G. Venkatrama Raju, now a progressive farmer, receives CAS medallion
TIRUPATI: The air warrior-turned-agriculturist could not have expected a more meaningful honour in his life.
Thirty-three years after retiring from service as ‘Sergeant’, G. Venkatrama Raju of Railway Kodur (Kadapa) was in for a pleasant shock when he received the prestigious ‘Chief of Air Staff Medallion’ and a merit certificate from the Air Headquarters.
He is probably the only airman to receive the CAS medallion after bagging an award from Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), an honour which is no less significant than the former one.
The privileged medal came in recognition of not only his service as a jawan, but also for his constructive role in the field of agriculture.
The progressive farmer Raju holds a world record for achieving a bumper yield of 51.8 tonnes of banana per acre and has received the ‘Best Farmer’ award for growing 14.3 quintals of sunflower.
Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik states in the merit certificate, “The Air Headquarters extends its congratulations on your splendid achievement and presents you with the CAS medallion as a token of appreciation from the IAF.”
Dedicates to lord
A former student of SV High School and SV Arts College in Tirupati, Mr. Raju has dedicated the honour to Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity of the city.