Citing the concerning rise
in the incidence of Covid-19 in Telangana, Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy today said that this year's Ugadi festivities would be held in a low-key manner, without any big programs and large congregations.
In a statement, he appealed to the people of the state to remain alert while celebrating the festival, and told them that it would be best if they chose to watch the traditional Sitha-Rama Kalyana utsavam and the Ugadi Panchanga Sravanam live on their TV sets at home instead of stepping out this year.
"Young people should not get carried away in their excitement to celebrate Ugadi. Currently, the ongoing pandemic poses a great risk to public health, and we must all do our part to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Under the able guidance of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, our government is working very hard to contain the further spread of the fatal disease. However, the people too must support us in our efforts. We must all wear masks, maintain social distance, and sanitise our hands regularly," Reddy said.
On the auspicious occasion, the minister himself will be unveiling a Panchangam of the Yadadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at his Boggulakunta office in Abids at 10:30 am.
One wonders how the people of the state will react to his appeal as this is the second year that Ugadi will have to be celebrated as a low-key affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic.