Bhubaneswar: Noted social worker and retired professor in Economics Padma Shri Radhamohan passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 78.
Radhamohan was admitted to the hospital following complains in respiratory system as he was suffering from bronchial asthma along with other co-morbidities. He breathed his last at around 12 midnight, hospital authorities said.
Radhamohan and his daughter Sabarmatee were conferred with prestigious Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country, in 2020 for their contribution to agriculture sector.
The father-daughter duo was credited to have transformed a piece of wasteland into a fruit forest through organic farming technique. They had been enabling farmers across the country to take to sustainable organic farming.
The retired professor had also opened a social organisation-‘Samvab’ aiming at educating farmers regarding organic farming and exchange of seeds.
Odisha Government had also awarded him with Utkal Seva Samman for his outstanding social service. Similarly, UNEP had conferred ‘The Global Roll of Honour’ for his distinguished work for environment.
Born in 1943 at a small village in Nayagarh district, Radhamohan had graduated with economics from SCS College in Puri and completed his post-graduation in Applied Economics from Utkal University in 1965.
Odisha government had appointed him as State Information Commissioner. He had also served as a lecturer in different colleges in Odisha.
Radhamohan had also worked as member of State Planning Board, Advisory Committee, State Watershed Mission, Task Force on Education, State Wildlife Advisory Committee, NSS Advisory Committee, Steering Committee on Joint Forest Management. He was also a member of State Pollution Control Board.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharemdnra Pradhan, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhushan Harichandan, Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena and BJP National Vice-President Baijayant Panda among others expressed condolences over the demise of the noted environmentalist.
ପଦ୍ମଶ୍ରୀ ପ୍ରଫେସର ରାଧାମୋହନଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ । ବିଶେଷ ଭାବରେ ଜୈବିକ ଚାଷ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ତାଙ୍କ ଦ୍ୱାରା ଅଣାଯାଇଥିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ତଥା ପରିବେଶ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କର ପ୍ରତିବଦ୍ଧତା ସବୁ ଦିନ ପାଇଁ ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ହୋଇ ରହିବ ।— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 11, 2021
Deeply saddened to know the passing away of Gandhian and Padma Shri awardee Prof Radhamohan. An economist turned environmentalist had distinguished contribution to sustainable organic farming. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family members and well-wishers.— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 11, 2021
ପଦ୍ମଶ୍ରୀ ପ୍ରଫେସର ରାଧାମୋହନଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗଜନିତ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ମର୍ମାହତ । ରାଧାମୋହନଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଜୈବିକ କୃଷିକ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅପୁରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି । ସେ ଜଣେ ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଗାନ୍ଧୀବାଦୀ ନେତା, ସମାଜସେବୀ, ସ୍ତମ୍ବକାର ଓ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଚାଷି ।— Biswa Bhusan Harichandan (@BiswabhusanHC) June 11, 2021
Saddened to learn of the passing of eminent environmentalist, noted economist & former Odisha Information Commissioner Padma Shri Prof. Radhamohan.— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) June 11, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family.
Om Shanti 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/Jftl89vE8V