Anantapur: President Pranab Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the concluding session of the birth centenary celebrations of former President Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy at Anantapur on December 23.
Karnataka Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah, AP Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Governor E.L. Narasimhan are also scheduled to take part in the concluding session at the Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy stadium.
Former President Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy who was born at the Illur village of Pamidi mandal in Anantapur district spent most of his life in Anantapur. The government had initiated centenary celebrations at Hyderabad and the concluding session is scheduled to be held in Anantapur to recall the services of the former president to the state.
Revenue minister N. Raghuveera Reddy took the initiative to celebrate the birth anniversary of former President Sanjeeva Reddy. The district authorities were directed to conduct an essay writing and elocution competition at all schools and colleges.
President Pranab Mukherjee would give away prizes to three students at the public meeting on December 23. Education institutions were asked to complete the process by December 17 in all parts of the district.
Besides this, seminars would be conducted at the Sri Krishnadevaraya University, JNTUA University and Satyasai deemed universities on December 14 and 15 about the contributions of Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy.
Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy said that a bike rally would be organised from the Tungabhadra Reservoir in Hospet in Karnataka to Anantapur on December 18 to recall Sanjiva Reddy's services to the region.
Collector D.S. Lokesh Kumar said a rural sports meet would be held on December 21 at the district headquarters. He said elaborate arrangements were being made for the occasion at the Sanjeeva Reddy stadium. President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to arrive at Anantapur at around 11 am on December 23 accompanied by the Governor, and the Chief Ministers of AP and Karnataka.