Former Odisha Minister passes away

Bhubaneswar: Former Minister Jagannath Rout passed away following cardiac arrest at a private hospital here today. He was 78.

He was undergoing treatment at Care Hospital in Bhubaneswar for age-related illness.

Born in Narasinghapur Village under Dhusuri block in Bhadrak district, the Congressman was elected thrice to Odisha Legislative Assembly from Dhamnagar Assembly Constituency. He had first won the Assembly election from Dhamnagar on Congress-I ticket in the year 1980. Again, he emerged victorious in 1985 and 1995 Assembly elections.

Rout had held key portfolios as the minister during Congress regime. He had served the state as Industry Minister for a period of one year between 1989-90, Health & Family Minister from 1995-98 and Urban Development Minister during 1998-99.

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