With the domination of science groups and other courses, a majority of youngsters are now unable to understand the importance of the freedom struggle and Mahatma Gandhi’s role in achieving the goal.

In this background, many elderly people and retired officials have joined hands to propagate Gandhian principles among youngsters in Vizianagaram district. They have come up with the ambitious plan of keeping 1,000 statues and portraits of Gandhi in government and private schools by October 2. The association members felt that it would be a fitting tribute to the Mahatma on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary year 2018-19.

Andhra Pradesh Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi-Vizianagaram chapter convener D. Pari Naidu, president Rongali Potanna and others chalked out an action plan for the establishment of statues in prime areas of the town. They approached the municipal authorities for allotment of sites at important junctions such as Simhachalam Meda, Fort area, Mayuri junction and others. Selection of government and private schools has already been completed.

Anti-liquor campaign

Dr. Parinaidu said that the association would distribute books such as Gandhi’s autobiography and others.

Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police G.Pala Raju, who is the honorary president of the association, asked the members to take up anti-liquor campaign in villages.

“We are planning to set up 430 committees with women to oppose belt shops in villages and other places. Members of Gandhi Smarka Nidhi can also play an active role in forming associations to oppose belt shops,” said Mr.Pala Raju.

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