Nilamani Routray

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Nilamani Routray
ନୀଳମଣି ରାଉତରାୟ
Union Minister, Environment and Forests
In office
2 December 1989 – 10 November 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980[1]
Preceded byBinayak Acharya
Succeeded byJanaki Ballabh Patnaik
Personal details
Born(1920-05-24)24 May 1920
Mukundapur, Balasore district
Died4 October 2004(2004-10-04) (aged 84)
Political partyJanata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress,
Utkal Congress,
Bharatiya Lok Dal
Spouse(s)Nalini Devi 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.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

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.[citation needed]


  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. ^ "Nilamani Routray dead". The Hindu. 5 October 2004.
  3. ^ Nilamani Routray passes away, three-day state mourning in Odisha
  4. ^ "Former Odisha Chief Minister Nilamani Routray passes away". Daily Excelsior. 5 October 2004.
Preceded by
Binayak Acharya
Chief Minister of Odisha
26 June 1977 – 17 February 1980
Succeeded by
Janaki Ballabh Patnaik