Freedom fighters honoured; 20 head constables given CM's medal
Colour and gaiety marked the 63rd Republic Day celebrations in this hill station on Thursday.
At the picturesque Breeks open air stadium here, the Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, unfurled the Tricolour
Later, accompanied by the Superintendent of Police, S. Nizamuddin, the Collector inspected a parade in which among those who participated were the Nilgiris police, Home Guards, traffic wardens, fire and rescue service personnel, members of the National Cadet Corps and the Indian Red Cross Society.
Ms. Patnaik distributed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 56.35 lakh to 74 beneficiaries. She also honoured a few freedom fighters and decorated 20 head constables with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's medals. Certificates were distributed to fire and rescue services personnel who had risen to the occasion during natural calamities that occurred last year.
Among those present were the District Revenue Officer, L. Nirmalraj, and the Revenue Divisional Officer, P. Gandhimathi.
Later, Ms. Patnaik participated in a gram sabha meeting at Anikorai village near here.
At a function organised by the Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam the need to avoid the observance of general strikes was stressed.At the Hindustan Photo Films, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director S. Girish Kumar who hoisted the national flag said that concerted efforts were being made to revive the ailing company.
At the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve the day was marked with a parade by camp elephants.