This 26-year-old youth, Maddukuri Saibabu, has set an example for peer group and students with his active and regular participation in social service, which fetched him two best youth awards at the district level and one best youth award at the State level. He has also secured the best achievement award.
Recognizing his services, Nehru Yuva Kendra of the Union Ministry of Youth Services presented the awards to him. Born into a farmer’s family (his father is Govind Rao and mother Vijayalaxmi), in Dharmaram (B) of Dichpally mandal, he, along with a few friends, established a social service organisation, Induru Yuvatha Association (IYA) immediately after his Intermediate education in 2011.
The immediate motive behind the organisation was to help his friend Laxman, who had suffered a serious health problem owing to failure of both kidneys. Then, he conducted a two-day cultural event at Rajiv Gandhi Auditorium here and raised Rs. 28,000, which was given to Laxman, who belonged to Nyalkal village, for his treatment. However, Laxaman passed away in 2012.
From then, Saibabu has never looked back and has been continuing his activities of feeding the poor and roadside beggars, conducting funeral to unclaimed bodies, organising health camps and Swachh Bharath camps. One member of his association gives food packets containing two curries and curd to at least 10 destitute persons in the Gouthamnagar, Kanteswar and railway station areas every day. They have been doing it since 2014. The association members, who adopted Borgam village located just outside the town, embarked on the Swachh Bharath with a missionary zeal on May 1. Since then, they have been spending a few hours every day for clearing clogged drains, washing toilets at schools, and removing garbage and bushes. They are also holding camps to enlighten children and illiterate persons on the importance of cleaning hands for keeping health. “To date, we have completed 80 hours in the implementation of the Swachh Bharath and our mission will come to an end by July 25. By then, the village will have become spick and span. We will conduct the same programme elsewhere later,” said Saibabu, who did his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with the financial support of Mandava Nalini Devi, wife of former Minister Mandava Venkateswar Rao.
The IYA consists of 38 members, almost all of them being artistes. They render cultural programmes at marriage and birthday functions and keep aside 5% of the remuneration for social service, said Saibabu.
The IYA consists of 38 members, almost all of them being artistes. They render cultural programmes at marriage and birthday functions and keep aside 5% of the remuneration for social service.
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