Political representatives, officials, and members of the School Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC) were encouraged to participate in the programme and make it successful.

As announced by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri, the “Shalegaagi Naavu Neevu” programme would start from July 6 and will go on till July 31, said K.N. Vijay Prakash, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat.

Mr. Prakash told presspersons here on Tuesday that the programme aimed at raising awareness on the Right to Education (RTE) and various incentives given to children.

He said the programme was to encourage children from weaker sections of society and from remote areas to attend school. Political representatives, officials, and members of the School Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC) were encouraged to participate in the programme and make it successful.

Moses Jayashekhar, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), said the programme would begin with a “jatha” that would distribute literature and information to raise awareness on the Right to Education. The activities would be organised in all schools, he said.

A press release said that Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, and the DDPI would visit the Government High School at Balmatta; N. Yogish Bhat, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly who represents Mangalore South, would visit the Government High School at Attavar; U.T. Khader and Sadananda Poonja, officials of Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan, would visit school in Konaje Padavu, N.S. Channappa Gowda, Deputy Commissioner, and Shiva Prakash, officer-in-charge of SSA, would visit a school in Mullakadu, Mr. Prakash, and Geetha would visit a school in Gandhinagar, and Mayor Gulzar Bano would visit the Government High School at Katipalla.

To a question about not launching the scheme in a big way in schools located in far-flung areas, Mr. Prakash said that a follow-up campaign would be launched to cover such schools.

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