Mr. Raghunath Viswanth Rao Deshpande, holds a B.A. Degree with Honours and an LLB Degree. He began his political career as the President of Karnataka State Co-operative Agriculture & Rural Development Bank. He has held many coveted posts in his political career spanned for more than 40 years. He has represented Haliyal Constituency in State Legislative Assembly for seven times. He is known for his dynamic leadership and responsive Governance. He has achieved number of accomplishments during his tenure as Minister of State for Small Scale Industries, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Housing & Urban Development, v Minister for Co-operation. People of the State could see constructive politics, when he was a Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka State Assembly. For the first time in India, Global Investors Meet was held in Bengaluru in the year 2000. He played a key role in inspiring and inviting Multi National Companies (MNCs) to invest in Karnataka. His vision to attract high-tech industries in to Karnataka realised with his efforts to establish Information Technology Park Ltd. (ITPL) in Bengaluru. Now, Bengaluru is recognised as silicon valley of India. During his stint as a Industry Minister, he played a key role for bringing out one of the best Industrial Policies in the Country. He took number of initiatives for the development of MSMEs, power, steel, transportation, sea ports and many more. He is currently spearheading industries and Infrastructure portfolio in the State. His mission is to attract investments into the State of Karnataka. He is committed leader to provide State of the art infrastructure facilities and facilitation’ for investors by improving Ease of Doing Business in the State. He has toured extensively abroad viz., Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Africa, UK, Canada etc., to visualise and initiate the programmes and policies in the State of Karnataka. He is actively involved in various activities like rural development, educational & cultural, charitable and medical etc.