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Nizamabad MP Kavitha gifts helmet to brother KTR on Raksha Bandhan to promote road safety

Gifting a helmet to her brother was part of the campaign by Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP from Nizamabad, Kavitha to promote road safety for two-wheeler riders.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 13:55 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Kalvakuntla Kavitha,Nizamabad MP,Road safety campaign
Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi gifting a helmet to her brother, Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao on Raksha Bandhan to promote road safety for two-wheeler riders.(HT PHOTO)

Charity begins at home. And Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha drove home the point on Monday by gifting a helmet to her brother - Telangana Information Technology minister K T Rama Rao on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Kavitha, only daughter of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, tied rakhi to her brother and gifted him a helmet as part of her online campaign “Gift A Helmet This Rakhi” - which she launched a few days ago to promote wearing of helmets by two- wheeler riders as a safety measure.

But KTR, as the IT minister is popularly known, doesn’t own a two-wheeler and travels in his official car.

While appreciating the gesture, KTR presented her with a handloom saree as part of his campaign to promote wearing of hand-woven clothes by all sections of people. Incidentally, Monday is being observed as National Handlooms Day.

KTR, however, jocularly told Kavitha that the helmet would be of no use to him as he didn’t own a two-wheeler and had never ridden one in the recent times. “No issues. If not now, you might require it in future. Whenever you want to ride a two-wheeler, you should wear this helmet,” she said.

Read more: Telangana CM’s daughter urges women to present helmets to brothers on Rakhi

On August 4, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP launched a website --, which was inaugurated in New Delhi by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Her online campaign #GiftAHelmet launched on July 24 received tremendous response with several Central ministers, her Lok Sabha colleague, badminton stars Jwala Gutta and Saina Nehwal, cricketers Mithali Raj, Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, chief ministers of Karnataka and Odisha and others, reacting to her message on social media.

In her campaign, Kavitha said every day about 400 two-wheeler riders die in road accidents, just because they don’t wear helmets. She pointed out that two-wheeler accidents accounted for 29% of all fatal road accidents in 2015, which claimed 45,540 lives. “That is why let us join hands for our brothers’ safety. Set a new trend this Rakhi by gifting your brother a helmet,” she said.

On the other hand, KTR launched “Chenetha Samburalu” (Handloom festivities) at Necklace Road in the morning and also flagged off Handloom Walk to promote wearing of handlooms by all sections of people.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 13:55 IST