New York: Andhra Pradesh Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana, who was on an official visit to the United States, was felicitated by Indian National Overseas Congress (I) AP Chapter in Long Island at Cotillion Restaurant here on December 9. Prominent members of INOC-I and the Telugu community of New York area were present.
The program began with the singing of the US and Indian national anthems, and a classical dance by Viena Sinnon. Mahesh Saladi, president of INOC-I Andhra Pradesh Chapter, welcomed Kanna Lakshminarayana and the guests, after an audio-visual presentation highlighting social and political services of the Minister.
Prominent members, who spoke and who shared the dais, were Dr. Gaddam Dasaradharam Reddy, founding president of AP Chapter of INOC-I, Dr. Neil Mandava, founding vice president and also current executive vice president, George Abraham, president of INOC-I, Mohinder Singh, vice president of INOC-I and Shudh Jasuja, national vice president of INOC-I. They all praised the Minister for his commitment towards farmers in the state of Andhra Pradesh, and for INOC’s activities.
Several national and Telugu organizations, including Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA), Indian Association of Long Island (IALI), and several chapters of INOC-I, joined INOC-I in the felicitation ceremony. A citation, which was issued by Nassau County Chief Execu-tive, was also presented to the Minister.
Lakshminarayana, in his keynote speech, spoke about policies of the AP government, benefiting farmers. The Minister, who was on an official visit to Washington DC with regard to the upcoming Global Agricultural Summit 2013 to be held in Hyderabad, highlighted his meetings with various US officials, MoUs signed with various US Agriculture Univer-sities, and offer of invitations to several related delegates.
Venkatesh Mutyala, acting general secretary for AP Chapter of INOC (I), proposed a vote of thanks.