By Our Staff Reporter
CHENNAI, AUG. 29. The Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, today opened the new premises of Andhra Chamber of Commerce here, which has been named after Velagapudi Ramakrishna, a well-known Indian Civil Service officer and industrialist.
Hailing the contribution of the late Ramakrishna "for pioneering industrialisation in the Andhra part of the old Madras State," the Governor recalled how during his childhood and youth, he was "fed on the stories of Ramakrishna."
Mr. Rao, who began his address by stating that he wanted to make a few nostalgic notes, said his mother also bore the surname of Velagapudi and hailed from a village that was a "stone's throw" away from that of Ramakrishna.
The Governor, a former officer of the Indian Police Service, said he largely owed his entry into the all-India services to the inspiration drawn from Ramakrishna. Mr. Rao honoured family members of Ramakrishna his son, V.L. Dutt, who is the chairman and managing director of KCP Limited, and daughter, Rajeswari Ramakrishnan, managing director of Jaipur Sugar Company Limited.
According to the Governor, the country's economy was doing well. Noting that the responsibility of further increasing the growth was with individuals as much as with the Government, he called for more public-private partnerships.
S.S. Rajsekar, president, Andhra Chamber of Commerce, said Dr. Dutt, Ms. Ramakrishnan and their trusts had generously donated towards the acquisition of the building named as `Velagapudi Ramakrishna Building.'
Tracing the history of the chamber, which celebrated its platinum jubilee last year, Mr. Rajsekar listed out the names of other members who have contributed towards the building and its facilities. The availability of a conference hall in the building would help the chamber organise more programmes for the benefit of the industry and trade. The hall would be made available for programmes organised by "our affiliated industry and trade bodies and other bodies as well," he said.
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