About Natha Bhau

' Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.'

A steady, rational and approachable leader is what defines Shri Eknath Khadse. A leader who has defined his potential and goals with expertise, he knows how to balance between what is and what is not feasible for the State and its people. He has been chosen by the people from his hometown, Muktainagar (formerly known as Edlabad) for five consecutive terms in the Vidhan Sabha since 1995. He focusses on the future while keenly learning and experimenting in the present. His humour and wit are evident in his speeches during assembly and general approach. He is strongly inclined towards affairs related to his ministry and evaluates the pros and cons before execution. He is known for his expertise in the fields of revenue, agriculture, animal husbandry etc.

A people’s person, Khadse is extremely approachable. This explains the huge crowd waiting to meet him at his residence every day. What makes him different? Well, he ensures he meets each person who has knocked on his door. He is patient, hears out issues and is capable to evaluate and dispose. He is upfront, soft-spoken and jovial, which makes him a crowd-puller.

' A Leader is one who know the way, goes the way and shows the way '

Khadse’s energy is infectious, which reflects in the amount of work and development he has brought about in the State. His journey hasn’t been easy and he has overcome many obstacles to reach where he has today. However, he doesn’t get deterred by failure or problems. He prefers to look at solutions rather than crying over an issue. He has worked towards reforming many burning issues of the State. Agriculture is a subject that remains close to his heart. As a Minister for Irrigation during 1997 to 1999 he sanctioned important irrigation projects all over Maharashtra. He also gave momentum to the irrigation projects under Krishna Valley Development Corporation. He hails from a small village where his family dealt with farming. This is one of the foremost reasons for his affinity to the field of agriculture. He understands the pulse of a farmer as he is still involved with the process of it. He experiments and explores in the field of agriculture at his hometown. If and when successful with an experiment, he then brings it out to public for them to replicate. 

‘The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves' 

Khadse does not believe in thrusting his political or socials views on others. He requests people to have a though of their own. He is self-dignified and does not feel the need to prove his mettle to anyone. He doesn’t believe in limiting himself, hence one sees him work with utmost dedication and sincerity even at the most crucial hour. He exploits his potential and capabilities to the fullest. His has a strong and dedicated interest in social, cultural and educational work too. He has continued to work as Senate Member of Pune University from 1990 and also as Member of the Managing Committee, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University, Rahuri, since 2002. He is known for his well-balanced and stable acumen. He sets realistic goals which make him a favourite among his subordinates too. He has achieved success in every task undertaken; however, he hasn’t let that affect him. He instead prefers to focus on reaching greater heights in every field of his interest. Khadse’s actions have inspired others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, hence he is a people’s leader.


The Leader

Shri Eknath Khadse is a popular leader of masses and has been chosen by the people from Muktainagar (formerly known as Edlabad) for continuous five consecutive terms in Vidhan Sabha since 1995.

He had taken various issues of Maharashtra and specifically some of the burning topic of Maharashtra to the assembly. He stands out in assembly session by his speech. He is prominent figure for farmer's issues.

As a Minister for Irrigation during 1997 to 1999 he sanctioned important irrigation projects all over Maharashtra and completed the incomplete ones. He also gave momentum to the irrigation projects under Krishna Valley Development Corporation. Most importantly ,he took the progressive decision of "rehabilitation first and irrigation project later."He established Tapi Valley Development Corporation for North Maharashtra and completed projects worth Rs. 5000 cores, thus fulfilling the long pending backlog of Khandesh, during this tenure . He sanctioned lift irrigation projects worth Rs. 2500 cores for the district of Muktainagar and gave impetus to these projects.

The Strategist

He had a humble beginning. Hailing from a farmer family, he understands and empathizes with the needs of the farmers and the common man. He has seen it all at the grass root level. It is evident in the body of work done so far that his vision is aligned to people of the state. Some of the most crucial work has been done under his leadership and guidance.

Completing the major work of Koyna Valley Water retention against the strict deadline. The Koyna Hydroelectric Project is the largest completed hydroelectric power plant in India.[1] It is a complex project with four dams including the largest dam on the Koyna River known as the Koyna Dam hence the name Koyna Hydroelectric Project. The project site is inSatara district near Patan. The village Helwak near the dam was later known as Koynanagar.

The total capacity of the project is 1,960 MW. The project consists of four stages of power generation. All the generators are located in underground powerhouses excavated deep inside the mountains of the Western Ghats. A dam foot powerhouse also contributes to the electricity generation. Due to the project's electricity generating potential the Koyna River is considered as the life line of Maharashtra.

The project is composed of four dams with the major contributors being the Koyna Dam and Kolkewadi Dam. The water from Shivasagar reservoir was formed by the Koyna Dam and is used in the 1st, 2nd and 4th stages. This water is drawn from head race tunnels situated below the reservoir. Then it travels through vertical pressure shafts to the underground powerhouses. The discharged water from these stages is collected and stored in Kolkewadi Dam situated near village of Alore. The water is drawn from the penstocks of Kolkewadi Dam to an underground power station in the 3rd stage and then discharged to the Arabian Sea.

The electricity generated in all the stages is delivered to the main electrical grid. The project is run by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board.

The Reformer

Shri Eknath Khadse is known for his profound interest in social, cultural and educational work ,as much as his political work. He has continued to work as Senate Member of Pune University from 1990 and also as Member of the Managing Committee, Mahatma Phule Agriculture University, Rahuri, from 2002 till today.

While working as Minister for Higher and Technical Education, he established one ITI in every tehsil of the state and thus established 358 ITI's across the state. He also took important progressive decisions of reserving 30% seats for girls in these ITI's and also the decision of keeping 2% seats reserved for Hindu refugees of Kashmir. He forced these governments to reserve 10% cots for BPL beneficiaries in the trust hospitals.

He also kept constant pressure on the government to implement reservations at every step during the promotion of OBC employees and officers.

Hundreds of beneficiaries took advantage of "Jivandayi Arogya Yojana" and CM relief fund for heart surgeries, kidney disease, cancer and brain disease through his efforts. As a minister of Irrigation of Maharashtra for 2 years, he has approved many irrigation projects, completed many incomplete projects and beyond that completed many irrigation boosting projects under Krishna Valley Development Corporation.

Rehabilitation first, then irrigation – was his slogan when he was irrigation minister of Maharashtra.

Formed North Maharashtra Tapi valley Development Corporation. Under this completed work worth five thousand crore. He finished the backlog of irrigation projects just in two years of him being irrigation minister.