My next goal is to open a PU College in Harekala: Padma Shri awardee Harekala Hajabba | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Harekala Hajabba received the Padma Shri Award 2020 from President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Monday.
Hajabba, the orange seller who saved money to build a school in his village, was declared as the recipient of one of the highest civilian honours of India on January 25, 2020.
“I am happy that a poor man like me has been honoured by the Prime Minister and President. I thank our MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, minister Kota Shrinivas Poojari and MLA of our constituency U T Khader. The Prime Minister shook my hand,” an elated Hajabba said after receiving the award.
A man of simplicity, Hajabba walked towards the dais to receive the award barefoot. “My humble request to the government that a PU college be sanctioned to my village Harekala. Setting up a PU college for Harekala village is my dream now,” he added.
People from all sections of the society shared messages on social media wishing Hajabba for his biggest achievement. “Harekala Hajabba’s journey is awe inspiring! An ordinary fruit seller in Mangaluru, he has built a school in his village with his savings! Today, he was awarded the Padmashri! Can there be a better example of ‘Where there is a will there is a way’? Salute his resolve!” (sic), tweeted health minister Dr Sudhakar K.
Mangaluru MLA U T Khader said, “Hajabba is a pride of my constituency. He has been honoured by the President of India. We will hold a felicitation ceremony at his own school in Harekala.”
Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada district administration also has been planning to hold a felicitation ceremony for the Padma Shri awardee.

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