It was a heart-warming incident in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district when the whole district administration got here collectively for the marriage of a lady, who was orphaned whereas she was an toddler.
Again in 2004, Sowmiya was orphaned and was adopted by the then-District Collector Dr J Radhakrishnan, who at the moment serves because the Tamil Nadu Well being Secretary.
All by means of the years, he had supplied her assist and the means to get educated, employed. In a particular gesture, the senior bureaucrat was current on the venue to solemnise her wedding ceremony.
The 2004 Tsunami which had struck giant components of South Asia had wreaked havoc throughout Tamil Nadu, resulting in over 8,000 casualties.
Upto 100 kids had been tragically orphaned within the aftermath of the tidal waves, in Nagapattinam alone.
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The youngsters had been rising up in a government-run shelter. As Collector, Dr Radhakrishnan had adopted two infants whom he had discovered throughout the rescue and reduction operations.
He recalled that he discovered Sowmiya as a 9-month-old child and Meena as a 3-month-old child, again in 2004.
Regardless of his promotions and transfers to Chennai, the Indian administrative service officer had been making time to go to the ladies at their shelter each month, during the last a number of years.
#TamilNadu Well being sec Dr. @RAKRI1 solemnising wedding ceremony of Sowmya, whom he adopted, after 2004 tsunami left her orphaned. As Nagapatnam collector again then, he adopted 2 infants Meena (3mnths)& Sowmya(9mnths) previous..
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He used to personally maintain them and be certain that they obtained a great schooling and correct upbringing.
After the ladies turned 18, they had been adopted by Malarvizhi-Manivannan, a pair based mostly in the identical district.
In a particular gesture, as Sowmiya was getting married, the IAS Officer got here alongside along with his household to solemnise the event and bless the couple.
District officers together with the Collector, police superintendent had been amongst these current on the ceremony.
“He helped me like a Father, and at present I’ve an enormous household (all of the individuals of the district) due to his assist. Appa (father) helped me with all the things. For the primary time ever, I really feel so proud of such an enormous household round,” she mentioned, thanking the bureaucrat, on her huge day.
Radhakrishnan additionally appreciated the individuals of Nagapattinam for all their efforts and contributions in citing these kids who had tragically misplaced their mother and father at a really younger age.
“Despite the fact that they could name a few of us as their mother and father, they’re the youngsters of this district,” he mentioned.
He added that he was extraordinarily blissful to see Sowmiya getting settled effectively in life, after finishing her school schooling.