Vice President Hamid Ansari today paid tributes to freedom fighter Babu Jagjivam Ram on his 109th birth anniversary.
Ansari along with Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla paid floral tributes to Jagjivan Ram at his samadhi known as Samtha Sthal.
A prominent Dalit leader, Babu Jagjivan Ram was a freedom fighter and national leader who fought for the upliftment of the downtrodden. His birth anniversary is celebrated as 'Samta Diwas' in the country.
He was a cabinet minister for 35 years and held several key portfolios, bringing about path-breaking reforms.
As Food and Agriculture Minister, he is credited with the Green Revolution, and as Defence Minister he led India to victory in the historic 1971 war against Pakistan which saw the birth of Bangladesh.