On the World Bicycle Day, MP from Bikaner, Rajasthan Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Minister of State of Parliamentary affairs rode a bicycle to his office in Udyog Bhawan. Meghwal who loves cycling to work said that everyone should use bicycles for good health. He also added that riding bicycles prevents pollution.
An officer-turned-politician Meghwal, who was retained as a minister in the second Modi government, is a politician who loves cycling to work, instead of using a vehicle - a habit he had to stop after becoming a minister in 2016. Sworn-in as a minister in the Modi government on Thursday, Meghwal, 65, scored a hat trick from Bikaner in the 2019 polls, defeating his cousin and Congress candidate Madan Gopal Meghwal by over 2.64 lakh.He joined politics in 2009 after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service and was elected from Bikaner in the Lok Sabha elections. In 2013, he was awarded with the Best Parliamentarian Award.Re-elected in 2014, Meghwal served as BJP's chief whip in the 16th Lok Sabha and was nominated as the Chairman of House Committee, Lok Sabha.
On May 30, the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet, he cycled to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. In the past, he had served as the Union Minister of State in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs, but was stopped from cycling to work as usual due to security concerns.
Post-Pulwana attack, Meghwal had announeced that India will stop the water of three eastern rivers flowing to Pakistan and the water was being stored for use by either Punjab or Rajasthan for drinking and irrigation purposes.
Meanwhile, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the sole Minister in Modi Cabinet 2.0 from Delhi, took charge of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday, June 3. On the occasion of World Bicycle Day, the newly-appointed Union Health Minister also arrived on a bicycle to the ministry to take charge to the office.