Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 (LocalWire) Former minister and tribal leader Chaitanya Prasad Majhi passed away due to age-related ailments at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday, said reports. He was 90.
He is survived by wife and four daughters, including Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Rajya Sabha member, Sarojini Hembram.
The veteran leader forayed into politics in 1971 and remained a Rajya Sabha member of the Congress between 1972 and 1978.
He was also appointed a deputy minister in late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet.
Majhi remained a member of the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) from 1979 to 1985.
He had served as Odisha’s Education and Youth Affairs minister from 1990 to 1995.
Hailing from Mayurbhanj district, he had penned books on tribal language and culture.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled Majhi’s demise.