Sis Ram Ola to be cremated with full state honours in Rajasthan today

Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola died at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday.

Updated: Dec 16, 2013, 10:50 AM IST

Zee Media bureau

Jaipur: Labour and Employment Minister Sis Ram Ola, who died at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday, will be accorded a state funeral at his home district Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on Monday.

Sis Ram Ola, 86, was admitted to the hospital over a month ago for treatment of an eye infection and a cardiac problem.

Top dignitaries, including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, condoled his death while the Cabinet met to mourn passing away of the veteran leader.

As a mark of respect to Ola, the national flag was flown at half-mast on all government buildings in Delhi and all state and union territories on Sunday and will also be flown likewise at Jhunjhunu on Monday.

The veteran Congress leader was admitted to the Medanta Hospital around 45 days ago, officials from the hospital and his office said.

"He died at 4 am Sunday due to heart failure," his office told a news agency.

Ola is survived by his wife Shiv Bai, sons Bijender and Surjeet and daughter Chandrakala.

Born on July 30, 1927, the Jat leader was a member of the Rajasthan Assembly from 1957 to 1990 and served as minister from 1980 to 1990.

He received the Padma Shri in 1968 for social work.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and then again in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

Ola was appointed a Cabinet minister in June this year, in the hope of political gains in the Rajasthan Assembly Elections in November, but the Congress was routed, losing power to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier, Ola was a minister in the United Front governments of HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral, holding independent charge of chemicals and fertilisers from 1996 to 1997 and of water resources from 1997 to 1998.

He was a minister in the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, holding charge of labour and employment, from May 23, 2004, to November 27, 2004.

His son Bijender is a legislator from Jhunjhunu and a former minster in the Rajasthan government.

His second son, Surjeet, runs a school - Indira Gandhi Balika Niketan - in his native Ardawata village of Rajasthan.

(With IANS inputs)