Gautam Adani’s Social Development Plan for Baramati

Gautam Adani was invited as the chief guest to inaugurate the center by the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar, and shared the stage with the latter on this occasion. Pawar had extended the invitation to Gautam Adani and nuclear physicist Anil Kakodkar.

-Adani Group chairman and billionaire businessman Gautam Adani and his wife Priti Adani traveled to Baramati on Thursday for the inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi Science and Innovation and Activity Center established by the Baramati Agricultural Trust with government assistance of State.

BARAMATI (Maharashtra): The Pawar family hosted billionaire Gautam Adani on Thursday at Baramati in Pune, the stronghold of the Pawars and the hub of social and political activities. Adani, founder of the Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, shared a stage with Nationalist Congress Party founding chairman Sharad Pawar, one of India’s most prominent politicians during the day.

Adani’s engagements in Baramati included the inauguration of a science park at the Agricultural Development Trust.

The entire Pawar clan, including the nephew of the octogenarian and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, his daughter Supriya Sule and his great-nephew Rohit Pawar were in attendance for the one-day engagement.

In fact, Rohit, who is the MP for Karjat-Jamkhed, received Adani at the airport and drove conglomerate head Adani to the scene himself. Baramati, located more than 100 km from the city of Pune, is known for its agriculture, industries and social initiatives.

The Pawar family has been representing Baramati in state and central legislative bodies – Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha – for about 55 years, something of a record in Indian politics.

Ajit is an MP from Baramati, while Supriya is an MP from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency. The NCP founder also represented Baramati, both as an MP and an MP.

Deputy State Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, MP Supriya Sule and scientists from various states and national level institutes attended the occasion. Although the master of ceremonies announced the name of chief guest Gautam Adani to deliver the speech, he avoided addressing the assembly. Sule, Kakodkar, Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar addressed the students as part of the program.

Sule said, “At our invitation, Gautam Adani and his wife came to inaugurate the center and the planetarium. But this is not his first visit to Baramati. The Pawar family and the Adanis have had a cordial relationship for 25 years and every Diwali, Gautam Adani would travel to Baramati to meet Sharad Pawar.

Sharad Pawar said, “To achieve progress in any field, the support of the scientific community is needed. Today, human beings are climbing the moon, which is only possible through science and technology.

Kakodkar said, “We had proposed six such science innovation centers in Maharashtra, and Baramati is one of them. To encourage a scientific temperament, such centers are needed in rural areas and in every district to attract students to science.

Ajit Pawar said, “Government of Maharashtra has approved six Science Innovation Centers and I, as an official in the Ministry of Finance, have made budgetary provision for this. But as Kakodar suggested, I would ensure that such science innovation centers appear in every district. I will budget for the same thing in the next budget.

Joel C. Hicks