Sankaran Fondly Remembered

Hyderabad: SR Sankaran, a doyen among IAS officers who served this country with great distinction was remembered here on Saturday with affection and respect. Prof KS Chalam, a distinguished economist and former member of UPSC, who delivered the 6th SR Sankaran Memorial Lecture’ said Sankaran had proved beyond doubt that dedicated officers can do wonders while functioning within the boundaries of constitution. He pointed out that Sankaran had defied a strong chief minister like Dr Marri Channa Reddy when the latter objected to his style of functioning and the work he was doing and opted to go on leave and then to Central government. 

What is development? It is freedom. The officers have a bounden duty to deliver the people’s wealth to the people while ensuring their freedoms that were guaranteed by the constitution. In the process there is nothing to fear. The Indian constitution gives abundant protection to the officers to work fearlessly for the poor people. Officers like Sankaran, KR Venugopal and Kaki Madhav Rao had used the opportunity to the best of their abilities and served the Dalits and Adivasis.

Dr MV Reddy, IAS, who was chief guest at the function, narrated his own experience in helping the students of Dalit community in passing their examinations. He said his community did not come in the way of working for Dalits. He was in charge of Social Welfare department in the government of Telangana State before being posted as collector, Medchal district, recently in the wake of reorganization of districts. He paid rich tributes to the titan among the IAS officers, Sankaran.

Dr K Ramachandra Murthy, Editorial Director of Sakshi Media Group, suggested that the young IAS officers who are trained at Missouri and other places after being selected should be exposed to the life and work of Sankaran so that an element of social responsibility and humanitarian outlook would be inculcated in them. Along with notes about Sankaran, a video clipping of Sankaran’s funeral procession also should be shown to the young officers. That visual would motivate many officers to work for Dalits and Advisasis since everyone would like to have their kind of a funeral, he said.

CDS Vice Chairman Professor V Krishna presided over the function. He spoke about his own experience with Sankaran and the way he was inspired and influenced by the great human being. The memorial lecture was earlier delivered by stalwarts like BD Sarma, PS Krishnan, Rajasekhar Undru, Professor Vimal Thorat and former member of Nepal Parliament Vinod Pahadi.

Mallepally Laxamiah, founder-chairman of the Centre for Dalit Studies which organized the function announced that a half-an-hour film on the life and work of Sankaran would be prepared to be shown at the beginning of the Memorial Lecture from next year. prof Satyanarayana, Director for Centre for Dalit Studies, narrated his encounters with Sanakaran. He said he was moved to tears when the great officer said he wants to pay for the atrocities committed by his ancestors on the Dalit community by serving the community to the best of his ability.  Uppena, a 10th class student of government school staying at a social welfare hostel in Nagar Kurnool district, was presented with Laxmi Venugopal award which carries a cash component of Rs 10,000. Senior IAS officer KR Venugopal, Kaki Madhav Rao, former member of Rajya Sabha Solipeta Ramachandra Reddy and many others participated in the meeting.

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