“If we want to realize the dream of honest and clean politics into reality, middleclass and educated people who voice against corrupt politics in private and public talks must come to polling booths to exercise their vote and fulfill their basic responsibility of electing the right person as their representative” – Dr. Aluri Vijaya Lakshmi
Dr. Aluri Vijayalakshmi is a member of the State Working Committee and in-charge of Kakinada City Unit of Lok Satta Party, and has recently also taken up responsibility as District President for East Godavari. The following bio was compiled by Sravanthi Yalamanchili. Dr Aluri can be contacted via email, Facebook, or phone (91 – 9849022441).
Early Life and Education
Aluri Vijaya Lakshmi was born in 1944 in Atkur, Krishna District into a farming family. Most of her childhood was spent at Unguturu, where she attended Zilla Parishad Higher Secondary School. Encouraged by her maternal uncle, a geology professor and aunt, a doctor, Aluri aspired to be a doctor one day.
She came first in S.S.L.C Public Examination at Krishna District Level and entered Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam in 1967 to pursue M.B.B.S on a meritorious scholarship. She did her Post Graduation from Prince Wales Medical College, Patna, where she graduated with University First in Obstetrics/Gynecology
Association with Loksatta
Aluri got introduced to the ideologies of Lok Satta through inspirational columns written by Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayan in Eenadu daily. Having known his credibility as a District collector of East Godavari, Dr Aluri joined Loksatta Organization and within 15 days of its formation, East Godavari Chapter was started with Aluri as the Co-ordinator/President of Loksatta for East Godavari.
Loksatta non-profit Organization
1997 – 2000, Coordinator for East Godavari District, Dr. Aluri led several programs like Voter Education, Electoral Reforms –correcting the voting lists, disclosure of economic, educational and social information of nominees and a successful campaign to restrain candidates with criminal history from contesting to Loksabha and Rajyasabha.
Dr. Aluri also organized signature campaigns and trainings to educate citizens on decentralization of power and empowerment of local governments & Village courts in the district of East Godavari
2000 – 2002 Headed Rajahmundry unit
2002 – 2004, Headed Mandapeta unit
2004- 2006, Coordinator for East Godavari District (second term) Dr. Aluri, along with other volunteers of Loksatta fought many local issues. The closure of a ship breaking unit on the shores of Kakinada is one example. Loksatta Kakinada teamed up with environmentalists and Green Peace Corps to successfully demand the closure of ship breaking unit that causes marine pollution and health hazards.
Other Programs implemented by Dr. Aluri as the coordinator for East Godavari District include:
(a) Training programs for the female People’s Representatives who assumed power with 33% reservation, forming mandal units and Citizen training programs at village/mandal levels.
(b) The Loksatta Kakinada team acted as a bridge between locals and the administration on several issues where the concerns raised by public were taken to the notice of Municipal Chairman, Mayor and respective authorities.
(c) They also led campaigns in support of Right to Information Act, and Decentralization of Power.
All the programs conducted by Dr. Aluri and team won accolades and immense trust from the people of East Godavari district.
Lok Satta Party
2007 – 2009 Member of Andhra Pradesh State Working Committee
2009 – Contested as a MP from Kakinada City, East Godavari District
2009 – Current (2011) – In-charge of Kakinada City Unit
On behalf of Vijayalakshmi Nursing Home, Dr. Aluri had been conducting free health camps and services like cancer screenings, medicine distribution etc to thousands of socio-economically marginalized women for the past 40 years.
As a District President of National federation of Indian women (NFIW) [1978 -1980], Dr. Aluri conducted seminars and workshops on women issues like dowry, child marriages, gender discrimination and physical violence against women.
Member of Zilla Grandhalaya Samstha, nominated by Govt. of A.P [1978 -1983], Formulated policies for District Central Library and took part in the book selection committee.
President, Chaitanya Vanitha Mandali [1982 – Current], conducted health camps, organized protests and rallies against atrocities on women, encouraged students through scholarship programs and conducted voter awareness education workshops.
Vice-president and President of Maharshi Sambamurthy Institute of Social and Development Studies [1991 – 2001], Initiated and maintained Residential school for physically challenged girls.
Member of Jana Sikshana Samsthan [1995-1999], Organized and trained self help groups and mutually aided cooperatives for women
Member of Indian Medical association, Kakinada chapter [1991 – 93],
Chairman, Women’s wing of State unit of IMA & Member, Women’s wing of National unit of IMA:
Founder & Managing Trustee, Centre for Empowerment and Development of Women (CEDOW)-[1998 – current], Educated around 10,000 women and adolescent girls so far through awareness programs, Organized legal counseling center and vocational training centers
President, Rotary club Kakinada [2001 – 2002] and President, “Rotary Asraya”, Old age home for women [2002 – 2004], Conducted health camps, started Chundru Subbayamma Rotary Asraya, an old age home for women and short stay home for victims of physical abuse and harassment.
President, Rotary Blood Bank [2008 – 2009]
Vice Chairman of Red Cross Society, East Godavari District [2008 – current]
Dr. Aluri has written numerous books in Telugu and English. Her literary works are based on diversified topics from health education to magazine columns and fictional short stories. The writings of Dr. Aluri Vijaya Lakshmi have even been considered as a subject of thesis by a student at Acharya Nagarjuna University.
Dr. Aluri has published 4 papers in the national medical Obstetrics and Gynecology journals and had an opportunity to present a paper at the World congress of Federation of International Gynecologists and Obstetricians, held at Kualalumpur, Malasia, in Nov., 2006.
Family and Personal Life
Dr. Aluri is married to Sri. Aluri Murali Krishna Murthy, former H.O.D in Pharmacy department at Andhra Polytechnic College, Kakinada. They have two daughters – Dr. Sameera, a Gynecologist and Dr. Tushara, an Ophtholmologist. Aluri currently lives in Kakinada where she’s been a practicing Obstetrician for 40 years.
- Indian Medical Association Award for best health education books – 1992 & 1993
- Malladi Subbamma Mahila Abhyudaya Puraskaram in 1993 from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad
- Veeresalingam Abhyudaya Puraskaram in 1993 from Vasireddy Malathi Trust, Rajhamundry
- Koduri Leelavathidevi Smaraka Literary Award, Rajhamundry-1994
- Distinguished Aluminus Award from Andhra Medical college -1996
- Sahitya Puraskar-99 from S.B.S.R.Kalapeetham, Tapeswaram
- Meti Mahila Award -2002 , a recognition for outstanding achievements in the fields of Medicine, Literature and Social Service
- Outstanding Rotary Club President Award and Best Community Service Award -R.I.Dist.3020. in 2002.
- Best Service Award – 2002 ( for East Godavari District) by the govt. of Andhra Pradesh
- Appreciation Award – 2003 form Hon. Governor of A.P for extending free gyne./obst. services to poor women on behalf of Dist. Indian Red cross society.
- Certificate of Commendation – 2004 as a token of appreciation for meritorious social service activities in the district of East Godavari.
- Pragna Award – 2004 by Sri Alluri Sitharama Raju Smaraka Kalavedika
- Vaidya Siromani Award -2004 from Mega city Navakala Vedika, Hyderabad
- Award from Jyotsna Kala Peetham, Hyderabad-2006
- Smt.Nannapaneni Lakshmi Smaraka Puraskaram-2009