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District Administration Honours Techie Volunteers of Post-Flood Relief Activities

The heroes are many who rose to the occasion during Kerala’s most trying times. Thiruvananthapuram served as a major hub, collecting relief material for the rest of the State as thousands of volunteers came forward in no time. Technopark’s role in the post-relief works has been invaluable. Taking this into account, Dr. K Vasuki IAS,

The heroes are many who rose to the occasion during Kerala’s most trying times. Thiruvananthapuram served as a major hub, collecting relief material for the rest of the State as thousands of volunteers came forward in no time. Technopark’s role in the post-relief works has been invaluable. Taking this into account, Dr. K Vasuki IAS, District Collector, Thiruvananthapuram felicitated the efforts of Technopark employees at a function organised at Travancore Hall in Technopark under the aegis of Prathidhwani.

Dr. K Vasuki IAS, District Collector, Thiruvananthapuram felicitated them at an event organised by Prathidhwani at Travancore Hall on the Technopark campus

“The activities of the youth including techies during the deluge have alleviated misconceptions about them in society. You proved to the world that when people come together, a lot of things can be done,” said Dr. Vasuki in her inaugural speech. “There should be a big change in how we take life forward and become carbon-negative or carbon-neutral citizens,” she added, stressing the importance of declaring a green protocol in Technopark.

Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, IT Parks Kerala said, “Many people lost their educational certificates during the flood. Being IT professionals, you should see this as an opportunity to re-digitalise those certificates. See this disaster as an opportunity to redo Kerala.”

Vineeth Chandran, President, Prathidhwani; Rajiv Krishnan, Secretary and Magi Y V, Vice President, also spoke at the event. Truck owners and drivers who provided vehicles for free and people who sponsored food for volunteers were also honoured and presented with ‘Thank You’ cards.

Prathidhwani started relief activities on August 15 by donating materials to the collection centres. The next day, as the situation in the State worsened, a Flood Relief Collection Centre was set up at Technopark Club House. Cleaning staff and other non-IT employees came forward with food and water for volunteers.

The first truckload of relief materials from Prathidhwani Flood Relief Collection Centre was flagged off by Kadakampally Surendran, Minister of Tourism, Kerala.

As many as 67 trips were made to various districts in Kerala. An IT help desk and a website called keralaneeds.com were also launched. Prathidhwani Women’s Forum wrote notes for those who had lost their notebooks in the disaster. Supriya Gandhi, a native of Punjab and a new employee with TCS, donated her first month’s salary for Prathidhwani’s relief work.

Prathidhwani also collected around Rs. 10 lakh which will be transferred to the CMDRF soon.

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