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\ Bhubaneswar, Jan 13: Noted so-Total activist and Palma Shri D Prakash Rao passed away while un-dergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack Wednesday. He was 63.
The social worker died follow-ing a brain stroke, informed fam-ily members. He was admitted to SCB after being infected with Covid-19 December 25. The tea seller of Cuttack had spent his entire earning to educate slum children. Rao started the school ‘Asha 0 Ashwasana’
in Buxi Bazaar area in 2000 to provide free education to slums kids when he saw kids in his neighbourhood taking }to1 petty crimes. Apart from his school, Rao was also a well-known blood donor He was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2019 for his contribution towards boosting the value of education among slum kids in Cuttack.