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Minister for Large and Medium Industries
Mr. Raghunath Vishwanth Rao Deshpande, holds a B.A. Degree with honours and an LLB Degree. He began his political career as the President of Karnataka State Co-operative Agriculture & Rural Development Bank. He has held many coveted posts in his political career spanned for more than 45 years.
He has represented Haliyal Constituency in State Legislative Assembly seven times. He is known for his dynamic leadership and responsive Governance.
He has achieved number of accomplishments during his tenure as Minister for Small Scale Industries, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Housing & Urban Development, Minister for Co-operation and Minister for Tourism. People of the state witnessed constructive politics, when he was the Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka state Assembly.
Mr. Deshpande pioneered the concept of Global Investors Meet with Karnataka being the first state to host â€œGlobal Investors Meetâ€ in 2000. It was under his leadership and able guidance as Industries Minister that Karnataka successfully concluded recently held â€œInvest Karnataka- 2016â€ and state has emerged as the most sought after investment destination in India fetching first position among states in the country. His efforts showcase his vision, hard work, determination, foresight and dedication towards welfare of the society.
His vision to attract high-tech industries into Karnataka realized with his efforts to establish information Technology Park Ltd (ITPL) in Bengaluru. He was also instrumental in introducing the IT & BT department in Karnataka and bring out IT Policy in 1997.
Today Bengaluru is recognized as the silicon valley of India. During his stint as the Industries Minister, Mr. Deshpande played a key role in bringing out one of the best Industrial Policies in the country.
He took a number of initiatives for the development of MSMEâ€™s, Power, Steel, Transportation, Seaports, Aerospace, Pharmacy, Agro & Food Processing, Tourism, Telecommunication, Textile, Electronics & Semi-conductors, Nano Technology, Robotics and many more.
Mr. Deshpande is at the forefront of Karnataka's Start up Policy. He is constantly pushing the envelope for initiatives for innovations and futuristic technologies.
He is currently spearheading the Industries and Infrastructure Development in the State. His mission is to make Karnataka the most business friendly state in India. He is committed towards providing state of the art infrastructure facilities and development across all sectors improving â€˜Ease of Doing Businessâ€™ in Karnataka.
Honâ€™ble Minister Deshpande has traveled abroad extensively viz Australia, Singapore, Peru, Germany, France, Malaysia, USA, Africa, UK, Canada etc to visualize and initiate the best practices and programmes and policies in the State of Karnataka. He is actively involved in various activities like rural development, educational & cultural, charitable and medical etc. He is well versed in more than five languages including English, Kannada, Hindi, Marati, Konkani languages.
â€œInnovate, Invent and Invest in Karnataka. Your future will be made in Karnatakaâ€ â€“ R.V.Deshpande.