Bhubaneswar, January 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to noted social worker and Padma Shri awardee Shanti Devi and said that she will be remembered as a voice of the poor and underprivileged.
Shanti Devi passed away last night at her residence in Gunupur in Rayagada district of Odisha. She passed away at the age of 87. The Prime Minister said that she worked selflessly to remove suffering and create a healthier as well as just society.
“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,” the Prime Minister tweeted today.
Shanti Devi was recently conferred with India’s third-highest civilian honour, Padma Shri for her invaluable contribution for the upliftment of tribal girls and women in the then undivided Koraput district.
“Saddened to hear about the sad demise of renowned social worker Padma Shri Shanti Devi. Her selfless service for upliftment of tribal girls in Undivided Koraput will be remembered forever. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family & all well wishers. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted Koraput MP Saptagiri Ulaka.