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Permanent Dasara authority idea revived

Special Correspondent


Final decision on constitution of Dasara body, its powers soon: Ramdas

Role of Deputy Commissioner in organising Naada Habba may be curtailed


MYSORE: The State Government is toying with the idea of constituting a permanent body to organise the Naada Habba so that Dasara celebrations remain unaffected by external factors.

The idea is not new, and although Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had ruled out the proposal some time ago, it has been revived following criticism about the manner in which the recent 400th Mysore Dasara was conducted.

Minister in charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas has said a final decision on the constitution of a permanent Dasara authority will be taken in due course, as the framework, the rules governing the new body, its objectives and scope have to be clearly spelled out. He was speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a farewell organised for the Dasara elephants and their mahouts here on Wednesday.

“I will interact with a cross-section of people, seek out the positives and negatives that have emerged from this year's festival, and prepare a set of guidelines, including for payments that can be made to various categories of artistes who perform during Dasara,” Mr. Ramdas said.

He indicated that the body may be located in Mysore and its mandate would be to prepare the ground for festivities across the State, in view of its pan-Karnataka character.

It is likely that the role of the Deputy Commissioner in organising the festival will be curtailed if not totally eliminated once the permanent authority is constituted.

Perceived dilution

The idea of a permanent authority was revived following the perceived dilution in grandeur and alleged sloppy organisation of the event this year.

The political uncertainty in the State, which led to the absence of strong political leadership in the organisation of the festival, was also a contributing factor, according to critics who allege that the bureaucracy ignored the members of various subcommittees.

‘Grand success'

The Minister, however, maintained that Dasara 2010 was a grand success in view of the “paucity of time” for preparations.

Mr. Ramdas said the Chief Minister had promised to increase the Dasara grant from Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 10 crore next year.

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