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Dr. Palakodety Satyanarayana Sarma

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Dr. Palakodety Satyanarayana Sarma (1897-1979) was from Garagaparru village in Bhimavaram mandal, Bhimavaram taluka, West Godavari district. He was born on 6 December 1897 to Subbarao and Venkatanarasamma. He had his LMP education at Visakhapatnam. Between 1920 and 1926, he worked as a government physician at Guntur, Visakhapatnam, and Koraput. He had been a member of the Congress party since 1926 and worked for Sarvodaya. He treated a number of volunteers in his hospital who were injured in a police shooting during the Bhimavaram disturbances on 17 August 1942, in conjunction with the Quit India campaign. He was imprisoned for almost 8 months throughout the trial and was sentenced to 6 months in 1943 by the special magistrate, Bhimavaram. On 10 July 1943, he was released from the Alipuram Camp prison after the sessions court in Eluru reduced his sentence. He served as a member of the DCC, PCC, and President of the Taluka Congress Committee. He took a keen interest in Gandhiji's constructive programs and established cooperative societies for khadi and village industries. He also served as a Director of Krishna Co-operative Bank Limited, Andhra Co-operative Union Limited, and Andhra Provincial Library Association. He founded the Urban Medical Association in Bhimavaram which grew into the Delta Medical Association in Bhimavaram, of which he served as President and Secretary till 1966. Irrespective of how many positions he held or the difficulties he faced, he did not neglect public health services. Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to medical service. He died in 1979 when he was 82 years old.