The unveiling of the giant statues of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar in the towns of Khammam and Madhira, among a host of charitable activities in different parts of the former composite district of Khammam, on Wednesday marked the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the birth of the main architect of the Indian Constitution.

An imposing 14-foot-tall bronze statue of Dr Ambedkar was unveiled by Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar at the ZP Center, now renamed Ambedkar Center, in Khammam.

The giant new statue of Dr Ambedkar has been installed, replacing the old one, as a tribute to the visionary leader, eminent jurist, scholar, economist and social reformer.

The Minister with Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao, Collector RV Karnan, Khammam Vishnu S Warrier Police Commissioner and others paid floral tributes to the newly unveiled Dr Ambedkar statue.

Later, Mr. Ajay distributed two custom three-wheeled vehicles, three wheelchairs, a few walking sticks and hearing aids to several people with reduced mobility as part of a program organized by the Ministry of Women’s Development and child protection in Ambedkar Bhavan in the city.

In the city of Madhira, the leader of the Legislative Assembly of Congress (CLP) Party and Madhira MP Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka unveiled a giant bronze statue of Dr Ambedkar at Ambedkar circle.

Zilla Parishad President L Kamal Raju, Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao, Madhira M Latha Municipal President and others attended the dedication ceremony for the statue.

A poor feeding program was organized under the aegis of the Federation of School Teachers (STF) at the foster home for the destitute managed by the Annam Seva Foundation in Khammam.

Meanwhile, Kula Vivaksha Vyatireka Porata Sangham (KVPS) celebrated Dr Ambedkar jayanthi by garlanding his statues near the ZP office, old bus station center, Ramanagutta and Kaikondaigudem in Khammam.

Speaking at a meeting held on the matter at the former bus station center, KVPS district secretary N Manohar said that Dr Ambedkar is firmly against the evil of the caste system, discrimination and inequalities.

The ideals of the Father of the Indian Constitution serve as a guide to build an egalitarian society and ensure social justice for all, he said.

The need of the hour is to save the Constitution from the “communal and division” forces, which are determined to “weaken” the constitutional provisions, Mr. Manohar said, calling on people to do the “Phule-Ambedkar Sandesh Yatra” in progress, a success.