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Padma Shri awardee Damodar Ganesh Bapat died

Eminent social worker and Padma Shri awardee Damodar Ganesh Bapat, who dedicated his life to the treatment and service of leprosy patients, died at a hospital in Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh. He was 84.

Born in Amravati district of Maharashtra, Bapat shifted to Jashpur (now a district) in Chhattisgarh in 1970 after his father's demise and got associated with RSS- affiliated Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.

In 1972, getting impressed by the work of Dr Sadashiv Katre in the field of leprosy through BKNS in Champa, Bapat joined the ashram and since then he was working with it, he added.

Bapat was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018.

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