New Delhi, Nov 8: Harekala Hajabba, received the ‘Padma Shri’ civilian honour from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on Monday November 8 at New Delhi.
Hajabba along with his nephew went to Delhi. He reached New Delhi on Sunday November 7 and stayed at Hotel Asoka. Their trip was facilitated through the arrangements made by Dakshina Kannada district administration and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Hajabba was chosen for the honour in the light of the contributions he made to the education sector.
Hajabba, who sold oranges, created a revolution in the field of education by opening a school in his native place, Harekala, from his savings, and contributing to its growth year after year. The Padma Shri award for Hajabba had been announced on January 25, 2020, but the function had not been held because of Covid situation.
The awards ceremony was held at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.