Pulse Polio Programme which involved the mass immunisation of 1 million children up to the age of 3 in Delhi. [14] In 1995, this programme was launched nationwide leading to 88 million children being immunised. [15] On 28 March 2014, India was declared polio-free by the WHO, as there had been no reported cases for three years. [16]

In 1997, the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking and Non-Smokers Health Protection Act was passed in the Delhi assembly which was one of the first anti-tobacco laws implemented by any state government. [17] The act applied across the NCT of Delhi. It prohibited smoking in places of public work or use for example hospitals, restaurants, and educational institutions and in public service vehicles. It also prohibited the sale of smoking substances such as tobacco and beedis to anyone below the age of eighteen. Smoking products could not also be sold or stored within 100 metres of any educational institution. Under the provisions of the act, fines would be applied to anyone who contravened the law and they could potentially be ejected from places of public use by the police. [18]

2013 Delhi Assembly elections

On 23 October 2013, Vardhan was named the Chief Minister candidate for Delhi Assembly elections by the BJP. [19] After the 2013 elections, BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 31 out of the 70 seats in the Fifth Legislative Assembly of Delhi. However, they fell short of an absolute majority so were unable to form the government. [20]

2014 Lok Sabha election

Vardhan contested the Chandni Chowk seat in Delhi where he defeated the incumbent Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kapil Sibal of the Indian National Congress. [21] He was also appointed in the first Narendra Modi government as Minister of Health and Family Welfare on 26 May 2014. [22] [23] In May 2017, he was given the additional charge of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change following the death of Minister Anil Madhav Dave. [24]

2019 Lok Sabha election

Vardhan again contested the Chandni Chowk seat in Delhi where he defeated Congress candidate Jai Parkash Aggarwal by a margin of 2,28,145 votes. While he received 52.94% votes, runner-up Aggarwal polled 29.67% votes. [25]

As Union Minister

Vardhan taking charge as the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on June 3, 2019. Dr. Harsh Vardhan taking charge as the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi on June 03, 2019.jpg
Vardhan taking charge as the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on June 3, 2019.
Dr. Vardhan visiting the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital to take stock of preparedness to overcome COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 04, 2020. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan visiting the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital to take stock of preparedness to overcome COVID-19, in Delhi on April 04, 2020 (1).jpg
Dr. Vardhan visiting the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital to take stock of preparedness to overcome COVID-19, in New Delhi on April 04, 2020.
Dr. Vardhan visiting the GTB Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi, to review the preparedness to overcome COVID-19, in New Delhi on January 02, 2021. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan visiting the GTB Hospital, Shahdara to review the preparedness of Dry Run of COVID-19 vaccine, in Delhi on January 02, 2021 (2).jpg
Dr. Vardhan visiting the GTB Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi, to review the preparedness to overcome COVID-19, in New Delhi on January 02, 2021.

On 30 May 2019, Vardhan was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term government. He is put in charge of the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences. [26] [27]

Vardhan has been prominent in this role during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. In February 2021, he endorsed an unproven "herbal cure" for COVID-19 devised by a company run by yoga guru Ramdev, prompting criticism from health experts. [28] In early March 2021, he declared the country was in the "endgame" of the pandemic, shortly before infections across the country rose dramatically in its second wave in April. [4]

Vardhan as a cabinet minister in Narendra Modi government, declared reservation for academic calendar 2020-2021 in MBBS and BDS colleges for the children of COVID-19 workers who died during COVID-19 pandemic in India. [29] [ clarification needed ]

As a part of Cabinet Reshuffle on 7 July 2021, Dr Harshvardhan resigned from his post of Union Health Minister after holding its two years of office. [30]

Controversies

At the 105th Indian Science Congress in March 2018, after the death of legendary British scientist Stephen Hawking, Vardhan claimed that Hawking had said that the Vedas postulated a theory superior to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, despite the fact that there is no record of Hawking having made the statement. [31] [32] [33]

In 2019, after the Health Effects Institute released a scientific report estimating 1.2 million annual deaths in India due to air pollution, Vardhan denied the results, arguing that this report was intended to create panic [34] In 2021, Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest association of doctors in India, issued a statement which it objected to Vardhan who was endorsing Coronil, a product of Patanjali Ayurved. [35] IMA questioned the ethics of a health minister of the country to release such falsely fabricated unscientific product to the people of the country. [36]

Awards and honours

Vardhan has received the following awards and recognitions: [37]

Personal life

Vardhan is married to Nutan, and they have two sons and one daughter. [6]

Bibliography

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Kapil Sibal
Member of Parliament
for Chandni Chowk

2014 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Ghulam Nabi Azad
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Succeeded by
Jagat Prakash Nadda
Preceded by
Jitendra Singh
Minister of State
(Independent Charge)
Minister of Science and Technology
9 November 2014 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jitendra Singh
Minister of State
(Independent Charge)
Minister of Earth Sciences
9 November 2014 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Anil Madhav Dave
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
18 May 2017 – 29 May 2019
Succeeded by
Prakash Javadekar
Preceded by
Jagat Prakash Nadda
Minister of Health and Family Welfare
30 May 2019 – 7 July 2021
Succeeded by
Mansukh L. Mandaviya