I was born in 1962 at Sangli (Maharashtra) and am the youngest son of late Shree RajarambapuPatil. I did my graduation in Civil Engineering from the prestigious VJTI, Mumbai. I started working for rural development and upliftment at the young age of twenty-two years. It was at this age that I lost my greatest inspiration, my father, to sudden illness, and came back to India from United States (where I was persuing my higher education) to lead the journey that my late father, Rajarambapu had started.
I started my political career in 1990 as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Walwa Constituency and won the love and support of people from my constituency every election. (1990, 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2009). I am humbled by this show of faith by my people.
I then served as Minister of Finance and Planning, Government of Maharashtra for three successive terms. After a term as Minister for Home, Government of Maharashtra, I joined my current role as Minister for Rural Development, Government of Maharashtra in November, 2009. This game me an opportunity to work more closely with rural people across Maharshtra than any other portfolio I had held earlier.
It has been a rewarding journey, but it’s far from over. I have a dream of making every village self-dependent and prosperous. Without development of villages, our country and state can not make progress. Betterment of villages consists in making every villager prosperous and self-dependent. Economic status of villages will rise with eradication of poverty and penury. I have always dreamed of delivering dynamic service to the villagers and connect them globally. Let cities and villages have a level-playing field.
For the fifth time in succession, I won assembly elections from Walwa constituency with huge lead.
Selected as Rural Development Minister of Maharashtra.
For the fourth time in succession, I won assembly elections from Walwa constituency with huge lead.
I was selected again as Cabinet Minister – Finance and Planning.
For the third time in succession, I won assembly elections from Walwa constituency with huge lead after joining Nationalist Congress Party led by H’ble Sharad Pawar.
I was selected as Cabinet Minister – Finance and Planning.
For the second time in succession, I won assembly elections from Walwa constituency with huge lead.
As a MLA in opposition, I raised hundreds of questions on issues ranging from brutal attacks on common people to need to streamline cooperative industries to corruption in government operations.
At age of just 28 years, I won assembly elections from Walwa constituency with huge lead.
I soon gave myself to this journey of socio-economic transformation with equal zeal, dedication and determination as that of my father, Rajarambapu himself.
Through the various positions and roles that I held for the next five years or so, I constantly worked towards the single-minded goal of socio- economic development of my hometown and state at large. I held below positions in past.
- Minister, Rural Development, Maharashtra
- Minister, Home, Maharashtra
- Minister, Finance & Planning,Maharashtra
- Chairman, Kasegaon Education Society
- Chairman, Rajarambapu Patil Co-Op Sugar Factory
- Chairman, Maharashtra State Co-Op Sugar Factories Federation
- Chairman, Deccan Sugar Technologist Association, Pune
- Trustee, Vasantdada Sugar Institute, Pune
- Member, All India Sugar Factories Federation
- Director, Maharashtra State Co-op Bank Ltd.
- Founder & Director Rajarambapu Co-op Bank Ltd.
- Founder & Director Rajarambapu Institute of Technology
The face of rural Maharashtra can be changed through the effort to make village high tech.
I am sure that the decision making process and developmental work will be galvanized with the facility of e-banking.
Cultural development is the unique identity of Islampur assembly constituency.
Dnyanprabodhini initiatives are designed to inculcate strong moral and cultural values in the new generation.
I believe that our experiment of poverty eradication will guide others too.