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Gottumukkala Venkanna

West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

June 30, 2022

Gottumukkala Venkanna (1896-1986) was the president of the Mallavarampedalanka taluka in the West Godavari district. He was born on 16 June 1896, to Nagayya and Sattemma. He worked as a government teacher for 4 years from 1920 to 1924. In 1924, he resigned from his teaching position and supported Gandhiji's campaign for liberation. He participated in the 1930 Salt Satyagraha campaign and spent roughly a month in the Narsapur sub-jail before being freed after the charges were dropped. During the Civil Disobedience Movement in 1932, he worked for the boycott of foreign goods and booze. He took involved in the Satyagraha movement as an individual. On 6 December 1940, he was condemned to 6 months in prison and a fine of Rs 100/-. The fine was paid. Later he was imprisoned in Vellore and Tiruchirappalli. During the Quit India campaign, he worked underground. When Gandhiji subsequently visited Andhra on his Harijan tour, he offered him a contribution of Rs 116/-. Gandhiji established the first Harijan hostel in Andhra Pradesh in Narsapur in 1932. In 1936 and 1946, he was elected to the Madras State Legislative Assembly. He was the President of Andhra Rashtra Adi Andhra Sangam from 1931 to 1948; a Member of the District Board from 1932 to 1947, its Vice President from 1941 to 1942; and President (in charge) for two months in 1942. From 1947 until 1971, he was the President of the Village Panchayat and a Member of the State Harijana And Tribal Welfare Advisory Boards. In 1948, he was the founding president of Y N College Narsapur. He was a DCC and PCC member. In 1972, he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from the Achanta Constituency. In addition, he established the Kasturba Gandhi Memorial High School in Narsapuram. On 29 January 1986, he died at the age of 90.