Bantwal: ‘Tunnel Man’ Amai Mahalinga Naik to receive Padma Shri award

Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal

Bantwal, Jan 25: On the eve of the Republic Day, the Centre on Tuesday January 25 announced the list of recipients of the Padma awards. ‘Tunnel Man’ Amai Mahalinga Naik, who single-handedly worked to irrigate his two-acre land and succeeded in raising a small plantation has been chosen for the Padma Shri Award in the ‘Others – Agriculture’ category.

Naik had dreamt to raise an arecanut farm atop rocky hills with poor vegetation. He took up the task himself as hiring workers for digging would have been highly expensive.

After digging up to a depth of 30 metre, he gave up and begun digging at another location guided by his instinct. But water still remained elusive at a depth of 35 metre in second tunnel. When he had to abandon digging third and fourth tunnel at 35 metre again, the hard work of four years seemed to have gone in vain. He began digging the fifth tunnel located at an elevated place. And finally at 50 feet, he discovered moisture on ceiling. At sixth attempt, at 315 ft long, he found water. Then Naik went on to dig the seventh tunnel behind his house to provide water for drinking and domestic use.

This year the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards including 2 duo case. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. As many as 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 posthumous awardees.





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  • Kenrick, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 27 2022

    Padma awards are losing its relevance and importance due to awards presented to RSS recommended people.

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  • MJ Shetty, Padubidri

    Fri, Jan 28 2022

    On the contrary, for the first time ever, the Padma awards are being presented to deserving people.

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  • Peace lover, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    First time after independence, we are seeing worthy ppl getting prestigious awards. Mahalinga Naik, Harekala Hajabba, bridge man Girish Bharadwaj are the examples from Dakshina kannada. Earlier it was like ppl used to go & sit in Delhi, send applications to politicians for recommendations. Otherwise how can we even expect Manjamma Jogati getting padmashri ? A person from transgender section? Kudos to Modi govt. It was nice to see PM speaking 1:1 to the Mangalorean child Remona Vivette for her Bala Puraskar.

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  • Reva, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Congratulations Sir. Happy that all hidden gems especially from D.K are getting recognition for their hard work.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    I like this Modi Government.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    A Great Hardworking Feet ! I salute you for your single handed endeavours and achieving your desired Results. Such determined Hard Working people are need of the hour in our Community now-a-days ! THANK YOU SO MUCH MAY OUR GRACEFUL ALMIGHTY SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS ON YOU !!!

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  • Jigmig, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Determination and dedication towards any work will be rewarded one day. No doubt.

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