Freedom fighters presented shawls on the occasion
Gaiety marked the Republic Day celebrations in Salem district on Thursday.
Collector K. Maharabushanam unfurled the National Flag at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium and distributed Rs. 4.67 lakh worth welfare schemes to 58 beneficiaries besides honouring freedom fighters with shawls.
He also decorated 32 police personnel belonging to Salem District Police and another 37 of Salem City Police with Chief Minister's medals for their outstanding services.
He inspected the guard of honour and witnessed an impressive march past staged by police, NCC cadets and Home Guards.
Those who were present included Salem City Police Commissioner K. C. Mahali, Salem Range DIG Sanjaykumar, SP M. S. Muthusamy and other senior officials including District Revenue Officer N. Prasanna Venkatesan, RDO S. Prasanna Ramasamy, Chief Educational Officer R. Eswaran and others.
The Collector also attended the Gram Sabha meeting held at Vellakkalpatti village in Omalur taluk in which he listened to the grievances of the general public and also went through the accounts.
He asked the villagers to maintain the sanitary complexes on turn system and asked the elected body including its village president Vijaya Venkatachalam and vice president S. Elumalai to encourage the villagers to go for 100 per cent individual sanitation.
To a request that the 100-day MGNREG scheme should be extended to 150 days, the Collector said that the proposal had been placed before the Government.
He said that he would take up the demand of jobs for all in a family under the scheme to the appropriate forum.
He also told the villagers that he would soon sort out the problems concerning Fair Price shops and the short supply of kerosene and dhal.
Later he monitored the social auditing of fair price shops and panchayat's project proposal for approval.
AD (Panchayat) Michael Antony Fernandes, BDO Dhanapal and others were present.
Salem Mayor S. Soundappan hoisted the National flag on Corporation premises.
Elsewhere also Republic Day was celebrated in fervour.
In Salem Integrated Court complex, District Sessions Judge S. Baskaran hosted the flag. Salem Periyar University Vice Chancellor K. Muthuchelian hoisted the flag while in Salem Steel Plant its Executive Director S. Chandrasekaran unfurled the tri-colour.
In Central Excise office, its Commissioner S. Dakshinamurthy unfurled the flag while in the Government Music School, Assistant Director P. Hemanathan hoisted the flag in the presence of headmaster S. Sankararaman.
Our Namakkal Staff Reporter writes:
District Collector J. Kumaragurubaran hoisted the tricolour at the Government South School Namakkal.
He also distributed financial assistance and other benefits worth Rs. 1.04 crore to 368 beneficiaries through various schemes.
Mr. Kumaragurubaran honoured freedom fighters with a shawl before giving away the Chief Minister's medal to 24 police personnel for the remark-free service rendered by them.
Police officials said that most of them had put in more than 20 years of service.
The Collector also inspected the guard of honour and took the salute at the march past by various units of Police, Fire and Rescue Service Personnel, NCC and NSS units.
Students of a private school grabbed the attention of the gathering at the cultural events organised as part of the Republic Day celebration as they enacted the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
A total 625 students of seven schools took part in the cultural competitions and glorified the spirit of freedom and sacrifice of the freedom fighters during the struggle for freedom. Prizes were distributed to teams that won the first three places.
Superintendent of Police M. Sathiya Priya, District Forest Officer Ashish Kumar Srivastava, District Revenue Officer R. Seethalakshmi, District Supply Officer V. Swaminathan, Regional Transport Officer R. Rajinikanth, Revenue Divisional Officer (Namakkal) T.G. Vinay, other revenue, administration and police personnel were also present.
Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd. distributed books on Gandhiji, Ambedkar, Nethaji, Bharathiyar, Mother Teresa, Peiyar, Kamarajar, Namakkal Kavignar and Abdulkalam to students of St. Joseph Middle School.
They were distributed as part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility on the R-Day celebration.
The national flag was also hoisted at Central and State Government offices, Police stations, government buildings, local body offices and educational institutions in Namakkal, Tiruchengode, Rasipuram and Paramathi Velur to mark the Republic Day celebration.
Village people in Salem asked to maintain sanitary complexes on turn system basis