Deputy Chairman of the first Legislative Council of Andhra Pradesh and noted industrialist G.S. Raju, passed away after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Hyderabad. He was 93. He is known to all as ‘SIRIS’ Raju, an abbreviation of South India Research Institute Private Limited, started by him in 1966.
He was born in Juvvalapalem, a small village in West Godavari district. He completed his M.S. (Pharmaceutical Sciences) from the University of California, San Francisco. He was Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council from 1958-64 when Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the Chief Minister of the State.
‘SIRIS’ Raju became Vijayawada City Congress president in 1964 and held the post for over ten years. He was chairman of the Amaravati Seema Urban Development Authority in 1981-82 and municipal corporator from 1981-86.
Raju, a pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, was also instrumental in its development in the State. In his leadership, SIRIS was first company in India to manufacture Analgin. It also manufactured other drugs using innovative methods to cut costs.
He had close association with several stalwarts at the national level including Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai and P.V. Narasimha Rao.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has expressed grief over the demise of freedom fighter and industrialist G. S. Raju.
In a message, the Chief Minister recalled the services of Raju during the freedom movement and as deputy chairman of the Legislative Council in 1962 besides his active role in Vijayawada politics. Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy extended his sympathies to the family members of the bereaved as also TTD chairman Kanumuri Bapiraju, a close relative of Raju.