Until his name and photograph started appearing on television last week, most people in East Maredpally in Secunderabad only knew Prakash Chandra Parakh, 68, as the patron of Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, an NGO that helps physically challenged people by providing Jaipur Foot and prosthetic limbs, and as the head of Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation (BJMRF) which recently started 24-hour dialysis services for needy patients at subsidised rates.
Retired eight years ago, PC Parakh has been leading a quiet and peaceful life in this neighbourhood but has involved himself in voluntary work with the two NGOs.
He has played a key role in Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Relief Foundation (BJMRF) which has set up state-of-the-art dialysis machines and ultra modern dialysis stations at three places with 62 machines in the city for the poor and needy.
It was also due to Parakh’s efforts that funds were raised and one dialysis centre with equipment worth Rs 2.5 crore was opened in the first week of centre at the Mahavir Hospital and Cancer Research Centre where dialysis is provided at just Rs 400 against the prevailing Rs 2,000 in any other hospital.
Hailing from Rajasthan, Parakh started off as a mining geologist in NMDC and Hindustan Mining Corporation before he joined the IAS in 1969. An MSc from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), he was allotted the Andhra Pradesh cadre and served as district collector of Kurnool, Adilabad and later as commissioner of what was formerly known as Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad.
His first Central deputation was from 1983 to 1988 when he was special secretary in the petroleum ministry. In 2002-03 he was the chief commissioner of land administration in Andhra Pradesh, a post equal to chief secretary. He was coal secretary from March 2004 to December 2005 until his retirement.