ANDHRA PRADESH

Chennai firm donates Rs.25 lakh to SVIMS

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: A Chennai-based company, S.G. P. Exim (P) Ltd., donated Rs.25 lakh to the TTD's ‘Arogya Varaprasadini' -- a free medicare scheme being implemented in its superspecialities hospital -- Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati.

A cheque for the sum was handed over on Wednesday to the SVIMS Director, Dr. B. Vengamma, by the company's representative, B. Balasubramanyam, who was incidentally the former Joint Executive Officer of the T.T.Devasthanams, Tirumala.

The TTD which has floated a trust to mobilise funds for the Arogya Varaprasadini scheme, is utilising the funds to provide specialist treatment in the SVIMS free of cost to all those coming under the Below the Poverty Line (BPL) category. According to the hospital Director, donations to a tune of Rs. 7 crore have poured into the trust during the fiscal 2009-10 alone.

The donors to the scheme, besides getting the blessings of the Lord would also be eligible for 125% Income Tax exemption. The donor families are also extended the privilege of having free darshan in the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara for one day in a year besides free accommodation, prasadams.

Arogyasri camps

Meanwhile, the SVIMS has also decided to conduct Rajiv-Arogyasri free medical camps at three places in Chittoor district and one in Kadapa district during April . Following are the places in Chittoor district where the camps would be run: Dasarlapalle (Baireddipalle Mandal) on April 1, Mangalampet (Picherla Mandan), April 9, Kadapagunta Sub-Centre (G.D.Nellore mandal) on April 20. In Kadapa district the camp would be held at Madduru village in Chapadu mandal on April 30.