VIJAYAWADA: Government is duty bound to conserve Telugu language, culture and traditions and it will make every effort to revive the past glory of the Telugu people, Information and public relations minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said.
Addressing a gathering at the International Mother Language Day celebrations at Ghantasala Government College of Music and Dance, here on Sunday, he said it is not just the government, but every individual has a responsibility to conserve their mother tongue and called on parents to encourage their children to learn Telugu. He said giving due importance to Telugu language, the official language of the State, majority of the officials transactions are being done in Telugu now.
Stating that government is making every effort to protect the interests of Telugu speaking people, he said state government had successfully ensured 40 lakh Telugu students in Tamil Nadu were able to write the exam in Telugu in view of Tamil Nadu government making Tamil mandatory for writing exams.
Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad, ZP chairperson Gadde Anuradha, MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, lyricist Jonnavithula Ramalingeswara Rao and poet Meegada Ramalinga Swamy were present.
A painting exhibition on the importance and greatness of mother language organised by the Cultural Department received good response.