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Taking decisions: Students taking part in the ‘Yuva Samsat’ programme in Hassan on Friday.
Taking decisions: Students taking part in the ‘Yuva Samsat’ programme in Hassan on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Various issues taken up during ‘Yuva Samsat’ programme

HASSAN: A few students in Hassan had the opportunity of finding out how the legislature functioned when they donned the role of Ministers during the “Yuva Samsat” programme here on Friday. The programme was organised by the Education Department and the zilla panchayat and was held at the ZP meeting hall.

The ZP president, chief executive officer and other officers sat in the audience and witnessed the deliberations. The students were from Chennakeshava High School and the Government Composite PU College.

The Opposition leader objected to the Chief Minister spending a whopping sum of Rs. 9 crore on using a helicopter. The Opposition members raised the issues of illegal mining, farmer suicides, legislators being taken to resorts, floods in north Karnataka, load shedding and naxal menace. They also objected to the Gundya project, autos plying without meters in Hassan and elephant menace in Hassan district.

The Opposition members were not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s explanation that he travelled in a helicopter to monitor relief works, the Tourism Minister’s explanation that there was no illegal mining, the Energy Minister’s statement that there were no power cuts and the Agriculture Minister’s claim that cases of farmers suicides had reduced.

Jagruthi, who was the Speaker for the day, Soumya who was the Chief Minister and Nisarga M.K. who was the Opposition leader, said that it was a good experience. They added that it also helped them know the happenings in the State in detail.

The other students who took part in the programme included Home Minister Pooja K.S., Tourism Minister Pharman Mohammad, Education Minister Pooja R., Transport Minister Deepak H.M., Health Minister Pancham A.T., Agriculture Minister Ruhi Sultan, Energy Minister Supriya, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Suhash R. Rao, Higher Education Minister Chiranjeevi P. and Revenue Minister Tushar.

The Opposition members included Mukti Prabha, Rachana G.K., Pallavi H.P., Aishvarya M., Avillatha Y.S., Shivaprasad K. Teshu and Mohan.

Additional Secretary of Education Dwarakanath said the programme was arranged to create awareness among students on democracy and Parliamentary system in India and to develop leadership qualities in them. ZP president Kamakshi Raju advised the students to make a study of democracy.

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