Shripad Naik

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Shripad Naik
Shripad Yasso Naik
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of AYUSH[1]
Assumed office
9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byOffice established
Minister of State for Defence
Assumed office
30 May 2019 (2019-05-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
MinisterRajnath Singh
Preceded bySubhash Ramrao Bhamre
Minister of State (Independent Charge) Culture and Tourism[2]
In office
26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) – 9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byChiranjeevi
Succeeded byMahesh Sharma
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
1999 (1999)
Preceded byRavi Naik
ConstituencyNorth Goa
Member of the Goa Legislative Assembly
In office
1994 (1994) – 1999 (1999)
Preceded byRavi Naik
Succeeded bySudin Dhavalikar
Personal details
Born (1952-10-04) 4 October 1952 (age 68)
Adpai, North Goa district, Goa, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Late Vijaya Shripad Naik (11.01.2021)
  • Yesso Naik
  • Jayashri Yesso Naik
ResidenceVelha Goa

Shripad Yesso Naik[3][4] (born 4 October 1952) is an Indian politician and the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State for Defence. He was the former Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. He is the Member of Parliament from North Goa constituency, representing the Bharatiya Janata Party.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Shripaad Naik was born on 4 October 1952 at Adpai village, North Goa District, Goa.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik taking charge as the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), in New Delhi on May 31, 2019.

In 1999, Naik was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from North Goa constituency in Goa. As of 2019, he has held his seat in this constituency winning in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 elections. As of 2019, he is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. In 2014 Lok Sabha Election, he won with a margin of 105,000 votes which is very high for a small state of Goa.[5][6]

Further, as advised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the President has appointed Naik as Minister for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in the 16th Lok Sabha.[7]

Naik was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on 9 November 2014.[8][9] On 25 March 2016, Naik publicly stated he had access to research which proved that diseases such as cancer could be cured by yoga.[10] He further stated that his Ministry was a year away from granting an endorsement to such techniques and research.[11][12] The statement was challenged by medical researchers, scholars and doctors, who advocated caution in claiming a cure to cancer on the basis of unproven and unpublished research with no scientific evidence.[13]

Naik continued as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and was appointed as Minister of State for Defence on 31 May 2019.[14]


He received the Samaraj Ratna Award on 18 August 2016.[15][16]


He met with an accident on the evening of 11 January 2021 in Ankola, Karwar district, Karnataka, after the driver of the car en route from Yellapur to Gokarna in the state is said to have lost control at the wheel on the ghat section, causing the car to go turtle into a ditch. Also due to the accident, his wife and personal secretary suffered grievous injuries. Police later confirmed they succumbed to their injuries whilst undergoing treatment to recover them in the hospital.

[17] [18] [19] [20]His wife lost her life in this accident.[21]


  1. ^ PM Modi announces list of Cabinet ministers with portfolios - The Times of India
  2. ^ Shenoy, Jaideep. Union minister of state for culture and tourism (independent charge) Shripad Yeso Naik released a socio-economic survey of Karnataka's Kudubi community at the World Konkani Centre here. Naik honoured Y Ravindranath Rao, director of the survey project. The Times of India. Times News Network. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Detailed Profile - Shri Shripad Yesso Naik - Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) - Who's Who - Government: National Portal of India
  4. ^ a b Welcome to Bharatiya Janta Party in Lok Sabha
  5. ^ Election Results 2014: BJP Wins Both Lok Sabha Seats in Goa |
  6. ^ BJP wins both LS seats in Goa - Livemint
  7. ^ "Shripad Yesso Naik named Tourism Minister of India". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  8. ^ Shripad Naik takes charge as Minister for Yoga and Traditional Medicine
  9. ^ "Minister of State (Independent charge) | Ministry of AYUSH | GOI". Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Research shows cancer can be cured by Yoga: Shripad Naik". The Economic Times. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  11. ^ Kamat, Prakash (26 March 2016). "Yoga-based cure for cancer on the way: AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  12. ^ Research Shows Cancer Can Be Cured By Yoga, Claims Minister Shripad Naik. NDTV. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  13. ^ Marszal, Andrew (27 March 2016). "Yoga 'cures cancer,' claims senior Indian government official". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  14. ^ "PM Modi allocates portfolios. Full list of new ministers", Live Mint, 31 May 2019
  15. ^ "Rly. Minister Suresh Prabhu gets Maharatha Award", The Hindu, 19 August 2016
  16. ^ "GSB Maharatna Award for Suresh Prabhu", The Times of India, 19 August 2016
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  21. ^ "Union Minister Shripad Naik injured in Karnataka road accident, wife succumbs". Zee News. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Ravi Naik
Member of Parliament
for North Goa

1999 – Present
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Culture
24 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
Minister of State with
Independent charge
Succeeded by
Mahesh Sharma
Preceded by
Minister of Tourism
24 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
Minister of State with
Independent charge
Succeeded by
Mahesh Sharma
Preceded by
Ministry Created
Minister of AYUSH
9 November 2014 – Present
Minister of State with
Independent charge

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