Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:47

Two successful NRIs join Lok Satta Party


Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today welcomed into the party fold two highly talented and professionally successful non-resident Indians on their return to India for good to serve the country.

They are Mrs. Hymavati Sagi Potineni (36) and Mr. Dilip Sankar Reddy (31). Mrs. Hymavati, who took her B. E. from JNTU, Hyderabad and MS from the University of Toledo, USA., had served as a team leader in General Electric for two years and headed her own software firm for nine years.

Mr. Sankar Reddy obtained his B. E. in Computer Science from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore and MBA from Booth School of Business, Chicago. He had devoted his life to promoting sustainable development and earned many recognitions and awards.

Mrs. Hymavati will work for the party in Sanathnagar constituency and Mr. Sankar Redy in Malkajgiri constituency. Both of them had associated themselves with the People for Lok Satta, an NRI organization earlier.

Introducing them to media, Dr. JP pointed out that Mrs. Hymavati and Mr. Sankar Reddy have given up their jobs, lucrative incomes and a life of comfort and ease to serve the country. The country today needs thousands of such people to transform the nature of politics, said Dr. JP and added that politics will remain rotten so long as men and women of competence and integrity do not enter politics and devote their time, energy and resources to cleanse it.

"Mrs. Hyma and Mr. Sankar Reddy are sacrificing their today for a better tomorrow for the country."

In reply to a question on the Government decision on tuition fee reimbursement for professional college students, Dr. JP recalled that it was the Lok Satta Party which had for the first time declared that no student who is eligible and has the desire to pursue higher education be denied the opportunity on the ground that he or she has no resources. It was one of the 50 guarantees the Lok Satta Party incorporated in its election manifesto in 2009. Being smarter than most others, the then Chief Minister Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy chose to implement it. The Lok Satta Party welcomed the decision.

Unfortunately, Dr. JP said, the Government fee reimbursement scheme has merely breathed new life into dying private colleges and the Arogyasri scheme into unviable private hospitals.

Dr. JP demanded that the Government reimburse students' tuition fees to the extent it can and help them pursue higher education with bank loans, interest subsidy etc.

The Government, however, should focus on imparting quality education to students so that they can climb out of poverty and flourish in life, instead of enabling them to get paper degrees. Most of the students coming out of colleges these days are unemployable. The state of education is so parlous that scores of colleges do not have regular teachers, buildings, furniture or even toilets.

Mrs. Hyma and Mr. Sankar Reddy pledged themselves to work for spreading the Lok Satta ideology and serving their constituencies.