ONGOLE: Markapuram Ram Bhupal Reddy, a retired school principal from Giddalur, Prakasam, used his retirement benefits not to build a house or fund a comfortable lifestyle, but to ensure that young female students obtain scholarships under the “Sukanya Samrudhi Yojana”.
He deposited Rs 25.71 lakh of his benefits at Yadavalli post office to open Sukanya Samrudhhi Yojana accounts for 88 girls over 10 years old. The interest amount of Rs 41,000 will also be split and deposited into all 88 accounts every three months until the girls turn 21. Even when he was a teacher, he volunteered his services for various welfare programs in the villages where he worked.
He distributed new clothes to students at festivals and gave financial support to many people from poor backgrounds by paying their school fees. He also provided his students with snacks and milk during midday meals and paid for expenses out of his own pocket. To encourage teachers to perform better, Ram Bhupal Reddy had conjured up and helped organize a grand congratulations function to reward 6,300 subject teachers from the schools, who achieved one hundred percent results in the SSC public examinations. The program continued for four years without interruption.
For his contributions to education, Ram Bhupal Reddy received four awards from three Chief Ministers of former Andhra Pradesh – YS Rajasekhar Reddy, N Chandrababu Naidu and Kiran Kumar Reddy.
During his long tenure as head of the Kurnool District Teachers’ Union, he organized workshops and meetings to help teachers improve their expertise in their subjects and even helped solve their problems at the district level.
“Throughout my service, I saw many girls dropping out of school because their parents were poor and could not afford to continue their daughters’ education. This bothered me, after which I decided to do everything in my power to help these students. This is why I deposited my pension benefits to open the SSY accounts of 88 girls from a poor background,” the former HM told TNIE. SSY account booklets were handed over to all 88 students by MP Anna Ramababu during Bhupal Reddy’s retirement ceremony held at Yadavalli ZP High School recently.