Padma Shri Shanti Devi dies at 88; PM Modi, Odisha CM extend condolences

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Monday for the death of social worker and Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi, who died last night at her home in Gunupur, Odisha’s Rayagada district. She was 88 years old at the time.

On November 9, 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind presented Shanti Devi, also known as Lugdi Devi, with the prestigious Padma Shri award. She was well-known for her commitment to helping the poor and restoring peace in Maoist-affected areas of Odisha.

“Shanti Devi Ji will be remembered as a voice for the poor and downtrodden.” She worked tirelessly to alleviate suffering and create a more just and healthy society. Her death hurts me. My condolences go out to her family and many admirers. “Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, expressed his condolences on her death.

“I was saddened to learn of Padma Shri Award-winning social worker Shanti Devi’s death. Her lifelong efforts to assist the poor and tribal people have always been inspirational. Her contribution to the field of social work is priceless. Patnaik tweeted in Odia, “I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and wish them well.”

Shanti Devi, who was born in the Balasore district in 1934, began social work at a young age and founded the Seva Samaj ashram in Gunupur, Odisha. She advocated for tribal girls’ education.

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