The memorial to commemorate the golden jubilee of the freedom struggle, opened to the public here on Monday, is a proclamation of the country’s commitment to the democratic spirit, Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has said.
(The municipality started the work on the memorial in 1997.
The delay in completion had drawn flak from various quarters and the opening date was fixed as August 15, which was further delayed).
It was to be appreciated that the municipal council and not political parties had taken the initiative. Reasons for the delay may be any, but they were insignificant at this juncture of pride and happiness, he said.
The memorial would invoke national spirit and bring back memories of the freedom struggle when the people of the country organised against oppression by colonial forces.
It was this spirit which held us as one nation and one people, he said.
Municipal Chairperson Roshni Khalid presided over the function.
Freedom fighter V.P. Appukkuttan was honoured on the occasion.
A.P. Abdullakutty, MLA; municipal Vice-Chairman T.O. Mohanan; former Vice-Chairman P.P. Lakshmanan; chairpersons of various standing committees; and councillors were present.
Free school uniforms
Later, inaugurating the distribution of free school uniforms to 2,500 children at a function organised by the Madhavrao Scindia Charitable Trust at Navaneetham Auditorium here, Mr. Ravi said social welfare programmes were not the responsibility of the government alone. Social organisations shared an equal responsibility in this matter, he said.
Plea to students
He called upon students to utilise all the benefits in the education sector and strive to attain great heights in their life. Trust chairman K. Pramod presided over the function.