Niranjan Pujari is an Indian advocate-turned-politician. He is one of the senior politicians from West Odisha. Niranjan is known for being soft-spoken and grounded. He has represented the Binka and Sonepur constituencies in Odisha Legislative Assembly.
Niranjan Pujari was born on Tuesday, 31 January 1961 (age 62 years; as of 2023) in Sambalpur, also known as Sonepur, Odisha. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Niranjan attended Rampur High School (1997) in Odisha. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from Gangadhar Meher University (1981) in Sambalpur, Odisha. In 1984, Niranjan pursued LLB at L. R. Law College in Sambalpur, Odisha.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Radheshyam (deceased) alias Malu Pujari alias Pujhari.
Wife & Children
Niranjan Pujari is married to Binapani Pujari. He has two daughters.
Niranjan Pujari follows Hinduism.
Village Rampur, PO/PS Rampur, Dist- Subarnapur, Pin 767045, Odisha
Niranjan Pujari entered politics when the regional party BJD fought the Odisha Assembly poll for the first time in 2000.
Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA)
Niranjan Pujari started his political journey in 2000 by contesting the Odisha Legislative Assembly from the Binka constituency on a ticket from Biju Janta Dal (BJD) party. He won the Odisha Legislative Assembly elections from Binka in 2000. In 2004, he won the 13th Odisha Legislative Assembly elections from the Binka constituency. In 2009, Niranjan won the Odisha Legislative Assembly elections from the Sonepur constituency. He was elected from the Sonepur constituency again in 2014 and 2019. Odisha Assembly
On 10 May 2011, Niranjan Pujari was appointed as the Minister of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare. He served the post till 2 August 2012. From 10 February 2012 to 2 August 2012, Niranjan served as the Minister of Science and Technology. He held the portfolio of Minister of Industries and Minister of Excise from 2 August 2012 to 21 May 2014. On 7 May 2017, Niranjan was appointed as the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs; he served the post till 28 May 2019. He again served as the Minister of Industries from 7 May 2017 to 2 March 2018. From 3 March 2018 to 28 May 2019, he served as the Minister of Water Resources. He held the portfolio of Minister of Excise from 29 May 2019 to 4 June 2022. On 5 June 2022, he was appointed as the Minister of Finance.
Niranjan became the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs on 5 June 2022. Odisha Assembly Following the death of the Health and Family Welfare Minister of Odisha, Naba Kishore Das, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was allotted to Niranjan Pujari in 2023; Naba Das was shot dead at Brajrajnagar in the Jharsuguda district of Odisha on 29 January 2023. The Times of India
Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly
On 26 May 2014, Niranjan Pujari was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
In 2017, he resigned from his post soon after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the re-shuffle of the council of ministers. Niranjan refused to disclose the reason behind his resignation to the media; however, in an interview, he mentioned that he wanted to devote more time to the people of his constituency. The Times of India
Niranjan Pujari held membership in many committees including the Committee on Public Undertakings (2000-2001), House Committee on Rehabilitation (2002-2003), Committee on Members’ Amenities (2005-2006), Select Committee on the Orissa Excise Bill, 2005 (2006-2007), and House Committee on Railways (2012-2013). He served as the chairman of some committees including the Standing Committee on Energy, Revenue and Excise (2006-2008). Odisha Assembly
Assets & Properties
- Cash: Rs. 9,54,885.94
- Bank Deposits: Rs. 67,97,400.5
- LIC/Other Insurance Policies: Rs. 18,96,410
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 10,90,610
- Jewellery: Rs. 18,72,800
- Agricultural Land: Rs. 39,77,732
- Non-Agricultural Land: Rs. 2,79,645
- Residential Buildings: Rs. 75,10,600
- As an advocate, Niranjan Pujari is inclined towards learning laws.
- He is associated with many aid organisations including ‘UTSARGA,’ a blood donation association in Sambalpur, Odisha and ‘Nikhila Orissa Chhatra Andolon.’ He serves as the president of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir, a private special education school in Rampur, Odisha.
- He served as the Director of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC).
- Niranjan Pujari actively takes part in cultural activities and is a member of Gangadhar Meher Sahitya Ekademic in Rampur, Odisha.
- Niranjan has an inclination towards sports and clubs; he is an ex-member of Sambalpur University’s football team.