Mangalore, April 14: Dr. B.R Ambedkar -the architect of Indian Constitution was remembered on his 119 Birth Anniversary in a grand programme held at Townhall, Mangalore organised jointly by the District Administration, Social Welfare Department, Mangalore City Corporation and Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath.
Krishna J Palemar, District Incharge Minister, after inaugurating the programme said that only with celebrations the goals and dreams of BR Ambedkar cannot be achieved. It is by following the path of Ambedkar, that can actually fulfil his dreams, he said.
The programme commenced with patriotic Songs. To make the event all the more memorable, the District Administration announced an educational trip for 550 children at a cost of Rs. 17 Lakh.
Speaking on the occasion V Ponnuraj, Deputy Commissioner, DK, informed that the Mangalore City Corporation has donated 5 generators to Backward Community hostels in the district. Besides, the state government has released Rs. 338 Lakhs for development of Dalits and Backward communities in the state.
Yogish Bhat, MLA, presided over the programme. Santhosh Kumar Bhandary, President of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath, was the chief guest. UT Khadar, MLA, Rajani Dugganna, Mayor, Rajendra, Deputy Mayor, Ramachandra Kumpala, President, Taluk Panchayath, P Shivashankar, CEO, DKZP and Nagaraj Shetty, Former District In Charge Minister, were present.
K V Alagappa, President, Department of Social Welfare, DK district welcomed the gathering.
In another programme held in the city, members of the Congress Party commemorated the birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar at the Party Office at Hampankatta.
Party Secretary Sadashiva welcomed the gathering. Ramanath Rai, President of Dakshina Kannada Congress Committee delivered the inaugural speech. Padmanabha, President of District SC/ST Cell, Suresh Shetty, President Seva Dal, Hari Krishna Bantwal and Farooq Ullal were present.