List Of Chief Ministers of Odisha / Orissa
Naveen Patnaik

Shri Naveen Patnaik :
Shri Naveen Patnaik, son of Ex-Chief Minister Shri Biju Patnaik and Smt. Gyan Patnaik was born on 16th October 1946 at Cuttack. Graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in the year 1967, he is a bachelor who was written many non-fiction books on India, Indian art, culture and history. He is the founder of INTACH, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. After the death of his father Shri Biju Patnaik he decided to enter politics and became Chief Minister of Orissa consecutively three times; i.e. from 5th March 2000 to 15th May 2004, 16th May 2004 to 20th May 2009 and from 21st May 2009 to till date.

Shri Naveen Patnaik is the Founder President of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) who plays a pioneering role in the international identification of Indian design and worked for handloom weavers to expand the domestic market of Indian textiles. His famous books which highly applauded in USA and UK are: ‘A Second Paradise’ on Indian Country life during 1590-1947, ‘A Desert Kingdom’ on the people of Bikaner and ‘The Garden of Life’ introducing on Indian healing plants.

In the year 1996 after the demise of his father and former Chief Minister he entered in to politics and formed BJD, Biju Janata Dal in the year 1998 and elected to Lok Sabha from Aska Constituency in bye-election. In the year 2000 Shri Naveen Patnaik elected from Hinjli Constituency and became Chief Minister of Orissa in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP. As a member of the 11th Lok Sabha Shri Naveen Patnaik sat on the (1) Consultative Committee of Ministry of Steel & Mines (2) Standing Committee on Commerce and (3) Library Committee of Parliament; due to which he earned reputation and popularity among three fourth regions seats in Orissa and elected thrice consecutively.

Dr.Giridhar Gomango

Dr.Giridhar Gomango :
Dr. Giridhar Gomango, the Ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 8th April 1943 in Dibrisingi village of Gunupur, Rayagada District. Graduated from Berhampur University and Doctor of Science form Forest Research Institute of Dehradun, he is very fond of tribal culture, folk music and dance. He is also a good musician and folk dancer; Orissa is hugely grateful to Dr. Gomango for carrying out wide automisation of telephone exchanges in the State. He is also a good writer who published two books on Soura Poems and constitutional provisions for SC and STs. He became Chief Minister Orissa from 17th February 1999 to 6th December 1999.
Biography of Dr. Giridhar Gomango: 1972 to 1996: Elected eight consecutive terms to Lok Sabha from Koraput Parliamentary Constituency;
1973-75: Became Member of Estimate Committee;
1977-79: Became Executive Member of CPP;
1978-79: Became Member of Committee on the Welfare of SCs and STs;
1980-82: Became Member of Committee on the Welfare of SCs and STs;
1982-83: He was the Union Deputy Minister for Labor;
1980-84: Became Member of Committee on Official Language;
1982: He was the Union Deputy Minister for Supply and Rehabilitation;
1985-88: He was the Union Deputy Minister, Welfare;
1988: He was the Minister of State for Tourism;
1988-89: He was the Union Minister of State for Communications;
1989 July to December: Independent Charge of Union Minister of State for Communications;
1990: Became Member of Committee on Subordinate Legislation; Library Committee;
1990-91: Became Member of Consultative Committee;
1990-92: Became President of Orissa PCC;
1991-93: Independent Charge of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries;
1993-95: Independent Charge of Minister of State for Planning and Programmed Implementation;
1995: Became Chairman of Orissa Election Campaign Committee;
1995-96: Independent Charge of Union Minister of State for Mines;
1996: Became Member of AICC;
1996-97 & 1998-99: Became Member of Committee on Communications;

Dr. Giridhar Gomango is a life member of Indian Parliamentary Group and member of Indian Institute of Public Administration and Member and Advisor to many cultural organizations. He is the founder and Director of Patron of Hidden Talent Cultural Troupe at Koraput.

Hemananda Biswal

Shri Hemananda Biswal :
Shri Hemananda Biswal, the Ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 1st December 1939 to father Basudev Biswal of Thakurpada, Bhalupatna of Sambalpur district. He married to Smt. Urmila Biswal; and has five daughters and one son. Educated up to Intermediate in Arts, he keeps interests in reading political issues in various magazines and pastime in traveling, gardening, photography and gaming. He became Chief Minister of Orissa twice; i.e. from 7th December 1989 to 4th March 1990 and again from 6th December 1999 to 5th March 2000.

