Employment minister Sis Ram Ola passes away

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 16 2013, 10:07am hrs
Labour and employment minister Sis Ram Ola died at a Gurgaon hospital Sunday, where he was being treated for a cardiac problem. Ola, 86, will be accorded a state funeral at his home district Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, on Monday.

The veteran Congress leader was admitted to the Medanta Hospital around 45 days ago, officials from the hospital and his office said. "He died at 4 am. Sunday due to heart failure," his office told IANS.

Ola is survived by his wife Shiv Bai, sons Bijender and Surjeet and daughter Chandrakala.

Born July 30, 1927, the Jat leader was a member of the Rajasthan assembly from 1957 to 1990 and served as minister from 1980 to 1990. He received the Padma Shri in 1968 for social work.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and then again in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Ola was appointed a cabinet minister in June this year, in the hope of political gains in the Rajasthan assembly elections in November, but the Congress was routed, losing power to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier, Ola was a minister in the United Front governments of HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral, holding independent charge of chemicals and fertilisers from 1996 to 1997 and of water resources from 1997 to 1998.

He was a minister in the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, holding charge of labour and employment, from May 23, 2004, to Nov 27, 2004.