Notes from the South: a minister to watch
Filling the oxygen cylinders
When 24 people died in a district hospital in Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka, next to Tamil Nadu, the charges skyrocketed. The high-level deputy commissioner [collector/DM] of Mysuru district, Rohini Sindhuri, was accused of ordering dealers not to fill oxygen cylinders in other districts, which resulted in death.
The doughty DC has asked for an apology now after a High Court investigative panel said there was no evidence and dismissed the charge. The minister in charge of Chamarajanagar district S Suresh Kumar and DC MR Ravi allegedly made this allegation. Sindhuri blamed special interests working against her and said those who accused her should publicly apologize to residents of Mysuru district.
NRI turns the van into an ambulance
A young NRI technician returning to the United States converted his personal vehicle into an ambulance equipped with oxygen and a ventilator to help the people of Hyderabad. Tarun Kappala, who worked for Deloitte, a consulting company in the United States, transports people to hospitals for free. He got the idea after a friend of his was billed Rs. 34,000 by an ambulance service to take his HIV-positive mother to Covid hospital.
Kappala has made more than two dozen trips to transport patients to hospital; Not only does he transport them to hospitals, but he also waits for them and helps them with their admission. A technical project manager in a company in Hyderabad, he has a mother recovering from a stroke at home, but that hasn’t stopped him from helping those in need.
In one case, he said he drove an elderly woman, whose son was in intensive care, to the hospital for a final glimpse of her husband, a covid patient, who later died, and recalled the deep gratitude of the woman for doing it.