Kakinada: Mother tongue should be given the same importance as mother and every effort should be made to use Telugu as official language in administrative matters, said M Mohana Raju, District Revenue Officer. Participating as chief guest at a function held at the Ideal degree college here on Wednesday to mark the `celebration of Mathru Bhasha Dinotsav’, he recalled the services rendered by doyens like Gidugu Ramamurthy for popularizing the Telugu language. P. Chiranjivini Kumary, college correspondent, presided. Later the chief guest gave away prizes to the winners of essay writing competition.G Jagadeesh, Bala Subrahmanyam and Y Devi were adjudged as first, second and third prize winners respectively.