Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss

Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss was born on October 8,1968 at Pondicherry to Maruthuvar Aya and Saraswathi Ammal. With his father involved in an irrevocable social call,he grew up under the parenting of Saraswathi Ammal and emerged as not only a disciplined man but also an academic wizard completing his higher secondary at St. Ann’s Higher Secondary School, Tindivanam standing first in the district and graduating with MBBS degree from Madras Medical College alike his father.

Anbumani spent a year and a half term serving as a medical practitioner at Nallalam, a small village near Tindivanam.He then joined Pasumai Tayagam (Green Motherland), an NGO started by his father,Maruthuvar Aya,in 1995, where he organised to plant over 25 lakh trees and desilted more than 1000 lakes and built about 50 check dams to conserve water. 

He led a number of protests to highlight environmental degradation thereby facilitating access for Pasumai Thayagam into ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council), the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. He also facilitated for Pasumai Thayagam to get a special consultative status at the United Nations Human Rights Council General Debate in 2013 and it is the only representative from Tamil Nadu.

Inspired by his father’s fight against social injustice,he joined PMK as a youth wing leader.He ran for parliamentary election in 2004 and,became the Minister of Health and Family Welfare,thus started his successful political journey.

While heading the health ministry he  brought about unprecedented bold reforms and innovative scheme that changed the phase of  Indian health history. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),THE 108 AMBULANCE SERVICE,THE ANTI TOBACCO CAMPAIGN,THE ANTI ALCOHOL CAMPAIGN are some of his significant works in his short tenure. 

For his explemplary service to the Indian Health Care he was awarded with the Luther L. Terry Award by the American Cancer Society in 2006. The World Health Organisation honored Dr.Anbumani with the WHO Director General’s Special Award for Leadership and Tobacco Control in 2007.

Post a impeccable political stint at the centre, he currently serves as a member of parliament from Dharmapuri constituency in Tamil Nadu and continues his fight against corruption, liquor menace and freebee culture in India.