Babuji:Rajendra Darda ,Min of Industries



                        Rajendra Jawaharlal Darda

Current Portfolio          :           Minister of Industries – Government of Maharashtra


Prior Portfolios            :           Minister of State for Energy & Finance (2001-03)

                                                Minister of State for Home (2003-04)         

Education                     :          Passed B.A. from Nagpur University,

                                     :              Completed three-year course in Printing Technology from

                                                 Govt. Institute of Printing Technology, Mumbai.

                                     :             Passed two year’s advanced course in Graphic Arts from

     London College of Printing. Stood first in the order of merit.

Business Interests      :           Ex MD of Lokmat Group of Newspapers which is     Maharashtra’s largest circulated Marathi newspaper. The group is also a part of IBN Lokmat TV channel and G2 – Global Gujrati Magazine.


Achievements as journalist:


Mr. Darda has been the Editor-in-Chief of Lokmat group of newspapers. Lokmat, the largest circulated and read Marathi daily in Maharashtra, publishes 20 editions in 3 languages with 11 state-of-the-art printing centers. He has been responsible for creating Lokmat as one of the most powerful brands of the country. Today Lokmat is the 5th largest read newspaper of India reaching more than 10 million people every day. The Group has more than 100 marketing and distribution offices around the country.

Mr Darda has successfully created Lokmat’s foothold in the television, newspapers (in three languages), magazines & digital arena. Mr. Darda has traveled to more than 30 countries and has had the opportunity to accompany Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Narsimha Rao, A.B. Vajpayee and President Smt. Pratibhatai Patil during their foreign tours.

 Lokmat ,under his guidance has always been commited to the cause of social justice, health & environment.

Birthdate                      :           November 21, 1952


Wife                             :           Ashoo Darda

Sons                            :           Rishi &  Karan

He is the Trustee of Aurangabad Vidya Mandir and has been the Director of the Indian Institute of Hotel Management of the Taj Group of Hotels.

q He was a Technical Director of the Maharashtra Textbook Bureau Committee. He has written on a variety of subjects and has authored the book “Zumbar”.

q He is the Chairman of the Horniman College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Aurangabad from April, 1999.


q  Mr. Rajendra Darda has played an important role in national integration and communal harmony. The communal riots of 1988 at Aurangabad were followed by a national integration rally organized by him on the 2nd of October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. By personally interacting with people of all castes and communities, he always strives to maintain an amicable atmosphere in Aurangabad.

q  Mr. Darda has always been on the forefront of extending a helping hand to needy in times of emergencies & natural calamities. In 1984, he mobilized relief funds for the flood affected people of Nanded and Parbhani and constructed 13 school buildings. After the severe earthquakes of Bihar (1988) and Marathwada (1993), he made a significant contribution towards giving relief to the affected people.

q  Under his leadership, the Lokmat Group of Newspapers shouldered an important social responsibility by raising Kargil relief fund for the families of the martyrs. Through the funds raised, Lokmat Group constructed hostels for the children of the martyrs at Aurangabad, Nagpur and Solapur. Lokmat also collected funds for the martyrs of the mumbai terror attack(26/11)

q He had the rare opportunity of twice accompanying the late Prime Minister Shri. Rajiv Gandhi during his tours abroad to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia in October 1986 and later to Yugoslavia in September 1989. Along with Mr. Gandhi, he attended the conference of the non-aligned summit countries. He also accompanied the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in February 1999 during his tour to Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Morocco.

q  In his capacity as a journalist, he was invited by the government of United States of America to witness the presidential election and report the keen fight between Michael Dukasis & Sr. George Bush in 1988. It was a rare opportunity for him to meet the top US personalities from different walks of life.

q He has been writing eloquent editorials and articles on eminent personalities and burning issues from time to time. His latest literary creation “Vibrant Vignettes” vividly brings alive his experiences as a student in Europe and America in the 70’s.

q    He was the President of the Lions’ Club of Aurangabad-Chikalthana from 1988 to 1989.

q     He was the Chairman of the Lions Hospital, which holds the famous plastic surgery camp of Dr. Sharadkumar Dickshit annually, from 1991 to 1994.

q    In the year 1999, he won the Aurangabad (West) seat of the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly. Taking into consideration his extensive & varied experience, he was inducted into the State Cabinet as Minister of State for Energy and Tourism. From March 2001 till 2003, he handled Finance & Planning portfolio as MOS Finance & Planning. Since January 2003 to October 2004 he was the Minister of State for Home (Urban). As minister of state for finance, he presented Maharashtra’s budget twice in the Legislative Council. From 7th November 2009 he is a Minister for Industries, Employment & Self Employment.

q     He was re-elected to Legislative Assembly from Aurangabad (West) constituency in the years 2004 & 2009.

q     He was felicitated by the Maharashtra Jaycees with the outstanding young person award of  Maharashtra along with Sunil Gavaskar and Shabana Azmi.

q    He was honoured by the President of India HE Smt. Pratibhaji Patil on 29th June, 2009 in Mumbai after being chosen as the best speaker in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

q    Mr Darda accompanied Hon. President Pratibhatai Patil during her tour to Brazil, Mexico & Chilly (Latin American Countries) from 13th April 2009 to 24th April 2009.

q  He is the president of the Sakal Jain Samaj, Aurangabad.

q  He was president of the All India Marathi Jain Literary Conference held in Osmanabad on November 12 and 13, 2005.

Permanent Address    :           Lokmat Bhavan, Jalna Road, Aurangabad 431 210.

                                                Phone : 0240-2485301 to 4,  Fax : 0240-2484130


Current Address         :           Nandanvan Bunglow,

                                                Near Kamla Nehru Park,

                                                Malabar Hill, Mumbai.

Phone                         :           022-2363 0609 / 022-2363 0286, Fax : 022-2363 2905



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