Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday constituted a high-level committee to organise grand celebrations across the State to mark 75 years of Indian Independence. He allocated Rs 25 crore for the celebrations to be conducted across the State as part of the nation-wide ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiated by the Union government. The celebrations will commence on March 12 and will go on for 75 weeks before culminating in the Independence Day on August 15, 2022.

Government advisor KV Ramanachary will head the State organising committee for ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, with Principal Secretaries of General Administration, Finance, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Panchayat Raj, Cultural Affairs and Education departments along with the Director of Municipal Administration and Commissioner of Panchayat Raj as members. The Director of Culture will be the member secretary of the committee.

The Chief Minister participated in a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, where the latter explained the priorities and objectives of the programme. He asked the Chief Ministers of all the States to conduct patriotic programmes for 75 weeks commencing March 12.

Later, Chandrashekhar Rao held a review meeting with the officials concerned at Pragathi Bhavan and issued instructions on different programmes to be organised as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.

As part of the celebrations, the Chief Minister decided to hold the inaugural function of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at the Public Gardens in Hyderabad and also the Police Parade Grounds in Warangal on March 12. Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao will kick-start the celebrations in Hyderabad while Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will be the chief guest at the event in Warangal. Hoisting of the national flag, police march and release of balloons in the air will mark the inaugural day that would be done strictly in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

The State government is also planning to hoist huge national flags at 75 important places across the State, on the lines of the massive national flag that flutters at Sanjeevayya Park in Hyderabad. Chandrashekhar Rao suggested commemoration of freedom fighters who fought valiantly for Indian independence. 

As part of the 75 week-long festivities, patriotic programmes like essay writing competitions, poetry conventions, elocution competition, painting competitions, etc. would be organised at various levels.

Chandrashekhar Rao said the role played by Telangana region during the days of the Indian independence struggle, was unique. He stated that at present, Telangana was on the path of development as a separate State after attaining self-governance and has been one of the strongest partners in the nation’s development.

Government Advisor Ramanachary, Principal Secretary for CMO S Narsing Rao, CMO Secretary Smita Sabharwal, Cultural Affairs Secretary Srinivas Raju and Director of Cultural Affairs Mamidi Harikrishna and other officials attended the meeting.

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