NAGAPATTINAM: Minister for Dairy Development U. Mathivanan on Tuesday paid rich tributes to late Kamaraj on his birth anniversary which is being celebrated as Educational Development Day in the State.
Inaugurating the birth anniversary celebrations of late Kamaraj at a function in the Government higher secondary school at Akkaraipettai here, the Minister recalled the services rendered by Kamaraj for the cause of education to the poor and also providing noon-meal to the children to develop education among the rural masses.
Mr. Mathivanan pointed out that Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi had been according priority for providing education free of cost and introduced supply of three eggs per week along with the noon-meals so that the children in rural areas would get nutritious food.
The Minister presented laptops to 33 students who secured ranks in the SSLC public examinations this year in Nagapattinam district.
M. Jayaraman, Collector, who presided over the function, said that 32 Government schools were upgraded this year in the district - 26 primary schools as middle schools, three middle schools as high schools and three high schools as higher secondary schools.
He pointed out that the SSLC pass percentage had touched 81 per cent this year in the district against 76 per cent last year and the Plus Two pass percentage had touched 85 per cent from 66 per cent.
He said that the Government was taking steps to fill up all the vacant posts of doctors in the Government headquarters hospital in Nagapattinam and also in all the Government hospitals in the district.
C.Usharani, Chief Educational Officer, V.Lakshmi, District Educational Officer, K.Sankar, panchayat president of Akkaraipettai and others spoke.
Cadres of various political parties and members of service organisations paid tributes to the former Chief Minister, the late Kamaraj, on his 106th birth anniversary in various parts of the district on Tuesday.
They also took out a procession as a mark of respect to their leader.
In Pudukottai, the District president of the Congress party, V. Pushparaj, led a group of cadres of the party and garlanded the statue of the late Kamaraj.
The district president of the party’s Youth Wing, K.M.S.A.A. Azad and the president of Public Protection Force R. Sivakumar, the District general secretary of the party M. P. Muthukumarasamy paid their homage by pouring a few pots of milk on the statue of late Kamaraj.
The Secretary of the Nadar Peravai, Kamaraj; the District Secretary of the Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam N. Jahir garlanded the statue.
In Tirumayam, the Congress MLA R.M. Subburam led a procession and garlanded the statue of the late Kamaraj.
At Aranthangi, the unit president of the Congress party Kannaiyan and the Town secretary of the DMDK Solai Raj paid their homage by garlanding the statue of the late leader.
Students of Government Higher Secondary School in Keeranur, as part of celebrating the ‘Educational Development Day’ in memory of the late Kamaraj, took out a procession in the town.
The State government has done a lot for the welfare of students, said Ko.Si. Mani, Minister for Co-operation at Thiruvaiyaru, near here on Tuesday.
Participating in the Kamaraj birth anniversary, which is celebrated as ‘Education Development Day,’ he unveiled a portrait of the late leader and served nutritious meal with eggs to children at Kamaraj Government Higher Secondary School in Thiruvaiyaru.
The State Government has made education free up to college level. It was providing nutritious meal with eggs on three days in a week to school students and free uniforms and text books, the Minister pointed out. Mr. Mani distributed cooking vessels worth Rs.15,000 to panchayat union schools at Thiruvalampozhil, Thirupunthuruthi and Kandiyur.
S.N.M. Ubayadullah, Commercial Taxes Minister, C.Vijayaraj Kumar, Collector, Mahesh Krishnaswamy, MLA, Selvi Sivagnanam, Chairperson, Thanjavur District Panchayat Council, M. Karunakaran, DRO and T. Selvam, Chairman, Marketing Committee participated.