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Kumar Tandi Who Ferries COVID Patients In His Auto-Rickshaw For Free

Nuapada:10/5/21: The spirit of serving people unconditionally amid pandemic has made Kumar Tandi of Dumerbahal village in Komna block of Odisha’s Nuapada district a lovable figure in the area. Tandi has won the hearts of many by ferrying patients, including COVID-19 ones, to hospitals in his auto-rickshaw free of cost.

An HIV patient himself, Tandi has left behind the fear of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus for providing the service. “I can relate to the plight of other patients as I am a patient myself. The COVID-19 patients are facing social stigma and I too had to go through the same when I tested positive for HIV in the past,” said Tandi.

 “With non-availability of ambulances in our area, the auto-rickshaw drivers are hesitating to shift those having COVID symptoms to hospitals fearing infection. However, I never refuse to ferry such patients to hospitals. I also ensure all preventive measures while doing the same and sanitize the vehicle after dropping the patients,” he said.

Tandi was earlier a chili trader and bought the three-wheeler two years ago with an intention of helping patients and road accident victims. Tandi also runs a grocery shop in the locality to meet the expenses of his family.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has praised the humanitarian effort of Tandi. Such acts of compassion in these difficult times are encouraging, the CM said.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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