- Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi
- Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik also condoled the demise of Shanti Devi
- Shanti Devi, 88, better known as Lugdi Devi, received the prestigious Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind on November 9, 2021
Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi. Shanti Devi, a social worker passed away last night in Gunupur, Rayagada district of Odisha.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi mentioned that Shanti Devi will be remembered as a ‘voice of the poor and underprivileged’. Praising her work, PM Modi mentioned Devi used to work 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,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has also condoled the demise of Shanti Devi. He also praised her lifelong efforts to help the needy and tribal community. He termed Shanti Devi’s contribution to social work as ‘invaluable’. “Saddened to learn of the death of Padma Shri Award-winning social worker Shanti Devi. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and wish them well,” Patnaik tweeted in Odia.
Shanti Devi, 88, better known as Lugdi Devi, received the prestigious Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind on November 9, 2021. At an early age, she commenced social work and established the Seva Samaj ashram at Gunupur in Odisha. She was well known for her contribution towards the underprivileged community and restoring peace in the Maoist-affected areas in Odisha.