Monday, April 5, 2010
A Memorable day of the year
As planned we had this year "Parisara Sri" and "Samaja Sri" Award function on 1st of April 2010. It was also a annual fest called "ayanotsava" of the village deity Sri Lakshmi narasimha swamy. The event was supposed to start at 6PM, But as our chief guest of the occasion Mr. Vijaya Kumar Range Forest Officer(RFO) of Sagar arrival was delayed, event started of at 7:30PM. Villagers had taken a very special interest in setting up dais for the event. The function was started off with invocation by Ms.Bhageerathi. Then Our Trust Joint Secretory Mr.Sridhar Hegde welcomed the gathering. Chief guest RFO vijayakumar inaugurated the function by lightening up the lamp. Then Trust Secretory Mr.Sampath Kumar briefed about organization last 1 year achievement and the next year plans to the gathering. Then award was presented to the awardees. This time "Parisara Sri" award was presented to Mr. Ranganath Hegde, a well known environmentalist who has been involved with many environmental organizations like "vruksha laksha" andolana. The award carried a cash prize and a memento. The award was presented by RFO Vijayakumar. His achievements were read out by Kumari Nayana. Then "Samaja Sri" award was presented to Mr. Siddaraju, State advocacy Secretory, Dalith Human rights. Mr. Siddaraju has been very active social worker and he has been involved with providing free legal help to the poorest of poor daliths in the state. The award was presented to him by Tust president Mr.Subbarao. His achievements were read out by Kumari Asha. Then "Seva Sri" award presented to Mr. Srinivas , driver and Mr. Ramesh, conductor of Gajanana Transport for their hard work and selfless service.
Later while addressing his inaugural address, RFO vijayakumar stressed the need of eco friendly alternative economical activities in and around forest. He briefed the gathering about the significance of eco touirism in the region. He detailed how kerala has been benefited with eco tourism activity. Later "Samaja Sri" Awardee , Mr. Siddaraju spoke on the occasion. He also stressed about the need of alternative economical activity in the vicinity of the forest, so that poorest poor gets benefited. Then "Parisara Sri" Awardee Mr. H G Ranganath Hegde spoke on the occasion and stressed the need to prevent forest destruction further in the region. He also said how forest destruction has been ruining the life of local dwellers and how its affecting the common man as a whole. Later kumari nayana gave vote of thanks. Mr.Ganesh , member, gram panchayath was the master of ceremony.
There were journalists from most local and state media. It has been covered very well in the media. Here are some press coverage clips(click on image to zoom in),
Vijaya Karnataka Dated 3rd April 2010
Samyuktha Karataka dated 3rd April 2010