Suryapet: Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao has proved that he was just a tweet away for citizens who are genuinely in need of help. An elderly couple, Linga Madharaiah and his wife, whose ration card was cancelled, would vouch for that after the Minister responded to a tweet by a Good Samaritan on their pitiable condition.
Responding to the Minister’s direction, the district administration swung into action and ensured that the couple gets their Antyodaya card. A bonanza also awaits the couple since Rama Rao has also instructed the district authorities sanction a 2BHK house for them.
Madharaiah’s ration card was cancelled which led to the couple finding it difficult even to manage one square meal a day. Madharaiah and his wife live in a hut at Khanapuram village of Kodad mandal in the district. The old age pension of Rs 1,000 was the only means of survival for them and with the cancellation of the ration card, they were left penniless and were struggling for survival.
A vernacular newspaper ran a report on the couple’s pathetic condition. This news report was tweeted to the Minister on Monday who immediately took up the issue with the district administration. Kodad Revenue Divisional Officer Bikshu Naik visited Madharaiah’s house and inquired about the couple’s condition. He also sanctioned the Antyodaya card to him on the spot. Madharaiah’s family will subsequently get 35 kg of subsidised rice every month starting from this month.
Appreciating Suryapet District Collector K Surendra Mohan over twitter for his quick response, the Minister also instructed him to sanction a double bedroom house to the family.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Naik said the couple’s details were uploaded online for ration cards immediately and approval was also obtained. The local ration shop dealer was accordingly instructed and the couple were provided with 35 kg of subsidised rice immediately.
“During inquiry, we found that Madharaiah and his wife were dependent on the old age pension and the hut they were living in was not suitable. Since they are eligible for a double bedroom house, a proposal was sent to the District Collector to sanction the house for them,” he said, adding that that printing of Antyodaya Card would take 15 days, and the copy of the card would be handed over to him immediately after getting it.
That Rama Rao is a “Tweeple’s man” is evident from an earlier instance of Twitter action following a news report. The Minister asked the district authorities to sanction a 2BHK house for K Ashok, a labourer who constructed a toilet despite living in a hut at Kasaram village in the district. The house constructed on his plot was handed over to him within five months of the Minister’s instructions.