Tribal Welfare Commissioner Mahesh Dutt Ekka in Medaram jatara on Thursday
Tribal Welfare Commissioner Mahesh Dutt Ekka in Medaram jatara on Thursday

Medaram (Jayashankar Bhupalpally): Tribal Welfare Commissioner Mahesh Dutt Ekka said that the State government is striving hard to get national festival status for the biennial Medaram Sammakka-Saralamma jatara.

The Commissioner, who inspected the jatara arrangements at main temple (gaddelu), Chilukalagutta, Jampannavagu and tribal museum at Medaram on Thursday, said that officials of the erstwhile Warangal district will also be deputed for the smooth conduct of the jatara that likely to attract more than one crore devotees. He said the conduct of jatara will be divided into 38 sectors, each having a team. He told the officials to ensure all the arrangements in place by January 20.“This time around, the announcement of missing persons will also be done through LCD display,” Ekka said.

The in-charge Collector of Bhupalpally R V Karnan, Sub-Collector Gowtham Kumar, ITDA Project Officer Chakradhar Rao, Eturnagaram ASP Rahul Hegde, Temple Chairman Lingaiah and priest Jagga Rao were among others present. 

Elsewhere in Hyderabad, the Chief Secretary of Telangana Government SP Singh reviewed the arrangements of Medaram jatara with the officials. He told them to popularise the jatara by using social media. Singh said that CCLA Director Vakati Karuna has been appointed as the special officer to oversee the Medaram jatara considering her vast experience of working in Warangal district.