By Akram Mohammad/Michael Rodrigues
Udupi: Dr Vedavyas Srinivas Acharya was born in Udupi in the year 1939 to Vidwan Vedanta Shiromani Katte Srinivasa Acharya & Smt Krishnaveni Amma. Being an extremely talented student, Acharya pursued medical education at KMC Manipal, winning the best alumnus award twice in his life.
In 1968 he became the youngest Municipal President of Udupi at the age of 28 years. His achievements during the tenure including a new administrative assembly for the Municipality, water supply to the city from river Swarna, widening of roads, institution of Town Planning Authority for planned development, sanctioned underground drainage system which paved his way to be elected twice for the local body. He was also the Municipal president for a period of eight years.
All alone in the assembly hall, with total dedication, on Feb 8, 2012
Being honoured by Dr T M A Pai, and honouring Atal Behari Vajpayee
School batch from Kadiyali School
At a meeting to protest against ban on inter-district transport of rice
During a padayatra for the drought-hit
With the late prime minister Morarji Desai during the united Janata days
As chief of Udupi municipality
With VHP leader Ashok Singhal
Welcoming the late prime minister Indira Gandhi to Udupi
With 'Lok Nayak' Jayaprakash Narayan ('JP')
With the launch of Bharathiya Jana Sangh in the 70's he became the district president for the Sangh from 1974-77 for a period of three years. He was also the district president of Janatha Party and BJP, before being the state vice president of BJP and served as BJP Member of the National Executive Committee or about twenty years.
During emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi reign, he was imprisoned for 19 months for fighting against social injustice caused by the Emergency.
His political career brightened when he was elected to Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Udupi Constituency. Swarna II stage project, Creation of Directorate for Municipal Administration, Appellate Authority for land reforms, judgements by tribunals, Abolition of land fragmentation act, Tax concession for diesel used by fishermen, Simplification of taxes and land conversion, Special grant of Rs 10 Lakhs towards Paryayam, Udupi, commencement of 5 high schools and 3 primary schools, construction of 4 major bridges were due to his efforts as an elected representative.
After the formation of Udupi District, he was the spokesperson for BJP on budgetary finance and planning, and Electricity and Municipal Administration. He also served as the Chairman of Legislature Committee on Health & Family Welfare
In the year 2006 he was appointed minister for Medical Education and Animal husbandry. During his tenure he was responsible for setting up of 6 new government medical colleges in a single academic year. He was responsible for a breather for candidates attending CET as more seats, affordable fees and faculty recruitment drive with salary revision was performed. Revamping the structure of animal husbandry dept was also initiated during brief tenure.
Being the president of BJP manifesto committee, he was sworn in as the Home Minister, Government of Karnataka on 30th May 2008. He revamped recruitment process, speeding up the long pending issues of leave policy, salary/allowance revision, implementation of Police Housing, Opening up of New Police stations/new buildings for existing police stations, Modernization of Fire & Emergency services department, New fire stations all over Karnataka was achieved. He was given the additional charges of Muzrai Dept and Medical Education.
In September 2010 he swore in as the minister for Higher Education, Statistics, Planning and Muzrai department was handed over to him again on November 2010.
From December 2010 to August 2011 he was given the additional charge of Information Technology and BioTechnology
He was currently serving as the minister of higher education with speculations about the conditions of his health.
He is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.