Bengali Hunt Desk: Prakash Rao, a Padma Shri awardee who provided free education to poor slum children by selling tea, passed away on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over her death. After Prakash Rao contracted corona, he was undergoing treatment at Sriramchandra Medical College and Hospital's Coved Ward in Cuttack. He died of a heart attack 20 days later during treatment.
He breathed his last at 4:15 pm on Wednesday. As soon as the news of his death came to light, the whole state was in mourning. Dedicated to social service, Prakash Rao used to run a tea shop. And he used the money he earned from running a tea shop to pay for the education of poor children. He has donated blood 218 times in his life, which is also a record. In 2019, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the President for his social service.
During his visit to Cuttack on May 26, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him. He also praised her for her social service. Note that D Prakash Rao runs a tea shop at Bakshi Bazar in Cuttack. Her tea shop is famous in that area. He also opened a school for 19 years by selling tea. He used to provide free education to the slum children in that school.
He used to bear all the expenses of the education of those children himself. He was awarded the Padma Shri for such social work. Prior to receiving the Padma Shri, he was honored with the Human Rights Award, Bharat Bikash Sanman and several other honors.
Saddened by the demise of Shri D Prakash Rao. The outstanding work that has done will continue motivating people. He rightly saw education as a vital means to empowerment. I recall my meeting with him in Cuttack a few years ago. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/ECZ0NUFush
– Narendra Modi (arenarendramodi) January 13, 2021
Expressing grief over the death of D Prakash Rao, he also shared a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with him on Twitter. He tweeted, ‘Mourning the death of Shri D Prakash Rao. He is It will inspire people to do outstanding work. He rightly saw education as an important means of empowerment. I remember my meeting with him in Cuttack a few years ago. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti. ”