Social Activist Shanti Devi Passed Away

Highlights:

  • Shanti Devi, a social crusader who won the Padma Shri award, has perished.
  • 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 Poor."
  •  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.