CM elated over huge response to WTC, will announce sops to poets, scholars tomorrow

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today expressed his happiness at the huge response to World Telugu Conference being conducted in six auditoria in the city.

Felicitating Shatavadhani Ramasharma at Telangana Saraswatha Parishat here, the Chief Minister got nostalgic that how his teachers helped him to be into the world of literature. He said he would announce some sops to the poets, writers on the final day of the conclave on December 19 as all the auditoria are packed to capacity. Delegates came from 47 countries, 17 States and one Union Territory which shows their interest in the world literary program, the Chief Minister said.

“There was no dearth of poets, writers and scholars in the Telangana State and it is our duty to bring them all to light to protect and promote the language”, he said. Getting nostalgic, KCR said during his Intermediate in 1970s, he came to Hyderabad to attend a literary program with a group led by a lecturer. “A police team stopped us and checked our suitcase and baggage. On finding only the books, they allowed us to reach our destiny point”, he said, adding that “It caused much inconvenience to our lecturer. Our lecturer tried to convince us not to be panicky of the incident and concentrate on the event instead”, KCR said amid applause from the audiences.

The Chief Minister also appreciated Rama Sharma for poetic speech on government schemes. The Government will encourage the poets, scholars and writers in a big way, he stated. “Though my father wanted me to become an engineer or a doctor, my teachers opened the doors of literary world and blessed me with scholarly knowledge”, he said. “That encouragement made me to recite over 3,000 poems”, KCR said much to the delight of the audience. (NSS)