Dr. Oscar Fernandes was an Indian politician, a senior Indian National Congress leader and was the Union Cabinet Minister for Transport, Road and Highways and Labour and Employment, Government of India in the UPA government.
Oscar Fernandes was born to Roque Fernandes, the head of Government Composite PU College and the first President of Manipal Institute of Technology and Leonissa M. Fernandes, the first female magistrate in India, at the family estate at Udupi.
𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗙𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆
Oscar Fernandes was born on 27th March in 1941 in Udupi district of the state of Karnataka, India. He is married to Blossom Fernandes and has two children, a son and a daughter. Born in a Catholic family in Udupi, his parents were Roque Fernandes and Leonissa M. Fernandes.
He is one of the 12 children born to his parents. Cecilia's Convent, Board high school is where he completed his education and later went to M.G.M College. It was Arts in which he completed his graduation. By profession he is an agriculturist, political and social worker.
𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗙𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝘀
First elected in 1980 to the Lok Sabha from Udupi, he was again re-elected to the lower house of Parliament in 1984, 89, 91 and again in 96 from Udupi. He worked as the party's General Secretary in 1996 and served in the office of the Central Election Committee of Congress. It was, however, later given to Madhusudan Mistry.
Fernandes has taken up many schemes and projects in the state. He has worked hard to improve the life of small businessmen, farmers, and even large businesses. It is also known that he has approached various regional banks as well as national banks for loans for various projects.
Tremendous work has been done by him towards building a number of projects and construction of various structures like schools, colleges, civic buildings, bridges, roads, etc. It was due to his preparedness and willingness to serve the society that kept the crime rate in check.
Knowing the lack of availability of medical facilities in various health centers, Fernandes had seen to it that there were well-qualified doctors in primary health centers.
In 1998, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha and again in 2004. He worked on portfolios like NRI Affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation and Youth and Sports. He became a junior minister for Labour and Employment from 2006 to 2008.
He was one of the closest confidants of the present Congress President Rahul Gandhi and one of the major leaders in the taking of important decisions of Congress Party. He was also the Chairman of Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee.
Dr. Oscar Fernandes was also the Chairman of Central Election Authority of the All India Congress Committee. He was previously the AICC General Secretary, the Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Dr. Manmohan Singh's first UPA government in India.
He served as Parliamentary Secretary to Rajiv Gandhi. He was elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980 from Udupi constituency in Karnataka. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984, 1989, 1991 and 1996 from the same constituency.
Later, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1998. He was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2004. He was a Union Minister from 2004 to 2009, holding a number of portfolios such as Statistics and Programme Implementation, NRI Affairs, Youth and Sports Affairs and Labour and Employment. He served two terms as a member of the Council of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
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