Omeo Kumar Das
Born: 21 May 1895
Died: 23 January 1975
- He , popularly addressed as Lok Nayak, was an Indian social worker, Gandhian, educationist, writer and a former minister at the Government of Assam.
- He held various ministerial portfolios such as Education, Labour and Food and Civil Supplies, during various periods, in the state of Assam.
- He translated The Story of My Experiments with Truth, the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, into Assamese language and contributed to the implementation of Tea Plantation Worker’s Provident Fund in the state.
- The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1963, for his contributions to society.
- India Post honoured Das by issuing a commemorative stamp on him on 15 May 1998.
- He died on 23 January 1975, aged 81, survived by his wife, Pushpalata Das, renowned freedom activist and parliamentarian,and their daughter.
- Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKD), Guwahati, an autonomous institution funded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), was named after Das, on his birth centenary in 1995.
- India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp on him in 1998.
- A college at Dhekiajuli has been named, Lokonayak Omeo Kumar Das College, in his honour.
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