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Gita Mehta gets Padma Shri

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta, a US citizen, and 3 from Odisha — D Prakash Rao, Kamala Pujari and Daitari Nayak — are a few of the 94 folks decided on for the Padma Shri, the list released by means of the ministry of house affairs stated.

Gita has been decided on for country’s fourth easiest civilian award within the class of literature and education. D Prakash Rao, who sells tea in Cuttack and runs a school for slum kids, has also been decided on for Padma Shri for social paintings (inexpensive education). Rao spends 50% of his source of revenue on the education of slum kids.

He got here to limelight when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him throughout his seek advice from to Cuttack on his fourth anniversary as Prime Minister on May 26 last yr.

Kamala Pujari, a local of tribal-dominated Koraput district , who has preserved indigenous paddy sorts and promoted organic farming, has also were given Padma Shri.

Daitari Nayak, 70 year-old tribal from Baitarani village beneath Banspal block of Keonjhar district, has carved out a km-long canal in a flow to irrigate his land.

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