Social activist D Prakash Rao passes away

Social activist D Prakash Rao passes away

Bhubaneswar: Noted social activist and Padma Shri D Prakash Rao passed away while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday. He was 63. The social worker died following a brain stroke, informed family sources. He was admitted to SCB after being infected with Covid-19 on December 25.
The tea seller of Cuttack had spent his entire earning to educate slum children. Rao started the school ‘Asha O Ashwasana’ in Buxi Bazaar in 2000 to provide free education to slum kids when he saw kids in his neighbourhood taking to petty crimes. Apart from his school, Rao was also a well-known blood donor.
He was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2019 for his contribution towards boosting the value of education among slum kids in Cuttack.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence on the demise of Rao.

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other political leaders mourned the sad demise of noted social activist Rao.

The Chief Minister tweeted:

The Chief Minister’s Office informed that the mortal remains will be cremated with full State honours.
“Rao will always be an inspiration for Odia’s for his relentless efforts and dedication in working for welfare of the poor and downtrodden,” Pradhan stated.

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