Governor of Uttar Pradesh

Ram Naik

His Excellency - Shri Ram Naik

Sworn in as Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 15th July, 2014.

Ram Naik (born April 16, 1934) is an Indian politician and the present Governor of Uttar Pradesh.[1] He was born in Atpadi, in Sangli district of Maharashtra, in a middle class deshastha family. He married Kunda Naik on May 17, 1960 and has 2 daughters. His elder daughter Nishigandha Naik is a biologist and his younger daughter Vishakha Kulkarni who is his personal secretary, has a son, Shardool. He is a commerce and law graduate.

    Shri Ram Naik was the Cabinet Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 13th October 1999 to 13th May 2004. After creation of a separate Ministry for Petroleum & Natural Gas in 1963, he has a rare distinction to be the only Petroleum Minister to head the ministry for full five years. In the earlier Cabinet, he was Minister of State for Railways (Independent Charge), Home Affairs, Planning & Programme Implementation and Parliamentary Affairs (from 13th March 1998 to 13th October 1999), a record number of Ministries indeed at one time! He is a member of BJP National Executive Committee and also the National Convener of 'Good Governance Cell' specially constituted to enhance efficiency and performance of Ministers in BJP ruled states. Shri Naik decided that he would not contest 2014 Lok Sabha election and would continue to work for BJP sharing his political experience. The decision was announced in a press conference held on 25th September 2013, the birth anniversary day of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who led Bharatiya Jana Sangh by his characteristic simplicity and expounded the theory of Integral Humanism. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP candidate Shri Gopal Shetty nominated from his North Mumbai constituency secured highest votes 6,64,004 and also the highest margin of 4,46,582 in Maharashtra. Shri Naik was his Election - in - charge.

   When Shri Naik took over as a Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas in October 1999, the waiting list of LPG for domestic cooking purposes was 1 crore 10 lakh. During his tenure he not only liquidated the waiting list but also gave 3 crore 50 lakh new connections against 3 crore 37 lakh connections in previous 40 years. He also introduced 5 kg cylinders to cater to the needs of families in lower income group in hilly regions as well as urban slums. The LPG cylinders which were available on demand are not easily available now after the Congress rule in May 2004. Moreover the Government has now decided to give only 9 cylinders on subsidized rates. This will add to corruption and artificial scarcity. He planned many programmes to overcome 70% dependence on import of crude oil and also started their implementation. Important among them was production of ethanol as a by-product in sugar factories, which would be blended with petrol to be used as transport fuel. The Petroleum Ministry also allotted Petrol Pumps and LPG Distributorships to widows/dependents of Defense Personnel who laid down their lives in Kargil war. Brave women and men of those security personnel who lost their lives in protecting Parliament House from attack by terrorists in December 2001 were also awarded Petrol Pumps for their supreme sacrifice. In order to reduce pollution by vehicles run on petrol-diesel, he introduced CNG gas through Mahanagar Gas Ltd. in Mumbai. At present 1.40 lakh autorikshaw, 53 thousand taxies, 7,500 private cars and 8,400 buses-trucks-tempoes run on CNG in Mumbai. Instead of LPG cylinders for cooking, he introduced more safe, easy to use and also comparatively cheaper pipe gas for cooking. Presently 7 lakh families in Mumbai and 1,900 small industries are using PNG in Mumbai.

Shri Ram Naik is known as a friend of commuters. He started organising suburban commuters by founding 'Goregaon Pravasi Sangh' in 1964. A commuter activist turned into Minister of State for Railways in 1998, he got established the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation for providing better facilities to 76 lakh commuters who travel in the world's most over-crowded suburban trains in Mumbai. He was instrumental in starting 'Special Ladies Local Trains' in Mumbai for the first time in the world. Extension of suburban section of Western Railway upto Dahanu, 12 coach rakes, computerized reservation centres at various places, quadruplicating of railway lines from Borivli to Virar and 6 tracks of railway line from Kurla to Kalyan are a few of the important works in the city for which Shri Naik was instrumental. The dynamic decision of banning sale of cigarettes and bidies on railway platforms and passenger trains was taken during the regime of Shri Naik. The innovative idea of inviting commuters' suggestions for naming new trains is a brain-child of Shri Naik. He organised Commuters' Conferences in 2005, 2007 and 2011 to highlight the problems of commuters. He was also instrumental in providing relief to commuters affected in bomb-blasts of suburban trains on 11th July 2006. To protest against the insensitive approach of the Railways for the commuters' demand for providing Virar locals every five minutes, he led the innovative and totally successful boycott agitation of suburban commuters between Borivli and Virar on 10th December 2007, the world human rights day. Dahanu- Churchgate locals have been commissioned from 16th April 2013.

