KATHUA: District Development Commissioner, Kathua, today convened a meeting of district and sub-divisional officers at Billawar to finalize the arrangements and review the preparedness for 3-days Billawar festival being celebrated from 14th to 16th April 2015 to showcase the spirit of Baisakhi and promote local folk art and culture. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh is scheduled to inaugurate the 3-day festival on April 14th.
Arrangements related to cultural programmes, series of sports competitions, display of stalls, Information, Education & Communication, Photo Exhibition, Painting Exhibition, invitation, sanitation, management of venue, connectivity, security, fire safety, potable drinking water, public participation, accommodation of visitors and other issues were discussed in the meeting. SDM Billawar R S Charak, who is also Mela Officer, briefed the meeting about arrangements made by Mela Committee and sub-divisional administration for celebration of festival on Baisakhi.
The DDC laid out the plan for celebration of festival which will have outlook of local culture, folk, art, music and also portray the local handicrafts, handlooms, agriculture products, farming, animal husbandry and other livelihood related activities. More than 110 departments, organizations, PSUs, Boards, institutions, industries, and entrepreneurs will have their stalls in the mela. He called upon the officers and mela committee to put in their best efforts to make the event a historical success. Promotion of rural sports and culture will be focused.
A 3-member committee comprising of Tehsildar Billawar Dr Manmeet Kumar, Tehsildar Macchedi Mohit and BDO Ankush along with 2 members from mela committee has been entrusted with the planning cultural events for 3 days. Prizes will be given to best performers in cultural programmes, winners of sports events and stalls. The DDC appreciated the preparedness and efforts of Baisakhi Mela Committee and district administration for Billawar festival. District administration has extended an open invitation for booking of stalls and participation in cultural events as well as sports series.
SSP Kathua Neeva Jain, SDM Billawar R S Charak, ACD Noor Alam, PO ICDS, SDPO Basohli Jaidev Slathia, besides others participated on the meeting.