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Cuttack tea vendor gets recognition from PM

Cuttack: An ordinary man, a tea vendor by profession, but has become an extraordinary person only due to his hard work and persistence towards service to mankind. And for that, he has been recognised and highly appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Prakash Rao who hugged the headlines several times for his efforts to educate slum children by opening a school by spending half of his earning, found place in PM’s 44th edition of ‘Maan Ki Baat’ programme today.

The PM dubbed his life as a source of inspiration for many.

“I congratulate D. Prakash Rao for his hard work, persistence and for providing a new direction to the lives of those poor children attending his school. He has banished the darkness from their lives. Who amongst us does not know the Vedic shloka ‘Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya’. It has been put into practice by Rao. His life is an inspiration to us, our society and the whole country,” Modi said in his programme.

Modi further added “A meagre tea vendor; today you will be surprised to know that the lives of more than 70 children are being illuminated through education due to his efforts. He has opened a school named ‘Asha Aswasana’, spending 50% of his income for slum children”.

Modi said that he was fortunate to have a meeting with Rao yesterday during his visit to the millennium city on fourth anniversary of his government. “Just yesterday I’ve had the good fortune of meeting D. Prakash Rao,” Modi added. The PMO also tweeted about his meeting with the tea selle

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