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Fertiliser industry condoles death of union minister Ananth Kumar

New Delhi: The fertiliser industry on Monday condoled the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar, saying he was a dynamic leader who led the efforts for development of the fertiliser sector.

 Fertiliser industry condoles death of union minister Ananth Kumar

File image of BJP leader and Union minister Ananth Kumar. The minister died in Bengaluru early on Monday. PTI

Kumar, 59, died at a private hospital in Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months.

"He initiated several reforms in the fertiliser sector including New Pricing Scheme for Urea. Several new urea plants are coming which will make the country self-sufficient in supply of urea," Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Director General Satish Chander said in a statement.

The chemical and fertiliser minister was at the helm of affairs of fertiliser sector for more than four years. The industry has lost its friend and well-wisher, he said.

Cooperative major IFFCO Managing Director and CEO U S Awasthi said: "He was a seasoned parliamentarian and good leader. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace."

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Updated Date: Nov 12, 2018 16:26:39 IST