In the last five years, the discussion of tea and tea seller in politics is good. Among them, our associate Sushil Mahapatra searched for a real tea person. This man from Cuttack is selling tea for 54 years. One part of the earnings from the tea shop that he eats on social work. Prakash Rao runs schools for children, helps patients in hospitals.
Devarapalli Prakash Rao, a 59-year-old tea seller, has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contribution towards boosting the value of education among slum kids.
Since 2018, 59-year-old Devarapalli Prakash Rao, a tea seller in the city of Cuttack, Odisha, has been making headlines across the nation. He first came under the spotlight when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited him whilst at Cuttack, and then when he mentioned his work during one of his Mann Ki Bhaat radio broadcasts. Today,
Rao is the recipient of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award from the government.
Rao, who had quit school due after passing Class X due to poverty, is now an inspiration to many. In addition, he has a strong command over eight different languages and helps other children along on their journey to gain knowledge.
Besides being a vocal advocate of education, he has also been an active blood donor since 1976. With the aid of his income, he also feeds the children with milk and biscuits as mid-day meals and provides school uniforms and footwear.