Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Governor Ganeshi Lal expressed grief at the death of Padma Shri D Prakash Rao. Rao passed away at SCB Medical College in Cuttack on Wednesday while undergoing treatment.
“ Deeply saddened to know about the demise of philanthropist Padma Shri D Prakash Rao. The Good Samaritan will always be remembered for his dedication to uplift the lives of children through education. My thoughts & prayers with the bereaved family members. RIP” tweeted Patnaik.Patnaik also announced that Rao will be cremated with full state honours.
Rao had received Padma Shri, a tea seller, on Republic Day in 2019 for his selfless service towards educating underprivileged and orphan children in Cuttack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also praised him in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.
“ He will always be remembered for his selfless service in transforming the lives of thousands of poor kids through his school ‘Asha o Ashwasana’,” expressed the Governor.