Hisrory



Establishment of Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana-
Balasaheb Desai established Sugar factory known as Loknete Balasaheb Desai Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana in Patan. This sugar mill was started on cooperative base which help to provided stability and growth for farmers in the region. Balasaheb Desai worked closely with leading cooperative leaders in Maharashtra such as Yashwantrao Chavan, Vasantdada Patil, Gulabrao Patil and many more.

True Leader of Poor People-
Balasaheb Desai was a famous political leader from Maharashtra state .Initially Balasaheb Desai started his practice in Patan & Karad Dist Satara. in 1940 he contested the election of District Local Board and elected as President. In 1952 he was elected as MLA from Patan and again in 1957. in 1957 he was State Cabinet Minister. In 1960 Balasaheb Desai was Educational Minister of Maharashtra State. To litrate childrens of poor people. he declared 100% fee off for peoples whose income is not more than Rs.1200/-through EBC facilities.due to which number childrens from poor families was able to take education In 1962 he becomes Agriculture Minister and also in the same year he was asked to take responsibility as a Home Minister. In 1978-79 he was president of maharashtra vidhansabha. He was main Minister in bilingual state government of Bombay state as well as Maharsahtra government. He played main role in Samyukta Maharashtra Movement and handled a stiuation very firmly as a outrage of Violence during the Samyukta Maharashtra activities in Bombay.

In history of Maharashtra government Balasaheb Desai is seen as one of strongest Home Minister till date. He took many brave steps to make Home and Police Department strong and Reliable. He handled many critical situations very well during his term as Home minister, as for in outrage of violence during the Saymukta Maharashtra Movement in Bombay. On 11 Dec 1967 a disastrous earthquake took place in patan. to uplift the people from such disaster he took continuous effort to help people, the effort took by him was seen by whole maharashtra and was appreciated at large. He came to know as a true leader of poor peoples. due to his work , honor, love shown by common people a famous journalist Pralhad Keshav Atre called him "LOKNETE". He used to contest the legislative assembly seat from Patan taluka, in Satara District of Maharashtra state in India. He won 3 times from his constituency and secured a place in the cabinet of the Maharashtra government. He was Speaker of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha from 4 July 1977 to 14 March 1978.

Key Role in Establishment of Shivaji University, Kolhapur-
Balasaheb Desai was a educational minister in the first cabinet of Maharashtra government in 1960. He took many brave decisions as education minister for Maharashtra. He was instrumental in establishing Shivaji University in Kolhapur in 1962. He also established Balasaheb Desai College of Arts and Science in 1969 at Patan.