December 9, 2021


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Orange Vendor From Mangaluru In Karnataka, Harekala Hajabba, Awarded Padma Shri


Orange seller Harekala Hajabba’s dream of setting up a faculty was realised only soon after two decades.


Harekala Hajabba, an orange seller from Karnataka’s Mangaluru, received Padma Shri Award, India’s second-maximum civilian award, from the President of India in the national money on Monday.

The 66-calendar year-aged orange seller gained this award for bringing a revolution in rural education by constructing a college in Harekala-Newpadpu village in Mangaluru. The school, currently, has 175 underprivileged pupils from the village.

Mr Hajabba, who sells oranges at Mangaluru bus depot since 1977, is illiterate and has in no way been to school.

The wish to bring revolution in schooling in his village arrived to his head in 1978 when a foreigner requested him the price tag of orange.

“As I could not talk with the foreigner, I felt bad and resolved to construct a school in the village,” the Padma Awardee instructed ANI.

“I only know Kannada, not English or Hindi. So I was depressed as I could not support the foreigner. I wondered about setting up a college in my village,” he included.

His dream of developing a university was realised only following two decades.

The Akshara Santa (Letter Saint), a title that he gained by means of his philanthropic do the job, approached former MLA late UT Fareed, who sanctioned the development in the calendar year 2000.

The school started out with 28 pupils and now accommodates 175 pupils till Class 10.

Now, Mr Hajabba wants to devote the prize funds that he has obtained soon after profitable many awards in these several a long time in the development of a lot more universities in his village.

When questioned what his following goal is, the 66-calendar year-old guy reported, “My concentrate on is to build extra universities and colleges in my village. Numerous people today have donated cash and I have gathered prize dollars for purchasing the land for the building of colleges and faculties.”

“I have asked for Primary Minister Narendra Modi to construct a pre-college school (for Course 11 and 12 learners) in my village,” he included.

He also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, district in-demand minister Kota Srinivasa Poojary and MLA UT Khadar for recognising his philanthropic get the job done.

The Central govt had introduced the names of Padma Awardees in January 2020. But due to COVID-19 protocols, the award was only distributed on Monday.

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