The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the passing away of former Union Minister K.C. Pant.
In his condolence letter to the departed leader's widow, Ila Pant, Dr. Singh described K.C. Pant as a leader who served the country and people with great distinction, and said 'in his passing away the country has lost an eminent public figure and an able administrator'.
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of your husband Shri K.C. Pant," said Dr. Singh.
"Shri Pant served our country and people with great distinction in his long political career. He distinguished himself as a Member of Parliament, and as a Minister in the Union Council of Ministers holding important portfolios like Home, Defence and Finance. He also served as the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. In his passing away, the country has lost an eminent public figure and an able administrator," he added.
Dr. Singh further said: "On this sad occasion, I convey my deepest condolences to you and other members of the family. I pray for the departed soul."
K.C. Pant, who was the son of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Govind Ballabh Pant, was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1962, and then in 1967, 1971 and 1989. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1978 and was leader of the house during 1979-1980
K.C. Pant was Union minister with cabinet rank holding the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Steel and Heavy Engineering, Home Affairs, Electronics, Atomic Energy and Science and Technology.
He was the first chairman of the Advisory Board on Energy. He was deputy chairman of the Planning Commission of India from 2000 to 2004 during the premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (ANI)