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Shripad Yesso Naik

Shripad Naik
Shripad Yesso Naik
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)[1]

9 November 2014
Office established
Minister of State for Defence

30 May 2019
Narendra Modi
Subhash Ramrao Bhamre
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Culture and Tourism[2]

26 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
Narendra Modi
Mahesh Sharma
Member of the 13th Lok Sabha, 14th Lok Sabha, 15th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha
ConstituencyNorth Goa
Personal details
Born(1952-10-04)4 October 1952
Adpai, North Goa district, Goa, Portuguese India
(now India)
Political partyBhartiya Janata Party
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

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

Political career

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 Lok Sabha Election he won with a margin of 105000 votes which is very high for a small state of Goa[5][6]

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.[7]

Shripad Naik was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on 9 Nov 2014.[8][9] 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.[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researchers, scholars and doctors, who advocated caution in claiming a cure to cancer on the basis of unproven and unpublished research with no scientific evidence.[13]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]


  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 2014.
  8. ^ Shripad Naik takes charge as Minister for Yoga and Traditional Medicine
  9. ^ "Minister of State (Independent charge) | Ministry of AYUSH | GOI". Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Research shows cancer can be cured by Yoga: Shripad Naik". The Economic Times. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 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 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 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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