NSS volunteers for clean Dasara

Hygiene stressed: Students to help people dispose waste

With five lakh tourists expected to descend on the city during Dasara from October 5 to 14, the cleanliness and arrangements sub-committee has an arduous task ahead, to keep the city spick and span. As a first step, the sub-committee has decided to rope in National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers in the city colleges to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

This was decided at the meeting of Cleanliness and Arrangements sub-committee at Old Council Hall, at Mysore City Corporation (MCC) on Friday.

The volunteers who are being roped in for the first time, will reprise their role at camps, but in a different way.

Instead of taking brooms in their hands, they will man the programme venues through help desks to ensure that waste is not littered. Whenever there is a conglomeration of crowd, people tend to carry essential things like eatables and water bottles.

Some prefer to dispose it, unmindful of the surroundings. During such times, the NSS volunteers will come in handy, who will instruct the visitors about the do’s and don’ts.
Jamboo Savari

The volunteers will also be a part of Jamboo Savari, where too they will man the five km long stretch of the procession route from Palace to Bannimantap, the culmination point of the procession.

According to an estimate given by a representative of the University of Mysore, there are close to 2,500 NSS volunteers from the units at 20 colleges in the city. Each unit has a minimum of 100 volunteers. Among them, best of the lot will be selected for the job.

Assisting police

That apart, they will also be entrusted with the task of assisting police and tourism department kiosks, and also mobile health centres planned at Chamundi Hill, opposite k R police outpost, Zoo, railway station and other places. In return, the volunteers will be given a certificate of appreciation from the district administration.

However,  further clarity over ways to utilise the services of these volunteers is expected in a day or two as another round of meeting is scheduled, but with the authorities concerned at the University of Mysore.

Raitha Dasara from Oct 8
Demonstration to detect fake fertilisers, interaction with agriculture experts aside from the folk games will be the highlights of Raitha Dasara 2013 to be held from October 8 to 10 at JK Grounds.

Outlining the details about the events for Raitha Dasara, Joint Director of Agriculture department, Mysore and Working President of the sub-committee Mahantheshappa said that the events will be inaugurated on September 8 with a procession from Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple to JK Grounds at 9.30 pm. An exhibition will be organised on the premises of JK Grounds apart from an interaction programme with agriculture experts and quiz for farmers. Farmers will also be educated about fake fertilisers. New innovations in the field of agriculture, organic farming methods will be part of exhibition.

Slush race will be conducted at Varuna at 9 am on October 9, while boulder lifting competition (11.30 am), running race carrying 50 kg fertiliser (12.30 pm), running race carrying water filled pots for women farmers (1 pm) will be conducted at JK Grounds. State level milking competition has been organised on October 10 at 6.30 am and 5.30 pm. 

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