If there is one person who has received all round kudos for effective handling of disaster after Tsunami, he is the Cuddalore's District Collector, S. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, IAS who set the model for Rehabilitation. With a working fluency in Tamil, Mr. Bedi spearheaded the rehabilitation work in the affected areas efficiently by using the resources at hand and coordinating 500 NGOs. On day of Tsunami he was on holiday but rushed immediately to Mahabalipuram and during 2-hour road journey he supervised relief work through his mobile phone.
In Dec. 2006 when tennis ace Roger Federer was playing cricket in Cuddalore Mr. Bedi was rescuing labourers from bondage uncovering an organized racket. He rescued 15 bonded labourers and 5 children. In 2015 Mr. Bedi was adorning the post of Principal Secretary, Tamil Nadu. On 24 April 2015 he was presented the E-Panchayat Award by PM Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.
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