A seasoned public figure, Chandrakant Patil is a politician who aims to take the masses ahead with him. Born to a Maharashtrian family on 10th June 1959, he grew up in a small neighbourhood in Mumbai. His inclination to serve the nation began early at the age of 18 and his passion drove him to rise from a mill workers son to a driving force behind the upliftment of the state. Fondly known as Chandrakant Dada, his people-friendly mannerisms earned him a great reputation among the masses. With a resolve to serve people selflessly, his thought leadership and excellent intellectual analysis has been the guiding force behind bettering the lives of farmers as well as the development of rural Maharashtra.
He has been actively involved in Politics since 2004 and is a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2004, he was the General Secretary of the Maharashtra Unit. In 2008, he was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Pune graduates constituency and later went on to win his second term in 2014, where he was raised to the post of a Vice President. He has been the Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra since 2014 and was heading the ‘Co-operation, Marketing, Textile and Public Works’ department. Since July 2016, he has been responsible towards the ‘Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, and Public Works’ (excluding Public Undertakings) department.
As a Cabinet Minister, he has always placed emphasis on quick decision-making and effective implementation of processes. He believes in giving utmost priority to public interest and inculcates transparency in all his endeavours. He has the vision to better the state’s infrastructure, improve the lives of farmers, make the state more environment-friendly, contribute to the digital economy of the state, create more employment opportunities in the tourism sector and empower villages. His list of achievements includes declaring pension schemes for journalists, contributing to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ initiative dedicated to martyrs and appealing for the loan waiver scheme to benefit farmers.
He attended the Siddhartha College in Mumbai and completed his B.Com in 1985.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)
He became an activist of the student council Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from 1977 to 1980. During this time, he decided to leave his home and dedicate himself to full-time service at the organisation. In 1980, he started working full time with the ABVP.
He eventually became the Zilla Mantri in Jalgaon (1980-1982). After 2 years, in 1982, he became the Pradesh Mantri in ABVP. While carrying out responsibilities of the ABVP, he simultaneously increased his reach to Northern Maharashtra, where he got in touch with various communities.
3 years later, in 1984, he became the Kshetriya Sangathan Mantri of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad. Because of his works, ABVP gained recognition in college and university elections. ABVP was the first organisation to fight for student issues; this marked the start of a new transformative journey for the ABVP.
In 1990, he became the Akhil Bharatiya Mantri of ABVP. During this period, he visited every district of India to make people aware about social issues festering the country. It was at this time that the problems in the education sector and issues related to the youth were studied closely. While trying to spread awareness about the Marathwada University, they were opposed from different levels of the society. During this time, the 'Nishchara Movement' gained momentum and the ABVP sent a team of youth to spread the message of social harmony in every village of Marathwada. Through ABVP, he started the ‘Garjana’ organisation.
After 13 years, he went back to Kolhapur in 1993. At this time, he stopped working as a full-time worker and started his first cashew processing training centre in the area, after working in the local agricultural research field. He then started his own his own telecom business – TELEMATIC, in Kolhapur. With an aim to educate the youth, he started a learning centre in Kolhapur called ‘Vidya Prabodhani’, which has produced many of the excellent IAS officers in Maharashtra.
He became the joint secretary for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of the Kolhapur Division from 1995 -1999.
He joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2004 and became the State Secretary of Maharashtra. Later in 2008, he was elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Pune Graduate Divisional Constituency. In 2009, he rose to the position of a General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was later promoted to the post of a Vice President in 2013.
In June 2014, he was elected for the second time as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Pune Graduate Constituency. In October 2014, he was given the responsibility of a Cabinet Minister where he catered to the Marketing, Textile, and Public Works Department (except undertakings). Following this, 65% of toll booths in Maharashtra were closed down as promised earlier. He then took an initiative to make the governance of cooperative societies more transparent. Additionally, a large number of textile parks were founded in Maharashtra to develop the textile industry. From July 2016, he took over as the Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, and Public Works Minister (Excluding Undertakings).