Patriotic fervor marked the 73rd Republic Day celebrations in four Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Cuddapah, Anantapur and Kurnool on Wednesday amid cultural events organized in compliance with COVID etiquette.
In Chittoor, District Collector M. Hari Narayanan and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) S. Senthil Kumar inspected the police parade and took guard of honor from the policemen at the Police Training Centre.
In his address, the Collector said that the areas of agriculture, horticulture and dairy development are being given top priority in Chittoor. He said November rains have damaged crops in 13,000 hectares and steps have been taken to provide relief to farmers. He said that an action plan was prepared to take milk production to 38 lakh liters per day for the next two years.
Collector P. Koteshwar Rao and SP Ch. in Kurnool. Sudhir Kumar Reddy attended the Republic Day celebrations at the Police Parade Ground. The Collector said that the district is at the forefront by fulfilling the target of providing 540 types of services to 26.44 lakh beneficiaries through 1,118 village and ward secretariats.
He said that during Kharif, seeds worth 9.56 crore were distributed to more than 30,000 farmers. He said that the personnel of the COVID Task Force in Kurnool district have rendered commendable service in the last two years.
Collector Nagalakshmi Selvarajan in Anantapur said that agriculture and allied sectors have been given importance in the district. He said that the state government’s ambitious project of Nadu Nedu has given tremendous results in the district, while the AMRUT scheme has also been focused to provide safe drinking water to the people in urban areas.
In Cuddapah, Collector Vijayarama Raju started the Republic Day celebrations at the Police Parade Ground. In his address, the official said that the district received 324% excess rainfall in November 2021. The flash floods damaged crops in 19,000 hectares, affecting 1.3 lakh farmers. He said that the State Government has provided an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the Rajampeta flood victims. He said that all the 14 projects of the district have got full flow. An amount of ₹604 crore was sanctioned to initiate the scheme to divert Krishna flood waters to the Gandikota project.