Shripad Naik

Shripad Naik
Constituency: North Goa

Born/Date of Birthday: 4 October 1952
Place of Birth: Adpai, North Goa District, Goa, India
Nationality: Indian
Political party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Educational Qualifications: B.A.
Educated at: Bombay University, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Profession: Businessperson, Politician
Marital Status: Married
Date of Marriage: 03 May 1984
Spouse(s): Late Vijaya Shripad Naik (11.01.2021)
Children: 3
Parents: Late Shri Yesso Bhikari Naik, Late Smt. Jayshri Yesso Naik
Permanent Address: Vijayshree, St. Pedro-Old Goa, P.O. Velhagoa - 403 402, Goa

Shripad Yesso Naik (born 4 October 1952) is an Indian politician serving as the current Minister of State for Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways of India in office 7 July 2021 (in Second Modi ministry). 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.

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

Political career
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.

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.

Naik was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, on 9 November 2014. On 25 March 2016, 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researchers, scholars and doctors, who advocated caution in claiming a cure to cancer on the basis of unproven and unpublished research with no scientific evidence.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.

He received the Samaraj Ratna Award on 18 August 2016.

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.

His wife lost her life in this accident.

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