Mysore, Sept. 28 (BRS&RK)- Aiming to present quality programmes to the public during Dasara-2010, Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta has declared that the festival budget would be kept to the minimum, avoiding extravagance.

Addressing the first meeting of chairpersons and members of the Dasara Sub-Committees in Rani Bahadur Auditorium of B.N. Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences, Manasagangotri here, Harsha Gupta said that a check would be exercised on the festival budget.

"Global tenders have already been called for supply of various needs of the festival including chairs, pandals, sound systems and lighting, publicity materials and others. There is no need for calling tenders again by the Sub-Committees. Indents must be given to the tenderers and money remitted for any materials needed during the festival," he explained.

Clarifying the procedure, he cited the case of paying seven to eight rupees per chair rented for some programmes while the charge was only three rupees during the last year's festival.

"The festival should be celebrated in a memorable manner through programmes of high quality, avoiding wasteful expenditure of public funds," Harsha Gupta remarked. It was commonly heard the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the various Sub-Committees murmuring: "If the District Administration is doing everything, where was the need to constitute the Sub-Committees? Enjoying coffee and snacks in meetings and affixing our signatures on registers are the only works left for us to do."

A big change

"Due to shortage of time because of many activities, the usual ceremony of presenting Sangeetha Vidwan award on the day before Vijayadashami will be held on the festival inaugural day itself, in which the chief guest Dr. Veerendra Heggade and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will take part," Harsha Gupta said.

Yuva Dasara, which was being held on Maharaja's College grounds for the past many years, will be organised as entertainment Dasara this time. Cultural festival will be held from Oct. 9 to 14 at the Open Air Theatre as inter-collegiate event coincides with the Yuva Dasara. Emphasis will be given to local art forms including music and dance, by restraining the western forms," he disclosed.

Inaugurations

"During the Dasara festival last year, 30 inaugural functions were held, each function consuming more than two hours' time. Therefore, all functions will be started directly without spending time for inauguration," he said.

"Hoardings projecting the images of politicians and leaders, office-bearers of any Sub-Committees should not be erected anywhere in the city. Only festival-related banners, hoardings and buntings are permitted," he disclosed.

During the festival of previous years, the people's representatives used to crowd around the troupes of artistes, making it difficult for the onlookers to view their performances in the procession. "This time, only artistes are permitted to be part of the procession," he disclosed.

Gold card

It has been decided to sell the Gold Card only for the programmes of last three days of the festival this time, and the cost of a card is Rs. 5,000. As bar-code has been introduced in the tickets and passes for entry into the Parade Ground and Mysore Palace premises, he said and added that holders of tickets and passes should enter only through assigned gates. He also sought the co-operation of all Sub-Committees and people's representatives in celebrating this year's festival with discipline and orderliness.

S.A. Ramdas, Minister for Medical Education and Mysore District in-charge Minister, remarked that the suggestions and decisions announced by the Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta were appropriate and pleaded for co-operation of all in the successful conduct of the Dasara festival.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy, ZP President S.N. Siddhartha, City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal, MUDA Commissioner P.C. Jayanna, Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore