16 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: The three outstanding personalities from Odisha, Kamala Pujari, Daitari Naik and Devarapalli Prakash Rao, were today conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award for this year.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the award at an investiture ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhawan at the national capital New Delhi.
While Kamala Pujari received it for her notable contributions to agriculture, Daitari Naik for social work and Devarapalli Prakash Rao received the Padma Award for social work-affordable education.
Kamala Pujari is a tribal old woman of nondescript Patraput village in Koraput. Her passionate initiatives to preserve traditional rice varieties in the tribal heartland were first recognised by the Swaminathan Commission.
Daitari Naik of a remote tribal village in Keonjhar district was responsible for single-handedly carving out a 3-km-long canal with hoe and crowbar to bring a mountain stream to water his agricultural fields.
Prakash Rao of Cuttack city is known for tirelessly running a tea stall and simultaneously working for the development of slum children through a primary school called ‘Asha o Aswasana’.
Notably, 112 personalities were selected this year for the coveted Padma awards, which were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The first set of Padma award was given on 11th of this month in which Mr Kovind had presented one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and forty-six Padma Shri Awards.
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