Devdas Hebbar elected as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 10 February 2011: Devdas Hebbar who was recently elected as the memebr of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat from the Belle Grama Panchayat constituency was declared as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat in the elections held to the post on Thursday, 10th February 2011. Nominations to the post of the President were filed at 12.30 pm. There were two cndidates contesting to the post of the President-Devdas Hebbar and Umesh Naik. Elections were held at 3 pm and by 3.30 pm, Devdas Hebbar was declared elected as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat. In a house of 41 members, Devdas Hebbar secured 23 votes as against his rival Umesh Naik who polled 17 votes. One member did not cast his vote.

Mrs. Baby S. Poojary was elected as the Vice-President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat. She polled 23 votes as against 17 by her contender-Amitha.

The election of Devdas Hebbar as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat is a matter of pride to Belle and Kattingeri villages. He has been a familiar face as a compere in various political, cultural or religious programmes and functions in the villages of Belle and Kattingeri. His association with various organizations in different capacities has been keeping him busy throughout the year. He being the past student of St. Lawrence High School, Moodubelle and the President of the Old Students’ Association. He has been a memebr of the Belle Grama Panchayat for four successive terms.


Born on 23rd January 1965 at Kattingeri, Devdas Hebbar is the last among seven children of Subraya and Saraswati Hebbar, four of them being sons and three daughters. Devdas had his education up to SSLC in Moodubelle, first in the Church Aided Higher Primary School and later in St. Lawrence High School. He belonged to the 1981 SSLC batch and has vivid memories of his High School years.

While in High School, Devdas participated practically in all extra and co-curricular activities such as fancy dress, skits, debating and extempore speeches. In sports his favourite items were running and long jump. He would participate in all five categories of the athletics competition during the annual sports day, as he says, not with the intention of winning but for the sake of participation so that others could have an opportunity to win. A noble thought indeed! Among his close friends, Devdas remembers Dr. Norbert Lobo, presently working as a lecturer in St. Aloysius College, Mangalore and Marcel, both from Kattingeri.


After completing SSLC in St. Lawrence High School, Devdas continued his PUC in St. Mary’s College, Shirva and thereafter proceeded to Bangalore and acquired Diploma in Electronics from the HAL Institute at Hulsoor. Armed with a Diploma in Electronics, Devdas tried his luck in Bangalore to get a job. He appeared for an interview in the BPL Company and was even selected. However, destiny willed in a different way as Devdas had to return home due to some unforeseen domestic problems.


As Devdas was keen in acquiring a degree, he rejoined St. Mary’s College Shirva for the graduate course in arts and eventually got his BA degree. Though Devdas looked after the cultivation of the agricultural land that his family possessed, he was keen to have a secured gainful employment and joined the Vam Organics (Vamicol), a Birla Group of Company dealing with all kinds of adhesives as Sales Executive where he worked for three years.

Deciding to be closer home and hoping to venture into independent business, Devdas took the bold step of starting a printing press in Moodubelle in 1993 under the name of Bharati Printers. However, unfortunately he had to close down this venture in 2002, as printing technology had advanced and the up gradation of his printing press to computer printing technology involved a lot of investment which he felt the local demand would not be able to sustain.


For some time Devdas concentrated on agriculture. Out of five hectares of agricultural land he got two hectares cultivated producing two crops of paddy and pulses. Besides, coconut plantation did give the family considerable income. Meanwhile, Devdas worked as an LIC Agent for nearly eight years. Presently, he is the advisor to the ING Vysya Life Insurance with its office in Udupi.


Devdas Hebbar took a plunge into politics when he contested Belle Grama Panchayat elections from Wards 3 and 4 of Kattingeri in 1994 and since then was elected consecutively for four terms. He was a member of various Panchayat committees and eventually became the Vice President of the Belle Grama Panchayat in 2005 and continued in that post till 2007.  During this period, Devdas took initiative in distributing over 52,000 saplings of various plants and trees to the people. He also distributed 12,000 Common Corp and Katla varieties of fish which were used for fish farming in  the tanks of  Kattingeri and Babbarya Kere. Devdas was the Director of the Cooperative Agricultural Bank at Moodubelle from 1996 to 2001 and its Vice President from 2001 to 2003. He was the General Secretary of the BJP party in the Kaup Constituency from 1998 to 2001 and is presently its Vice President. Devdas worked for the development of Kattingeri village and was one of the leaders who tried to get the benefits from the MLA and MP funds for the development of the roads and lakes in Belle and Kattingeri.


