Drill, cultural programmes, vintage car rally mark R-day

Drill, cultural programmes, vintage car rally mark R-day

Govt trying best to eradicate poverty, unemployment, says Palemar

The platoons marched, the students showcased the Indian culture, the children performed the drills systematically and the vintage cars rallied around and entertained the crowd at the programme organised by the district administration to mark the 63rd Republic Day at Nehru Maidan on Thursday.

The function which started with District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar hoisting the national flag, was followed by the national anthem, Naada geethe and Raitha geethe and the Minister receiving the guard of honour. Battalions including the Karnataka State Reserve Police, District Armed Reserve Police, Traffic Police, NCC Army, Road Safety Patrol and others marched past on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the District-in-Charge Minister said that on the 63rd year of the Republic Day, the government is trying its best to implement all the schemes and programmes for the benefit of the people.

“The government is doing its best to eradicate the problems like illiteracy, poverty, increased population, unemployment, terrorism etc which is posing threat to the development of the nation,” he said. Informing about the status of various developmental work in the district, the Minister said that the district which has plans to carry out 138 road developmental work under Nabard scheme has already completed 85 works. In the 2011-12 budget, there are plans to implement 69 new developmental works, i.e., the development of roads stretching 232 km at a cost of Rs 7,250 lakh.

The work of developing 30 bridges has been undertaken at a cost of Rs 2,028 lakh. The government has approved the action plan for the development work worth Rs 5,638 lakh concerned to the rural drinking water project for the year 2011-12. Out of the sanctioned amount, Rs 1331 lakh has been already utilised, said the Minister.

He also said that under Indira Awas, Ambedkar, Ashraya Housing schemes, houses will be constructed for the poor. Under Indira Awas scheme, the district administration intends to build 2,233 houses in the district in the year 2011-12. The houses will be built at a total cost of Rs 1116 lakh. The schemes like Suvrna Bhoomi Yojane, Prasoothi Araike Yojane, Thayi Bhagya Yojane too have been implemented to help the people.

Lauding the success of the National Youth Festival and Bal Bharath Srujanotsava, Palemar said that the entire nation has recognised Mangalore for successfully hosting the events which was possible only because of the co-operation of the people of the district.

Felicitation

Supreetha, the power lifting champion from the district who has represented in the national and the international level competitions was honoured on the occasion. Along with her, nine progressive farmers who have received Krishi Pandith awards and other prizes were also felicitated.

The students of St Gerosa High School and St Ann’s School performed cultural programmes and drill activities. Bharath Seva Dal girls’ wing won the first place in the march past and NCC Air Wing senior division won the second prize.

Vintage car rally

Over 50 vintage cars and bikes took part in the vintage car rally which was organised as a part of the celebration drew the attention of the crowd. From 1946 Dodge Powerwagon to 1959 model of Fiat, from 1948 model of Ford to 1932 Austin, Willys jeeps, vintage bikes and bikes like Royal Enfield, Yezdi, Lambretta and others were the show materials of the rally. The rally was organised by the Mangalore Motor Sports Association.

The cars and bikes went around the city roads.

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