GIS - 7 November 2014: The annual Civil Service kermesse organised by the Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC), which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, is scheduled for Sunday 9 November on the Gymkhana Grounds, Vacoas.
The opening ceremony will be performed by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Sutyadeo Moutia.
The kermesse is one of the major activities of the POWC where public officers, their families and members of the public have the opportunity to meet and interact in a convivial atmosphere. The event which has been organised since 1992 attracts around 125 000 people annually.
Besides bringing together public officers and their families to interact in a stress-free and friendly environment, the kermesse provides an opportunity for the Staff Welfare Associations of different ministries and departments to raise funds so as to organise their respective welfare activities.
A total of 61 stalls including one from Rodrigues will be put at the disposal of the Staff Welfare Associations of various ministries and departments.
This year the kermesse will have special features including display of roll-over simulator, helicopter of Police Department and fire fighting vehicles; blood donation and health screening by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life. Other activities on the programme comprise kids’ corner with bouncing castles and cycling tracks; sale of plants and poultry (hens, ducks, turkey, chicks) by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security; and other recreational activities.
The POWC is a corporate body operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms. Its main purpose is to promote the welfare of public officers and their families. The Council’s objective is to organise recreational and leisure activities such as Civil Service kermesse, sports competitions (Badmintion, Volleyball, Football), culinary exhibition, debate and essay competitions.
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