Shripad Naik

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Shripad Naik
Shripad Yesso Naik
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Ministry of AYUSH[1]
Assumed office
9 Nov 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by office created
In office
26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014
Preceded by Chiranjeevi
Succeeded by Mahesh Sharma
Member of the 13th Lok Sabha, 14th Lok Sabha, 15th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha
Constituency North Goa
Personal details
Born (1952-10-04)4 October 1952
Adpai, North Goa district, Goa, Portuguese India
(now India)
Nationality Indian
Political party Bhartiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Vijaya
Children 3
Residence Velha Goa
Profession politician

Shripad Yesso Naik[2][3] 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 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.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

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

Political career[edit]

  • In 1999, he was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from Panaji constituency in Goa.
  • As of 2014, he has held his seat in this constituency winning in 2004, 2009 and 2014 elections. As of 2014, he is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. In 2014 Lokh Sabha Election he won with a margin of 105000 votes which is very high for a small state of Goa[4][5]
  • Further, as advised by the Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, the President has appointed Shripad Yesso Naik as Minister for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in the 16th Lok Sabha.[6]
  • He is Minister of State, (IC), Ministry of AYUSH Government of India.[7]

Career as Minister of State (IC), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India[edit]

Shripad Naik was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on 9 Nov 2014.[8]


On March 25, 2016, Shripad Naik publicly stated he had access to research which proved that diseases such as cancer could be cured by yoga.[9] He further stated that his Ministry was a year away from granting an endorsement to such techniques and research.[10] The statement was challenged by medical researchers and doctors, who advocated caution in claiming a cure to cancer on the basis of unproven and unpublished research.[11]

Definition of Anti nationals[edit]

Mr. Naik defined doctors not prescribing Ayurvedic medicine as anti nationals.[12]


He received the Samaraj Ratna Award on 18 August 2016.[13][14]


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