Renowned social activist Padma Shri D Prakash Rao passed away at the age of 63. He was admitted to the SCB Medical Hospital, Cuttack after tested positive for COVID-19 on 25th December.
After tested positive for Coronavirus, he was later shifted to the ICU as he developed complications and his health worsened. For the past two days, he was on ventilator support. Reports say that he recovered from COVID-19 but then his condition worsened after he incurred certain neurological ailments.
As per the officials, Rao succumbed to a brain stroke at SCB Medical College Hospital. Rao developed certain complications after a brain stroke and his oxygen saturation abruptly dropped. Despite all the efforts by the SCB doctors and struggling for 20 days, Rao finally lost the battle and succumbed to death.
Rao was an inspiration as he dedicated his whole life and earnings to the education and development of underprivileged children. Initially, he was selling tea in Cuttack where he was providing free education and meals to underprivileged children in a slum area. For the past twenty years, he was serving those kids by boosting their education.
Rao was forced to quit school before passing class 10 due to poverty and then later inherited his father’s tea stall. He then became the inspiration for millions of people and his achievement as a tea seller and serving education to the poor children became a nationwide honor. He has even a string command over eight languages and has excellent knowledge which helps him to educate the children from poorer sections of the society.
Apart from helping the slum and orphan children in Cuttack, he was also an avid donor as he donated over 200 times. In 2019 he was awarded the most prestigious Padma Shri Award for his immense contribution to society in the field of social work.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik mourns the demise of Rao and stated- “Good Samaritan will always be remembered for his dedication to uplift the lives of children.” Rao’s funeral will be held with full state honor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also grieved and recalled his meeting with Rao in 2018 by stating that Rao’s outstanding work will always continue to motivate people and he rightly saw education as a vital means of empowerment. He Tweeted – “Saddened by the demise of Shri D Prakash Rao. The outstanding work that he has done will continue motivating people. He rightly saw education as a vital means to empowerment. I recall my meeting with him in Cuttack a few years ago. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.” Rao was also praised by PM during one of the episodes of ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
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