New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday condoled the demise of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh describing him as a trusted colleague and an able administrator.
"Mr Deshmukh was a trusted colleague and an able administrator who worked at panchayat, state and central levels with admirable dedication," Singh said in his message.
Deshmukh, Minister without portfolio, was admitted in a hospital for treatment of a liver ailment in Chennai where he passed away this afternoon.
Earlier, he was Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. He was given additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) after resignation of Virbhadra Singh two months back.


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