Saidai S. Duraisamy (Samiyappan Duraisamy) was born in a poor agricultural family in Thumbivadi, a small village in Karur district. Due to his abundant affection towards Puratchi Thalaivar MGR, he formed a pen pal club and entered public life as early as his school days. He played a key role in helping Dr. MGR launch the A.D.M.K Party after he (Dr.MGR) was expelled from the D.M.K party. During this period, he faced the wrath of D.M.K party and was imprisoned.
During MGR’s regime, he has been a member of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board and was the M.L.A. of Saidapet Legislative Assembly Constituency (1984-1988). During the reign of our late Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa, he was the Mayor of Greater Chennai Corporation (2011-2016). During his Mayorship, he was primarily responsible for starting “Amma Unavagam”, a canteen run at a subsidized rate to satiate poor people’s hunger. He was instrumental in getting the Government’s approval for the “Nilavembu Kudineer”, an herbal concoction to control and to contain Dengue fever from becoming an epidemic.
In the year 2006, Mr Saidai Duraisamy started the Manidhanaeyam Trust and has been conducting free classes for the UPSC and TNPSC competitive exams. So far, the trust has helped nearly 3000 students achieve their government job dream. Over the years, he realized that some students who had the qualification and the academic acumen to become a civil servant, couldn’t realize that dream only because of their poor economic background. This motivated him to create the Manidhanaeyam institute and help those students become able government administrators, without expecting anything in return for his service.