Plight of Telugu

Despite the State government’s tall claims on promotion and preservation of the Telugu language, use of English as a prominent language on plaques to mark laying of foundation stone or inauguration of a scheme etc. is a common sight. The Department of Language and Culture seems to have added another dimension to the neglect, by introducing spelling errors. The department has put up a banner welcoming the visitors for the presentation of Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna award, which was given away to his associate and noted violinist Annavarapu Ramaswamy. What was written on the banner was ‘
Bhasa Samskrutika Sakha
’, while it should have been
And what does ‘jayantutsavam’ mean? Well, only the department officials can say. Visitors, however, were seen commenting that the department has failed to take enough care to see that it’s name is written properly.

IPS officer who won the hearts

Principal Secretary (Home) A.R. Anuradha rarely makes public appearances. When she got to share the dais with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at a home guards’ event recently, she was as usual calm and composed. But the crowd was rapturous, in the sense that they would cheer every time her name was mentioned by the speakers. The home guards were repeatedly clapping and waving at her out of gratitude to her for playing an instrumental role in increasing their honorarium.

During her brief speech, Ms. Anuradha described the gathering (of home guards) as her family, drawing a round of huge applause. Mr. Naidu too was happy that the home guards showed such affection to a good officer. Ironically, Ms. Anuradha’s name did the rounds as one of the probable candidates for the post of the Director General of Police (DGP). Though she did not become the DGP, she has apparently stolen the hearts of her 15000-strong family of home guards. It’s an honour to be loved so much.

Lavish govt. events in a ‘poor’ State

Andhra Pradesh is being proclaimed as a ‘poor’ State since bifurcation but the splurging of taxpayers’ money on various publicity campaigns and programmes by the State government was apparent during the past four years, right from the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Minister and his council of Ministers to the recent Nava Nirmana Deeksha. In the last two years, the government has spent more than Rs. 31 crore for the deeksha which has political implications. But the same government is reluctant to spend a few crores of rupees to recruit food safety inspectors across the State. Against the requirement of 627 inspectors, the State currently has only about 30, according to Consumer Rights Organisation State president Vikas Pandey. He recently claimed that the government, in a reply, told the CRO that it’s a ‘poor’ State and doesn’t have funds to employee safety inspectors. “If the government cannot assure safe food, for which all of us earn and work hard, what is the purpose of it?” Pandey wondered.

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