Mogillipally Srinivas Gupta is a social worker and a well-known face in Hyderabad. For the last 25 years, Srinivas has been helping ailing poor and elderly in the city with his ambulance. He takes these patients to hospitals and gets them admitted. He also facilitates the cremation of those who pass away.
Srinivas' fame has reached banners and posters, and there is a giant banner of him hanging near the Padma Rao Nagar Park in Secunderabad. Gandhi General Hospital and Osmania General Hospital have small posters of Srinivas with his contact number. He also runs a free-of-cost ambulance service for those who can't afford basic medical facilities. He always carries a certificate given to him by the Secunderabad Police; the authorities have given him official recognition as a social worker.
Losing his mother when he was just three months old, Srinivas comes from a background of hardships and struggles. Speaking with The News Minute, Srinivas said,
I know what it is like to be poor. I grew up in the clutches of dire poverty and I know the pain of starvation and the despair that comes with being poor. I would gatecrash marriages and functions in my neighbourhood in the hope of finding a meal. But I would always get turned away because they could see I did not belong based on my attire.
Srinivas makes his living by collecting commission from the buying and selling of old vehicles. The free-of-cost ambulance he uses was gifted to him by the collector of Ranga Reddy district, M Raghunandan Rao, five months ago. Srinivas accepts no form of donation whatsoever but takes monetary assistance from his close associates only when necessary.
- Hyderabad City
- Mogillipally Srinivas Gupta
- Gandhi General Hospital
- Osmania General Hospital
- Secunderabad Police