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In the memory of Sarala Das, Sarala Sahitya Sansad has instituted an annual award “Sarala Samman” since 1983 which is given in its Annual Function, to an eminent Odia litterateur. During the first five years, from 1983 to 1987, the awards were confined to the researchers of Sarala literature. Later, the field was widened to include general eminence in Odia literature. In the beginning the award carried a cash prize of Rs.2000.00. The amount was gradually increased in phases to Rs.5,000/- to Rs.10,000/- to Rs.20,000/- and finally to Rs.50,000.00 from 2004 onwards to 2007. 

Sarala Sahitya Sansad observes the birth anniversary of many eminent litterateurs. The birth centenary of Kalindi Charan Panigrahi, the first President of the Sansad was organized by the Sansad. The birth anniversary of the poet, Padmashree Satchidananda Rautray and Padma Bhusan Kalindi Charan Panigrahi are being observed since 2001. The Sansad had conferred the title Kavya Saraswati on Sri Rautaray on 2nd September, 2003. 

The Sansad has instituted another award called Kalinga Ratna since 2007 which is given every year to a very eminent person of Odisha having outstanding contribution in any field in national or international level. The recipients of this award so far have been the former Chief Justice of India, Justice Sri Ranganath Mishra,the  former Speaker, Lok Sabha, Sri Rabi Ray, the then Judge of Supreme Court of India, Justice Dr.Arijit Pasayat, the former President, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi Sri Ramakanta Rath, and eminent social activist Padmashree Ms. Tulasi Munda.

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