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Padma Shri recipient Shanti Dev no more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting Shanti Devi

Noted social worker and Padma Shri recipient Shanti Devi breathed her last late Sunday night at her residence in Gunupur town of Rayagada district. She was 88.

The news: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Shri upon Shanti Devi on January 25, last year, for her social work in the Maoist-hit Rayagada region.

  • She served the poor for nearly six decades, dedicating her life to the education and upliftment of tribal girls.
  • Shanti Devi is also known for the eradication of Yaws, a chronic bacterial infection.
  • Apart from Padma Shri, Shanti Devi was felicitated with the Jamunalal Bazaz Award and Radhanath Rath Peace Award.
Shanti Devi

What they said: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences and tweeted, “Shanti Devi Ji will be remembered as a voice of the poor and underprivileged. She worked selflessly to remove suffering and create a healthier as well as just society. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and countless admirers. Om Shanti.”

  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, too, expressed his condolences and tweeted “Saddened by the demise of noted social worker, Smt. Shanti Devi Ji. She will be remembered for her untiring efforts for the empowerment of tribal girls through education. My deepest condolences to her family. Om Shanti!.”
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