Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli

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Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli
Member of parliament
for Tirupati
In office
16 May 2014 – 20 June 2018
Preceded byChinta Mohan
Succeeded byVacant
ConstituencyTirupati
Personal details
Born (1953-05-15) 15 May 1953 (age 66)
Kommalmudi, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh
NationalityIndia
Political partyYSR Congress Party
Spouse(s)Velagapalli Lakshmi
Children2
ResidenceGudur
Alma materAndhra University
As of 7 December, 2016
Source: [1]

Dr. Velagapalli Varaprasada Rao, is an Indian politician and a sitting Member of Parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha from Tirupati (Lok Sabha constituency), Andhra Pradesh. He won the Indian general election, 2014 being a Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party candidate.

Dr. V V Rao was born 15 May 1953. He is an IAS officer from the 1983 batch of the Tamilnadu Cadre. During his tenure in the civil services, he held several top positions, including that of Principal Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. In 2009, he opted for voluntary retirement to join politics and serve the people of his native state, Andhra Pradesh.

In 2019 assembly election, Dr. V Varaprasada Rao elected as an MLA for Gudur Constituency in Andhra Pradesh (AP). He represents the YSRCP party. Formerly, he was an MP from the Tirupati Constituency. He resigned from this post last year as the Central Government denied special category status to AP.

Education[edit]

After completing his undergraduate course B.Sc., in Botany/Zoology at Noble College Machilipatnam, Dr. Varaprasada Rao pursued a post-graduate course in Bio-chemistry from Andhra Pradesh University, Vizag. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Bio-chemistry from the same university.

Dr. Rao has also completed a one year program in administration in the UK.

Career[edit]

Before joining the Indian Administrative Services, Dr. Varaprasada Rao, worked in a myriad roles:

Year Role                  Company / Place
1978-80                  Bio-Chemist General Hospital, Govt. of Pondicherry
1980-82 Branch Manager National Insurance Company
1982-83 Assistant Currency Officer Reserve Bank of India

During his 24 year stint (1983 – 2007) in the IAS, Dr.Varaprasada Rao worked in various capacities and held several prominent posts in departments like Information and Tourism, Small Industries, Industries and Education. As Managing Director, he was pivotal in turning around the losses of many companies and putting them back on course. The state owned Co-optex (Textiles) for instance was in a financial crisis and operating at a loss of Rs.80 crores until Mr. Varaprasada Rao took over the reins and turned around the fortunes and generated profits.

Similary, when he was appointed as the Managing Director of Salt Corporation, he had a challenging role to play. The corporation was in the doldrums and on the brink of closure. Dr. Varaprasada Rao, with his foresight and progressive policies, saved the company from sinking.

Important posts held in IAS Cadre[edit]

  1. Sub Collector and District Collector – Kanchipuram/Tiruvallur & Pudukottai districts[1]
  2. State Protocol Officer, Government of Tamil Nadu
  3. On deputation to Department of Atomic Energy
  4. Commissioner of
    1. Tourism Department
    2. Labour Department
    3. SC/ST Welfare Department
    4. Land Administration Department (additional)
    5. Land Reforms Department
  5. Chairman and/or Managing Director of
    1. Pumpuhar Shipping Corporation
    2. Tourism Development Corporation
    3. Explosives Corporation
    4. Co-optex (Textiles)
    5. Tansi (Small Industries)
    6. Tamilnadu Slum Clearance Board

After quitting the IAS, Dr Varaprasada Rao was the CEO of 7 Hills Hospital in Andheri (E), Mumbai. Here, he played a major role in expanding the facilities to a 1500-bed hospital.

Personal life[edit]

Dr. V. Varaprasada Rao, is the son of Mr. V. Chiranjeevulu who served as Village President, Pasarlapudi Village.  Chiranjeevulu was also Member, Panchayat Union and Member, Zilla Parishad, Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. V.Varaprasada Rao is married to K. Lakshmi M.Sc.(VRS),  Ex- Officer, Bank Of Baroda.

They have a son - Mr. Naveen Gupta, MBA, IIM (A) who is self-employed and is running Health Clinics and schools in Chennai. His daughter Dr. Spoorthi, MD(ABIM), FACP returned from USA after 18 years. She is self-employed and runs a hospital.

Social Work[edit]

Dr Varaprasada Rao was always driven to work for the cause of humanity. After his voluntary retirement from the IAS, Dr Varaprasada Rao dedicated his time to community and social service. He spearheaded and initiated several projects for the welfare of the economically underprivileged.

  1. In 2012, he donated Rs.15 lakhs for constructing a building in Noble College, Machilipatinam, Andhra Pradesh, his alma mater.
  2. Constructed an elementary school building at a cost of Rs. 4.00 lakhs at his native place in Kommalamudi Village, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. The school is currently run by the Government.
  3. Donated Rs. 50,000/- each for the refurbishment of worshipping places/community centers/statues at the following places.
    1. Gunnanapudi, Krishna District
    2. Lellapudi, Krishna District
    3. Golvepalli, Krishna District
    4. Chintalapudi, Krishna District
    5. Moturu, Krishna District
    6. Gudivada Community Centre, Krishna District
    7. Gudivada Church, Krishna District
    8. Akiveedu Church, Krishna District
  4. Conducted and funded 6 marriages in the last two years at a cost of about Rs. 2.00 Lakhs
  5. Currently he is supporting the education of three poor boys and one poor girl who are pursuing Engineering, B.Com , Plus 2 and  5th standard respectively.
  6. He also adopted a minor boy who was condemned with life-imprisonment. He reformed him completely and gave him a life of dignity.  The boy is now a young man of 30 years who has joined the main stream of life - married with a family.
  7. He has helped hundreds of students from different communities coming from various socially and economically weak backgrounds to get a decent education and respectful jobs.

Political Background[edit]

After taking a voluntary retirement from the IAS, Dr. Varaprasada Rao decided to take a plunge into politics. The Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) headed by Mr.Chiranjeevi offered him an M.P seat from Tirupati along with a position of Vice-President of the party. He contested the 2009 general elections and lost. The PRP has now merged with the Congress Party.[2]                    

During his association with PRP as Vice President, he was actively involved with the drafting of the Party Manifesto. Most of his views on the welfare of weaker sections, women and minorities were incorporated into the manifesto.

Dr Varaprasada Rao also undertook a Praja Sankalpa Yatra,[3] along with the YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. This padayatra, a mass outreach program which covered the length and breadth of the state, had an unprecedented public turnout where the leaders interacted with 1.25 crore people.

He also went on an indefinite hunger strike at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan over the demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh. He fell ill during the fast and was admitted to the hospital, after which the fast was broken.[4]

Dr. Rao has raised his concern over several issues in parliamentary sessions and debated strongly in support of dalits and women’s causes. He has also been strongly campaigning to set up a port in Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Collectors | Kancheepuram District,Government of Tamilnadu | City of Thousand Temples". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Praja Rajyam Party to merge with Congress on Aug 20". The Economic Times. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Praja Sankalpa Yatra, Jagan Padayatra, ప్రజా సంకల్ప యాత్ర, Schedule, Route Map, Live". Sakshi (in Telugu). 3 November 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ Apr 8, ANI |; 2018; Ist, 07 53 Pm, YSRCP MP Varaprasad Velagapalli hospitalised after he falls ill during indefinite hunger strike, retrieved 1 April 2019