DAVANGERE: The 25th State-level Scouts and Guides jamboree got off on Tuesday at a colourful function here. It is a sort of treat to a large number of spectators to see over 5,000 Scouts and Guides from different parts of the State assembled at the MBA College grounds, the venue of the event, in their uniforms.
Y. Nagappa, Social Welfare Minister and district in-charge, inaugurated the event. Mr. Nagappa said that the Scouts and Guides is a strong non-political organisation aimed at moulding youngsters and inculcating discipline in them. He said that Scouts and Guides grow up to be disciplined, brave, cooperative individuals. Apart from this, the Scouts and Guides also prepare children to help people and society at the time of distress and calamity.
The Minister called upon the children to read books written by great personalities and follow their ideals and principles. He also recalled the services of late Kondajji Basappa and said that Basappa was the champion of Scouts and Guides in Karnataka, who struggled a lot to build the organisation.
Referring to the theme of the conference, "Save Earth," Dr. Nagappa said that man has abused and misused the earth a lot.
Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA, praised the Scouts and Guides and said that he was delighted to learn that Scouts and Guides will be taught about different "National Cadet Corps and military skills" during the camp.
Shivashankar, MLC, said that Kondajji, where the Scouts and Guides centre is situated, should be improved. He claimed to have spoken to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh in this regard.
Siddeshwar, MP, spoke on the occasion.
The Deputy Commissioner of Davangere M.B. Dyaberi, who is also the chairman of the organising committee, was present.
Kondajji Shanmukhappa, Commissioner of State Scouts and Guides, welcomed the gathering.
Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash, who were scheduled to inaugurate the function, did not turn up as they were busy in Bangalore owing to certain political developments.