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Fifteen social activists including eight women from different parts of India will receive Padma Shri awards for their notable contribution for the welfare of the society. Padma Shri is one of the highest civilian awards of the country. Two activists each from Delhi , Maharashtra and Assam while one each from Rajasthan, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Mizoram. One activist from Uttar Pradesh received posthumously.

On the eve of Republic Day, the Home Ministry announced the recipients of Padma awards following the approval of conferment of 119 Padma awards.

In the list, following activists are recipients of the prestigious Padma Shri awards: Ms Niru Kumar, Jitender Singh Shunty( Delhi ), Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal,Girish Prabhune(Maharashtra) , Ms Lakshimi Baruah,Ms. Birubala Rabha(Assam) Ms. Sangkhumi Bualchhuak,( Mizoram), Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous)( UP), Tsultrim Chonjor ( Ladakh), Ms. Chutni Devi(Jharkhand) ,Ms. Shanti Devi ( Odisha), Shyam Sundar Paliwal( Rajasthan), Guru Maa Kamali Soren ( West Bengal), Shri Marachi Subburaman ( Tamil Nadu).
Ms Shanti Devi:
Eighty seven year old Shanti Devi is a household name in Odisha. Married to Mahatma Gandhi follower Dr Ratan Das, she has significantly contributed towards maintaining peace in the Maoist affected areas of Odisha. Responsible for leading `Seva Samaj' voluntary organisation for education of tribal girls, Shanti Devi has devoted her life to the social work. Recipient of In 1994, she received Jamunalal Bazaz Award. Recipient of Radhanath Rath peace award and Jamunalal Bazaz Award and many state level and national-level awards, Shanti Devi founded an ashram for leprosy patients at Jabarguda in Rayagada district, Shanti Associated with the ‘Bhoodan’ movement, she has worked with Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
Shyan Sunder Paliwal:
Shyam Sunder Paliwal is a former Piplantri village council head in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. Paliwal started a campaign 15 years ago in memory of his daughter by planting 111 saplings. The panchayat opens a fixed bank deposit account in the name of the new-born as part of the campaign. As part of the campaign, parents of a new born girl are made to given an undertaking on affadavit in which they promise not to marry off their daughters before 18 or practice female foeticide.
Paliwal has also been working for water conservation. He is responsible for surviving chronic drought like situation in his village. Under the water campaign, check dams are built on the pastures on nearby hills to recharge the groundwater level and successfully turned Rajsamand into an oasis full of trees.
Paliwal said the focus has been the girl child, water and trees, their protection and conservation. “We are now working on the development of pastureland and water conservation.”
Birubala Rabha
Birubala Rabha has been continously fighting against witch-hunting in Assam which has often made headlines in national dailies. Rabha in her late sixties, is a tribal woman herself. She is considered as one of the prime architects of the country’s most stringent laws against witch-hunting, which were enacted by Assam.