State sanctions Rs 10 crore for Bonalu celebrations

The State government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for Bonalu festival in the city.

This was announced at a meeting by Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin.

Narasimha Reddy, who is also convener of Bonalu festival, said  funds would be given to celebrate Bonalu festival in 2,179 temples in the city. He asked the cooperators to send proposals for the funds. Last year, the State government had allotted Rs four crore for the purpose. But Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who was keen on preserving Telangana culture and traditions, has, this year agreed to increase funds for the festival, he said.

Mohammad Ali and Talsani Srinivas Yadav also spoke. Mayor Rammohan said all arrangements have been made for devotees to have hassle-free darshan of the Goddesses during Bonali festival at all major temples in the city. (NSS)