Mr. B G Munisamy*
I joined NTI in November 1961. I was given charge
of Bedford van MYE 257 and sent to Anantapur camp. Sometime in December
1961, the Director, Dr Bordia came along with Dr ORourke and
Dr Piot, in the staff car MYE 16. Its driver was Mr Chandran. Seeing
me the Director called me:
Munisamy, why are you here?
I am driving Bedford van sir and taking trainees for field
You give charge to Chandran and takeover the Chevrolet immediately
and come with us.
I went back with them and from then on, I drove
the staff car. I had to pickup all the WHO officers and Director
in the morning and drop them back to their homes in the evening
after work. In the office, I was asked to assist in the repair of
vehicles. I was a good mechanic. Perhaps this was the reason why
I was brought to the headquarters from the field. The NTI workshop
was under Mr Socrates, the transport supervisor. We had a lot of
repair work then because there were more than forty imported vehicles.
These were being used constantly for field work. In fieldwork, there
were always some emergency because of vehicle breakdown. The moment
our section got information, Mr Socrates would ask us to attend
to it. We mechanics would pickup the required spare parts and material
But accidents happen. A few months later, I was
driving Bedford van MYE 5569 to Magadi camp when suddenly the right
front tyre burst and the vehicle overturned. Somehow, with help,
I turned the vehicle upright and replaced the tyre. There were scratches
on the side but fortunately nothing happened to me and the vehicle
was in running condition. I brought back the vehicle and informed
Mr Socrates about it. The next morning I was called by the Director.
I went to him shivering thinking that I would get fired. But, he
was not angry. He asked me, Munisamy, you are a careful driver.
How did this accident happen? It is a new vehicle. Tell me honestly
what happened. I narrated what had happened. He listened calmly
and was not angry with me at all. He got up and said show
me. We went to the workshop and I explained what had happened.
He inspected the vehicle and got it repaired the same day. Not a
word was said to me. When he left for Delhi in 1962 as Adviser,
I wept. He was our first Director.
Our NTI became a very good institute and became
world famous. Where did this fame come from? Because we all worked
for it. Even the WHO officers praised us. I want to tell you that
I was also a proud member of that group of workers.
* Passed away in October 1999