Udupi: Research student from Manipal helps migrant workers reach home in Telangana

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Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi

Udupi, May 20: A research student in Manipal, Saisri Akondi helped 49 migrant workers stranded in Udupi, to reach their homes in Telangana.

The migrant workers were brought to Udupi by a contractor for railway works. But due to the lockdown they were jobless and the contractor asked them to vacate his shelter. The distressed workers, a week before, decided to walk till Telangana and began their journey but were stopped by the Manipal police and Udupi tahshildar Pradeep Kurdekar.

The research student from Manipal Saisri Akondi met them while they were being questioned by police and convinced the workers to stay back in Udupi and assured to assist them in reaching back their state. "I was totally disturbed after seeing their plight. There were little children and a pregnant woman in the group. I decided to help them in reaching their home. As a temporary measure, they were provided space to live near Udupi railway station. Humanitarian Relief Society and Manipal police station arranged food for the group and looked after their wellbeing along with me. I tweeted their plight to the Telangana government and requested for help. Within 24 hours of my tweet, the chief minister’s office of Telangana contacted me. The government also arranged special passes for their travel," said Saisri.

Saisri hails from Maharashtra. Her parents are of Andhra Pradesh origin. She had come to Manipal for her research studies at Manipal University. She herself could not travel back to Maharashtra due to the lockdown. But upon seeing the plight of the migrant workers, she registered the workers in Seva Sindhu portal and contacted the tahshildar and revenue officers for quick procedures.

Her friend Vishnu also helped her in the process of meeting authorities locally. The local administration agreed to provide them with passes and two KSRTC buses for their travel. The cost of two buses for their travel was estimated to be around Rs 1.90 lac. Therefore, to meet the expenses Saisri started crowd funding and collected around Rs 50,000 for their travel. Not able to meet up the required amount through crowd funding, she approached the Telangana government. The Telangana government agreed to pay Rs 1.48 lac and transferred the amount to KSRTC.

Among the stranded migrants were 10 children, 20 women including an eight months pregnant woman and 20 men. Until the migrants' departure, arrangements were made. Saisri, Abdul Razzak and police personnel of Manipal police station ensured the migrants met their daily requirements.

Udupi MLA Raghupathi Bhat appreciated the selfless work of Saisri and provided food packets through Kadiyali Ganeshotsava Samithi to the workers for their travel.

Saisri expressed her gratitude to the Telangana state government for their timely assistance. Many have appreciated the noble work of Saisri.





Comment on this article

  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Wed, May 20 2020

    She is blessed with good heart. great job.

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  • imran khalid, Udupi

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Great Work Madam, God bless you

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  • James, Bendur

    Wed, May 20 2020

    No words to appreciate the noble cause by Saisri. Bringing smile on the faces of less fortunate is bringing smile on God's face. The reward will be great from heaven. Just no words to appreciate for the quick arrangements. God bless you and thank you.

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  • Concerned citizen, mangaluru

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Nowadays indian mainstream media at evening primetime debates confronting pakistani pannalists by mocking Imran Khan and the crisis in pakistan... Once the Tablighi Jamath episode over now we are offered to watch India Pakistan debates... No debates over the plight of migrant workers, no debates on economy,no debates on the failure of Modi govt to tackle covid19. . Indian media playing key role for the destruction of indian image.

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  • Ryan, Udupi

    Wed, May 20 2020

    When good things happens, communal, liberal, so called seculars, religious commentators here wont appreciate. Even if they write they intended to find negative and throw negativity.

    First of all this girl and her friend who helped her, needs to applauded with appreciation. The action taken by her talks about her leadership and people should learn form her. Also contribution of 50000 from locals also needs to acknowledged, because many a times to collect Rs.10000 is also tough during difficult times.

    But one action I would like to loud here is cancel that contractor license for merciless action. At least he could have allowed them to live or made an effort to arrange the transportation.

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  • Lokesh Shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Salute to this Brave Girl Saisri Akondi, When People start helping each other in this distress time there will be no distress left. Depending on Politicians for help is a waste . We people can take care of any situation if we work together. We need many Girls and Boys like Saisri Akondi in every Districts of INDIA. May God Bless Her and all those who helped her in this Good Work .

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  • Vishnu, Belgaum

    Wed, May 20 2020

    If you have brain and are intelligent use for good work. Same done by Saisri. She used her education as an tool to approach various government organizations and able to arrange transportation for migrant workers. Atleast do bit for others. Money is not matter. Your physical availability will help people more as they are uneducated and reach there destination safely.

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  • Viraj Holamoge, Udupi-Oman

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Saisri really a good and noble work done by you to help the stranded migrants. You proved that if there is a will there is a way. God bless you.

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  • Indian, India

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Salutes to this student.

    when even students can help why govt giving excuses.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Great work Saisri. Like i keep saying migrant workers must learn to tweet.

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  • Vishnu, Belgaum

    Wed, May 20 2020

    When you have determination in mind help started to flow from all end. By only announcing 1000 buses things wont materialise. Wants to learn many things from a research student from mahrashtra. God bless you. Come forward and help those are in desperate state. One or other day childrens of stranded families approach saisri to thank her...definitely.

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Saisri, Vishnu -Great work , Keep it up. God bless you.

    I am much pleased with their unity and helping nature. Same unity is not found among Manglorians in Gulf Countries. Only some good hearted people help and do their best.
    Many of us have ego issues & filled with proud but when they go back to their native place they behave like they are righteous people and behave in a such manner that they go out of the way to help others.

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    Wed, May 20 2020

    Just picture the hungry and desperate migrant workers beaten up by male police and this student showing compassion to the suffering humanity! Law and order is needed but mercilessly beating suffering persons is a total disorder. We salute this student who is a true patriotic and fully-human.

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Noble Work.

    God Bless


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  • RkR, Mangadkr@gmail.com

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Girl power😎

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  • Humble, Bangalore

    Wed, May 20 2020

    It's great job God bless you i want to say how you know that situation why District Administrators yet didn't not found situation why not concerned about the migrant people it's very surprising matter

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  • Humble, Bangalore

    Wed, May 20 2020

    It's great job God bless you

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