Daitari Naik
Daitari Naik

AwardsPadma Shri (2019)

Daitari Naik also known as Canal Man of Odisha is an Indian agriculturalist. In 2019, he has been awarded Padma Shri by the Indian Government for his contribution in agriculture.[1][2]

Early life

Naik hails from Talabaitarani village in Kenojhar district in Odisha.[3]


Naik was awarded Padma Shri for digging out a 3-km tunnel through the Gonasika mountains in Odisha, between 2010 and 2013.[4][3][5]



  1. ^ "Padma Shri has become a curse for me: 'Canal Man Of Odisha' Daitari Naik". Zee News. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  2. ^ "'Canal Man' Of Odisha Returns Padma Shri; Find Out Why". odishabytes. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  3. ^ a b Elsa, Evangeline. "Once a Padma Shri winner, now forced to eat ant eggs to survive". Gulf News. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  4. ^ ""Canal Man" Of Odisha Daitari Naik Denies Returning Padma Shri Award". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  5. ^ Bureau, KalingaTV (2019-02-04). "Padma Shri Daitari Naik: The 'Canal Man' of Odisha". KalingaTV. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  6. ^ "'Won't Get Any Work from Us': Why Odisha's 'Mountain Man' Wants to Return His Padma Shri". News18. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2022-08-28.