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Manohar Singh Gill Obituary; M S Gill, A Former Chief Election Commissioner, Dies At Age 87

Former chief election commissioner of India and Congress leader Manohar Singh Gill died on Sunday at a hospital in New Delhi. He was 87. Gill, a former member of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), served as chief election commissioner from 1996 to 2001. He joined the Congress in 2004 and represented Punjab in the Rajya Sabha from 2004 to 2016, serving in that capacity as the minister of youth and sports and the minister of statistics and program implementation.

Gill was a well-known academic and prolific writer who was highly intelligent. He wrote novels like “An Indian Success Story” and “Himalayan Wonder: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti”. One of his most well-known works on Punjab and farm difficulties in India is “Agriculture Cooperatives: A Case Study of Punjab”.Gill was a well-known academic and prolific writer who was highly intelligent. He wrote novels like “An Indian Success Story” and “Himalayan Wonder: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti”. One of his most well-known works on Punjab and farm difficulties in India is “Agriculture Cooperatives: A Case Study of Punjab”.

His main accomplishment as election commissioner, for which he was given the Padma Vibhushan, was the introduction of electronic voting machines in India, a move that significantly reduced election fraud there. On the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa, he was also given the Nishan-e-Khalsa.

“Extremely saddened by the demise of Former Union Minister Shri Manohar Singh Gill Ji, Padma Vibhushan. He made significant contributions to the advancement of the country in a variety of areas, including sports, electoral procedures, and agriculture, both as a respected colleague in the UPA Government and earlier as a civil servaant. His family, friends, and supporters have our sincere sympathies, Kharge wrote in a statement on X.