Ex-Cabinet Minister, Government of India and a President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Hon’ble Shri. Sharad Pawar, son of farmer, having focused effort, perseverance, in-depth planning, discipline, ability to endure criticism and far-sightedness are some of his qualities that he displayed in his political journey of the past 40-45 years. After Yashwantrao Chavan, Sharad Pawar is recognized as the next best known political figure from the State of Maharashtra.
Born in a farming community in Baramati taluka at Katewadi, his political journey from here to becoming the Chief Minister of the State and holding several portfolios at the Centre, he is certainly an inspiration to many.
Sharad Pawar became a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) at the young age of 27 in the year 1967. He became a Minister in the year 1974 and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1978. He held this post for varying periods thereafter in 1988, 1990 and 1993. He, later, went on to become the Defense Minister at the Centre. He held the Agriculture portfolio at the Centre from 2004 to 2014.
Able administration, contact with the common man, flair for picking leaders among men, his direct interaction with the work-force are the qualities that characterize his political persona. From time-time, he has graduated people, based on their potential and propensity, into the National league. Chhagan Bhujbal, Dilip Walse-Patil, Late R. R.Patil, Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Prafulla Patel, Supriya Sule, Sunil Tatkare, Rajesh Tope, Jitendra Avhad and Dhananjay Munde are some examples of such people who stand out from Maharashtra.
The highlights of his political career are increase in pension pay for retired defence officers, orchard development scheme, development of co-operatives in the State, development of the sugar industry, the relief work during the Killari earthquake, his stance and decisions on reservations and empowerment for women, his policy and decision on under-privileged social sectors, Baramati M.I.D.C., Vidya Prathisthan (an education institute), Krishi Vikas Prathisthan (Agricultural Development Institute) and Sharadabai Pawar College of Education.
His other interests has also seen him hold important positions in other fields like Life member of Pune District Education Association, the President of the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, and President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).