|Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)|
9 November 2014
|Minister of State for Defence|
30 May 2019
|Subhash Ramrao Bhamre|
|Minister of State (Independent Charge)|
Culture and Tourism
26 May 2014 - 9 November 2014
|Member of the 13th Lok Sabha, 14th Lok Sabha, 15th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha|
|Born||4 October 1952|
Adpai, North Goa district, Goa, Portuguese India
|Political party||Bhartiya Janata Party|
Shripad Yesso Naik (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.
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
Shripad Naik was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on 9 Nov 2014. 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. He further stated that his Ministry was a year away from granting an endorsement to such techniques and research. 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researchers, scholars and doctors, who advocated caution in claiming a cure to cancer on the basis of unproven and unpublished research with no scientific evidence.
Naik continued as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and was appointed as Minister of State for Defence on 31 May 2019.