PM Modi hails Odisha tea seller in ‘Mann Ki Baat’


New Delhi: Addressing the nation in 44th edition of monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, aired on All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed a tea-seller and social worker of Odisha D Prakash Rao, a day after his visit to the state.

The Prime Minister lauded Rao’s efforts to provide quality education to slum children in Cuttack by selling tea.

D Prakash Rao, a tea seller by profession living in a slum cluster near Buxi Bazaar area in Cuttack city, serves people by spending 50% of his income on the education of more than 70 poor children.

“D Prakash Rao, from Odisha’s Cuttack has been selling tea for the past 50 years. He spends 50% of his income on the education of more than 70 poor children. His life is an inspiration to all,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also had personally met Rao and his students during his visit to Cuttack yesterday.

Prakash Rao was forced to leave his studies midway in Class 11 due to family problems. He has understood well value and importance of education and has been running a primary school ‘Asha o Aswasana’ (that offers education from class I to V standard) for underprivileged children from slums in the Silver City. He has hired a teacher and bears the entire cost from his tea stall earnings.

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