Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Daitari Naik of Odisha, who is popularly known as the ‘Canal Man of Odisha’ in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme.
This 70-year-old farmer from Keonjhar district caught the nation’s attention when he carved out a 3-km-long canal through a mountain with a hoe and a crowbar.
In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, the PM said, “You must have heard about Odisha’s Daitari Naik, who is not nicknamed the ‘Canal Man of Odisha’ for nothing. He chiselled through the mountain literally with his hands and carved a three kilometers long canal in his village, and put to rest forever the problem of irrigation and water by the sheer dint of his labour.”
After being conferred with the Padma Shri in January, he was again in the news on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned and praised “Canal Man of Odisha” Daitari Naik in his “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme.
Daitari decided to carve out the canal as people of Talabaitarani, where he resides, suffered for lack irrigation facilities. It took him 22 years to cut through the mountain and finally in 2018, he could bring water from the Karatakata Nullah of Gupta Ganga to irrigate around 100 acres of land in his village. His three brothers and two nephews helped him in this task.
Modi also saluted the wife of Pulwama martyr Prasanna Sahu of Jagatsinghpur district for her vow to send her only son to join the CRPF.
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