Social Activist Shanti Devi Passed Away
- Shanti Devi, a social crusader who won the Padma Shri award,
- Shanti Devi died on January 17 in Rayagada, Odisha. She was
88 years old.
- Shanti Devi, an
Odisha social worker and Padma Shri awardee known as the "Voice of the
- Lugdi Devi was
another name for her. She was well-known for her commitment to helping the poor
and dedicated to helping in Maoist-affected districts of Odisha.
- On November 9, 2021, she earned the distinguished Padma Shri
honor from President Ram Nath Kovind.
- Shanti Devi, born in the Balasore area in 1934, began working
in the social sector at a young age.
- At 17, she wedded Ratan Das and moved to Koraput.
- Shanti Devi began her humanitarian activity by establishing
an ashram in Rayagada's Gobarapalli neighborhood.
- She strived to help native girls develop and receive an
education. She then moved to Gunupur, where she established her now-famous
ashram in 1964 and educated tribal females.
- Shanti Devi has established a new sanctuary for leprosy
patients in Jabarguda, in the Rayagada district's Padmapur block.
- Shanti Devi devoted most of her life to the holistic
development of tribal female children, including education, rehabilitation, and
vocational training for orphans and underprivileged youngsters.
- Shanti Devi received
the Jamunalal Bazaz Award and the Radhanath Rath Peace Award in addition to the
Padma Shri in 2021.