The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, attended the Civic reception hosted in her honour by the Government of Andhra Pradesh at Vijayawada today (December 4, 2022).
Speaking on the occasion, the President thanked the Government and the people of Andhra Pradesh for their warm hospitality during her first visit to the State as the President of India.
The President said that the land of Andhra has been blessed by rivers like Godavari, Krishna, Pennar, Vamsadhara, and Nagavali.
These rivers have also given vitality to the rich traditions of Andhra Pradesh. She urged all citizens to always be alert for the cleanliness and protection of our river mothers.
She said that the development of the ‘Nagarjuna Sagar Project, named after the great Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, is a good example of linking progress with heritage.
The President said that Andhra Pradesh is one of the exemplary states in terms of sensitivity towards women.
She recalled poetess Molla who composed a wonderful epic ‘Molla-Ramayana’. She remembered Durgabai Deshmukh, who made many efforts for the progress of women and their participation in the freedom struggle.
She also recalled Sarojini Naidu, daughter-in-law of Andhra Pradesh. She said that Sarojini Naidu has played a leading role in Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Salt Satyagraha’ and she was the first woman governor of any state in independent India.
The President wished that with the support of the talented and dedicated people of the state, the development journey of this state would be moving ahead.