Mangaluru: To mark the Kannada Rajyotsava, the district administration held a procession of Kannada Bhuvaneshwari from Jyothi Circle to the Nehru maidan where the Rajyotsava celebrations were held, here on November 1.
The Kannada Rajyotsava programme began with the Naada geethe. District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai hoisted the national flag and later inspected the parade. A colourful parade was organized on the occasion.
Delivering the Kannada Rajyotsava address, district minister-in-charge Ramanath Rai highlighted various developmental projects implemented for the progress of Dakshina Kannada district.
Rai further said, “Kannada Nadu is a holy land and our birth land and Kannada has its own identity for its tradition and culture. Whe we celebrate Kannada Rajyotsava on this day, we have to respect Kannada language too. Recalling the contribution of Aloor Venkat Rao, Rai said that Venkat Rao’s contribution to the unification of Karnataka is remarkable. His vision and mission resulted in the unification of Karnataka besides in the rise of Karnataka Sahitya Parishat. He also called upon the younger generation as well as the youth to emulate the ideals of Aloor Venkat Rao.
He also remembered Anakya, Shivaram Karanth, Kuvempu, B A Shree and Krishna Rao for their contribution in retaining the culture of Kannadanadu.
Briefing on the projects, Rai said that the government has taken all measures to promote Kannada in the district. “Now it is the duty of every individual to implement Kannada language. The state government will not compromise in providing quality education to the Kannada medium students. Our aim is to build a progressive State and the government has already implemented people friendly projects, especially for welfare and education. House is the first school and mother is the first teacher, everything should start from our home. It is the duty of every individual to strive hard to retain Kannada language. We have to be the ambassadors of Kannada by bringing awareness among the youth and the students.”
“Earlier our government had introduced mid-day meal scheme and most of the states have benefited from the scheme. Now the government has introduced ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme under which more than 1,78,577 children have benefited, government has spent Rs 46 crore in the year 2015-16. Under Vidyasiri scheme, Rs 264 lakh has been given to 5910 students in the year 2015-16.”
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, MLA Moideen Bava, MLC Ivan D’Souza, President of Dakshina Kannada District, Kannada Sahitya Parishat Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Mayor Jacintha Alfred, deputy mayor Purushotham, IGP Amrit Paul, Police Commissioner S Murugan, SP Dr Sharanappa, CEO ZP Sreevidya and other officers were also present.
District Rajyostava awards were presented to 21 achievers by Ramanath Rai on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to the winners in the March past. Students from various schools presented cultural programme.