Dilip Walse Patil appointed as New Home Minister of Maharashtra

Jass Kaur Bindra

Basically Patil was the minister of labour and excise in Maharashtra. Anil Deshmukh resigned from the post of Home Minister. Therefore, Dilip Walse Patil took charge as an additional home minister in the State of Maharashtra.

Dilip Walse Patil was recognised as an additional Home Minister by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Udhav Thakre. Dilip Walse Patil traces his background from Congress Party. He is basically the son of Congress MLA Dattatray Walse Patil. Dilip Walse Patil worked under Sharad Pawar and began his career in the field of politics.

Initially he was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly in the year 1990. He fought that election on a Congress ticket. Since then one after the other continuously in a row he has 6 elections as a Member of Legislative Assembly. Currently he is serving as minister of Maharashtra in the field of Excise and Labour department.

Initially he was the head of ministry of finance and planning, energy ministry higher and technical education ministry, medical education ministry, as well as he has served as a cabinet minister from 1999 to 2009.

Career of Walse- “Walse-Patil comes from a political family. He started his political career as a PA to Sharad Pawar, the Maratha strongman. He defeated Kisanrao Bankhele in Ambegaon in 1990 to become a member of Maharashtra legislative assembly for the first time. At present he is still representing the same constituency for sixth consecutive term. Apart from the energy portfolio, Walse Patil also held the education portfolio in the Maharashtra cabinet.

He implemented changes to make the admission procedure for medical seats, more transparent. His also encouraged the setup of new engineering colleges by easing the approval process. Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKCL) is his creation, which has more than 5000 MSCIT centers all over Maharashtra. He played a key role in the establishment of Government College of Engineering as well as Polytechnic and engineering in 2009 at Avsari .”