Dr. Bezwada Recognized for Contributions to his Homeland

*Translated from attached Telugu newspaper article*
Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Dr. Rao Bezwada is an example and a model for those who would like to show gratitude to the their homeland. Rao has spent a generous portion of his wealth on the development of his country.

Dr. Bezwada is from the the village of Jammulapalem in the Tangutur Mandal of Andhra Pradesh, India. He currently resides in New Jersey, USA. He is hopeful that the government will soon provide more assistance for social services in his homeland.

His social service activities include:

  • He donated Rs.5 Lakh in 1997 to the Janma Bhoomi Program for laying blacktop roads, covering 30% of the project’s funding requirements.
  • He donated Rs.5 Lakh in 2003 to a project for laying 7 cement roads.
  • He donated Rs.1.25 Lakh as a matching grant for construction of individual toilets.
  • Conducted free eye camps. He spent Rs.1.6 Lakh on eye operations for 65 patients and for providing glasses to 92 persons.
  • Founding a volunteer organization named the “Society for Basic needs”, which he led to conduct free medical camps for women.
  • For the last ten years, Dr. Bezwada has awarded merit scholarships to intermediate students of the Govt. Jr. College in Tangutur.
  • He has provided training in computers and English language skills to the educated girls.
  • Spent 10 Lakh rupees to provide drinking water facilities, including drinking water pipelines from Vaviletipadu wells to Jammulapalem village.

On the request of the villagers, The work was completed within 15 days. Nearly 4000 people are now able to utilize drinking water. Dr Bezwada informed reporters today that he would continue to assist the village with many more programs.