Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 : Veteran tribal leader, author and former Minister Chaitanya Prasad Majhi died at the Capital Hospital here this morning following a brief illness.
He was 90.
He is survived by his wife and four daughters including BJD Rajya Sabha Member Sarojini Majhi.
Family sources said, Dr Majhi was admitted to Capital hospital last night after he suffered a heart attack and passed away this morning.
The body of the departed soul would be taken to his native village Changua in Mayurbhanj district for cremation.
Dr Majhi held many important posts during his long career.
Born on November 19, 1929, Dr Majhi was a member of the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) from 1979 to 1985. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from Odisha from 1972 to 1978.
He held the post of Deputy minister for Petroleum and Chemicals in Union Cabinet during the tenure of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
He also held the post of Education Minister in the Biju Patnaik ministry and SC and ST Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare minister in the Naveen Patnaik ministry.
A well-known tribal leader, Majhi had published books on tribal language and culture. He was also a member of All India Tribal Literary Forum, New Delhi, and the Academic Council of North Orissa University from 1998-2000.
Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and several other ministers condoled the demise of Dr Majhi expressed their profound grief over his death. (UNI)