68-Year-Old Ladakh Man Single-Handedly Built 38 Km Road; Awarded Padma Shri

by Tania Tarafdar
68-Year-Old Ladakh Man Single-Handedly Built 38 Km Road; Awarded Padma Shri

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Padma awards at a ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan to 73 winners. Out of them, four were Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan, and 61 Padma Shri awards. The President awarded one of the Padma Shri to Shri Chhultim Chhonjor, a social activist from Ladakh, for his remarkable contribution to society. The 60-year-old single-handedly constructed a 40-km stretch from Ramjak to Kargyak village in Ladakh.

The Hilly Roads Were Inaccessible For Years

Residents of Chhonjor’s village had been complaining about the hilly roads and inaccessible terrains for years. Villagers were deprived of services and facilities owing to the bad road condition. To add to it, the villagers had poor medical infrastructure. Chultim decided to take matters into his hands instead of waiting for the authorities. According to a report by ABP Live, the Ladakh man had spent all his savings to build the 38-km road.

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The Man Spent All His Savings To Build The Stretch

The Padma awards are usually given in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri and announced on the eve of Republic Day. While the Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional service, Padma Bhushan is for distinguished service of high order, and Padma Shri, honours individuals of distinguished service in any field.

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The 60-year-old-man is inspiring us all.