Padma Shri Radhamohan, a well-known social worker and retired professor of Economics, passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 78 years old at the time.
Radhamohan was taken to the hospital after experiencing respiratory problems, since he had bronchial asthma and other co-morbidities. According to hospital officials, he passed away at 12 a.m.
In 2020, Radhamohan and his daughter Sabarmatee received the coveted Padma Shri Award, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour, for their contributions to the agriculture industry.
The father-daughter team was recognised for converting a wasteland into a fruit grove using organic agricultural methods. They have been assisting farmers all throughout the country in transitioning to organic farming.
The retired professor also founded a social organisation called ‘Samvab,’ which aims to educate farmers about organic farming and seed sharing.
He was also given the Utkal Seva Samman by the Odisha government for his great social work. Similarly, UNEP honoured him with a place on the ‘Global Roll of Honour’ for his outstanding environmental achievements.
Radhamohan, who was born in 1943 in a tiny hamlet in the Nayagarh area, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from SCS College in Puri and a master’s degree in applied economics from Utkal University in 1965.
He was appointed as State Information Commissioner by the Odisha government. He had also worked as a lecturer at many Odisha institutions.
Radhamohan has also served on the State Planning Board, the Advisory Committee, the State Watershed Mission, the Task Force on Education, the State Wildlife Advisory Committee, the NSS Advisory Committee, and the Joint Forest Management Steering Committee. In addition, he was a member of the State Pollution Control Board.
Written By: Swati Sahoo