Shri Ram Naik who represented North Mumbai Lok Sabha Constituency from Maharashtra as a BJP MP has a track record of getting elected successively for five terms. Earlier he got elected as an MLA for three consecutive terms from Borivli Assembly Constituency, which is a part of his Parliamentary Constituency. In the elections for the 13th Lok Sabha, he secured 5,17,941 votes, which were the highest votes secured by an M.P. in Maharashtra. He created a new record of getting elected successively eight times from Mumbai. He used to present his annual Performance Report to the voters as people's representative to uphold the principle of accountability.

Shri Ram Naik, a seasoned Parliamentarian was the Chairman of the prestigious Public Accounts
Committee in 1995-96. He was the Chief Whip of BJP in the 11th Lok Sabha. He also contributed
significantly in the Parliamentary debates as well as in important committees like Joint Parliamentary
Committees for Security Scam and Empowerment of Women, Railway Convention Committee. He was
also a member of the Chairman's Panel to preside over the Lok Sabha proceedings.

Shri Naik has been instrumental in singing 'Vande Mataram' in the Parliament. He successfully
prevailed upon the Government to change the name 'Bombay' in English and 'Bambai' in Hindi to its
original Marathi name 'Mumbai'. It is his brain-child, which made available Rs.1 crore annually to each
Member of Parliament for need based small development projects in his constituency. This amount
was increased to Rs. 2 crore during his tenure as Minister of State for Planning & Programme
Implementation. It has been recently increased to Rs. 5 crore. He also introduced, in the capacity of a
Private Member, a Bill for 'Promotion of Breast Feeding and Ban on Advertisements of Baby Foods'.
The Bill was subsequently adopted by the Government and became an Act.

Born on 16th April 1934, at Sangli in Maharashtra, Shri Ram Naik had his early school education in
Bhawani Vidyalaya at Atpadi in Sangli District and secured B.Com. degree in 1954 from Brihan
Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune and LL.B. degree in 1958 from Kishinchand Chellaram
College, Mumbai. He started his career in the Accountant General's Office, Mumbai as an Upper
Division Clerk. In due course he rose to higher posts and also worked as a Company Secretary and
Management Consultant till 1969. He has been a R.S.S. Swayamsevak from his childhood and has
completed two years' course of R.S.S. training. While in Pune in college days, he was 'Mukhya
Shikshak' of Vaidikashram and Balaram Shakhas and in Mumbai, 'Mukhya Shikshak' of Azad Maidan
Shakha and also Sidharth Nagar, Goregaon Shakha.

On the organizational wing of the political party, he started as a grass-root worker of the erstwhile
Bharatiya Jana Sangh. In 1969, he resigned from the service to work as the Organising Secretary of
Mumbai unit of Bharatiya Jana Sangh. He continued to work in that capacity for eight years. He was
also President of BJP Mumbai unit for three terms. Presently he is a Special Invitee of National
Executive Committee. He is also the National Convener of 'Good Governance Cell'.

Shri Naik is personally pleading for rehabilitation of project affected persons of Tarapur Atomic
Power Project III and IV in Mumbai High Court from 2004. The long awaited justice is on way. Shri
Naik has also written a book 'Saga of Struggle' which narrates the case. The book is translated version
of his original Marathi book 'Gatha Sangharshachi'. With Shri Naik's initiative, a petition was submitted
to the Rajya Sabha on 5th December 2007 for empowerment and rehabilitation of the leprosy affected
families. The Committee on Petitions have submitted their report to the Rajya Sabha on 24th October
2008. As per parliamentary practice, the Government of India have to implement their recommendations
within six months. However it has not been done so far. He is also the President of the International
Leprosy Union, Pune from 23rd November 2012. The NGO was founded in 1987 by the renowned
sociologist Dr.S.D.Gokhale .

Shri Naik, a winner of eight elections, has also won over the serious disease of Cancer in 1994. He
now devotes full time for the Party and also the social work stating that in recovery from Cancer, he
has got the 'bonus' of his life and that he will utilize it in the Service of the Nation. Shri Naik is a
unique personality, known for his awareness and his eye for the details. He is respected for his
honesty, wide networking and public contact, as also his remarkable competence.

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