This heart-warming news will make you believe that there is no dearth of good Samaritans in our country. Thanks to an anonymous WhatsApp message sent to Salem’s first woman collector Rohini R Bhajibhagare. A disabled woman has got a tricycle within a day.

Rohini’s intervention

On 31st January, Rohini received a photo of a disabled woman S Malarkodi on her WhatsApp. The photo depicted how she was moving on her hands and knees on a road. The picture also had a message requesting the collector to give the woman a tricycle. Rohini immediately ordered district differently-abled welfare officer (DDAWO) C K Thangamani to look into this issue.

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Following the direction, Thangamani visited Malarkodi at Vellalapatty village in Pethanaickenpalayam block near Attur. He inquired about the issue and submitted a report to the collector.

After reading the report, the collector ordered to purchase a tricycle at a cost of Rs 6,500 and gave it to Malarkodi who is unaware of the person who sent the WhatsApp message to her.

“Someone might have seen my plight and sent the message,” she said and expressed her gratitude towards the unknown person for coming to her aid.

Malarkodi is happy to receive the tricycle. She told the TOI how moving from one place to another without support was an uphill task for her but now she can move anywhere she wishes to.

Know more about Rohini P. Bhajibhakare

Rohini P. Bhajibhakare became the collector of Salem district in Tamil Nadu last year. Interestingly, she is the First Woman Collector Of Salem in 170 years. Married to IPS officer Vijyendra Bidari, the trailblazer wanted to be a collector since she was nine-years-old. She cleared her civil service exam without taking any private coaching.

Hats off to this conscientious leader for fulfilling her duty so honestly. More power to her!

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