Ponnala Lakshmaiah

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Ponnala Lakshmaiah
Gandhi Bhavan, Nampally, Hyderabad, Telangana State
Constituency Jangaon
President, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee
Personal details
Born Ponnala Lakshmaiah
(1944-02-15) 15 February 1944 (age 74)
Quilashahpur Village, Raghunathpalli Taluk, Warangal District, Warangal Division, Hyderabad State, British Indian Empire (modern-day Raghunathpalli Taluk, Warangal District, Telangana, India)[1]
Nationality  British Indian (1944-1947)
 Indian (1947-present)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Ponnala Arunadevi

Ponnala Lakshmaiah (15 February 1944) is an Indian politician, who served as the minister for information technology and communications for the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.[2] a member of the legislature assembly of Andhra Pradesh, and a Member of the All India Congress Committee.[3] He was named President of the newly created Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on 11 March 2014. He is serving his fourth term in the Assembly from the Janagam Constituency in Warangal District.

Early life[edit]

Ponnala Lakshmaiah was born in the village of Quilashahpur, located in the heart of the Telangana region, into the Telugu-speaking Hindu family of Ponnala Radha (Radhamma) and Ponnala Rama Kishtaiah. He is married to Ponnala Arunadevi and has two children. He earned an M.S Mechanical Engineering degree from the Oklahoma State University in 1969.[4][5]

Having come in contact with the World Bank and its programs for developing countries, he was attracted by rural development projects in India. He returned to India and worked to generate rural employment in the region of his birthplace. The first project was improvements in areas such as poultry breeding, helping employ thousands of uneducated people. He also promoted development of the dairy industry.[6]

Political career[edit]

Lakshmaiah began working with the Congress Party in 1980. In 1985, as a mark of protest against the atrocities perpetrated by T.D.P workers on Harijans of Karamchedu (Guntur Dist) and the indifferent attitude of the state government, he organised a public protest. In the 1992 Congress Plenary session at Tirupati, he successfully handled the foreign delegates, including prime ministers of neighboring countries.

In 1986, he launched a protest under the aegis "Samagra Pochampad Karyacharana Samithi" and worked with District Leaders to modify the irrigation scheme to benefit the chronically drought-prone area. Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao laid the foundation on 30 June 1993. The project was under execution in "Jalayagnam" at a cost of Rs. 30 billion.[7]

Ponnala Foundation[edit]

Ponnala Lakshmaiah said that the Ponnala Foundation started by him would present an award to a mathematics genius every year in memory of Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in order to promote the subject among children. [8]