FOUNDER

Sri Sunkari Alwar Das was born on 31st October, 1930 in Visakhapatnam City in a Respectable family. His parents are Sri Srinivasa Rao Naidu and Smt. Alivelu Manga Thayaramma. He had his school education in Narasipatnam, Srikakulam, Itchapuram, Parvathipuram and Anakapalli and Intermediate in Visakhapatnam. He is a Post Graduate in Economics from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and L.L.B. from Delhi University.He took keen interest in Public Affairs at an early age, worked in Student Congress and participated in Quit India Movement. After independence he was in the thick of struggle for Andhra State in early 50’s and also participated agitation for Steel Plant at Visakhapatnam.

He was elected as a Municipal Councilor of Visakhapatnam for 2 terms and became Vice-chairman during the 2nd term. In 1978 he was elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh and was elevated as a Minister of Municipal Administration, Urban Development and Education. During his tenure as Municipal Councilor M.L.A., and Minister he laid firm foundations for the present prosperity of Visakhapatnam City and the region.

When slums were considered as cancer of the cities and everybody advocated their removal from the middle of the cities he took up slum improvement schemes in 1965 and got established Urban Community Development Department in Visakhapatnam city and as Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development took up slum improvement and Weaker Section Housing schemes all over Andhra Pradesh.

He personally established three educational societies- 1) Sri Venkateswara Vidya Peeth (Regd.), Visakhapatnam in 1978, 2) Sri Srinivasa Vidya Parishad (Regd.), Visakhapatnam in 1980 and 3) Sri Balaji Vidya Parishad (Regd.), Visakahapatnam in 1990, which have 21 institutions from L.K.G. to Post Graduation, Engineering, Pharmacy and Research.

He is an active member in many social organizations like Lions, Rotary, Y’smen. He is the founder president of Walkers International, a health oriented organization and it has over 200 clubs in India and Abroad.

Even though he occupied high positions of power like Minister for Urban Development, he remained a clean public figure and set an example of impeccable probity and Un-impeccable accountability in public life. He passed away on 20th January, 2003.