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Nov 16, 2017

Mysuru: To keep a check on expenditure during the Kannada Sahithya Samelana, deputy commissioner D Randeep has constituted an estimate committee. Before releasing money to the committees concerned, the estimate committee will go through the planned expenditure and based on its recommendation, money will be sanctioned.

To bring in more transparency during forthcoming the Samelana, being held after 27 years in Mysuru, Randeep has constituted this committee. “For this Sammela, we’re expected to get Rs 8 crore,” he said.

He added: “People may approach private firms only with my letter and if they so desire, they may contribute; it’s not compulsory. Action will be taken against those found approaching private firms without my letter. For financial assistance from private firms, the joint director of industry has been entrusted the responsibility. The district administration is coordinating the event, and finance will be routed through us.”

He mentioned media reports about duplication of the Sammelana chariot. “I spoke to publicity committee authorities who told me there are major changes. I have told the authorities concerned to give a detail report and based on it, action will be initiated.”

He also talked about create awareness about the Samelana. Apart from social media and other media, hoardings have been put at prominent places. “We are spreading the word in other districts too,” he added.

Yoga chain link

A yoga chain link depicting the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana will be formed at Mysuru Palace on November 20. Ahead of the 83rd Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, the committee has decided to add grandeur to the event wherein 2,000 students from government and private schools wearing yellow-and-red coloured caps will form the chain. This moment will be captured using cameras mounted on quad-copters.

The idea of forming a yoga chain link was discussed in the preparatory meet held by DC D Randeep.

Cut-outs of poet laureates of Karnataka, Jnanpith awardees, president of the Sammelana Chandrashekar Patil will be placed on the procession route. This has been outsourced to a private institution. A balloon will fly high above the Maharaja’s Grounds where the main stage will be located.

Over 5,000 college students decked up in traditional costumes will be part of the procession. Also, 2,500 volunteers will be deployed for accommodation and food facilities. Every volunteer will be provided with an identification card, a cap and T-shirt. The volunteers will be trained and physical education and Kannada teachers are most likely to take part as volunteers.

A helpline facility will also be set up to provide information to delegates and visitors. The main stage at Maharaja College will be set up at a cost of Rs 2.8 crore. In the previous chapter of Sammalena held at Raichur, Rs 2.3 crore was spent on the stage.

Assistant director of department of Kannada and culture, H Channappa, M L Shivaprasannakumar, R Manjunath, H P Rajesh, KaSaPa district president Y D Rajanna were present.