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BIRTH: Recently elected President of All India Banjara Seva Sangh, Dr. M. Shankar Naik was born in village Chikkajogihalli, Bellary District, Karnataka at the house of father Shri M. Muniya Naik on 1st July, 1947. His father Shri M. Muniya Naik was a Freedom Fighter and prisoned during Quit India Movement more than 18 months. He followed Gandhian Principals throghout his life time.

EDUCATION: Dr. M. Shankar Naik completed his Middle and High School education at Village Chikkajogihalli and did PUC and Medical Education from Bellary.
MEDICAL PRACTICE: After completion of Medical Education, Dr. M. Shankar Naik started Medical Practice at Doddaballapur (Rural District of Bangalore) in 1973.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Dr. M. Shankar Naik is the founder of Lions Club of Doddaballapur in 1973 and served as a Charter Secretary and held various positions in Lions Club as a President, Regional Chairman, District Chairman etc., and continue as a Lion Member still now. He is the founder of IMA Branch, Doddaballapur and now Life Member of IMA and Life Member of Red Cross Society. Dr. M. Shankar Naik is recipient of Dr. B. C. Roy's Award in 1997.

Banjara Leader: He elected and served as a President of Karnatka Pradesh Banjara Seva Sangh for 6 years and then President of All India Banjara Seva Sangh, Karnataka Branch. Now he elected unanimously as President of All India Banjara Seva Sangh in place of Late Shri Ranjit Naik, a well known Architect and Social Worker from Mumbai.

POLITICAL CARRIER: Dr. M. Shankar Naik entered into politics in the year of 1987 and elected as a member of Bangalore Rural Zila Parishad and served as a Vice President for 5 years. Then he got elected as a MLA from Nelamangala Constituency, Bangalore Rural District and was Minister for Medical Education during Shri J. H. Patel's Government in Karnatka and continuing in active politics.

MAILING ADDRESS: Dr. M. Shankar Naik, No. 26/B, 2nd Main, CIL Colony, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore-560094, Karnataka Pradesh, India. PHONE NO.: 080-3413700.

Dr. M. Shankar Naik In News
Karnataka loses 9 BDS seats, health secretary in soup

BANGALORE, JAN 7, 1998: The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Secretary, B Eswarappa, is in the eye of a storm yet again following a discovery that the State has lost nine dental seats surrendered from the All India quota.

Holding the Health Secretary responsible for the loss of nine BDS seats and 26 MBBS seats to the State, the Medical Education Minister, M Shankar Naik has asked Chief Secretary B K Bhattacharya to take disciplinary action against him. Besides, the vacancy of seats has put the Government in deep trouble in the High Court.

``It has become extremely difficult for the Government to defend itself before the High Court due to the dereliction of duty and disobedience by the Secretary...In view of this, it is hereby directed to initiate disciplinary action against him'', Naik said in a strongly-worded note to the Chief Secretary.

The nine BDS seats are vacant in the Government Dental College in Bangalore while 26 MBBS seats were not filled in the Government medical colleges in Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli and Bellary.

It is not known whether the Chief Secretary has already acted on the Minister's note, as the Chief Minister, being in-charge of the DPAR, is required to give his nod to any disciplinary action against an IAS officer. While leaving the choice for the kind of disciplinary action to the discretion of the Chief Minister, Shankar Naik desired that the bureaucrat be shifted from the Health Department forthwith.

Meanwhile, the Health Secretary has not yet replied to the show-cause notice served on him last month on the loss of 26 MBBS seats to the State. Highlighting this in his note to the Chief Secretary, Shankar Naik observed: ``...the Health Secretary has accepted his lapse in the State losing the medical seats by not submitting any reply.'' The Secretary was required to explain to the Minister his role in Karnataka losing 26 MBBS seats, surrendered by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to the State. The Dec 11 notice had charged Eswarappa with having concealed the information on the vacancy of these seats thereby depriving medical education to as many meritorious students.

Meanwhile, the Advocate General's office, in a recent letter to the Health Secretary noted: ``The facts and circumstances of the case show that if the matter has to be argued on its merits, you may have to face a tricky situation where it is impossible for us to explain the lapses in not sending the surrendered seats to the CET Cell to include it in the seat- matrix''.

(With Thanks from Indian Express)