Special Report: Officials' Apathy Shatters Dreams of Scouts, Guides in State

Special Report: Officials' Apathy Shatters Dreams of Scouts, Guides in State

Prakash Samaga
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore

Mangalore, Nov 30: Just when you thought the apathy of state officials couldn't get worse, it plunges to a new low.

As many as 62 Guides and 39 Scouts from 10 schools in Dakshina Kannada district have not been able to appear for the Rashtrapati Puraskar Examination this year, all thanks to the apathy and carelessness of the officials concerned who did not send their nominations to the national institution, The Bharat Scouts and Guides, New Delhi, in time.

Shockingly, it is not the bad luck of DK students alone, but students eligible all over the state have missed the opportunity. A large number of students across the state could not write the exam, which is truly disheartening as they had been preparing for it for a number of years.
To tell the story of DK district, K Vasanth Rao, district secretary had sent the applications with a letter dated July 6, 2011 to state commissioners of the Bharat Scouts and Guides. Replies were expected in the month of August, but there were no confirmation letters informing the students about the date of the examination. The sad fact is, even last year the same problem had occured due to delay in sending the applications to the national institution on time. One would have thought they wouldn't repeat their mistake this year too, but they did.
As part of the Scouts and Guides programme in school, students are involved in various activities for two-and-a-half years, which culminate with the Rajya Puraskar exams and Rajya Puraskar Testing Camp organized by the state association. After serving as a Rajya Puraskar Scout or Guide for at least twelve months a student is eligible to appear for Rashtrapati Puraskar test and camp. The Rashtrapati Puraskar is the highest award for Scouts and Guides and is presented at a formal ceremony to a few selected students by the President of India on advice from the National Commissioner.
Students of 10 schools in the district have been working hard for years to appear for the exam. It was their dream to get nominated for the Rashtrapati Puraskar but those dreams lie shattered now. Not a single Scout or Guide from the entire Karnataka state is able to write the Rashtrapati Puraskar examination as the nominations were not sent by the state Scouts and Guides authorities in time. All the eligible students had submitted their application duly filled as per the prescribed process. However, they were informed recently that they will not be able to take the exam as the entire state’s nominations did not reach the central authorities before the deadline.

When contacted, Manjunath Achar, state organising commissioner of Bharat Scouts, said that the Prime Minister Shield applications were not received from all the district units in the year 2010 and 2011. When Janaki Venugopal, state union commissioner of Bharat Guides was contacted, she was not in office and when contacted her on mobile phone, she was unable to speak due to a family emergency.
However, the district officers claimed that they had sent the PM Shield applications in the year 2010-11 and they have documents as proof.
Now ambiguity prevails as to where exactly and how things got delayed and, and if not blatant apathy, what was the reason for eligible nominations to be held back by the institution. Once the students cross 17 years they will not be eligible for the exams, hence, for many, this was the last chance, and they lost it for no fault of theirs.

The district office also said that parents of the eligible students were asked to file a formal complaint so that the same could be forwarded to the state, but nobody came forward and the matter died a natural death.


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  • shivendra kumar, kV B.H.U VARANASI

    Tue, Nov 19 2013

    we are proudly herself, because we are the scouts. Scouts help develop our skill & knowledge

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Padebettu/India

    Sat, Dec 03 2011

    First of all I must thank Mr. Prakash Samaga for exposing the truth to the general public's notice.Due to the gross negligence,sheer carelessness,laxity,unethical attitudes of responsible people so many innocent budding children have been deprived/cheated of their chance of getting their prestegious award.In order to appear for that RASHTRAPATI EXAM how much pain/energy they might have been put,what were the things like food,holidays,family get-together,recreation,happiness,sleep etc they might have been sacrificed?Who will wipe out their tears rolling down on their tender cheeks?Are the responsible people now in a position to answer the above questions?Who incurred loss,poor students for no fault of theirs.Responsible people should be severely punished/dealt with,thrown out of their office.They are the real liability on the earth.I wish all the poor students and pray to god for their bright future and let they find a ray of hopes in the near future.

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    Thu, Dec 01 2011

    I feel sorry to hear the news of Bharath Scounts & Guides. I beleive our young boys and girls were cheated by the higher government officials due to utter negligence. Govt has to take an action about this.It is absolutely a good chance to go for this prestigious award ceremony from our President.Being a Scout,during our time veterans Vittal Kamath,Gopalkrishna Rao etc., used to take special care.I feel sorry for this children, and I am sure they will get better and good opportunities in future.

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  • Krishna, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 01 2011

    Dont Warry the National Head Quarters Given Opportunity to Conduct the Examination for Karnata. The testing Camp May be January 2012.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 01 2011

    Dissolve state organising commissioner of Bharat Scouts and all related to it by means of paid or upaid salary!! All the officers of this major negligense should be sent home without service benefits....if possible few months of jail too....Govt..excuse them!! They are too busy and we are voting them again due to political party!! Pity is the word!!!

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  • Candle, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    Disaster,First of all the people responsible for crushing the hopes & aspiration of these children must be severely punished and should be terminated from their position.They don't deserve to remain in that position at all. Secondly, since it is 17 yrs of dead line, the official must address the mistake made to higher officials and must appeal for the extension of one more year, since so many schools and children involved.

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  • Gagan Rao Bekal, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    I have been in scouts for the past 7 long years and it is so disappointing when i heard the news about the rejection of our applications for the RASHTRAPATI EXAM.Even though completed applications along with the recommendations from the local Scouts officials were sent well before the due dates. the time tat we had spent in it was large but the dream of being a RASHTRAPATI SCOUT has been thrown away by the concerned officers. will there be any remedy through which we will succeed in fulfilling our dream of becoming RASHTRAPATI SCOUT??

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  • Lenita Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    I'm a guide and i have worked very hard for a long time along with many other guides from my school. We struggled a lot and even sacrificed our holidays just to do some service which was a necessity to qualify for the Rashtrapti exam. We put a lot of our time and energy into this. We were all were interested in giving the Rashtrapati exam. But due to the negligence of the officers at the state level, our forms didn't even reach the national headquarters. This happened even last year. If the same thing continues then why should other students become scouts or guides?

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  • R Noronha, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    those officials are ot fit to hold positions which they hold now. they should resign because it is a repeated mistake

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  • GERALD, Modankap-Bantwal

    Wed, Nov 30 2011


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  • Govind Prakash, Mangaloe

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    Thanks for bringing this out, Mr. Prakash Samaga. One of my family members is part of those unfortunate students. I fully understand how they feel now. It is high time the authorities look into this issue and take some corrective action. Most of these kids cross the age limit for the next year's exam (and no one is sure of what will happen then) and cannot take the exam in their life. it is an opportunity lost for ever due to someone else mistake.

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  • Roy, Bangalore / Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 30 2011

    Feel really sorry for the upcoming kids...! I can understand the efforts goes in for preparation.
    There should be an action for the irresponsible people. If possible degrade the category of the person working.

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