Srikant Sahu, the 22-year-old son of a tea-seller from one of the country’s poorest districts, Sunday fulfilled his dream of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The youth from Odisha’s Nabarangpur, who had topped a national skill contest last year, was felicitated by the Prime Minister.
“It was just a 20-second meeting. I could not say anything to him. But I was so happy to meet him…I wish I could have spoken to him for a little longer, but there was no time,” Srikant told The Indian Express.
At their modest home in Jharigaon, his father Balaram Sahu was unable to contain his happiness. “It’s still like a dream for us that my son could meet the PM,” said Balaram, who sells tea and snacks in Nabarangpur’s Jharigaon block.
Srikant, an ITI diploma holder, had topped the 51st Annual All India Skill Competition in motor mechanic trade held nearly eight months ago. The result was declared in November 2015, and entitled Srikant to a cash award of Rs 50,000 and a certificate.
In a month or so, Srikant will fulfil his other dream of taking up a government job, when he joins the Indian Ordnance Factory in Jabalpur as an automobile fitter.