Nityanand Kanungo

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Nityanand Kanungo
6th Governor of Bihar
In office
7 December 1967 – 20 January 1971
Chief MinisterMahamaya Prasad Sinha
Satish Prasad Singh
B. P. Mandal
Bhola Paswan Shastri
Harihar Singh
Daroga Prasad Rai
Karpoori Thakur
Preceded byM. A. S. Ayyangar
Succeeded byU.N. Sinha (Acting)
2nd Governor of Gujarat
In office
1 August 1965 – 6 December 1967
Chief MinisterBalwantrai Mehta
Hitendra Kanaiyalal Desai
Preceded byMehdi Nawaz Jung
Succeeded byP. N. Bhagwati (Acting)
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Succeeded bySurendranath Dwivedy
In office
Succeeded bySrinibas Mishra
3rd Minister of Industry
In office
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru
Minister of Commerce, Govt of India
In office
Personal details
Born(1900-05-04)4 May 1900
Cuttack, British India
Died2 August 1988(1988-08-02) (aged 88)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Source: [1]

Nityanand Kanungo (4 May 1900 – 2 August 1988)was one of India's prominent politicians from the state of Odisha, who held successive high-profile portfolios in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet.

Nityanand Kanungo was born in Cuttack on 4 May 1900 and was educated at Ravenshaw College and University College (Calcutta). He was a member of the Indian National Congress and served as a member of the Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1937 to 1939 and again from 1946 to 1952.[1][2]

When Orissa was granted provincial autonomy as per the Government of India Act 1935, Kanungo served as the Minister for Revenue and Public Works Departments in the cabinet of Bishwanath Das from 1937 to 1939. He was again appointed a Minister in 1946 and served till 1952, looking after the Home, Law, Industries and Agriculture portfolios.

In 1952, Kanungo was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kendrapara constituency. In September, 1954 he was appointed Union Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry. From August 1955 in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet; he was Union Minister of Industries, and in June 1956 was designated Union Minister of Consumer Industries.[3] In 1957, he was again returned to the Lok Sabha and was appointed Union Minister of Commerce. Kanungo was a member of the Indian Delegation to the International Labour Conference in San Francisco (1948) and was the Leader of the Delegation to the Conference of the International Rice Commission held in Jakarta in 1952.[1]

In the 1962 Indian general election, Kanungo was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Cuttack constituency. He was Union Minister for Commerce and Industries, in the Nehru cabinet, and after the bifurcation of that portfolio, Union Minister, in turn, for Commerce and later for Industry. He finished up as Union Minister for Civil Aviation.[1]

Kanungo served as the Governor of Gujarat from 1 August 1965 to 6 December 1967. He was the Governor of Bihar[4][5] from 7 December 1967 to 20 January 1971.

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  1. ^ a b c "Past Governors Nityanand Kanungo". Raj Bhavan Gujarat. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ Pranab Chandra Roy Choudhury (1971). C. F. Andrews: His Life and Times. Somaiya Publications. p. 154. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ A. B. Kohli (1992). Ministries and ministers, a directory. Reliance Pub. House. p. 40. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ Meera Srivastava (1980). Constitutional Crisis in the States in India. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 92–. GGKEY:0BS5QYU7XF2. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. ^ J. Paxton (28 December 2016). The Statesman's Year-Book 1971-72: The Businessman's Encyclopaedia of all nations. Springer. pp. 357–. ISBN 978-0-230-27100-5.

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