DM Hari Chandana and her 10 Bed ICU Initiative to Tackle the Pandemic
Indian bureaucrats are often touted as people who are wary of innovations with little care about the community. However, there are some who defy the trend, pioneer new innovations for the society, and are in true terms — “for the people”.
Telangana DM, Hari Chandana Dasari, is one such name well-known for social initiatives, ranging from healthcare to education; rural employment to sanitization, and much more. More recently, DM Hari Chandana initiated the launch of a 10 Bed ICU, at District Hospital, Narayanpet, Telangana. The project was a first of its kind, launched in private-public partnership, with the support of state government and a group of NGOs, to combat the pandemic.
It was inaugurated by IT Minister KTR virtually on June 6th, 2021. Dr. Hari Chandana Dasari is one of the members of Project Management Unit which is working towards rolling out the 10 Bed ICU to not just other districts, but across the entire nation.
When the economy was reeling under the pandemic, this Narayanpet collector aimed at building a business opportunity and engaged around 4000+ women in mask-making endeavours. In just a year’s time, the enterprise made a profit of Rs 50 lakh. The district of handloom weavers with no work and dead stock became a unique challenge during the pandemic. But even in adversity, Hari Chandana’s initiative to launch handloom masks uplifted the entire district from poverty. She believes that development has to start from grassroots level, and that is the reason almost all of her initiatives are geared towards uplifting the marginalized communities.
Hari Chandana is the only officer from Telangana to get shortlisted for an award under the ‘Innovation in Governance’ category; because of her initiatives that blended hard work with a creative touch since her days as a Zonal Commissioner .Right from maintaining cleanliness in villages and towns to spearheading the construction of 35000 Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISLs) in urban areas, she is considered a model bureaucrat by many.
While the list of her initiatives is never-ending, she has spearheaded the recycling and reuse of 35 Metric tonnes of plastic, around 38 “Feed the Need” fridges, 5 theme-parks, and 4 composts. She has also facilitated 85 lakh plantations across the district, 326 plus community toilet complexes, 65,000+ individual toilets, 280 dump yards, and 200 segregation sheds in villages, while 47 villages constructed modern crematoriums at their cost.
Her visionary support and foresight led her to bag ‘The Social Impact Award’ by the British Council, where she was chosen by nearly 1,500 alumni who nominated her for the honour, acknowledging her exceptional contribution in facilitating transition with social cause. DM Hari Chandana is also shortlisted for the Prestigious Prime Minister’s Excellence in Public Administration 2020, along with 12 other public officials in the country. Also ranked among Best IAS officers in India list by Byju’s and Top 10 IAS officers in India by JagranJosh along with being featured in TheBetterIndia as IAS hero powering recycle revolution, ThePrint as Visionary IAS officers who are scripting stories of change across India, SheThePeople as among Best women IAS officers in India and many more