December 5, 2016 2:51:52 pm
Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj may have been ill and seeking treatment at AIIMS, Delhi, but that certainly has not deterred her from rendering services or helping citizens in distress. Known for her quick response on social media, the ailing minister answered plea of an Indian student who had visa troubles.
A PhD student identified as Geeta Singh, tweeted out to the minister after her visa for Australia was not granted on time. The female scholar from AIIMS wrote that she had applied for the visa on November 14 and still has not got it. She also mentioned that she needed it “urgently” in view of presenting research paper in Australia on December 7. The minister quickly responded from the hospital that she could help her and asked her to visit at AIIMS for further assistance.
The student’s urgent demand was met in a day and on Monday (December 5), the minister tweeted that Singh’s visa has been granted.
Netizens lauded for the minister for helping the student despite being tied to a hospital bed. One of the users wrote, “We know ‘Work from Home’ But Mam, you are setting a new benchmark by working from Hospital. Thankyou for your Selfless Service.”
However, the scholar whose visa has been granted has deleted her Twitter account at the time of writing this report. It is not clear why but that has not stopped people from noticing the gesture by Swaraj, who has been in hospital these past weeks after she was diagnosed with renal failure.
Geeta – You have been issued Visa for Australia. https://t.co/kB3biWWCNu
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 5, 2016
Geeta – I am also in AIIMS. Pl come and see me here. I will do my best to help you. https://t.co/lH1RYlclDy
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) December 4, 2016
Here’s how Twitterati reacted:
@SushmaSwaraj We know “Work from Home” But Mam, you are setting a new benchmark by working from Hospital. Thankyou for your Selfless Service
— Rajesh (@RJKO78) December 5, 2016
Woww really amused to c she got help bfr very nxt day itself. @SushmaSwaraj kudos.
— Anandhi Ravi (@A_for_Shreya) December 5, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj ma’am you’re in hospital with kidney failure..& still making things happen! salute your spirit & integrity towards post 👍 GWS🙏
— Rita Singh (@Rita211063) December 5, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj Goodness, ma’am! You’re almost too nice! Please take care to of your health, first! :)
— Karan (@kerryon) December 4, 2016
@SushmaSwaraj I am really touched! You truly a people’s minister.
— Hilal Ahmed (@Ahmed1Hilal) December 4, 2016
In another situation that demanded attention from the minister, after media reports surfaced about the sexual harassment of two foreign tourists, Swaraj said that she had notified the concerned officials and ordered probe.
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As those following Swaraj on social media would be well-aware of, on numerous occasions, the minister has come forward to help not just Indian nationals but also people visiting the country and there is no shying away from responsibility even from hospital.
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