Shri Hemananda Biswal was the Organizer of Yubak Sangh, Tribal Welfare Sangh, Athletic Association Dramatic association and Educational Institutions. In 1967 and 1971, He elected as a Chairman to Kirmira Panchayat Samiti and Joined with Congress in 1972. He became Convener of Youth Congress of Kirmira Block and Vice-President of Jharsuguda Land Development Bank from the year 1968 to 1974. He was also a governing Body Member of Jharsuguda L.N. College and Kuchinda College. In year 1974 and 1980 he became Member of the Orissa Assembly from same constituency with congress ticket. He became Chairman of P.U.C. of Assembly from 1981 to 1983 and President of the Sambalpur D.C.C. (I) in 1984-85. Shri Hemananda Biswal was the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare in J. B. Patnaik Ministry from 12-3-1985 to 19-12-1986.

Janaki Ballav Patnaik

Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik :
Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik , the Ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 3rd January 1927 at Rameswar of Puri. In 1947, he Graduated in Sanskrit from Utkal University, and honored with Masters Degree in Political Science from Benaras Hindu University in the year 1949. He keeps interest in swimming and traveling. He wrote Autobiography of Gautama Buddha. He picked up journalism as his career and joined the English daily ‘Eastern Times’ as a Sub-Editor and then Joint Editor in 1950. After two year service he became the Editor of the same and also editor for the Odia daily, ‘The Prajatantra’. He became the editor for both papers until 1967. He also published a monthly journal named, ‘Pourusha’ for a long time.

Biography of Shri Janaki Ballav Patnaik: 1950: He became President of the State Youth Congress;
1953: He had successfully led a tenants’s movement at Madhupur, Cuttack;
1954 to 1960: Became member of the Working Committee of the Pradesh Congress Committee;
1956 to 1960: Became member of Standing Committee of the All-India Newspaper Editors’ Conference;
1956 to 1967: Became member of Sahitya Akademi of Orissa;
1957 to 1967: Became fellow of the Senate of Utkal University;
He was associated with many literary and cultural association of Orissa and was the President of All Orissa Basic School Teacher’s Conference;
1971: Elected to Lok Sabha;
1973 to 1975: Became Deputy Minister of Defense in Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet; and later Minister of State for Defense;
1980 January: Elected to Lok Sabha and became the Minister For Tourism and Civil Aviation and Labor;
9th June 1980 to 7th December 1989: Elected as a leader of Congress (I) Legislative Party on Orissa from Athagarh Constituency and became Chief Minister of Orissa;
15th March 1995 to 17th February 1999: Became Chief Minister of Orissa again.

Nilamani Routray

Shri Nilamani Routray :
Shri Nilamani Routray , the ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 24th May 1920 to father Chandrasekhar Routray at Mukundpur of Balasore district. Graduated in Arts and Law he married to Nalini Devi Routray. He was the Editor of Odia daily ‘The Prajatantra’ who keeps interest in political history and national and international politics. He was strong leader and freedom fighter; dedicated force in trade union movements. He is one of the founders of All India Student’s Federation of Orissa region. He became Chief Minister of Orissa from 26th June 1977 to 17th February 1980.
Shir Nilamani Routray was the Secretary of Oriya Samaj of Calcutta. He jailed several time in freedom struggle and political activities. In the year 1948 he organized the Orissa branch of Indian National Trade Union Congress and became its General Secretary and later President. During 1967 to 1970 he was the President of OPCC, president of UC and state unit of Bharatiya Lok Dal. He became Member of Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1948 to 1967, from 1971 to 1973 and from June 1977 to February 1980; and also became Minister from 1952 to 1957, 1957 to 1963 and from 1965 to 1967. He became Deputy Chief Minister from 1963 to 1965 and 1972 to February 1973 (resigned from the post).
Shir Nilamani Routray elected to Rajya Sabha on 1976 and became Chilef Minister from 26th June 1977 to 17th February 1980. He breathed last on 4th October 2004.

Binayak Acharya

Shri Binayak Acharya :
Shri Binayak Acharya, the ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 30th August 1918 to father Raghunath Acharya. He was B.A. D.Ed. and by profession a teacher. Keeping interests in newspaper reading; he also have pastime in discussing national and international political affairs and conditions. During Quit India Movement, in 1942 he took care of the undergrounded leaders and supports their families. He served around twenty years of his life as a teacher and at last decided to serve as a political leader and started political career in 1967. He was the Chief Minister of Orissa from 29th December 1976 to 30th April 1977.
Shri Binayak Acharya worked as a teacher, head master in several M.E. and High schools and also a graduate assistant too. He was a hard believer and supported of socialism and secularism who kept interests in trade union activities. He worked for the upliftment of backward class people of the country. He elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly in 1967 and 1971 from Berhampur constituency. He was a opposition leader in Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1972. He became Minister of Agriculture, Urban Development, Labour, Employment and Housing from 14th June 1972 to March 1973; and then minister of Finance.

