As many as three personalities from Odisha will be conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award this year. They are D Prakash Rao (Social Work-Affordable Education), Daitari Naik (Social Work) and Kamala Pujhari (Agriculture).
Besides, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta (foreigner) will also get Padma Shri for Literature and Education. But, she declined the Padma Shri for distinguished contribution to literature and education, explaining the honour may be “misconstrued… with a general election looming”.
Devarapalli Prakash Rao of Cuttack runs a tea stall and is known for working tirelessly towards the development of slum children. He runs a primary school called ‘Asha o Aswasana’ for the underprivileged slum children in Cuttack city.
Similarly, Daitari Naik of Keonjhar has been selected for Padma Shri for his social work. He was responsible for single-handedly carving out a 3-km-long canal from a mountain stream to water his agricultural fields.
Kamala Pujhari, a tribal woman of Patraput village in Koraput will get Padma Shri for her contribution in the field of agriculture.
A total of 112 personalities have been selected for the Padma awards which were announced on Friday. One of the highest civilian Awards of the country, the awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
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