Ex-Minister Mama Kimmatkar no more

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 09:56:53


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The last rites will be performed at 10.30 am on January 4 at Ambala ghat in Ramtek

Adv Kimmatkar was an authority on Vidarbha’s backlog and put across region’s point of view before every fora with statistics

Adv Madhukarrao Kimmatkar, a staunch protagonist of separate Vidarbha, expert Member of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB), former Minister of State of Maharashtra, passed away on Wednesday morning after brief illness at Get Well Hospital. He was 86.

Popularly known as Mama Kimmatkar, he was an undisputed encyclopedia of Vidarbha backlog and fought to secure justice for this backward region till his last breath. Kimmatkar was authority on Vidarbha’s Backlog, especially in irrigation sector, and his powerful interventions and studied presentations changed the development dynamics of this state.

Mama Kimmatkar is survived by wife Kanta, a son Prasad and four daughters. The last rites will be performed on January 4 at Ambala ghat in Ramtek at 10.30 am. His eyes were donated according to his wish.

Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Radha Krishna Vikhe-Patil, MPCC chief Ashok Chavan, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule expressed grief over the sad demise of Kimmatkar. The mortal remains of Mama Kimmatkar are kept at his Dhantoli residence for the public to pay their last respect to the departed soul.

Born on August 10, 1932 at Ramtek, Mama obtained his primary and Secondary education in Ramtek and higher education from Nagpur at Hislop College. He actively participated in Congress Sevadal from 1945. He was founder of Rashtriya Adarsha School formed to spread the
message of patriotism. He actively participated in the Model Mill workers agitation with Narendra Tidke. He was elected as Legislator of Congress from Ramtek in 1980. He was vocal about the backlog of Vidarbha in the Maharashtra Assembly. He fought for the overall development and irrigation facilities in Ramtek. He was appointed as Minister of State for Finance and Planning in the cabinet of then Chief Minister Babasaheb Bhosale.

He was retained in the ministry by Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil. He lost the election in 1985 but was appointed as Chairman of Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation. He also served as Chairman, MHADA.

He was elected as member of Legislative Council in 1992. In 1994, after formation of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board, he was appointed as expert member and served for more than 20 years. After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power, he continued to work as an expert member of the Board. Several Legislators of the Vidarbha including present Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gained knowledge from him regarding backlog issue. He was closely associated with then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao. He had the ability to analyse and find out gross injustice meted to Vidarbha region by successive regimes and was able to calculate exact backlog of Vidarbha region in various sectors and put it poignantly before legislators, successive Governors and two generation of mediapersons who learnt about development deficit of Vidarbha region and encouraged them to take up this issue with government of the day to remove the injustice and diversion of legitimate funds to other regions.

Governor Vidyasagar Rao in his message said, “Adv. Madhukarrao Kimmatkar was a committed people’s representative who fought for the problems of the State, particularly those of Vidarbha, with great intensity and passion. He never took partisan stand while talking on development matters. A senior most member of the Vidarbha Development Board, Kimmatkar was deeply knowledgeable about the planning process of the State and the issue of developmental backlog, especially that of Irrigation and Road development.

He had the tenacity to take every issue to its logical conclusion. He was gifted with intelligence and a rare analytical ability. A model people’s representative, he maintained his chord with the common people all his life. In his demise, Maharashtra has lost a committed people’s representative who had the sincere urge for the welfare of the people.”

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while expressing grief over demise of Kimmatkar said, We have lost an expert member, guide, who worked for the overall development of the backward region. He united the legislators of Vidarbha on the issue of backlog. I got the opportunity to understand the problem of backward region from him and his demise is a personal loss for me, Fadnavis stated.

Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule also expressed his grief over the demise of Kimmatkar. Mama always fought for the removal of backlog in irrigation, agriculture pumps, roads and other sectors, he added.
Ashok Chavan, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), said, Vidarbha lost a vocal leader raising issues of backlog in the region. He was a true Congress man. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, leader of opposition at Assembly also paid tributes to the departed soul.

Legislator Mallikarjun Reddy and former MLA Adv. Ashish Jaiswal also expressed grief over the sad demise of Kimmatkar. They recalled his contribution in development of Ramtek.

Former MP Gev Awari recalled that it was Kimmatkar who first raised the voice against backlog of Vidarbha and we all supported him and described his death as loss to people of Vidarbha. Former Ministers Anil Deshmukh, Anees Ahmed, Rajendra Mulak, Legislators Sunil Kedar, Ashish Deshmukh, former MP Datta Meghe, Ashok Dhawad, former AG Shrihari Aney, Vidarbha Connect, expert member of VSDB Dr Kapil Chandrayan, Atul Kotecha, Salil Deshmukh, Adv Abhijeet Vanjari, and others also expressed shock over demise of Mama Kimmatkar and paid homage to him.