Nandini Satpathy

Shrimati Nandini Satpathy :
Shrimati Nandini Satapathy, the ex-Chief Minister Odisha was born on 9th June of 1931 to Padma Bhusan Shri Kalindi Charan Panigrahi at Pithapur of Cuttack district. Graduated and Master in Arts, she married to Shri Devendra Satapathy. She was associated completely with several social and cultural activities in her life. She is the editor of Odia monthly ‘Kalana’ and published Hindi short stories ‘Janapath’. She took leadership in many activities, organizations, and social works in her life. She became Chief Minister of Orissa from 14th June 1972 to 3rd March 1973 and again from 6th March 1974 to 16th December 1976.

of Shrimati Nandini Satapathy: 1948-1949: She became Secretary of Girl’s Students Association;
1958: Formed Orissa Women’s Relief Committee and was the Secretary;
1962, April; Elected to Rajya Sabha;
1966, January 29th: Appointed as Dy. Minster of Information and Broadcasting;
1968, April: Elected to Rajya Sabha;
1968, October: She was the member of Board of Director to International Centre of Film for Children and Young People held in Paris;
She was also a member of Working Committee of A.I.C.C.; and also a member of Advisory Council, of Youth Congress;
1969, 14th February: Appointed as Dy. Minister to Prime Minister;
1970, 26th June: Became Minster of State;
1977: Elected to Orissa Legislative from Dhenkanal;
1980: Elected to Orissa Legislative from Dhenkanal;

Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo

Shri Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo :
Shri Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo, the ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born to Maharaja Prithwiraj Singh Deo of Balangir on 31st March of 1912. Graduated from St. Columbia College of Hazaribagh, he undergone for administrative training at Ranchi and Monghyr. Keeping interests in photography and cinematography; he does social activities such as eradicating the old un-touchability system in his ruling state Patna. He travelled many Asian countries and foreign countries such as Canada, America, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Italy, and Switzerland. He was been Chief Minister of Orissa from 8th March1967 to 9th January 1971.

of Shri Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo, year wise: 1950: Established a political party named Ganatantra Parishad to set up the real democracy in the state;
1952: Elected to Lok Sabha;
1956: Became President of Utkal Sammelan;
1957: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly from Kantabanji Constituency;
1957-1959, Nov: Became Secretary General for National Democratic Party and Opposition Leader to Orissa Legislative Assembly;
1959, May to 1961, Feb: Became Finance Minister, Congress-Ganatantra Parishad Coalition Ministry and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee, Orissa; and also a Member of Public Funds Development Enquiry Committee, Orissa;
1961: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly from Kantabanji Constituency; Established Rajendra College at Balangir;
1961-1967, Nov: Became Opposition Leader to Orissa Legislative Assembly;
1962: Became President of Swatantra Party for Orissa Unit and Member of General Council, National Executive Parliamentary Board, Swatantra Party;
1967: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly from Balangir Constituency;
1975, 23rd February: Shri Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo Expired.

Sadasiba Tripathy

Shri Sadasiba Tripathy : Shri Sadasiba Tripathy , the ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 21st April 1910 to father Lingaraj Tripathy. Being a teacher, he kept interest in social service and did several socio upliftment activities for the tribes of Koraput district. He started working as a teacher in the year 1929 and in the 1936 joined to Congress. In the year 1941 he imprisoned due t o his individual Satyagrah movement. Shri Sadasiba Tripathy became Chief Minister of Orissa from 21st February 1965 to 8th March 1967.
Sadasiba Tripathy elected several times for Orissa Legislative from Nabarangpur and Umarkot region in the years 1937, 1946, 1952, 1957, 1961 and 1967.
He participated in Quit India Movement from 1943 to 1945.
He became Secretary for Orissa Bhoodan Yagan Samiti fro 1958 to 1961 and was a lifetime member also.
He became a member of A.I.C.C. and Executive Member of P.C.C. from the year 1938 to 1955.
He was an expert Revenue Administrator who operated Orissa Zamindari Abolitio and Land Reforms Bill for about twelve years.
Shri Sadasiba Tripathy died on 9th of September 1980 at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.

