Andhra Association chief outlines ‘progress’ vision for community

EOI Exclusive
Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
14 May 2017

After serving the community and islanders holding various positions for many years, Mr B Mohan Rao was elected as the president of Andhra Association in March this year. A devoted social worker, Mr Rao, in an exclusive conversation with The Echo of India, shares his vision for the welfare of the islanders in general and people from the Telugu community in particular.
“It would be my earnest endeavour to ensure the development of people from the Telugu community. I am open to suggestions from people residing in different parts of these islands. Well-being of people is my foremost priority. Members of Andhra Association will embark on a visit to different parts of these islands to learn about issues first-hand and resolve them,” said Mr Rao.
The basic agenda will be to empower people from the community. We will approach the authorities in the administration to introduce more Telugu medium classes in school. Free dance classes, job typing works will be provided to youths across the islands, informed Mr Rao.
On the construction of Andaman Bhawan at Vizag, Mr Rao said that the work has been presently stalled because of re-tendering work. The committee of the Andhra Association will meet the Lt. Governor soon demanding his intervention for early execution of the project in the interest of thousands of people from the Telugu community who visit their native places in Andhra Pradesh every year. Adequate air and ship services to Vizag will also be raised in the meeting, he said.
Plans are also afoot to develop more facilities at the Andhra Association Hall here. “There will be no bookings for 10 to 15 days from June 14 as the Association will construct ceiling and carry out further renovation at the hall. A refreshment room for women is also proposed to be constructed at the top of the building. We also have plans to develop at library at the hall for the youths of these islands,” he said.
On his elevation to the post of the Andhra Association president, Mr Rao said that he has maintained a low public profile from the early days in his social life. “I lead a very ordinary life and will continue to do so. I have been unanimously elected as the president of the association and am extremely grateful to the committee members and people from the community for reposing faith in my organisational skills,” he added.