Assistance For Padma Awardees

Odisha’s five time Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has heard the plight of the Padma award winners facing financial crisis in their day to day life.

The state government has taken a decision to provide Rs 10,000 per 
month to Padma award winners of the state facing financial problem, officials said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved such a proposal made by the S
tate Culture department, they said.

The Chief Minister, after going to news reports of Padma Award winners plight, had earlier asked the Culture department to study the economic
condition of them.

Four Padma Sri winners of the state - Haladhar Nag, Daitari Naik, 
Kamala Pujari and Jitendra Haripal - were in the news for their poor financial conditions.

Recently, 75-year-old tribal farmer Daitari Naik of Talabaitarani 
village in Keonojhar district, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2018 for digging a 3-km long canal through a mountain in Odisha, had openly
announced to return the award as he was not given work by the villagers after getting the award.

"People are not giving me any work as they think it is below my 
dignity," Mr.Naik had some time ago told reporters.

Similarly, the financial plight of Haladhar Nag, Jitendra Haripal 
and Kamala Pujari was also discussed in the Media.

Officials said a total of 84 persons from the state have so far been 
honoured with Padma Sri award of whom 45 have passed away.

Of the 
remaining 39 persons, financial condition of some is precarious, said an official, who gathered information about Padma Awardees.

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