Dr. Harsh Vardhan

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    Govt. of India

Dr. Harsh Vardhan is the incumbent minister at Ministry of Science & Technology (India), Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Dr Vardhan where he graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.

A wonderful human being, Dr. Vardhan as the State Minister of Health in 1994 oversaw the successful implementation of the pilot project of the Pulse Polio Programme which involved the mass immunisation of 1 million children up to the age of 3 in Delhi. In 1995, this programme was launched nationwide leading to 88 million children being immunised. On 28 March 2014, India was declared polio-free by the WHO, as there had been no reported cases for three years.

Being a physician himself, he took keen interest to intercepted many havocs in public space. Prohibition of Smoking and Non-Smokers Health Protection Act was passed in the Delhi assembly during his tenure in Ministry of Health, was one of the first anti-tobacco laws implemented by any state government. The act applied across the NCT of Delhi. It prohibited smoking in places of public work or use for example hospitals, restaurants and educational institutions and in public service vehicles. It also prohibited the sale of smoking substances such as tobacco and beedis to anyone below the age of eighteen.During his term as Education Minister, he had made value education, Yoga and sports compulsory in the schools of Delhi.

Pioneer in initiating and implementing Essential Drug Programme of WHO.

Launched Matri Suraksha programme for proper mother and childcare for middle and low-income families of Delhi.Laid the roots for the Shravan Shakti Abhiyan, Cataract Free Delhi Programme, and the Cancer Control Programme etc to name a few.

Awards and recognitions:

  • IMA President’s Special Award of Appreciation by the Indian Medical Association in 1994.
  • Director-General’s Polio Eradication Champion Award Commendation Medal by the World Health organizationin 1998.
  • Polio Eradication Champion Award by the Rotary International in 2001.
  • “Doctor of the last Decade” (Swastha Ratna) by Indian Medical Association’s New Delhi branch in 2002 and many more.