Tributes paid to Patel, Indira Gandhi

Rich tributes were paid to former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on their respective birth and death anniversaries on Tuesday in government offices, schools, colleges and other institutions.

Both leaders were given equal priority at Indira Vignan Bhavan where Congress leaders Banna Ramu, Nambala Rajasekhar, Putta Anjanikumar and K.V.L.S. Eswari paid tributes to them. They said Mr. Patel had laid a strong foundation for India and it was consolidated by Indira Gandhi.

Collector K. Dhanunjaya Reddy, Joint Collector-2 P. Rajanikanta Rao, SP CM Trivikram Varma, Deputy SP (Traffic) S. Penta Rao and others participated in the National Unity Rally.

Rashtriya Ekta rally was conducted in Ambedkar University, AITAM College, Tekkali and Narayana Polytechnic College of Gudem.

ONGC walkathon

Thousands of students participated in a rally taken out from the Pushkar Ghat to the Municipal Corporation office in Rajamahendravaram to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

MLA Akula Satyanarayana, Mayor P. Rajani Sesha Sai, Deputy Commissioner M.V.D. Phaniram, Additional Commissioner K. Srinivasa Rao and Corporators Chandipriya, M. Rangarao and others participated in it.

Around 300 ONGC employees sporting the message of unity on t-shirts participated in a walkathon to mark the day. Officiating Asset Manager P. K. Pandey, Group General Manager-Head Drilling Services, flagged off the event.

Talk on vigilance

Meanwhile, Balwinder Singh, former special Director of the CBI, delivering a talk on ‘Preventive Vigilance’ at the ONGC office in Rajamahendravaram, said that systems alone cannot curb corruption completely but can help largely minimize it in public sector units (PSU). The managements should strive to leverage technologies to close the opportunities for corruption in organisations.

In Rampachodavaram, ITDA Project Officer A.S. Dinesh Kumar administered the ‘Ekta Diwas’ oath to the ITDA staff.

Big turnout

The Urban police organised a 'Run for Unity' from the parade grounds in Tirupati, which was flagged off by Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) Siddha Reddy. Cops and general public clad in white took part in the run in large numbers.

The day was also observed at AP Southern Discom, SV University, Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha and by the employees of the ESI Corporation.

Rajya Sabha member T.G. Venkatesh, Collector S. Satyanarayana and Kurnool MLA S.V. Mohan Reddy led the Run for Unity rally from Railway Station road to the municipal stadium in Kurnool on Tuesday. Mr. Satyanarayana administered a pledge to strive for unity, integrity and security of the nation.

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