Darjeeling Police to organise talent hunt competition
Darjeeling: Folks of Darjeeling have always taken football and music very seriously. Hence, the Darjeeling police have decided to encash on this and mend estranged relations incurred during the four-month long political unrest last year.
In the past, this model has yielded excellent results in trouble-torn Jangal Mahal, then reeling under Maoist problems, police managed to regain confidence of the public through football tournaments and other sports.
After a successful football tournament that concluded on March 4, the Darjeeling police are all set to organise a talent hunt competition.
Labeled as "Darjeeling Rising Star," the near one-and-a-half-month long programme will include registration of the participants, auditions, different rounds of competition and the final.
"It is a community policing programme with the aim of improving public police relations. The programme will encourage youth to stay away from drugs and will disseminate awareness on human trafficking and safe drive," stated Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling.
There will be two categories each for the song and dance competitions; category A - 10 to 17 years and category B -18 to 32 years. Registration will start on March 15 and continue until March 25. Forms will be available at all local police stations, outposts and block development offices.
Auditions will be held in Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong, Pulbazar, Sukhiapokhari, Rungli Rungliot, Jorebunglow and Lodhama on March 31 and April 1.
"Finals are scheduled to be held on April 28th at Darjeeling Chowrasta," added the SP.
Prizes for singing and dancing competitions separately will include cash award of Rs 51,000 for the winner; Rs 31,000 as the second prize and Rs 11,000 as the third prize along with 7 cash awards for the next 7 winners for Category A
For category B, first prize will be Rs. 1,01,000; second Rs. 51,000 and third Rs. 31,000 along with 7 other cash awards for the next 7 winners.
"Competitors from Kalimpong district can also take part but they will have to come for auditions to Darjeeling," stated Chaturvedi.
During the recently concluded football tournament organized by the Darjeeling Police, prize money of Rs. 1.5 lakh went to Badamtam Football Club and Rs 1 lakh to Pulbazar. 5 motor bikes were given to the stars of the tournament.
School bags, tiffin boxes and water bottles were distributed amongst 200 students.