Bhubaneswar: Former Chief Secretary of Odisha Lalat Indu Parija passed away at a private hospital in Cuttack at the age of 89 on Monday morning. He had taken charge as Chief Secretary twice- in 1983 (for one month) and in 1986 (for one year).
He was the son of eminent scientist Dr. Pranakrushna Parija, a world renowned Botanist. LI Parija was known for as an active administrator, articulate speaker and prominent columnist. He was also the Captain of Odisha Ranji cricket team.
In March 2019, he had released his book ‘Fate Takes A Hand’ focusing on 40 years public life as a government servant under Government of Odisha in various positions — Assistant Collector to Chief Secretary.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid rich tributes to Parija. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said that late Parija was a brilliant administrator and remained a guiding spirit for future administrators in the State.
“He was an example of efficiency and leadership during his service in many capacities including Chairman of OPSC. Besides his administrative skills, he was also an excellent cricketer. His death is a big loss to the State,” said the CM.