‘Grievances day’ helps a physically challenged person to approach Collector with his request
ONGOLE: It remains a pipedream for polio-affected Alla Venkateswarlu to have a tricycle for easy mobility. He has been going round the mandal revenue office at Kanigiri submitting applications for sanction of a tricycle for the last 10 years but in vain.
Many programmes like ‘Prajalavaddaku palana’, ‘Janmabhoomi’ and ‘Indiramma Sambaralu’ have come and gone, but Mr. Venkateswarlu is left without a tricycle. Undeterred, he has made a wooden cart himself and continues to visit any meeting that is held in Kanigiri with his request.
Married to a dumb woman, Mr. Venkateswarlu (40) has three sons and three daughters aged between 5 and 15 years. All the children are going to school. He leased out his five-acre dry land from which he earns Rs. 2,250 per year That is all the amount he has to fend his family.
Finding it difficult to move even with the help of the wooden cart, he wished he got a tricycle for easy movement. A friend of his, keeping his plight in view, advised him to make a representation to the district Collector at grievances day meeting held every Monday at Ongole.
He spent nearly Rs. 100 to reach Ongole from Kanigiri by bus and came to the Collector K. Devanand with the help of his improvised cart. The Collector directed the handicapped welfare department to sanction him a tricycle. He returned home with the hope that he would get the tricycle soon.