Subraya Hebbar, father of Devdas Hebbar had been the Managing Trustee of the Shri Brahma Lingeshwara temple at Kattingeri. However, due to his ill health, since around twenty years, Devdas has been acting as the Managing Trustee of this temple. He is also the President of the Shri Brahma Lingeshwara Bhajan Mandali.


Devdas has been a social worker since his youth. Presently he is the President of the Jana Jagruthi Vedike of the Udupi Taluka which arranges awareness programmes in various schools and colleges with the help of resource persons such as doctors and psychiatrists, bringing to the notice of the students the ill effects of smoking, gutka, other drugs and  alcohol. He was the President of the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Village Development Programme of Kaup Block from 2004 to 2007 and is presently the President of the SKDVD of the Udupi Taluka.


Taking interest in the Lions Club Movement, Devdas became the Charter Secretary when Lions Club was established in Moodubelle under the leadership of Commodore Jerome Castelino in 1997. He was the president of the Lions Club in 200-2001, Zone Chairman in 2002-2003, Zone Advisor in 2004-2005 and Region Chairman. 


Devdas has a penchant for acting. He prefers comedy roles and has acted in dramas such as ‘Yi Ponnu Yer?’ and will be seen in an important role in the Tulu play ‘Panande Padhrad’ to be staged on the Old Students’ Day celebration on 30th December 2009. He has also acted in Yakshagana doing the role of Bhishma in ‘Bhishma Vijaya’.


Being the past student of St. Lawrence High School, Devdas Hebbar has been the President of the Old Students’ Association since its inception in 2006. During the Golden Jubilee Year of St. Lawrence High School  (2009), the Old Students Association contributed one lakh rupees towards the fund of five lakhs of rupees that is being constituted to provide help to the poorer students. In order to raise this amount, the Old Students Association along with the Parents-Teachers Association organized a hilarious Tulu play “Budi Budi Gadi Bidi” on 21st November 2009, which was a great success in collecting more than the promised contribution. Being the past student of St. Mary’s College, Shirva, Devdas has been elected as the President of St. Mary’s College Old Students’ Association in 2010.

Devdas married Chandrika in 1995 and they have two sons-Suraj and Dheeraj. Like Devdas, Chandrika also has been active in social and cultural fields.  She was the President of the Preethi Mahila Mandala of Kattingeri and also that of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Village Development Programme of Kattingeri. She has been a member of the Lioness Club of Moodubelle and was once its President.


With pleasing personality, full of youthful energy, pleasant and courteous nature and leadership qualities, Devdas Hebbar has endeared to the people of Belle and Kattingeri. There cannot be any doubt that he has been a versatile person. He greatly deserves the post of the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat for which he has been just elected today.


Bellevision, while congratulating Devdas Hebbar for being elected as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat, hopes that under his leadership, the Udupi Taluk will see development in all respects. 

