Two famous Industrialists from Andhra Pradesh, Dr. K. Anji Reddy and GV Krishna Reddy (GVK Reddy) have selected for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Awards for the year 2011. Padma Bhushan awards are India’s third great honors after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan. The two industrialists have been contributing their services to the economy and society in their own way. Following are the brief profiles of Dr. Anji Reddy and GVK Reddy:
1. Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy: He is founder and Chairman of world famous Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. He received Padma Sri about ten years back. Dr. Reddy is known for manufacturing and producing medicine at the affordable cost to the common people. Dr. Anji Reddy was born in Tadepalli Village of Guntur District in 1940. He studied his B.Sc. Technology in Pharmaceutical Science and Fine Chemicals from Bombay University and pursued his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. Dr. Anji Reddy is also founder of social service organization ‘Naandi’ and also Dr. Reddy’s Foundation for Human and Social Development. He received Sir P.C. Ray Award and Padma Sri award before the latest Padma Bhushan.
2. GVK Reddy: GV Krishna Reddy is an industrialist with varied interests in Biotechnology, Chemicals, Hospitality, Power, Healthcare and infrastructure. He owns Novapan, Taj Krishna Group of Hotels (Taj GVK), Jegurupadu Power Plant etc. GVK group has also built Jaipur – Krishnagadh Express Highway and Mumbai Airport. GVK Reddy is serving the society through GVK Foundation. The foundation built number of schools in Sarvepalli Constituency in Nellore District. GVK Foundation has taken up the management of 108 ambulance service after Satyam fiasco and expanded it to 11 states in the country.