Splendid cultural programmes by schoolchildren, an orderly parade by various contingents, distribution of welfare measures and honouring achievers in various fields marked the 69th Republic Day celebrations at Sir M. Visvesvaraya district stadium here on Friday.
Housing and Mandya district in-charge Minister M. Krishnappa, unfurled the national flag, delivered the Republic Day address and received the salute from the members of various troupes of police, NCC, NSS and Scouts and Guides.
The stadium was packed with spectators as Deputy Commissioner N. Majushri had made it mandatory for all senior government employees to attend. However, M.H. Ambareesh, former Minister and local MLA, and other elected representatives did not attend the ceremony.
Mr. Krishnappa recalled the freedom struggle, sacrifice of freedom fighters, the country’s sovereignty, rich and diverse culture, food production, development of science and technology, and other issues in his address. He underlined the development agenda of the State government and said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been implementing a series of welfare schemes for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden. The Minister listed several such programmes including Mythri, Manasvini, Anna Bhagya, Ksheera Bhagya, Mathru Purna, waiving loans, Pashu Bhagya, Anila Bhagya and Krishi Bhagya.
Later, he inaugurated the five-day annual fruit and flower show at the department premises, near the residence of Deputy Commissioner, in the town. The Mandya district administration and Horticulture Department have jointly organised the show and created a wide range of floral displays, including the Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple of Melkote, at the show.
Sand sculptures of horticulture expert Mari Gowda, philosopher Ramanujacharya and late Adichunchangiri seer Balagangadharanatha are some other attractions at the show.