Two photojournalists appreciated In Vijayawada

Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: For extending their support to the needy, two photojournalists- Challa Mallikharjun (Eenadu) and Donthireddy Suman Reddy (The Times of India), got appreciations from government hospital staff and local corporator on Friday.

The two photojournalists, who went to New Government Hospital on duty purpose around 9 am on Friday observed one old couple, Yesuratnam and Leela, waiting outside for help to reach their village, Penamaluru. Their daughter Devinamma died due to Pneumonia on Friday and the couple have no money to take the body to their village for cremation.

Knowing their situation, the two lens men approached the elder couple and tried to help them by hiring an auto to their village. However, the reluctant auto driver did not allow the couple to carry the body on humanitarian grounds.

Then both the photojournalists approached local corporator Kaku Mallikharjuna Rao and hospital development committee chairman DV Umamaheswara Rao, who attended a program in GGH, for help. They reacted to the incident and arranged private ambulance for carrying the body to their village and gave Rs 1000 to the couple for cremation.

Appreciating their social responsibility, both the corportor and development committee chairman praised the humanity of photojournalists and said scribes are serving the society with their selfless service through their profession.

a�?We took journalism not only as a profession but to highlight the unknown social issues to the peoplea��s fore. Journalism is a divine profession and the role of photojournalists should be appreciated,a�? said AP Photo Journalists Associations (APPJA) president N Sambasiva Rao

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