District Collector Kantilal Dande unfurls the national tricolour on the occasion of R-Day celebrations

The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour across Prakasam district on Thursday.

The main event was at the police parade grounds where district Collector Kantilal Dande unfurled the national tricolour and inspected a police parade along with Superintendent of Police K Raghuram Reddy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Collector highlighted development projects and welfare schemes being implemented, including Rachabada, Rajiv Yuvakiranalu and Revenue Sadassu to benefit people at large.

The district stood first in housing exceeding the target set by government by completing 17,343 units this year.

Watched by more than 1,000 people, 400 children from various schools in the district portrayed the nation's rich cultural heritage through their dances at the parade grounds.

Twenty colourful tableaus put by various departments highlighted the state's progress. Twenty stalls were set up to highlight various welfare schemes being implemented by the State government.

Ongole MP M. Srinivasulu Reddy, district Congress president P. Rama Rao, MLC and Kondepi MLA G.V. Seshu were among the dignitaries who watched spectacular performance by students of various schools. Sharada Balakuteer students stood first followed by the students of the Deaf and Dumb school and St. Xavier's school.

Assets worth Rs 102 crore were distributed to 48,742 beneficiaries, including Rs. 85 crore to 36,411 Self Help Groups. Freedom fighters Karavati Venkateswarulu, Ghalib Saheb, Aswath Narayana, D. John, B. V. Saraswathi and T. Prakasam Pantulu's grandson T. Gopalakrishna were honoured by the district administration.

Members of the State Bank of India Pensioners Association led by its Prakasam district secretary Y. Sambasiva Rao honoured inmates of the old age home on the Anjaiah road with new clothes and fruits on the occasion.

Clarion call

Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) Chairman and Managing Director S. Narsing Rao on Thursday gave a call to the company's employees to make untiring efforts for producing 13 million tonnes of coal as per the stipulated annual target in the remaining two months of the current financial year.

Speaking after unfurling the national tricolour on the occasion of 63rd Republic Day at Prakasam Stadium in Kothagudem, Mr. Rao said the company had produced only 40 million tonnes of coal as against the set production target of 53.4 million tonnes for 2011-12 financial year. Emphasis should be laid on producing high quality of coal in a sustained and safe manner, he said.

Stating that the number of fatal accidents in the coalmines had come down in 2011 when compared to 2010, he deplored that three ‘avoidable mishaps' had occurred in the current month despite taking all precautionary measures.

A total of 227 roof bolts had been installed in various underground coalmines to avoid roof falls as part of consistent efforts to prevent mine mishaps, he said.

He said that the company has embarked on construction of nearly 1000 staff quarters at an estimated expenditure of Rs 90 crore at Bhoopalpally in Warangal district.

A total of 130 eligible dependents of the Singareni employees had been provided employment as per their professional and technical qualification in compliance with the norms.

Mr Rao honoured “Best Singarenians” and presented mementoes to the meritorious employees on the occasion. He also gave away prizes to the winners of an essay writing competition held on the topic “Corruption hindrance to development”. Students of various educational institutions including Singareni nursing school presented impressive cultural programmes on the occasion.

  • Collector highlights development projects

  • Assets worth Rs 102 crore were distributed to 48,742 beneficiaries