Biren Mitra

Shri Shri Biren Mitra :
Shri Biren Mitra, the Ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 26th November of 1917 to father Bipin Behari Mitra at Banalisahi of Cuttack. He was an excellent student leader who keeps interests in philanthropic activities. Graduated in Arts and Law from Ravenshaw College he married to Shrimati Iswarama Mitra. He jailed in the year 1939 while leading the medical student’s strike and in 1942 in Berhampur Jail while participating in Quit India Movement.
He is father of two sons and one daughter. He accepted and opted Inter-caste marriage system in the society. He took exceptional role in Peasant and Labor Movement. He elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly four times in 1952, 1957, 1961 and in the year 1967 from Cuttack Constituency. On 02-10-1963 he became Chief Minister of Orissa; however on 21-02-1965 he resigned from the position.
Shri Biren Mitra breathed last on his on 25th May 1978 at SCB Medical College & Hospital at Cuttack.

Nabakrishna Choudhury

Shri Nabakrishna Choudhury :
Shri Nabakrishna Choudhury,the ex-Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 22nd November 1901 to late Gokulananda Choudhury of Kherash of Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack. Joined Non Co-operation movement in the year 1921, while studying in Bachelor of Arts at Ravenshaw College. He is one of the founder members of ‘Bharati Mandir’ an Organization of Educated Youth for Cultural and Political Independence. He joined Sabarmati Ashram of Bapu and stayed there for two years.

Biography of Shri Nabakrishna Choudhury, year wise: 1926: Went to Shantiniketan for studies;
1927: Married to Malati Debi;
1930: Participated in Salt Satyagrah;
1937-1956: As a founder of Congress Socialist Party of India, elected as a member of Orissa Legislative Assembly. During which he was imprisoned due to participation in Eastern Princely States (Gadajat) of Dhenkanal and Talcher, Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movements;
1947: Became President of Orissa Land Reforms Committee; but later he resigned from the post and became an Organizer of Basic Education in Orissa;
1947-48: Became Minister of Revenue, Supply and Transport; nationalized the passenger’s transport system;
12-05-1950 to 19-10-1956: Became Chief Minister of Orissa; endorsed the Grama Panchayat Act, Zamidari Abolition Act and Orissa Tenants Protection Act;
1956: Joined Sarvodaya Movement and became President of Sarba Seba Sangha where he worked for the backward people;
1974-1977: Joined J.P’s Movement;
1984, 24th June: Shri Nabakrishna Choudhury breathed last.

 Biswanath Das

Shri Biswanath Das :
Shri Biswanath Das a prominent congressperson of Ganjam district born on 8th March of 1889. Graduated from Ravenshaw College, he acquired Bachelor degree in Law from Calcutta University. He is a freedom fighter, great philosopher and a democrat who spent his life for the socio-political expansion of Odisha for more than fifty years. He instituted Biswanath Trust Fund to care the poor students and also one of the founders of Chaturdham-Veda Bhawan at Puri.
Biography of Shri Biswanath Das, year wise: 1921: Participated in Non Co-operation Movement and joined Indian National Congress; and also elected President of Chatrapur Taluk Board. Organized Kishan Movement in Madras Presidency;
1920-1929: Elected to Madras Council for three times; however at last resigned to activate the freedom movement;
19-07-1937 to 06-11-1939: Became Prime Minister after formation of Modern Orissa; and started three important tenancies legislation, which are:
Madras Estates Land (Orissa Amendment Act) Bill;
Orissa Tenancy (Amendment) Bill;
Money Lenders Bill
1939: Resigned from the ministry due to declaration of Second World War on obeying the orders of the Indian National Congress;
1942: Participated in Quit India Movement and jailed;
1947-1952: Became a Member of the Constituent Assembly, member of the State Congress Executive Committee and President of Pradesh Congress Committee also;
1962: Elected to State Assembly
1962, 16th April: Resigned to accept the Governorship of Uttar Pradesh;
1971, 72: Became the Coalition Ministry of Utkal Congress, Swatantra and Jharkhand;
1984 2nd June: Shri Biswanath Das breathed last.

Shri Biswanath Das is the only Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Odisha whose thoughts and ideas were implemented in building the Constituency of India along with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other prominent persons. The Chapter on Directive Principles of State Policy had implemented after his ideas on social and economic justice.

