NKA Ballal, Retd. Senior Vice President, ITDC

This 12 months, the federal government at its discretion determined to have a good time Dussehra in a “grand method”. There may be nice information for most of the people, all of the stakeholders of the tourism business and naturally the officers. Although I’m a born optimist, however wanting on the means the tourism division is working currently, I’m dropping all hope of revival of this business at the very least in Karnataka.

First, the formation of the Dussehra Standing Committee is only a jumla. Nobody within the authorities privately needs to implement it. One might ask, why? simple. When you discover, all of the work associated to Dussehra competition is finished on the final minute, at an inflated value in favor of a choose few contractors. A standing committee will chalk out the work one 12 months upfront and the tender course of shall be as per the principles within the current system. Everyone seems to be completely satisfied – officers, contractors and, in fact, political bosses too. On the similar time, they don’t need to go towards the feelings of the folks. In order traditional politicians speak about it in each public discussion board and neglect it as quickly as they go away the venue.

Devaraja Market and Lansdowne Constructing Renovation: Authorities typically has to take robust choices and it isn’t potential to please everybody. There shall be arguments and legitimate factors on each side – one for the demolition and a few towards it. However a choice must be taken or possibly the federal government is ready for some extra incidents earlier than taking a choice? Narasimha Rao’s coverage: “Not taking a choice can be a strategy of choice making.”

An estimated Rs 10 crore was spent on restore and upkeep of roads because of the latest go to of the Prime Minister to town. Typical of all authorities departments. However the truth stays that the nice roads have been rebuilt. The dangerous roads filled with potholes are nonetheless ready for one more VVIP to reach. Maybe this Dussehra, these duties shall be taken up in hand. The street resulting in Vrindavan Backyard has turn out to be dilapidated. The one approach to completely restore this street is to request the President or the Prime Minister to go to these locations.

I’ve labored in a authorities group and that’s how they work. For instance, in Ashoka, Delhi, if the Prime Minister or the President visits a banquet or convention corridor, your complete corridor shall be adorned, painted and repainted. If the prime minister likes tuberose flowers, they are going to be purchased at any value. The meals can even be ready conserving in thoughts the style of the meals of the VVIPs.

You’ll be shocked to know that after I was at Lalita Mahal Palace Lodge, if I had spent lakhs of rupees on altering curtains and mattress spreads for the Prime Minister’s go to, I’d not have been requested any questions by an audit. particular authorities.

The phrase “attractive” has totally different meanings to totally different folks. For most of the people and the officers concerned, the entire price range allotted signifies the funds accessible to spend. This 12 months, the federal government has additionally allowed native administrations to gather donations from varied corporations for Dussehra funding.

Having a look on the varied sub-committees it’s conceivable that Dussehra goes to be the identical this 12 months as nicely. Elephant march, similar people dancers, tableau, lights and so on. All sub-committees are closely headed by authorities officers and there may be hardly any publicity to any worldwide or nationwide occasions. So what do they do. Simply repeat the identical occasions 12 months after 12 months. The businesses have numerous dynamic younger CEOs who’re touring broadly and dealing within the metropolis. Why was he not invited to the committees?

It’s the authorities’s mission to convey foreigners into town in giant numbers. Foreigners plan their journeys at the very least a 12 months upfront. So this 12 months’s Dussehra could be a stage for subsequent 12 months if deliberate this fashion. Checklist of 30 to 40 journey brokers [ceo or decision-makers] Be ready to be with households. These journey brokers needs to be despatched an invite within the identify of the Chief Minister to return and see this 12 months’s Dussehra because the visitor of the Authorities. The price of their lodging and journey needs to be shared by the native hoteliers and transporters as they’re additionally stakeholders within the enterprise.

A day earlier than Vijayadashami, all these dignitaries might be honored with silk shawls and Mysore peta on the palace by the Chief Minister or the Tourism Minister. These dignitaries can be taken to lesser identified locations like Melukote, Gopalaswami Betta, Somanathapura and so on.

Now the time has come for the tourism division to rent eminent photographers for the shoot of Dussehra competition and put together 30 second sequences of the occasion. The Prince’s non-public courtroom is a serious attraction. It might be particularly marketed to get some high-end gentry within the metropolis. These scenes might be utilized in nationwide TV channels by April or Could of subsequent 12 months to convey well-to-do home commuters to town.

For any occasion to be referred to as a hit, it can be crucial that there’s not a crowd of native mills, but additionally some good folks from town for the occasion.

There are few journey writers throughout India. He needs to be invited as a authorities visitor to put in writing his opinion and articles on Dussehra in varied magazines and newspapers throughout India.

All of the above strategies hardly value something, nevertheless it requires coordinated efforts of tourism division and native journey brokers and transporters. These are low hanging fruits and needs to be picked. And they’ll ship the outcomes wanted for Dussehra subsequent 12 months, with each worldwide and home guests to town.

Yearly, it has turn out to be frequent apply for the political class to shout for passes. a standing image. For some well-liked occasions, complete seats are occupied by the officers and police households and those that have paid for the seats are launched.

Dussehra processions are very lengthy and require chopping – the mindset of high quality over amount. Anybody listening?

If Rs. 30 crore is spent as an alternative of Rs. 20 crores, does it make an occasion grand? A lot of the officers deputed to the Sub-Committee report back to the Deputy Commissioner. So the web result’s that they give the impression of being to him to information. We hardly have 45 days for Dussehra. So what do the officers do? Simply mud off the outdated information, copy and paste the occasions.

I’m positive lots of you need to have seen the Republic Day Parade? How come you do not discover a policeman strolling on the parade route? Examine this with our personal Dussehra procession. Those that haven’t any enterprise to be current, they’re roaming on the procession street together with policemen! Is it so troublesome to manage the gang at the very least on the procession route?

There’s a excessive stage committee comprising some artistic minds to confirm the tableaux which are allowed within the parade. Every state makes a presentation and if not discovered appropriate, it’s rejected. Why cannot we’ve got an analogous committee to make sure that solely high quality floats are allowed within the procession.

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