Fortnight long grand festival in Telangana from August 8, CM Mr KCR.

Commemorating the diamond jubilee (75 years) of Indian Independence day celebrations, the TRS government is planning a big festival across the state.

Chief minister Mr K Chandrasekhar Rao reviewed the arrangements with the organising committee on Tuesday and instructed them that it should involve every section of the society. There should be a festival-like atmosphere all over the state with tri-colour flags adorning every household.

Reflecting the spirit of the freedom movement, a plethora of programmes were planned. All the public places – bus stands, railway stations, airports, shopping malls, and hospitals should be specially decorated; elocution, essay writing, and painting competitions should be held at government and private educational institutions, and fortnight-long cultural programmes should be held at Ravindra Bharathi with freedom movement as a theme.

Mr KCR wanted organising committee to ensure a special balloon show, screening of the film `Gandhi’ by Richard Atenborough. All the villages, mandals and districts should conduct sports and games competitions in the name of the `freedom cup’ and give away prizes.

The celebrations would begin on August 8 and conclude on August 22 in Telangana state.

Massive plantation programme, blood donation, singing national anthem in unison, distribution of fruits at government hospitals, special rangoli competition for women, special Assembly session and special meetings in all villages and mandals by elected public of local body representatives form part of the celebrations.

The state government proposes to distribute national flags for free to all the citizens from August 9 to be hoisted on their respective houses.

The chief minister wanted district-level committees to be constituted for the purpose with the local minister as chairman, district collector as convenor, and others as members to oversee the celebrations. Employees who have rendered honest and selfless services should be recognised and felicitated on the occasion. Similarly, one Gram Panchayat, Municipality, School, one farmer, doctor, engineer, police officer, and other employees should be selected and honoured, he told the officials.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao

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