Pourakarmikas who have made significant contributions in maintaining the city clean and helped in retaining the `Cleanest city in India’ tag for Mysuru for two consecutive years were dissatisfied when no officials from Mysuru City Corporation turned up for the cultural camp for pourakarmika children Naavu Pouraru, Mahapouraru’ programme, despite being invited.
MCC officials’ apathy to attend the event and encourage pourakarmika children created displeasure among senior theatre persons at the valedictory function held at Kalamandir on Tuesday. However, senior cultural patron Srinivas G Kappanna who coordinated the cultural fest of pourakarmika children for the first time in the country, expressed displeasure against MCC officials for not attending the function to encourage the children.
“Although the event was held for three weeks at D Devaraj Urs colony in Vishweshwarnagar, and the valedictory function held at Kalamandir, no MCC officials came to witness the event, except Mayor B L Bhyrappa who inaugurated the event on May 1, and later he too did not attend valedictory function inspite of being invited to be the chief guest on Tuesday.
“Although it is not a government programme to expect their presence mandatorily, the MCC officials could have attended the function as part of their social responsibility.
Such attitude will surely have a negative impact among both, parents and children,” regretted Kappanna. Meanwhile, as a solace, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath attended the valedictory programme and appreciated the organisers.
Theatre person Mandya Ramesh pointed out that the government and civilised society have more social responsibility to nurture pourakarmika children and migrant children to pursue better education.