Humanity on call : The selfless devotion of these IAS officers in Kerala’s flood relief operation will melt your heart
Kerala has witnessed its worst flood in nearly a century. From the common men to actors to IAS officers, all have contributed tremendously; all are helping friends and strangers find a safe haven; showing the utmost valor of the ‘God’s own country’. Among these heroes, four IAS officers, MG Rajamanikyam, NSK Umesh, TV Anupama and K Vasuki deserve special mention.
MG Rajamanikyam and NSK Umesh
A truck loaded with rice sacks and other supplies arrived at a relief camp in Wayanad, Kerala on August 13, at around 9:30 p.m. IAS officers, G Rajamanikyam, Special officer dealing with Disaster Management, and Wayanad sub-collector NSK Umesh were working there. Since most of the people in the camp were exhausted from the day’s work and were unable to carry the sacks from the trucks, without a moment’s hesitation, these two IAS officers started unloading the truck and carried the whole rice sacks into the camp. The photos of their deed when circulated on social media went viral.
The District Collector in-charge of Thrissur, TV Anupama is a popular IAS officer and is known for her bold steps even against politically powerful people. She has been continuously co-coordinating the rescue operations, channel supplies, and update the public about the situation in the district. All the temples, churches and madrasas are being open for the public as relief camps. The district administration of Thrissur had even ordered the Bar Association to lend space to store relief supplies. But there was a major confusion at the Bar Association building. The two rooms where the supplies had to be stored were locked, but Anupama broke open the locks to prevent any delay from her side in terms of cooperation. Thousands of people applauded her for her quick and bold action.
In this recent Kerala’s flood, Thiruvananthapuram is not as severely affected as other districts. But the role of IAS officer K Vasuki in collecting and disbursal of relief supplies is deeply appreciated. It is reported that under her supervision, the district administration was able to collect 54 truck-loads of material in just two days, sending it to parts of the district and beyond.