Samajshree Dr. Prashant Hiray born on 21st Oct.1952 at Nashik, He has done LLB after graduation in Arts. (B.A). He is the grandson of staunch freedom fighter and a great educationist Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray. He received his basic education in the field of social work and politics from his father Loknete Vyankatrao Hiray and mother, "Mahilaratna"
Smt. Pushpatai Hiray, early in his childhood.
He has efficiently shouldered the responsibility of spreading education to the remotest and rural parts of Maharashtra like his grandfather. As the General Secretary he looks after the functioning of Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir and Adivasi Sava Samiti. The extension of schools at primary, Pre- primary, and Higher Secondary level and colleges and professional Institutes speaks volumes about their growth and success. The institutions have been highly honoured with awards by various organizations and State Government for their academic excellence.
As a trustee of Shri Saibaba Sansthan his work has earned him awards and titles like 'Samajshri 1998', 'Master of the Millennium' and ' Jewel of India'.
He founded the 'Pushparang Sanskritik Kala Manch' that provides a platform for young and amateur artists. The 'Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Pratisthan', Mumbai organises various sports events at state level. He has organised programmes like 'Shodh Marathi Manacha' and 'State Level Workshop for high school teachers' that reflect his love and concern for society.
He has received 'Sant mitra' award for his contribution in the field of Literature and has penned seven books till date. His interest in music and singing is revealed through the production of his film 'Pratibimb'.
He established 'Karmaveer Bhausaheb Hiray Nagari Path Sanstha' and 'Shri Vyankatesh Sahkari Bank'. He has worked as the Director of NDCC Bank, Nashik, The Maharashtra Co-operative Marketing Federation, Indian Farms Fertilizers Co-op. Ltd, Ichalkaranji Cattle Feeds and fertilizers and has also worked as the Chairperson of NDCC Bank, Nashik and Loknete Vyankatrao Hiray Vanrai Mitra Mandal.
On 11th September he was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Dabhadi Constituency(Malegaon, Dist, Nasik). In the year 2000 he was appointed by the state Govt. as the Vice-President of 'Tapi Khore Mahamandal' for his knowledge and technical know-how in the field of water management. He was the Minister of State for Transport and Protocol from 25th Jan. 2003 to 6th July 2004.
He has had a long experience of 20 years in the field of water conservation, water management, the ' Naar- Paar' project, diversion of river water towards East and water management in drought hit areas.
In June 2001 he was invited by Govt. of America for a month to discuss upon various issues related to water management and water conservation. His scholarly speeches and approach towards water related problems got tremendous response during discussions and seminars in America. His work in this field was highly appreciated by Mr. Don Wesley, Mayor, City of Lincoln, America and Samajshree Dr. Prashant Hiray was awarded Permanent Citizenship of America at a special function on 29.06.2001.