Less number of appeals to claim; Kalolsavam to make a historic start
Alappuzha: With only a few hours left for the 59th edition of State School Arts Festival to start, a last minute review meeting was convened by education minister Prof. C Ravindranath. The meeting was held at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School in Alappuzha at around 7.30 pm to review the preparations and measurements taken as part of the festival.
Minister said that it would be a great achievement in the history of school festivals that this year there are less number of appeals than any previous years. Only 251 appeals have been filed till date. Last year it was 1500. It would be the first time the appeals came in such small numbers. He praised the district level coordinators and organizers for the achievement.
The registration of districts are still going on. 10 districts have completed registration while the registration of 4 districts are pending. Students from Palakkad, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod have arrived. Accomodation have been arranged at 12 schools in the district. The preparations are looked after by a group of two teachers and two students called as ‘Souhrudha Sena’ at every venue.
A major problem in question was about drinking water. The Water Authority and District Corporation have managed to resolve the issue to an extent. The minister gave strict instructions to provide clean drinking water to all. He said that only boiled water should be provided.
The food will be given only in steel plates. The lunch will include a payasam on all three days. No disposable plates or cups will be used. This is as part of implementing the green protocol. Proper actions have been taken for waste management at each venue. Foodstalls have been open to all. The main food center is at EMS stadium. Earlier SDV school ground was also a center which was later changed.