VIJAYAWADA: The 8th biennial meet of the World Telugu Federation (WTF) will begin on Friday amid impressive preparations being made at VR Siddhartha Engineering College (VR SEC) to make it a grand success. The three-day event is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from across five countries.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is not attending the meet in view of his busy schedule. WTF representatives say that efforts are being made to seek the Chief Minister’s participation just like he attended an alumni meeting in Andhra Loyola College. Now, finance Minister K. Rosaiah will participate in the inaugural function of the WTF meet.
WTF president V.L. Indira Dutt, industrialists Gokaraju Ganga Raju and Malineni Rajaiah and VR SEC convener P. Lakshmana Rao said that various events were being organised to attract participation of people in cultural, literary, entertainment and business sessions. Addressing a press conference held at VR SEC, they said that this was the first time that the WTF meet was being organised in Vijayawada in its 16 years of existence.
Earlier, such meets were organised in Hyderabad, Chennai, Singapore and many other cities.
“Now we are happy that this meet is being held here though it is delayed. From industry side, we are giving all support possible.
We are ready to seize this opportunity after four years again,” said Mr. Rajaiah, who is president of Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Culture and tourism minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy will inaugurate the cultural programmes on the first day.
On January 10, the WTF women wing meet will be held when Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Daggubati Purandeswari will be chief guest. Ms. Indira Dutt will preside over the programme. Throughout the day, there will be cultural programmes.
There will be a literary meet on January 11 morning when animal husbandry minister Mandali Buddha Prasad will be chief guest. The valedictory meeting will be held at 4 p.m. when transport minister Kanna Laxminarayana will be chief guest. A youth meet will be held at 5.30 p.m. in which many Tollywood artists are expected to participate.