SHIMOGA: A.M.R. Kotraiah, Public Relations Officer of the National Service Scheme (NSS) State unit, said here on Monday that it has been decided to involve NSS volunteers in the Total Sanitation Campaign taken up by the Government to provide sanitation facilities in rural areas.
Speaking as chief guest at the Yuva Saptaha and an award presentation programme of the NSS unit of Kuvempu University, he said it has been proposed to cover over 500 gram panchayats in the first year of the implementation of the scheme.
He said NSS volunteers are being involved in the programme following the zeal they displayed for constructive activities during the annual camps.
H.S. Suresh, Assistant Programme Advisor of the NSS regional office, said knowledge can be a resource to solve problems.
Sri Nirbhayanand Swamiji of Ramakrishna Ashram in Gadag, Vinayanand Saraswati Swamiji of the ashram's Shimoga branch and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences NSS coordinator Vasanth Kumar Shetty addressed the gathering.
Kuvempu University Vice-Chancellor K. Chidananda Gowda, who presided over the function, underscored the need to prepare the youth to face the changes wrought about by globalisation.
K.B. Dhananjaya, NSS Coordinating Officer of Kuvempu University, welcomed the gathering.