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Ravindra S Belle, Thirlapalke/Moodubelle Tue, February-15-2011, 1:48
Dear Devdas, congratulations on being elected as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat.
Mohammed Hanif, Shirva / Kuwait Sun, February-13-2011, 12:16
namaskara devma, congratulations and all the best, keep doing the good work and be a roll model to other politicions,
Suresh N., Edmer - Belle Sun, February-13-2011, 10:52
Badaveren onji madheppodchi sir ...
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Sun, February-13-2011, 8:13
Congratulations!!! Mr. Devdas Hebbar for being elected as the President of Udupi Taluk Panchayath. Wish u all the very best in your future endeavors
Fr.MaxCap.Assisi Nilaya, Paladka-Kattingere Sat, February-12-2011, 10:54
Congratulations Devdas Hebbar, Janatha Seve=Janardhan seve,may you remember this and march forward to realise your goal .We are with you,May God Bless You. Please remember the poor Farmers and help them. I am sure Udupi Taluk will see lot of improvemt and specially Moodubelle and Kattingere.All the best.
Leonard John D Souza, Kattingere / Toronto Sat, February-12-2011, 10:36
Congratulations Devdas. You have been a people s man. Wish you success and look forward to further contribution and sustained team work.
praneethdsouza, moodubelle, dubai Sat, February-12-2011, 10:09
congratulations Hebbar, and wish u all d best n future.
norbert, Kattingere/ Mangalore Sat, February-12-2011, 12:54
Congratulations Deva!! I am delighted with your choice as President of Udupi Taluck Panchayat. and May this be another step for a greater political career for you. People have confidence in your leadership, and you have the right talent,leadership skill, attitude and nobility . Wish you all the best and a great , eventful political career.
Ashok Hebbar, Kattingeri, Fujairah Sat, February-12-2011, 12:11
Congratulation Devanna, in getting the deserved post. All the best for your future best plans in the development of Kattingeri,Belle and udupi taluk. The journey let continue in progress. ALL THE BEST.
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Sat, February-12-2011, 12:10
Congratulations Devdas Hebbar! I am sure Udupi Taluk will see lot of improvemt and specially Moodubelle and Kattingere will be well attended now!!
Joseph Martis, Kattingery/Hebbagilu Fri, February-11-2011, 8:56
Hearty Congratulation to Devdas Hebbar.You deserve it. We are all proud of you. Keep on good work and wish you all the best on your future plan.
sadanand moolya, kabyadi pamboor/doha Fri, February-11-2011, 1:23
dear hebbar i have read your birth to till date hard work and different field knoweledge.i wish you all the best in your future plans
Victor D almeida, Moodubelle/Bahrain Fri, February-11-2011, 11:44
Heartiest Congratulation to Mr Devdas Hebbar on being elected as the Udupi Taluk Panchayat President You have made all kattingerians proud .We all know that you are one of the main supporter of B/V, Belle church and the school, Your honesty and simplicity is always respected,I would like to wish you all the best and good luck, May God Bless you.
Heartiest Congratulations to Mr. Devdas Hebbar on being elected as the Udupi Panchayat President. Well deserved post for a well deserved person like you. keep up the good spirit wish you all the best for your future plans.You made us all Moodubelle and especially Kattingeri people to feel proud on your achivement !!!
Victor DSouza, Moodubelle / Doha Fri, February-11-2011, 6:12
Congratulations to Devdas Hebbar on your election as the President of the Udupi Taluk Panchayat. Wishing you a successful term.
Valerian Saldanha, Kattingeri, Mumbai Fri, February-11-2011, 6:02
Congratulations and best of luck dear Devdas Hebbar. All the best for your future improvement plans of Belle and Kattingeri Gramas.
Raphael, Dubai/Edmeru Fri, February-11-2011, 5:34
Congrtas! this is the result of hard work and I am sure a more sucess will come in your way!
Edward Noronha, Moodubelle Fri, February-11-2011, 4:34
Congratulations Dear hebber,
Stephan Lobo, Kattingeri Fri, February-11-2011, 3:09
congratulations to you Dev..and Wish you all the best.
Remous Dsouza, padubelle Fri, February-11-2011, 2:35
congradulations hebbar, you deserve the position. almighty granted the thing, use this position for beterment of society
Veena Deepak, Belle/Udupi Fri, February-11-2011, 1:28
Congratulations Hebbar...definatly fruits of good work bounces are the best example... all the best.
Louis Alva, Kattingeri / Moodubelle Fri, February-11-2011, 12:56
Heartiest Congratulations to Mr. Devdas Hebbar on being elected as the Udupi Panchayat President. Well deserved post for a well deserved person like you. keep up the good spirit wish you all the best for your future plans.You made us all Moodubelle and especially Kattingeri people to feel proud on your achivement !!!
Naveen Shetty, Nellikatte Fri, February-11-2011, 12:18
Congratulations Dear hebber,
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Thu, February-10-2011, 10:20
Hearty Congratullation on your election as President of Udupi taluk Panchayath. Son of soil of Belle, you have to look arround Belle kjattingere, which area was negelcted hetherto, has to get its due share of development form the funds available. I am sure you will cocntinue the projects in hand complete the roads and beidge work to a logical end before you lay down your office. all the best to you and the entire team of Taluk Pnachayath Udupi.
vivekananda shetty, bailur Thu, February-10-2011, 9:15
congratulations and best wishes
HEMPHIL DUBAI, UDUPI Thu, February-10-2011, 5:28
Velerian Machado, Kattingeri/ Syria Thu, February-10-2011, 1:55
New role of Mr Hebbar is sounds like, if you do good to people it wll return you with good in all aspects. Perfect candidate for the position,who have willingness to serve people i feel.
Florine, Kattingeri, Chicago Thu, February-10-2011, 12:15
Heartiest Congratulations on your splendid success. Your victory testifies the people s confidence in you and your cause. You ve worked hard for your consituents and they appreciate it. Wish you all the best in your new position as Taluk Panchayat President!
Joel Dsa, Moodubelle, Bahrain Thu, February-10-2011, 11:11
Many congratulations to Devdas Hebbar, you have made Belle proud. With your visionery leadership I am sure you will braing some change and motivate younger generation to move towards active politics in a positive attitude. we have faith in you and expect the best from you. with loads of good wishes and happiness. Joel D sa, Bahrain
avinash dsouza, Moodubelle Thu, February-10-2011, 9:53
Hearty congratulations to devdas habber on his election as taluk Panchayath president.
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