Telangana State Finance Minister Etela Rajender said Godavari Pushkaralu a Grand Success in Telangana State. addressing a press conference at the integrated check post at Dharmapuri on Saturday.
Tthe minister, who took part in the concluding ceremony of Pushkarams at Godavari River, said that people of all States, including that of Andhra Pradesh, appreciated the arrangements made by the Telangana government for successfully conducting the festival.
Godavari Pushkaralu a Grand Success in Telangana
The government spent Rs 600 crore during the past six months and made various arrangements for the thronging public.
Earlier, Telangana festivals, culture and language was attacked, he said adding that the TRS organised Pushkarams at Dharmapuri, by spending money from its own pocket.
Out of the Rs 600 crore spent, Rs 150 crore went to Dharmapuri, Kaleswaram and Koti Lingala in Karimnagar district. The amount was spent on laying roads, developing bathing ghats and providing facilities to devotees.
Drawing inspiration from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Ministers, MLAs and the District Collector, monitored bathing ghats continuously to rule out untoward incidents.
Food to devotees was provided for free with the support of Arya Vysya, Padmasaali, rice millers’ associations and civil society organisations.
“During the festival, over 1,000 doctors, paramedical staff and several government and private hospitals provided medical support,” Etela said. He added that they were no disturbances during the festival.
Employees’ associations and youth associations rendered comparatively better services and many villagers provided food and drinking water to visiting devotees and rendered service to them, he said.
By virtue of pujas rendered by visiting devotees in the State, he visualised that the State would be endowed with a good monsoon and hence would reap a bumper harvest, to achieve prosperity. Government chief whip Koppula Eswar said that there was no inconvenience caused to devotees who took a holy dip in Godavari River.
Devotees felt happy with all the arrangements, he added. During Pushkarams, everyone worked with a sense of social service. People’s representatives and officials worked with proper co-ordination and made the event a grand success, he added.
Source: Metro India