Social Activist Shanti Devi Passed Away

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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.

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