Governor ESL Narasimhan said the retired IAS officer Sarma is an embodiment of humility, kindness, integrity and born to serve the people.
He was addressing a gathering at a book release function of the Autobiography of APVN Sarma, a retired IAS Officer of 1974 batch, titled ‘Naruni Sevalo Narayanudu’ written by Dr R Ananta Padmanabha Rao, held at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan today,
Governor said Sarma is known for his humility, integrity, competency and stands out as a role model for the bureaucrats. He said Sarma was known as Shipping Sarma in Delhi in those days when he was the Additional Secretary in the Shipping Ministry. He said he felt very happy in 2014 when he was informed that Sarma was being appointed as an Advisor to the Governor and ever since he proved to be an invaluable asset to him and he was benefited by his advice.
Governor said that if Singareni Collieries is earning accolades today that is because of the efforts k of Sarma. He strived for the revival of the institution as Chairman of MD of Singareni Collieries, which almost became a sick industry in those days. Sarma also implemented several reforms for the welfare of workers.
Governor said throughout his career, Sarma, left his footprint in all the positions held by him, be it as Collector of three districts, rehabilitation works during floods, setting up Public Health Centres in all Mandals etc. Governor said Sarma’s tenure as Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams stands out, as during this time that two important institutions were set up such as the Sri Venkateswara Vedic University and the SVBC Channel and served the Lord with utmost devotion.
Governor appreciated the author of Sarma’s autobiography, Dr R Anantha Padmanabha Rao, retired additional Director General of Doordarshan, for bringing out the multi-faceted personality of Sarma to light through his work.
APVN Sarma thanked the Governor for releasing the book and felicitated the Governor and Lady Governor Smt. Vimala Narasimhan and the author of the autobiography by a presentation of bouquets and shawl.