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State-level youth festival gets under way

Balancing act: Youth performing at the State-level youth festival in Khammam on Tuesday. —

Balancing act: Youth performing at the State-level youth festival in Khammam on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: G.N. Rao

Staff Reporter

Such events will ensure cross cultural exchange: Minister

KHAMMAM: A two-day State-level youth festival got off to a colourful start here on Wednesday.

Motto

Addressing the inaugural function, R. Damodar Reddy, Minister for IT, Communications and Youth Services, said that the government decided to organise youth festivals in the districts looking beyond the cities as part of the move to ensure cross cultural exchange.

Youths from different regions who gathered here should have exposure to the traditions of this particular area.

He said that that the teams giving out their best performance in the festival would be sent to the folklore festival in Amritsar in Punjab. Some 616 young artistes from 23 districts took part in the festival.

He said that the ‘Samkshema baata’ programme taken up by the government helped in giving better amenities to the inmates of all hostels run by the government.

Employment

He explained that some 10 lakh youths were provided employment under the Rajiv Udyoga Sri in the State.

The Minister said that the government would give Rs. 1 lakh if any youth from the State could make it to the first place at the national-level event.

Minister for Vaidya Vidhana Parishad Vanama Venkateswar Rao, who inaugurated the festival, said that folklore and folksongs of the State should once again occupy the centre stage. The government had been giving due support for their revival. Zilla Parishad chairperson G. Vijaya Lakshmi, district Collector Sashibhushan Kumar and Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat were among those who took part.

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