Showing posts with label Odisha. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Odisha. Show all posts

Prakash rao : tea vendor to winner of prestigious Padma Shri award


Prakash Rao from Odhisa got Padma Shri, one of the top civilian awards in India, given on the occasion of Republic Day.

Prakash Rao was selected from the Odisha quota for the honour.

His ancestors, originally from the Andhra region, made Odisha their home several generations ago.

Rao, who lives in a slum area in Buxi Bazar, has converted one of the two rooms in his house into a school for poor children.

He not only teaches the children, but also provides them free food.

Not just that. For over 40 years, he has been supplying hot water, milk, bread and food for poor patients at a nearby government hospital.

He earns about Rs600 (Dh31) daily by selling tea and snacks at a stall, but the humble man spends nearly half of this amount on helping others.

For his efforts, Prakash Rao has previously received several awards including the Human Rights Award.

He was specially mentioned on PM Modi’s Man Ki Baat programme for his services to society.

The selfless man has also donated blood 210 times.

For the first time Diesel costlier than petrol

Odisha has become the first state in India where diesel is costlier than petrol as diesel was sold at ₹80.69 per litre on Sunday in Bhubaneswar while petrol at ₹80.57 per litre. Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association general secretary Sanjay Lath said while other states have different VAT rates for petrol and diesel, Odisha charges a uniform 26% VAT on both.With diesel becoming costlier than petrol in Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal and the opposition Congress Sunday blamed the “faulty” policy of the central government for the rise in price of diesel. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is from Odisha, again asked the state government to reduce the rate of VAT to give relief to people.