Bay News Network, Visakhapatnam: Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust Ajeya Kallam, speaking at a meeting organised by the Forum for Better Visakha to pay tributes to the former IAS officer, S R Sankaran, on Wednesday said that officers like him were lucky to work under Sankaran. He could gain such a reputation that IAS officers during his time were referred to as Sankaran cadre than AP cadre.
If we can see problems in his angle, we can solve many problems, said Kallam.
Collector J Syamala Rao said Sankaran was among the few IAS officers who had inspired him to join the Civil Services. Sankaran showed that a lot could be done to the people.
Ten years of association with Sankaran was an inspiring experience, said Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation V N Vishnu. Sankaran would thoroughly examine the work done by all the 105 departments regarding implementation of schemes and programmes for SC/STs, tribal sub-plan, etc. and would check the progress during the next review. He would not allow a poor man to buy him even a tender coconut during field visits.
Former Union Secretary and convener of FBV E A S Sarma, who was closely associated with the late officer, said Sankaran’s simplicity, humane nature, sincerity in discharging duties and concern for others could not be forgotten.
Sankaran was a torch-bearer for him and many other officers, said Dr Sarma.
A dalit leader Boosiraju wanted the officers to follow Sankaran’s method of working.
A girijan woman Rajulamma could not control her emotions as she spoke about the support Sankaran extended to girijans and who was responsible for establishing ITDAs and prepared the rules for the Forest Rights Act.
Convener of Praja Spandana and former IES officer C S Rao said a lot of good would be done to the people if officers functioned well.
He wanted a documentary produced on Sankaran.
Chalasani Prasad of Virasam said Sankaran was one with conviction and believed in social justice.
Dalits used to look at Sankaran anna whenever they faced a problem, said K Venkata Ramana, a dalit leader. Statues of Sankaran and human rights activist K Balagopal must be installed on the Beach Road here, he said.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University K Balamohan Das said Sankaran was a people’s IAS officer and a role model for officers.
Convener of INTACH Rani Sarma said officers were excited about Sankaran’s methods of helping the poor and downtrodden.
Ramana of Samata and a former naxalite said the CPI (ML-People’s War) had learnt a lot from Sankaran when it kidnapped him (during December 1987).
State secretary of Human Rights Forum V S Krishna said Sankaran and Balagopal were moral reference points. Lakshmi of POW paid tributes to Sankaran for his concern for the people and their rights.
Dr Sarma said the meeting was also held to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Right to Information Act.