 Biju Patnaik

Shri Bijayananda Patnaik (Biju Patnaik) :
Bijayananda Patnaik (Biju Patnaik) , one of the makers of modern Orissa and former Chief Minister of Orissa was born on 5th March of 1916. Being a graduate in science he travelled many countries such as USA, UK, USSR, Indonesia, Paris and many more. Being an industrialist and a world famous pilot he was very fond of adventure life; that brought Indonesian Prime Minister Mr. Sultan Siharir to New Delhi by plane during the Indonesian Freedom Struggle and was the first Indian to land plane on Kashmir.
Biography of Bijayananda Patnaik (Biju Patnaik), year wise: in Quit-India Movement and imprisoned for thirty months;
1952: Elected to the Orissa Legislative Assembly from Jagannath Prasad of Ganjam;
1957: Elected to the Orissa Legislative Assembly from Surada of Ganjam;
1961: Elected to the Orissa Legislative Assembly from Choudwar of Cuttack;
23-06-1961 to 02-10-1963: Became Chief Minister of Orissa;
1971: Elected to the Orissa Legislative Assembly from Rajnagar of Cuttack;
1971 to June 1972: Became Chairman for Planning Board of Orissa;
1974: Elected to the Orissa Legislative Assembly from Rajnagar of Cuttack;
1977: Elected to Parliament;
1977 to 1979: Became Cabinet Minister of the Central Ministry;
1980: Elected to Lok Sabha from Kendrapada Constituency;
1984: Elected to Lok Sabha from Kendrapada Parliamentary Constituency;
1985: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly from Bhubaneswar Assembly Constituency;
1990: Formed Janata Dal party and secured more than three fourth majority in Orissa Legislative Assembly
05-03-1990 to 15-03-1995: Became Chief Minister of Orissa;
1995, March: Elected from Bhubaneswar Assembly Constituency;
1996, June: Elected for Lok Sabha Assembly from Aska of Ganjam and Cuttack; resigned from Orissa Legislative Assembly and became a Member of Parliament from Aska Lok Sabha Constituency;
1997, 17th April: Breathed last at Escort Hospital, New Delhi.

 Harekrushna Mahatab

Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab :
Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab, one of the makers of Modern Orissa was born on 21st November of 1899 to the father Krushna Charan Das and Mother Tohapha Debi at Agarpada of undivided Balasore district. He was the last Prime Minister before Independent of Orissa and also one of the Chief Ministers of freedom Orissa. In his lifetime he completely vowed himself for the freedom of India and has been jailed several times by the Britons. He is the one who founded Bhubaneswar as the capital and multi purpose Hirakud Dam Project.
Biography of Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab, year wise: 1921: Joined National Liberation Movement;
1922: First imprisoned by Britons due to provocating to revolution;
1923: Started Odia weekly, ‘Prajatantra’ from Balasore;
1924: Became member of Bihar and Orissa Council;
1930: Joined Salt Movement and imprisoned;
1934: Started Harijan Movement in Orissa;
1938: Became the President of State People’s Enquire Committee;
1941: Joined Non Cooperation Movement and imprisoned;
1942: Joined Quit India Movement and imprisoned;
23-04-1946 to 12-05-1950: Became Prime Minister of Orissa;
1950-1952: Became Union Minister of Commerce and Industry;
1952: Elected as Secretary General to the Congress Party in Parliament;
1955-1956: Became the Governor of Bombay (Maharastra);
19-10-1956 to 25-02-1961: Became Chief Minister of Orissa;
1962: Elected to Lok Sabha;
1967: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly;
1971: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly;
1974: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly.

In His lifetime, He owned many awards and degrees from diverse sectors. Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab is the founder of Prajatantra Prachar Samiti which publishes the Odia daily ‘Prajatantra’ and monthly journal ‘Jhankar’. He is a writer, novelist, poet and a famous editor of his time. His famous writings are ‘History of Orissa’, and ‘Beginning of the End’. He received the Central Sahitya Academy Award in 1983 for his popular column ‘Gaon Majlis’ in his Odia daily ‘Prajatantra’.
For several times Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab was the President of Orissa Sahitya Academy and Sangit Natak Academy. He was the lifetime member of Utkal University Senate; from where he conferred Doctorate Degree in Literature also. He bestowed with Honorary Degree of Doctor by Andhra University and Doctor of Laws by Sagar University. God rested his soul on 2nd January, 1987.

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