In the run-up to the World Telugu Conference at Tirupati next month, the district administration has decided to inspire people to participate in the WTC through the conventional preparatory celebrations in rural and urban areas. The thrust is mainly on involving people in promotion of Telugu culture and customs at the preparatory celebrations in mandals and at the district level.

At a meeting with officials on Thursday, Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah announced Rs. 20,000 for each mandal and Rs. 1 lakh for the district headquarters town for conducting utsavs. He asked officials to constitute village, mandal and division-level committees to celebrate the utsavs in a befitting manner. The committees comprising teachers, anganwadis, aasha workers, village revenue officers, panchayat secretaries, ANMs, stage artists, writers and poets would hold cultural activities for students, women and other sections of society on select dates. The Collector said competitions for students would be conducted on December 22 and 23 and an exhibition on WTC on December 3 in each panchayat and distribute prizes to the winners. Writers, poets and artists would also be felicitated on the occasion. On December 3 and 4, the committees would conduct competitions at the mandal level. On December 7, they would take out rallies and hold public meetings.

He appointed A.E. Roberts, Project Officer of ICDS as Special Officer, District Revenue Officer B.H.S. Venkata Rao and District Public Relations Officer Lakshmi Kantham as additional special officers for organising the utsav at the district level. Zilla Mahila Samakhya members would conduct competitions in traditional dress wear and cookery. The Collector said a meeting to create awareness among teachers would be conducted at Ananda Gajapathi Auditorium from 3pm on November 19.

Member of the Official Language Committee A. Gopala Rao, who was present, said that World Telugu Conference was being celebrated after a gap of 30years and it was the responsibility of every individual in the state to make it a grand success. He appealed to all Telugus to speak in their native tongue. Later, the Collector felicitated Dr. Gopala Rao. ITDA Project Officer B.R. Ambedkar, Zilla Parishad CEO Mohana Rao and other officials were present.

  • Rs. 20,000 for each mandal and 1 lakh for district headquarters town for the utsavs

  • Competitions to be held for students December 22, 23