Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha Information Commissioner and economist turned environmentalist Padma Shri Radha Mohan passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here in the wee hours on Friday. He was 78.
Sources said, Radha Mohan was unwell and was suffering from pneumonia for the last few months, following which he was admitted to the private hospital.
He was undergoing treatment in the ICU for the last few days.
He retired as Principal of SCS College in Puri before joining as the State Information Commissioner.
Radha Mohan and his daughter Sabarmatee, a conservationist, were conferred with Padma Shri last year for their 30-year-long efforts to transform a barren land into a lush food forest in Nayagarh district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his demise.
“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,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
“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,” tweeted the Chief Minister.