More than 3,000 scout and guides from across the state are expected to assemble in state capital Ranchi for a three-day mega cultural festival that is scheduled to kick off next month.
The event, which is scheduled to start from October 14, will be hosted at Jagannathpur-based Yogda Satsang Vidyalaya, the only place the authorities saw fit enough to house the huge crowd that is likely to turn up.
Sources said the estimated cost of holding the event had been pegged at Rs 12 lakh, with the organisers already having knocked on the doors of the state HRD department for financial support.
State secretary of Jharkhand State Bharat Scout and Guide Shreemohan Singh said this was the first time their plans had fell into place, though they had been trying to host such an event for more than two years.
“This year we have managed to give final shape to our plans and hope to organise it in a grand manner,” Singh said.
Prodded for a reason for failing to organise the event thus far, Singh passed the buck to the government stating that they had not supported them and been turning a deaf ear to their requests for financial support.
“The event has been hanging for long due a severe paucity of fund. But this year, we have made some positive progress in this regard and are hopeful of hosting the event for the benefit of scout of guides,” he said.
Singh added that they were also in touch with and were co-ordinating with various social organisations for financial assistance.
“The file has been moved to the state HRD department last month. It contains the list of events and the total cost we estimate they will incur,” he said.
The event, likely to be inaugurated by Governor Syed Ahmed, will host folk dance and patriotic song competitions through out. A number of scout and guides who had won laurels from the state would also be felicitated during the occasion.