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Anwar new Union MoS for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries

Posted on Oct 28, 03:22PM | UNI

Senior NCP leader and Rajya Sabha member Tariq Anwar, the new Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, has had a long and distinguished political career beginning from seventies and has held important positions in Congress and later in the NCP.

Born on January 16, 1951 in Patna, Mr Anwar graduated in science faculty from college of commerce, Patna under Magadh university and also launched a weekly tabloid 'Chhatra' in Hindi as its founding editor during his student days. He was also the editor of 'Yuvak Dhara', first a weekly tabloid and later a fortnightly magazine published from Patna from 1974. It was later published from Delhi since 1982.

Mr Anwar was president of Bihar state Youth Congress from 1976 to 1981 and later he was also president of All India Youth Congress from September 19,1982 to April 24,1985. He was also president of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee from March 5,1988 to March 7,1989.

He was elected to seventh Lok Sabha 1980 and later also elected to 8th Lok Sabha in 1984. He was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee constituted to inquire into kickbacks scandal in Bofors arms deal. He was elected to 11th Lok Sabha in 1996 and 12th Lok Sabha in 1998. Mr Anwar was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2004 and also re-nominated to the upper house in 2010.

Mr Anwar, along with his supporters had joined the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) floated by senior leader Sharad Pawar on May 25, 1999.

He was made the National General Secratary of the party while Mr Pawar was its founding president.

The veteran NCP leader belongs to a reputed family of Bihar which remained associated with freedom struggle. His father late Shah Mustaque Ahmad was member of Bihar Legislative Assembly while his grandfather Shah Mohammad Zubair was the president of Bihar- Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee, way back in 1930s. Mr Anwar has one son and four daughters and is married to Ms Hena Anwar.

There was no minister from Bihar in Manmohan Singh government in its second term which was met with induction of Mr Anwar in the ministry.