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Ch. Gangaram
Ch. Gangaram

Septuagenarian

Ch. Gangaram has succeeded in getting Peddapally-Jagtiyal railway line work expedited

HYDERABAD: Chilakamari Gangaram (75) of Mallial village in Karimnagar district, a class IV employee of Andhra Bank in New Delhi who retired in 1995, has been striving for the last 40 years to get the Peddapally-Nizamabad railway line work to be expedited and more funds allocated by the Railway Ministry.

Only second class-qualified, he worked in Delhi from 1960 and settled there with wife, after getting his four daughters married.

Writes letters

Mr. Gangaram told The Hindu that he had written to former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, almost all ex-Railway Ministers and the Ministry officials drawing their attention to speed up the 80-km stretch of the sanctioned railway line. This, he believed, would ‘fundamentally change the lives of the rural poor of Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts.’

Moment of happiness

He said he ‘felt immensely happy when finally a train ran between Peddapally and Jagtiyal during the UPA government’s tenure in 2007, quoting from a letter written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on May 26 this year requesting an appointment.

The letter seeks early completion of the remaining stretch of the railway line between Jagtiyal and Nizamabad, ‘by bringing necessary pressure for allocation of sufficient funds’. He had sent copies of the letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and the former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Mr. Gangaram’s life has always been full of struggles since 1944 when he worked as a daily wage earner for six paise. He went underground during the ‘Razakar movement’ in 1947-48 helping the leaders. Later, he worked in Century Mills, Bombay, during 1953-60.

Selfless service

A selfless and humane, as general secretary of the Andhra Bank Shramik Union, he represented to higher officials to ensure promotions to several colleagues, but did not accept anything in return.

In fact, Mr. Gangaram says, he had to spent his ‘own pocket money’ to fight others’ cases. He continues the relentless drive for getting the rail line work completed to benefit his native district, although no more a resident there.


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