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Former Minister E Chandrasekharan passes away
(Nov 29, 2017, DG): Former Minister E. Chandrasekharan Nair (89) passed away on Wednesday. The veteran communist leader breathed his last at the Sreechithra Medical Centre here.

E. Chandrasekharan Nair, senior leader of CPI and co-operator, was born as the son of Shri. E. Easwara Pillai on 2 December 1928 and passed away on 2017 November 29.

Having entered active politics at a young age, he had joined Students Congress while at Annamalai University, then joined Indian Socialist Party (ISP) and subsequently the Communist Party in 1952. A law graduate, he practiced as a lawyer till 1970.

A strong advocate of co-operative movement, he had a long association with the co-operative sector, especially in Kollam district. He was the President of Kollam District Co-operative Bank for more than 29 years and had the rare opportunity of getting elected as the Chairman of All India State Co-operative Bank Federation and the Vice-President of National Co-operative Union and member of the Central Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance and member of Agriculture Credit Board of RBI.

Chandrasekharan Nair became elected to the 1st Kerala Legislative Assembly (KLA) from Kottarakkara constituency, contesting as a Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate. He was elected also to 3rd KLA from Kottarakkara , as CPI candidate. However he resigned his membership on 1 February 1970, to make way for the election of Chief Minister C. Achutha Menon to KLA. He represented Chadayamangalam constituency in the 5th & 6th KLA. In 1987 he won from Pathanapuram.[1]

In the Ministry headed by Shri.E. K. Nayanar, he was the Minister for Food, & Civil Supplies and Housing from 25 January 1980 to 20 October 1981. In addition to the portfolio of Food and Civil Supplies, he handled the portfolio of Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development from 2 April 1987 to 17 June 1991 in the Ministry headed by Shri. E.K. Nayanar.

In the 10th KLA he represented Karunagappalli,[2] and was the Minister for Food, Tourism & Law from 20 May 1996 to 13 May 2001.Also he take initiative to start a Government engineering college in Karunagappalli. As a result College of Engineering Karunagappally commonly known as CEK,[3] starts functioning during the year 1999 under Institute of human resources development for electronics IHRDE (Now IHRD).

The concept of “Maveli Stores” aiming at making available essential commodities at fair price to poorer sections of the society, also emerged at his initiative.

He is also the recipient of many honours such as ‘Sadanandan Award’ for best Co-operator and R. Sankara Narayanan Thampi award for best Parliamentarian.

His wife is Smt. Manorama Nair and they have one son and one daughter.

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