Pune: Shankarrao Kolhe, a former Maharashtra minister, died on Wednesday in Nashik of old age-related diseases, according to family sources.
Between 1989 through 1993, Kolhe was the minister of agriculture, cooperatives, revenue, and transport. He founded the Sanjivani Group and a cooperative sugar factory.Kolhe also served on a number of major state government committees during his career.
In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured him at the Vasantdada Sugar Institute for his contributions to the cooperative sector. He is survived by his wife and 3 sons.
Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, expressed his condolences on Kolhe's death.Pawar stated in a tweet that Kolhe made a significant effort in the sugar business by touring across the world on the subject. His inner energy and great desire for rural development are qualities that newcomers in the social sector should emulate.