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Jual Oram
Jual Oram addressing a meeting on effective and efficient implementation mechanism of schemes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs for development of Tribals, in New Delhi on August 05, 2014.jpg
Jual Oram in New Delhi on August 05, 2014.
Minister of Tribal Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byKishore Chandra Deo
Succeeded byArjun Munda
In office
13 October 1999 – 22 May 2004
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byPaty Ripple Kyndiah
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
26 May 2014
Preceded byHemananda Biswal
In office
10 March 1998 – 18 May 2009
Preceded byFrida Topno
Succeeded byHemananda Biswal
Personal details
Born (1961-03-22) 22 March 1961 (age 61)
Sundargarh, Odisha, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseJhingia Oram
Source: [Loksabha Bio-profile]

Jual Oram (born 22 March 1961) is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Sundargarh constituency of Odisha. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He was also a member of the 12th, 13th, 14th Lok Sabha and 16th Lok Sabha. He was chosen as one of the Cabinet Ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[1] He is a former Cabinet Minister in the Government of India. He is now the Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is one of the party's senior most leaders from the State of Odisha, being one of two founding Legislative Assembly Members from BJP in the state of Odisha. He has served as the president of BJP in the state of Odisha for over four years. He served as leader of opposition party from BJP side in Odisha legislative assembly. He is now serving as the chairman of the parliamentary committee on defence.

Early life

Oram was born on 22 March 1961 into a poor tribal family at the village of Kendudihi, Sundergarh district, Orissa (present-day Odisha) to Dilga and Bhutuki Oram.[2][3] He received a diploma in Electrical Engineering from Utkalmani Gopabandhu Institute of Engineering.[3] Before entering politics, he was employed as an assistant foreman in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. In an interview to The Telegraph (Calcutta), Oram said that he would have continued his job in the organization if he had not entered politics.[2][4]

Political career

In 1989, Oram joined Bharatiya Janata Party.[5] He was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Bonai constituency in the following year and served for two terms until 1998.[6] He served as the party's national vice-president for the BJP ST Morcha (Scheduled Tribes wing) between 1993 and 1995. After serving two years as national secretary of the party, he was appointed party president for the state unit in 1997 and remained in that position until 1999.[3]

In 1998, Oram was elected to the Lok Sabha from Sundargarh constituency.[7] He was re-elected to the parliament in the following year. After Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee created the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, he was sworn as its first ever minister on 13 October.[8][9]

In 2004, Oram was re-elected as party president for the state unit and served for two years.[3] On 17 May of the same year, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha for the third time from his constituency.[10][11] From 2006 to 2009, he served as the party's national vice-president.[3]

Oram lost from his Sundargarh constituency in 2009.[12] On 22 December 2009, he was made the party president of the state unit for the third time.[13] In July 2012, he alleged that former Chief Minister of Odisha Hemananda Biswal had forged his caste certificate.[14] On 1 April 2013, he was appointed vice president of the party.[15]

On 18 May 2014, Oram was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sundargarh constituency after defeating Dilip Tirkey of the Biju Janata Dal. He was also the only candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party to win from Odisha.[16] On 26 May, he took oath as the Tribal Affairs minister in the Narendra Modi ministry.[17] In the following month, he announced that the central government would create a tribal map of India which would help in introducing new projects and schemes for the tribals.[18]

In 2015, Oram stoked a controversy by equating Sarnaism with Hinduism. Carrying black flags and banners, nearly 300 tribals gathered around the state guesthouse in Ranchi on 31 October and demanded an apology from him for allegedly hurting their sentiments.[19]

Personal life

On 8 March 1987, he married Jhingia Oram and they have two daughters.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Modi does a balancing act
  2. ^ a b "Jual Oram, India's first tribal minister, back in Union cabinet". Firstpost. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Oram, Shri Jual". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ Mohanty, Subhashish (30 August 2014). "We welcome any support". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Jual Oram gets Tribal affairs ministry". Free Press Journal. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ "जुएल ओराम" [Jual Oram] (in Hindi). Dainik Jagran. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs". Business Line. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  8. ^ Dasgupta, Swapan (25 October 1999). "Vajpayee's third government: A blend of expediency and investment in the future". India Today. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs Minister". 26 October 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ Das, Arun Kumar (17 May 2004). "Third win for Orissa's 'chicken baba'". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Sangrur Lok Sabha Sea by Sushil Goyal". The Tribune. 7 April 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Jual Oram, the face saver for BJP in Odisha, rewarded". The Indian Express. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  13. ^ Satapathy, Rajaram (22 December 2009). "Oram is state BJP chief". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  14. ^ Nayak, Ajit (23 July 2012). "Forgery allegations against former Odisha CM". The Sunday Indian. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Jual Oram bags BJP vice-president seat". The Times of India. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  16. ^ Mishra, Ashutosh (18 May 2014). "Naveen stands tall with win – BJP's Jual Oram wins lone LS seat in Sundargarh". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Team Modi: The New Cabinet". NDTV. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Centre to prepare a tribal map of India: minister". Live Mint. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Minister faces ire for Sarna row". The Telegraph. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
Lok Sabha Preceded byFrida Topno Member of Parliamentfor Sundargarh 1998–2009 Succeeded byHemananda Biswal Preceded byHemananda Biswal Member of Parliamentfor Sundargarh 2014 – Present Succeeded byIncumbent Political offices Preceded byKishore Chandra Deo Minister of Tribal Affairs 26 May 2014 – 30 May 2019 Succeeded byArjun Munda