Mysore, Feb. 26 (KCU&RK)- State Election Commissioner C.R. Chikkamath has instructed the officials to hold the Gram Panchayat elections in a peaceful and well-organised manner.

He was addressing a pre-poll preparation review meeting at MUDA office here on Wednesday attended by Deputy Commissioners, Additional DCs, Zilla Panchayat CEOs, Tahasildars, Police Superintendents, Additional SPs and Revenue Officers of Mysore Revenue Division comprising the districts of Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Hassan, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikkamagalur districts.

The Election Commissioner instructed the Police officials to gear up security arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll giving no room for any untoward incident. Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan explained the preparatory steps taken for the polls in Mysore district while Police Superintendent Rama Subba spoke on security arrangements.

Officials of respective districts told the Election Commissioner that pre-poll preparation meeting have already been held in respective districts.

Chikkamath instructed the officials to uphold the sanctity of the polls keeping in view good security arrangements at polling booths, vote counting centres clearly demarcating sensitive and very sensitive centres. He insisted on periodical feedback to his office from the respective district administration.

Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi and South Zone IGP Jeevankumar Gaonkar too participated in the meeting.

Couple as DCs

The meeting of top brasses of eight districts with the State Election Commissioner at MUDA office here on Wednesday saw the unique presence of Deputy Commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts who happened to be husband and wife.

V. Ponnuraj is the DC for Dakshina Kannada while his wife P. Hemalatha is his counterpart in Udupi. Seated beside each other, the couple sprang a surprise for all during the formal introduction when the two announced that they were husband and wife. Both are IAS officers.

Sources said the couple had come to the meeting in a single car. Of course, sentiments always rule supreme setting aside bureaucratic elements.


4-day capacity-building training camp concludes

Mysore, Feb. 26 (DM)- The valedictory of the 4-day capacity-building training camp for office-bearers of youth orgni-sations, organised under the joint auspices of District Nehru Yuva Kendra and the Department of Youth Services and Sports, was held at Chamundi Vihar Stadium here on Wednesday.

The Assistant Director of Youth Services and Sports Department K. Suresh, who spoke after distributing certificates to the camp participants, observed that such workshops are helpful in building leadership qualities amongst the youth.

Organisational qualities play a crucial role in all stages of life. Some will have worked untiringly for an organisation to evolve and grow in strength and this is because they have leadership qualities in them, he said.

Continuing, Suresh said that those trained here should visit rural areas and share their experiences with others. They should also develop a habit of reading Biographies of great personalities. The reading of such books will inspire us to shape our life, he added.

MUDA Chief Accounts officer B.G. Indira, who spoke after administering oath to the camp participants, said that such camps provide a sense of satisfaction only if the resultant benefits reach out to the society.

Nehru Yuva Kendra's District Youth Co-ordinator M.N. Nataraj delivered the keynote address. NSS Officer Mubin Taj was present. Ganesh rendered the invocation while Accounts officer Chandragirigowda proposed a vote of thanks.

Artiste Soonagahalli Puttaswamy compered the programme. About 50 young men and women representing different youth organisations attend the training camp.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore