Union Minister of Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy has disclosed that the central government recognized the role of ‘Manyam’ independent fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju in the freedom struggle. Presently, a museum is being constructed at the cost of Rs 38 crore at Lambasingi in Visakhapatnam district that will be completed this year.
He also shared that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 18 crore for the construction of Alluri Sitarama Raju’s museum in Hyderabad, and of this, Rs 1 crore has already been released. Kishan Reddy was speaking at the 175th birth celebrations of the freedom fighter here.
The minister urged the tourism ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas Goud, and Avanti Srinivas Rao, to complete the construction at a fast pace and promote the hero on a larger scale. He added that the younger generation must be taught about his heroics and role in the freedom struggle.
As part of the event, the minister also felicitated veteran hero superstar Krishna, who had played the memorable titular role of Alluri Sitarama Raju, which was a huge hit in its time. The union minister also revealed that he was a huge fan of actor Krishna and happened to learn a lot about freedom fighters through the film. Kishan Reddy also added that the Centre had decided to honor freedom fighters as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence.
The minister also revealed that he would be visiting Mogallu village, the birthplace of Sitarama Raju, on January 13. Telangana tourism minister Srinivas Goud informed that a statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju will be erected in the Kompally area in consultation with MA & UD minister KT Rama Rao.
Veteran actors Krishna and Mohan Babu were present at the event, and Krishna remembered how the film made him a superstar among Telugu audiences and all the love he received henceforth.