A total of 42 government servants, including 28 personnel attached to the fire service and rescue services department, were honoured at the Independence Day celebrations at Anna Stadium here on Wednesday.

The fire and rescue service personnel were honoured in recognition of their prompt service in dousing the major fire at a private complex in the city. Collector Jayashree Muralidharan presented commendation certificates to the government employees.

Free gold

The Collector also gave away loans, assistances and relief totalling about Rs.15 lakh to 161 beneficiaries. Eight brides got free gold and cash under the marriage assistance scheme, five got old age pension and eight sportspersons got cash awards.

Earlier Ms. Jayashree Muralidharan hoisted the National Flag, and later inspected the guard of honour presented by police personnel, firemen, home guards and NCC cadets. A.Alexander Mohan, IG of Police, Central Zone, Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Commissioner of Police, A. Amalraj, DIG of Police, Tiruchi Range, R. Lalitha Lakshmi, Superintendent of Police, and M. Sathiya Priya and T. Selvakumar, both Deputy Commissioners of Policewere present. Students from different schools and colleges presented cultural programmes .

Certificates

A.Jaya, Mayor, hoisted the National Flag on the corporation premises in the presence of V. T. Thandapani, Corporation Commissioner. The Mayor gave away certificates and one gram gold each to 14 wards of corporation employees who secured high marks in the public examinations.

Community feast were held in temples across the district. The Collector participated in the feast at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. Similar feast was held at Rockfort Sri Thayumanaswamy temple, Sri Uthamar temple, Sri Subramanya temple in Vayalur, and Sri Vekkaliamman temple.