Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday instructed Chief Secretary SK Joshi to take a final call on the venue for celebrations of Independence, Republic and State Formation days, though it was generally accepted that the Public Garden lawns would be the ideal location for such functions.
A high-level review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister at Pragathi Bhavan discussed various issues concerning such celebrations, including the manner and format in which these are conducted. Chandrashekhar Rao asked Joshi to discuss with senior officials the various issues, including the venue, involvement of school students in celebrations and police for parade given the fact that the State Formation Day is held in peak summer.
The meeting, however, firmed up the programme for the State Formation Day. Keeping in mind the scorching summer, the main programme will start at 9 am and go on till 10.30 am. To begin with, the Chief Minister will pay tributes at the Martyr’s Memorial in Gun Park opposite the State Legislature. The flag-hoisting ceremony would be at 9 am, followed by the police band playing the National Anthem, guard of honour, salute and then the speech by the Chief Minister.
At 10.30 am, the Chief Secretary will host an ‘At Home’ at the Jubilee Hall premises. A poets’ meet would be held at 11 am with Telangana State formation as the theme. In the evening, the Department of Culture would organise an awards presentation function.
The Chief Minister said quality shamianas should be erected on the Public Garden lawns to give it a dignified look. The invitees list should be finalised and all officers of the State government should be invited, including the District Collector of Hyderabad. Eminent award winners, top sports personalities, poets, writers, scholars, artists from various fields, doctors, industrialists, IT experts, scientists, officials from Central institutions, Bar Association members, retired judges, educational experts, freedom fighters, local MLAs, MPs, MLCs, Mayor, corporators, Speaker, all Corporation chairpersons, managing directors, and eminent personalities from the Army, Navy and Air Force staying in Hyderabad should be invited, the Chief Minister said.
Minister Koppula Eshwar, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Advisor Anurag Sharma, MP Vinod Kumar, MLAs Kamalakar, Chander, Chief Secretary SK Joshi, DGP Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary to CM S Narsing Rao, I&PR Commissioner Arvind Kumar, Education Secretary Janardhan Reddy, Special Secretary to CM Bhoopal Reddy, GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore, Tourism Principal Secretary Parthasarathy, Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar, Culture Director Mamidi Hari Krishna and others attended the review meeting.