Amid SOS Calls For Plasma, Hospital Beds, IYC’s Srinivas BV Emerges As Saviour For Many

INC’s youth body, which is headed by Srinivas, has reportedly received about 50,000 requests in the last one week for help on social media from different parts of the country.

The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Chief Srinivas BV is currently garnering praises from everywhere for his tireless efforts to help as many people as possible to receive proper medical care for COVID-19. For people struggling to get life saving medicines or hospital beds for their loved ones amid the second wave of Covid-19, Srinivas’s Twitter handle is the ‘go-to’ place to seek help. And the Youth Congress leader, in majority of instances, is quick to respond to these people who are desperately seeking help in these grim times. At a time when there is a shortage of drug like Remdesivir, Oxygen Beds, plasma, Srinivas has made these available for thousands of people while tweeting with #SOSIYC.

The Indian Youth Congress, INC’s youth body, which is headed by Srinivas, has reportedly received about 50,000 requests in the last one week for help on social media from different parts of the country. The IYC team led by Srinivas has helped around 15,000 people across the country so far.

Srinivas, while speaking to the media, said: “We are getting requests from arranging plasma to oxygen cylinders to getting admitted in the hospitals, our volunteers are reaching them and helping the people. Earlier, we used to provide injections too but now it has been banned.”

“Our volunteers are also donating plasma and also convincing people to donate to help the needy,” he added.

Srinivas BV with former Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

However, this is not the first time that the Youth Congress leader is helping people. Srinivas has been working on the ground since the lockdown imposed last year. During the earlier lockdown, he had helped people reach home and had booked vehicles for the migrants during the lockdown.

His social media handles are flooded with SOS messages requesting different types of help. He gets tagged on Twitter by countless people with agonising enquiries about the availability of hospital beds, in Delhi or elsewhere, for critical Covid patients or of Remdesivir, the much sought after Covid drug that’s reportedly in short supply with the virus spreading across India like wildfire.

“This is all about what this party stands for and it is under the guidance of Rahul Gandhi that the team is working for the people,” the IYC Chief says.

“On March 7, when Rahul Gandhi came to the IYC office to address our national executive, he had cautioned us about the possibility of another Covid wave and told us to be prepared to help people. During the first Covid wave, when India witnessed an unprecedented reverse migration crisis, the IYC had set up relief camps across the country to help migrants. We provided free transport, food packets, masks and other help. Those efforts helped us attract more volunteers and so we were even more prepared this time,” he goes on to add.

Srinivas BV with Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The result of his relentless relief work is that he has been showered with love and respect from people on social media for his selfless act.

But who is Srinivas BV?

Srinivas BV comes from Bhadravati in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Srinivas started his political career as a NSUI member. Later he became a block president of the Indian Youth Congress followed by positions at district level and state level and then held the post of National Secretary, IYC, followed by National General Secretary, IYC, and its vice president in 2018. In July 2019 he was appointed president of the Indian Youth Congress when Keshav Chand Yadav resigned from this post after Lok Sabha elections.

As the IYC chief, Srinivas occupies a post once graced by Congress stalwarts such as Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad etc.

Srinivas BV with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.

By his own confession, Srinivas BV is a sportsperson who has played Under-19 cricket “for India South Zone and also played in London.” He says he quit cricket due to an eye injury that took two years to heal.

A friend who had joined the NSUI inspired him to join the outfit. He says, slowly he assumed more responsibility and rose in the ranks.

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