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Padma Shri Awardee Daitari Nayak says:'surviving by eating ant eggs, selling tendu leaves to run home'

R Sinduja

News Editor

Tribal farmer Daitari Nayak was awarded Padma Shri this year for digging a 3-km long canal through a mountain in Odisha. But he now wants to return the award as it became a roadblock for him to make a living. He says previously he used to get work as a daily labourer & now people think it is below my dignity and are not giving any work. He now sells tendu leaves, amba sadha to run his house and survives on ant eggs.