Bhubaneswar: Renowned environmental conservationists, Padma Shri awardee Prof Radha Mohan passed away while undergoing treatment in a private hospital on Friday. He was 78.
He was being treated for pneumonia and was in ICU for the past couple of days.
An economics professor, he retired as the principal of SCS college, Puri and later became State Information Commissioner of Odisha.
As a conservationist he founded Sambhav along with his daughter Sabarmatee and worked for the conservation of nature, agriculture, organic farming and conservation of seeds. The father daughter duo were conferred with Padma Shri award in 2020 for transforming a barren land into lush green land in Nayagarh district.
Condoling the demise of the conservationist, President Ramnath Kovind tweeted, “Prof Radhamohan was as inspiring an economist as an environmentalist. A profound scholar, he turned to organic farming to enrich nature and humanity. His demise will leave a void. My condolences to his family and followers.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted his condolence on twitter. “Prof Radhamohan Ji was deeply passionate about agriculture, especially adopting sustainable and organic practices. He was also respected for his knowledge on subjects relating to the economy and ecology. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.” he wrote on twitter.
In his tribute to Prof Radha Mohan, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “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.”