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Republic Day Celebrations in Salem

Discussion: Collector J. Chandrakumar (left) at a Gram Sabha meeting at Amani Kondalampatti village, near Salem, on Wednesday. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Discussion: Collector J. Chandrakumar (left) at a Gram Sabha meeting at Amani Kondalampatti village, near Salem, on Wednesday. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

He also accepted the guard of honour given by the district police.

He honoured 55 police personnel with Chief Minister’s medals for their services and freedom fighters and gave away certificates and shields to government employees, social workers and others for their meritorious services.

Assistant PRO of Information Department (Salem) K.Varadarajulu was given a certificate for his 25 years of service and among others who were honoured for their contribution to society included Dr.K. Arthanari (Sri Gokulam Hospital) and Ruby Thiagarajan (YWCA).

He distributed welfare assistance to 131 beneficiaries to the tune of Rs.2.5 lakh. City Police Commissioner Sunilkumar Singh, DIG Venkatraman, SP Y.John Nicholson, District Revenue Officer V. Kalai Arasi, Salem RDO S. Prasanna Ramasamy, Joint Director of Health Service Dr Umadevi Rajasekaran and others attended.

Later, the Collector also took part at a Gram Sabha meeting held at Amani Kondalampatti village near here.

He said that all registers and stocks that would be maintained at the fair price shops would be subjected to auditing once in six months.

The village panchayat, met under its president Vijaya Manikandan, also discussed various issues and programmes and the agenda placed before the meeting. Gram Sabha meetings were held at various village panchayats in the district on Wednesday.

On the court premises, District Judge Nazeer Ahmed unfurled the flag. At the Salem Periyar University, Vice-Chancellor K. Muthuchelian unfurled the National flag.

Chairman of Tamil Nadu Consumer and Public Rights Vigilance Committee and Salem Urban District Congress secretary S.Selvam distributed free note books and sweets to poor students on the occasion. Urban Congress secretary S D. Panneerselvam hoisted the flag.

Our Staff Reporter from Namakkal adds:

A total of 98 freedom fighters including a few women were honoured by Collector S. Madumathi with a shawl and a memento during the Republic Day celebrations held at the Government Higher Secondary School (South) here.

Later, a free medical camp was organised exclusively for them at the Namakkal government hospital.

The celebrations began with the Collector hoisting the National flag at 8 a.m. Ms. Madumathi accompanied by Superintendent of Police A. Pari inspected the guard of honour. Medals were given to 26 head constables in recognition of their service.

Prizes, certificates and a cash prize of Rs. 3,000 were handed over to six school students who bagged gold and silver medals at the State, national and international level competitions in fencing, tennis and weightlifting.

M.P. Velusamy and P. Mani, salespersons at the cooperative Public Distribution System shops in Paramathi and Erumapatti respectively, were given shield for the best salespersons award.

Financial assistance and welfare benefits to the tune of Rs. 78.7 lakh were distributed to 275 beneficiaries.

Cultural competitions

More than 400 students from seven government and private schools took part in the cultural competitions.

Prizes were given away to Navodhaya Academy, Kurinji Higher Secondary School and Surabhi Matriculation School, who secured the first three places in the competitions.

Nearly 3,000 saplings donated by Coimbatore-based Green Saapplings Foundation were also handed over to the public.

District Revenue Officer R. Seethalakshmi, Chief Education Officer R. Malliga, revenue and district administrative officials were present during the celebrations.

Later, Ms. Madumathi participated in the Gram Sabha meeting held at Vallipuram Panchayat.



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