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Nilamani Routray

Nilamani Rautray
Union Minister, Environment and Forests
In office
2 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime Minister V. P. Singh
Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980[1]
Preceded by Binayak Acharya
Succeeded by Janaki Ballabh Patnaik
Personal details
Born (1920-05-24)24 May 1920
Mukundapur, Balasore district
Died 4 October 2004(2004-10-04) (aged 84)
Political party Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress,
Utkal Congress,
Bharatiya Lok Dal
Spouse(s) Nalini Devi Routray

Nilamani Routray (Oriya: ନୀଳମଣି ରାଉତରାୟ) (24 May 1920 – 4 October 2004) was an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1977 to 1980. He served as the Health and Family Welfare Minister and then Forest and Environment Minister in the Union Government led by V.P. Singh. He died on October 4, 2004.[2][3]

Political career

Nilamani Routray was a founder of the Odisha unit of All India Students Federation. He was the president of the Odisha state unit of the Indian National Congress from 1967 to 1970. Later he joined the Utkal Congress and became its president. Subsequently, he switched over to the Bharatiya Lok Dal and became the president of its state unit. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989.[4]


His autobiography Smruti O Anubhuti (1986) is a well-known work.


Preceded by
Binayak Acharya
Chief Minister of Odisha
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980
Succeeded by
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik

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