The TTE who inspired AP’s driver insurance scheme
The TTE who inspired AP’s driver insurance scheme. Kesavabhatla Srinivasa Rao is Central Government employee but is in his league of his own.
Kesavabhatla Srinivasa Rao is Central Government employee but is in his league of his own. The chief ticket inspector of Indian Railways is the brain child behind the State’s Insurance scheme for drivers which was launched on May Day. Srinivasa Rao from Rajahmundry has won the national award for his outstanding services to the Railways and has been conferred the Shrama Shakti award twice by AP.
After joining the Railways in 1988, Srinivasa started his philanthropic work and started helping the physically challenged and orphans. He donates about 30 tri-cycles and wheel chairs to physically challenged people every year. He conducts competitions and cultural programmes for deaf, dumb and blind people through Kesavabhatla Charitable Trust (KCT) and donates artificial limbs for the needy.
Srinivasa is well known for his medical camps which he utilises the services of 10 specialist doctors including psychiatrists, cardiac specialist and dentists. He provides medicines for all kinds of illnesses and has a mobile lab which conducts all kinds of blood tests. About 1,200 tribal people from Khammam, East and West Godavari districts have got quality treatment conducted by him at remote agency village in Kondamodalu.
Whenever natural calamities strike, Srinivasa always remains on his toes. He drove a lorry with essential commodities worth Rs 3.50 lakh to Visakhapatnam to help the Hudhud cyclone victims. He distributed ration for one week to the villagers of Pudimadaka where the eye of cyclone hit the coast.
Whenever trains are stranded in Rajahmundry Railway Station due to cyclones, he distributes food packets and water bottles to the passengers with his money. Srinivasa came up with an insurance scheme for auto drivers in 2011 and insured about 12,000 drivers. He spends nearly Rs 1 lakh as premium every year.
Apart from this he spends about Rs 4 lakh from his purse every year. On the advice of his friends, he started KCT in 2012. Speaking about the initiative, Srinivasa says, “My inspiration is my father, Kesavabhatla Adi Narayana, and I am able to continue my services with the support of my mother Venkata Ramanamma and wife Sridevi Venkata Lakshmi.
I always feel that everyone should help the needy. After starting KCT, people started coming forward to donate, but I never ask anyone for help. Whenever some strangers call on my mobile and appreciate my services, I forget all my hard work.”
By Samson Raj