The Union Cabinet condoled the sad demise of Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India. Cabinet also observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Pranab Mukherjee.
The Cabinet today passed the following resolution: “The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India. In his passing away, the country has lost a distinguished leader and an outstanding parliamentarian.
Pranab Mukherjee, 13th President of India, was a man of unparalleled experience in governance who served as Union Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister.
Born on December 11, 1935, in the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal, Pranab Mukherjee acquired a Master’s degree in History and Political Science as well as a degree in Law from the University of Kolkata. He then embarked on his professional life as a college teacher and journalist. Inspired by his father’s contribution to the national movement, Pranab Mukherjee started his full-time public life following his election to Rajya Sabha in 1969.
Pranab Mukherjee served as Deputy Minister, Industry; Shipping and Transport, Steel and Industry and Minister of State for Finance during 1973-75. He assumed office as Finance Minister of India for the first time in 1982 and was Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985. He became Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission from 1991 to 1996; concurrently Minister for Commerce from 1993 to 1995 and Minister of External Affairs from 1995 to 1996; Minister of Defence from 2004 to 2006. He again served as Minister of External Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2012. He was Leader of House in Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2012.
Pranab Mukherjee assumed the office of the President of India on July 25, 2012, and served his full term of five years. As President, Pranab Mukherjee lent dignity to the high office and brought to bear his scholarly and humanitarian outlook on national and international affairs.
A prolific reader, Pranab Mukherjee has authored several books on the Indian Economy and Nation Building. The many awards and honours conferred on him include the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1997, Padma Vibhusan in 2008 and India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2019.
Pranab Mukherjee has left his imprint on our national life. In his death, the country has lost a distinguished national leader, accomplished Parliamentarian and a tall statesman.
The Cabinet records its deep appreciation of the services of Pranab Mukherjee to the nation. It extends its heartfelt condolences to the members of his bereaved family on behalf of the Government and the entire country.”