Hyderabad Dec. 20: New state of Telangana has raised curtains to a new tradition to celebrate CHRISTMAS as state festival of Telangana. As part of Semi Christmas Celebrations on 20thDecember 2015 at Nizam College grounds, Hyderabad to which Honourable Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekar Rao garu was the chief guest. In which 25 boys from Don Bosco Navajeevan home, Nampally and 15 girls from Auxilium Navajeevana and 10 girls from St Ann’s Convent, Mettuguda were selected to receive Christmas Gifts (3 pairs of cloths) from the hands honourable Chief Minister. Fr Sudhakar Bellamkonda and Sisters from Nampally accompanied the children for the event.
Prior to it he cut the cakes amidst these children and personally distributed cakes and gave gifts to all them. This could happen only because of the personal initiative taken by Honourable nominated MLA Elvis Stevenson of Anglo Indian community. He took personal interest and selected our children for this historical, unforgettable and memorable event. Earlier too he has personally visited our home at New Bhoiguda and spend time with the children. We the Don Bosco Navajeevan family of Hyderabad thank him for giving this opportunity for our children.
Government of Telangana has initiated Christmas as state festival, first of its kind in India itself. Honourable Chief Minister of Telangana stands as a role model for others for starting such novel traditions and giving due respect to different religions in the state. As part of Christmas celebrations government has distributed cloths as part of Christmas gift for over 2 lakhs poor Christian families and a meal to all. While addressing the august gathering Chief Minister said that Archbishop Thumma Bala and other church leaders has brought to his notice many problems and issues faced by Christian Community at large but he is not able to talk on those issues because of the election code imposed for MLC (Member of Legislative Council) and GHMC elections in most districts of Telangana. He has mainly mentioned three issues that he will take once the elections are over, namely, Government will support those who will be visiting Holy Land, He will ask his MPs (member of Parliaments) to raise the issues connected with Dalit Christians and providing the land for Cemeteries. Awards were presented for five outstanding personalities from different denominations among them were three Catholic Religious women who are were awarded for their service in Social work, Medicine and service to the Lepers. There were awarded with Citation and one lakh cash prize.
Before the arrival of the Chief Minister many of the distinguished guests visited our children and interacted with them. Among those visited are Director of State Minorities Commission for Telangana, Mr AK Khan IPS officer, Honourable Minister for Commerce and Excise Mr Talasani Srinivas Yadav many other dignitaries.
Church leaders from various denominations including Most Rev. Thumma Bala, Archbishop of Hyderabad present for the programme and concluded the historical get-together with his blessing. Many of them appreciated for this initiative. The programme was concluded with a festive meal served to all the guests. Certainly it will remain in the memories of our children for a long time.