The 119th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was celebrated on a grand scale in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district on Wednesday.

Zilla Parishad chairman Kakani Goverdhan Reddy, MLAs Balli Durga Prasad, Parasa Venkata Ratnam, Kurugondla Ramakrishna and Beeda Mastan Rao and Collector K. Ramgopal garlanded Ambedkar's statue at Venkatagiri Rajah's College Centre. Vikrama Simhapuri University Vice-Chancellor C.R. Visweswara Rao, Registrar V. Narayana Reddy, and Computer Science HoD T. Sudha recalled the services of the leader .

Tributes paid

Tirupati Special Correspondent writes: Rich tributes were paid to Dr.B.R. Ambedkar in the district At a function in Chittoor Ambedkar Bhavan, R&B Minister Galla Aruna appealed to the Dalits to add hard work to the State-sponsored schemes to better their lives. Cheques worth Rs.31.45 lakh were distributed to SW hostels.

At a programme in Dr.AER MBA College, principal K. Sudhakar Reddy announced to extend ‘Ambedkar merit scholarships' At ANGRAU's Regional Agricultural Research Station Associate Director K.Raja Reddy and Ravivarma Chitrakala Niketan founder S.Satyanarayana paid tributes to Ambedkar. Andhra Bank zonal office, TTD SC/ST Employees Welfare Association observed, district unit of Arundhatheeyas Federation, District Girijan Welfare Association paid tribute to Ambedkar.

Statue unveiled

Anantapur Staff Reporter writes: State Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy unveiled the bronze statue of Ambedkar at the ZP office junction here on Wednesday. Collector B. Janardhan Reddy was present.

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