Republic Day was celebrated on a grand scale in various offices, educational institutions, and service organisations in the district on Thursday. At the celebrations held at police parade grounds, district Collector M. Ravi Chandra hoisted the tricolour.

Aid to ryots

He said that efforts were on to distribute a sum of Rs. 11.09 crore to the farmers who lost their standing crop in all the 14 drought-hit mandals in the district.

Employment would be provided to 18,717 youth under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme and plans were afoot to speed up the implementation of the welfare schemes.

Freedom fighter Chodipalli Hanumantha Rao was felicitated on the occasion. Cultural performances by students of various schools enthralled the audience.

Elected representatives and officials of various departments participated in the event.

On Andhra University PG centre campus, special officer P. Rajendra Karmarkar hoisted the national flag in the presence of teachers and students. He called upon them to contribute their might for the cause of the nation.

Republic Day was celebrated on a grand scale in the educational institutions of Aditya group. At Aditya Engineering College at Surampalem, principal M. Srinivasa Rao hoisted the tricolour. Students of V.S. Lakshmi Engineering College for Women distributed water filter, books and toys to the Anganwadi at Matlapalem village.

Chaitanya Institute of Science and Technology secretary P.V. Krishnam Raju participated in the celebrations held on the campus at Madhavapatnam. Principal S. Suryanarayana Raju and others were present.

Black flags

Meanwhile, members of a few dalit organisations hoisted black flags at Ambedkar statues to register their protest against the recent desecration of the statues in the Konaseema region.

Felicitations to a freedom fighter and cultural programmes by children mark the occasion