Road, Circle to be named after Vivekananda

Work on laying synthetic track at Mangala Stadium will begin today

The 17th edition of National Youth Festival - 2012, concluded on a colourful note, at Mangala Stadium in Mangalore on Monday. 

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said that to commemorate the National Youth Festival, a road and a circle will be named after Swami Vivekananda, in Mangalore.

He called upon the district administration to send the proposal for naming the road and circle in Mangalore city at the earliest. He announced that the work on synthetic track at Mangala Stadium will commence from Tuesday. The synthetic track will be laid at the cost of Rs 3.5 crore.

He said “the government is committed to infuse young blood and vigour at all levels of administration especially at the grassroots levels of the Department of Youth Services and Sports. The government will take a lead from the youth festival, will revamp the schemes and will introduce new programmes through the department of Youth Services and Sports in the larger interest of the youth.”

The CM said that the Youth Rally will be modeled on the lines of the youth festival. “We will make it more meaningful by introducing new competitions and events, inspiring fresh talent. The training programmes in life skill development will be strengthened and the scope will be expanded to imbibe the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.”

The Youth Week will be celebrated in a more meaningful manner. Steps will be taken to spread the message of Swami Vivekananda among the youth, he added.  
The State Government is committed to take all necessary steps to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, 2013 in a meaningful and befitting way.

He said the youth festival highlighted the relevance of Vivekananda’s thoughts for the current generation of youth and the vibrancy, the unity displayed should continue forever. Indian folk culture came alive on the dance floors with the performances in traditional, ethnic attires in folk dances and folk songs.

Programmes like Youth festival should be organised frequently to provide a   platform for the youth to discover their roots, strengths and talents, and become confident to lead a society and India into a brighter tomorrow.

Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Medical Education, Youth Service and Sports said that the National Youth Festival provided a platform for the youth to showcase their talent and culture of their land. “Youth festivals will strengthen the secular spirit of the country.”

In his welcome speech, Principal Secretary Department of Youth Services I R Perumal said that as many as 6,318 participants from 28 states and seven union territories attended the NYF. As many as 18 SAARC delegates from Pakistan, Afghanisthan and Srilanka were part of the youth festival.

Prior to the inauguration of the valedictory, the participants took out a march past led by Dollu Kunitha team of Karnataka. A para glider on the sky near Mangala Stadium was also a centre of attraction.

District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar, Chairman in the Council D H Shankaramurthy, Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and others were present.

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