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A GIVER ALWAYS

‘Giving back to society’- this occurs to the satiated rich who dole out the spill over. Is that the criterion to go generous? “Certainly not”, says and proves the young PVS Ram Mohan Rao. While others earn before giving, he started giving even before he has earned. He hails from a poverty-stricken agri family of Davalapeta village in Srikakulam. There were days when he went without food and slept on the railway platform. The phenomenal change in his life can only be attributed to his commitment to his cause, grit and gumption. At 33, Ram is a youth icon. He transforms innumerable lives in the region with his generous heart and ever-giving hand. He recently stormed into 7 world records, installing 150 statues to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma. He shares his valuable thoughts and narrates his eventful life story.

EXCERPTS
Formative years
My ‘never-been to school’ parents Mrs.Chandanam and Mr.Venkata Swamy, worked as farm hands and educated me and my brother Sekhar.
I earned scholarships that saw me through till I obtained B.Tech degree from the AU Engineering College. My brother stood in the 9th position in the all India CA exams and is now with Infosys. I joined TISCO, Jemshedpur, as a Production Engineer in 2006. But that eight-month stint only had me pining to come back to my village and my karma bhoomi.

Idea
Using my engineering experience, I developed high quality cement mixing fly ash, lime and gypsum. Offering livelihood to 25 people, I set up a factory on a a small piece of land given by my grandfather in 2007. I got a grant of Rs.10 lakh under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme.
I grew from strength to strength and started investing in land. I bought an acre of land and to my delight, it yielded lime. Obtaining Mineral Dealer Licence, I got into mining too.

Setback
I faced a major upheaval in 2010-11 and lost all that I earned. People started criticising me for going into business. Yet, I stood my ground. My objective was to serve people. So nothing could deter me from my path. By God’s grace, 2012 saw me back on my feet.

Ideology
‘Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,’ is what I live by. Even during my student days, I used to help the students poorer than me, by saving out of my money. The gnawing urge to do something for the less fortunate has remained with me. Adding the initials of my father’s name to my name, I set up PVS Ram Mohan Rao Foundation in 2010. I started my activities with distributing clothes to the poor during Sankranthi.

Spirit & Spirituality
I am a spiritual person and a devotee of Lord Siva. I feel a place of worship is the need of the hour to inculcate discipline in the youth. My first noteworthy contribution to my village was the Siva Temple.



Healthcare
To take healthcare to the doorstep of the villagers, I built a Rs.5 crore and 50-bed PVS Ram Mohan Rao Hospital in Pondur. My wife Dr.Sujatha heads the gynaecology wing. Here the entire treatment including investigations and medicines is given free. I am building another 60-bed hospital in Ranasthalam, which will be inaugurated in a few months.

Education
I have established libraries for which I supply the infrastructure, besides books. Every year I select five needy students and finance their higher studies. I take a commitment from each of them to educate five others, so that the chain remains unbroken.

Unforgettable incident
A student from Sarvakota got a seat in Tripple IT, besides a call from NASA. When I heard that he gave up all this due to lack of money, I took up a day-long journey to his place to give him required money. I feel proud that he is now working at NASA.

Future plans
• We are coming up with a Rs.50 cr and 200-bed hospital in Srikakulam.
• An orphanage
• A home for the aged.
• An agri-based food processing unit to generate employment for farmers
• A unique Siva temple, reflecting the essence of Pancha Kshetralu

Success mantra
I believe that the God rewards those who serve others. He blesses the benevolent with enough so that they can share it with others. There is no investment like service.

Is politics next step?
I have no plans to tread that path for the time being. I may lend an indirect support to leaders, but that is all. I do agree that politics helps you reach a larger audience. But I am against it in its present condition where a vote is given in lieu of a liquor bottle or a wad of notes and not for service rendered. If only politicians spare a thought for the people on whose steam they are in those chairs, things would improve vastly.

Rich become richer and poor, poorer, your take
Corruption is the worst ill gnawing the very roots of our country. If we can arrest it and people devote at least a wee bit of their time and resources to welfare activities, we are bound to become the number one country. I don’t agree with the argument that a few individuals cannot bring about this transformation. Leading by example, I try to change the mindset of the youth.

Youth power
We have a strength of 2,000 youth behind us. At least 1500 of them converge whenever I organise a welfare activity.

For better tomorrow
I feel people should learn to respect their gurus and elders, who are the path-finders. The youth should be constantly reminded of their ideologies. That is why, I insist on having statues of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar in every nook and statues of Mother Saraswati in educational institutions.

Clean image
I am transparent in my activities and make it loud and clear that I take no donations from anyone. All the funds for my activities come purely from my earnings.

Support system
My wife Dr.Sujatha obtained her degree from AMC and pursued PG from NRI Medical College, Mangalagiri. I shared my ideas and ideology with her even before we got married in 2014. Luckily, she is in perfect sync with my thoughts and her being a doctor added value to our service.

BRILLIANT RECORD
• Guinness book of World Record
• India Book of Record
• Limca Book of World record
• Bharat Book of World Record
• Golden Star World Record
• Wonder Book of World Record
• Telugu Book of World Record

 
 
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