Nilamani Routray


Nilamani Routray(Odia: 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 4 October 2004.[3][4]

Nilamani Routray
ନୀଳମଣି ରାଉତରାୟ
Minister of Environment and Forests
In office
2 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Preceded byV. P. Singh
Succeeded byManeka Gandhi
10th Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980[1]
GovernorHarcharan Singh Brar
B. D. Sharma
Preceded byBinayak Acharya
Succeeded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha[2]
In office
Preceded byBrajmohan Mohanty
Succeeded byBraja Kishore Tripathy
Personal details
Born(1920-05-24)24 May 1920
Mukundapur, Balasore district, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India
Died4 October 2004(2004-10-04) (aged 84)
Cuttack, Odisha, India
Political partyJanata Dal
Other political
Indian National Congress,
Utkal Congress,
Bharatiya Lok Dal,
Janata Party
Spouse(s)Nalini Devi Routray
ChildrenBijayshree Routray
  • Chandra Sekhar Routray (father)
EducationB.A., LL.B.
Alma materRavenshaw College,
Vidyasagar College,
Banaras Hindu University
OccupationPolitical and Social Worker, Writer, Journalist, Lawyer
AwardsOdisha Sahitya Academy 1986

Political careerEdit

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.[5]


His autobiography Smruti O Anubhuti (1986) won the Odisha Sahitya Academy awards in 1988.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Brief History of Odisha Legislative Assembly Since 1937". 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2012. NAME OF THE CHIEF MINISTERS OF Odisha
  2. ^ "Members Bioprofile". Parliament of India, Lok Sabha. 24 May 1920. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Nilamani Routray dead". The Hindu. 5 October 2004. Archived from the original on 10 October 2004.
  4. ^ Nilamani Routray passes away, three-day state mourning in Odisha
  5. ^ "Former Odisha Chief Minister Nilamani Routray passes away". Daily Excelsior. 5 October 2004.
  6. ^ "Odisha Sahitya Academy Award winners" (PDF). 8 July 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Odisha Sahitya Akademi". Odisha Sahitya Akademi (in Odia). Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
Preceded by Chief Minister of Odisha
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980
Succeeded by