Staff Reporter

For “abhorring the practice of untouchability and fostering communal harmony”

VIRUDHUNAGAR: “We should develop humanism and inculcate the habit of rendering a helping hand to others in our lives,” Collector V. Chandrasekaran said on Thursday.

At a function organised as part of Humanism Week celebration by the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department at Sivagnanapuram village, near here, Mr. Chandrasekaran said the village panchayat had been chosen for the Rs.1 lakh award under the ‘Select Village Scheme’ for “abhorring the practice of untouchability and fostering communal harmony.”

The award was aimed at improving the basic needs of the chosen village.

Along with the award, the Collector distributed prizes to winners of elocution, essay, singing, dance and painting competitions held among students of Adi Dravidar hostels.

Textbooks distributed

Mr. Chandrasekaran said 19 Adi Dravidar welfare schools with 2,669 students and 53 Adi Dravidar welfare hostels with 3,415 students were functioning in the district. Free textbooks and notebooks were given away to students of class I to XII.

The Collector asked the villagers to develop tolerance and live amicably helping each other without giving any room for casteism.