A 68 year old man Harekala Hajabba, a fruit seller who dedicated his entire life to make a school in village received Padma Shree. Wearing white shirt and dhoti with bare foot, he walked to receive the precious Padma Shri award by President Ram Nath Kovind.
On Monday, President of India tweeted, “President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Harekala Hajabba for Social Work. An orange vendor in Mangalore, Karnataka, he saved money from his vendor business to build a school in his village.”
While talking to ANI, Harekala Hajabba, said, “As I could not communicate with the foreigner, I felt bad and decided to build a school in the village,” He further added, “I only know Kannada, nor English or Hindi. So I was depressed that I couldn’t help the foreigner. I wondered about constructing a school in my village.”
He was given the prestigious Padma Shree award because he saved money to build a school in the village. He is an orange seller in Mangalurur, Hajabba. He had no facility to receive education. He said that he don’t want his children to suffer the same so he decided to save money and build a school. “I didn’t receive an education. This led me to build a school with a dream that every child in my village should be educated. Today, the school has 175 students with classes up to the 10th standard,” said Harekala Hajabba.
Harekala Hajabba invested all his savings in the year 2000, to make a school in his village. Harekala Hajabba was to be given the award in the year 2020 but due to pandemic it was cancelled.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.