Dilip Mahalanabis, who pioneered using ORS, can be awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
The authorities in an announcement on the eve of the 74th Republic Day mentioned Mr Mahalanabis’ efforts led to widespread use of oral rehydration system, or ORS, which is “estimated to have saved over 5 crore lives globally.”
Mr Mahalanabis, 87, who died in October final yr, was a resident of West Bengal.
ORS is a straightforward, cheap but efficient ingenious resolution, because of which the world has seen 93 per cent discount in deaths brought on by diarrhoea, cholera and dehydration, particularly in infants and youngsters.
The authorities mentioned he demonstrated the effectiveness of ORS whereas serving in refugee camps throughout the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, having returned from the US to serve.
The others are Ratan Chandra Kar, a retired authorities physician from the Andamans; Hirabai Lobi, a Siddi tribal social employee; Munishwar Chander Dawar, a battle veteran and physician from Jabalpur; Ramkuiwangbe Newme, a Naga social employee; VP Appukuttan Poduval, a freedom fighter from Payyanur; Sankurathri Chandra Sekhar, a Kakinada based mostly social employee; Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan, knowledgeable snake catchers from Irula tribe; Tula Ram Upreti, a 98-year-old self-sustained small farmer; Nekram Sharma, an natural farmer from Mandi; Janum Singh Soy, a tribal Ho language scholar; Dhaniram Toto, a Toto (Dengka) language preserver; B Ramakrishna Reddy, an 80-year-old linguistics professor from Telangana, amongst others.