Tuesday, December 8, 2015

South film stars and Bollywood unite under 'Mana Madras Kosam' campaign to help flood effected victims!

After generous contribution of Rs.10 lakh from Mega Star Rajinikanth and other Southern film stars to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund for the relief of the victims devastated by the lethal Chennai flood, BAAHUBALI actor Rana Daggubati has began a new campaign called 'Mana Madras Kosam', (For Our Madras). 

The 'Mana Madras Kosam' campaign is joined by eminent South stars. Apart from Rana Daggubati the team consists of popular celebrities like Dhanush, Mahesh Babu, Allari Naresh, Siddharth, Nani, singer Chinmayi Sripada, Naresh, Allu Arjun etc. 

Interestingly Bollywood too has extended support for the noble cause. Bollywood celebrities like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kalki Koechlin, Boman Irani and Abhishek Bachchan are also supporting Rana's initiative and urging their Twitter followers to come forward and donate bigheartedly to the needy through Ramanaidu Charitable Trust, which is a trust made in memory of Rana Daggubati’s grandfather, the legendary filmmaker.

Briefing media about his 'Mana Madras Kosam' campaign, Rana Daggubati informs, “The campaign is basically a little effort by a team of young Telugu cinema’s actors who have come together to help the victims of flood effected people in Chennai and Tamil Nadu.”

“Our prime concern is to contribute financially, raise funds and ensure proper relief work is being carried on ground,” he added. 

Speaking about his grandfather’s Ramanaidu Charitable Trust, Rana said, “We are getting a lot of inquiries from Bollywood stars like Varun Dhawan and others who are keen in helping the flood hit victims but it is impossible for people from Mumbai to send us food etc. Also donating money is not possible as ATM's in Chennai are not working.”

“Hence I have made a separate Ramanaidu Charitable Trust account in which anybody from Mumbai can send money. Donors can send cheque in name of Ramanaidu Charitable Trust, Acct: 18090200000113, Bank of Baroda, Jubilee Hills Branch, IFSC Code. BARBOJUBILE), Hyderabad,” he informed 

The rains Gods may have turned kind on Chennai but Rana feels the real fight has began now. He said, “The biggest problem that Chennai faces is that of water. 1000 litres of water is more precious than Rs 1000 crore. Hence through my team at our Premnagar studio in Hyderabad we are sending as much as we can load and through various courier companies we are sending aid.”

In addition he informed, “Things that people urgently need include food, clothing, water, sanitation and medicine. Further as water levels will move back, other problems like electricity, plumbing and re-building the city will arise. Thus for all this we need money.”

“Chennai and Tamil Nadu are in bitter crisis hence we call every soul on earth to donate generously and be part of 'Mana Madras Kosam' campaign!”

Chennai residents decry - Is it 'Singara Chennai' or 'Sakadai Chennai'?

The Chennai flood has clearly exposed the civic authorities’ poor management. The overflowing of sewage lines reveal that the storm water drains were not cleared. Flooding of the homes expose that roads were laid without digging out the earlier layer resulting in roads being on higher than ground level. In short as actor Kamal Hassan claims the entire system has collapsed.

Criticizing the failure of Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalitha’s administration Kamal Hassan in a statement lamented, “The entire system has collapsed. Where is all the taxpayer's money going? I don't take black money. I pay taxes. What is being done for me and my people with my hard-earned money?" 

Like Kamal Hassan even the common have expressed their grief and frustration at the ruling government. People are condemning the lethargy civic authorities’ for the flooding of their homes - and the near destruction of everything they possessed.

Many have even criticized the AIADMK’s flood relief activities. A flood affected family lamented, "No official agency has brought us any food or drinking water. Only the residents of neighborhood gave us biscuits and water.” 

Another resident irked by the civic administration poor services blasted, “Chennai city has lost its glory. No one will again call it 'Singara Chennai' (Beautiful Chennai). It is 'Sakadai Chennai' (Sewage Chennai)."

However what is surprising is that Jayalathitha's finance minister O.Pannerselvam is all in praises for the government and has attacked Kamal Hassan bitterly. 

“We cannot tolerate Kamal Haasan’s blabbering just because he is a big actor or makes big films. People of Tamil Nadu who have complete faith in the Chief Minister will never believe or accept them,” he said.

Interestingly while finance minister O.Pannerselvam is singing glory of the ruling government the ground reality is that Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is only making aerial survey of the affected areas and not reaching out to the effected people. 

Even the Ministers are not available for comments. Worse the Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, who is suppose to be the First Citizen of the city and must be frontrunner in such crisis, is also avoiding the media.