Over 1,000 police personnel provide security across city
Hoisting of the National Flag, distribution of welfare aid, honouring of freedom fighters and an array of cultural programmes marked the 63rd Republic Day celebrations on VOC Park Grounds in the city on Thursday.
Collector M. Karunagaran unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at an impressive parade by police personnel, Home Guards, NCC cadets and Road Safety Patrol volunteers.
He also presented the Chief Minister's medal for meritorious services to 31 head constables of the city police and to 28 head constables of the rural district.
Mr. Karunagaran also honoured 12 freedom fighters by presenting them with shawls.
He gave away welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 82,75,070 to 136 beneficiaries, presented medals and certificates to five persons through the Department of Ex-Servicemen's Welfare, certificates to six persons in the Medical Department and five persons from the National Child Labour Project scheme.
Hearing aids worth Rs. 50,000 were presented to five persons, marriage assistance and natural death assistance to families of 39 persons to the tune of Rs. 4,08,500, free sewing machines to five persons, free house pattas to 24 persons, assistance to three persons at Rs. 91,200 under the Girl Child Protection Scheme, among others.
P. Sivaprakasam, Resident Medical Officer, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, bagged the best service award.
A total of 1,600 students from 11 schools and two colleges showcased their talent through their dance performances for songs on patriotism.
Over 1,000 police personnel provided security across the city.
City Police Commissioner T.P. Sundaramoorthy, Deputy Commissioners of Police (Crime and Traffic) T. Senthilkumar, Hema Karunagaran (Law and Order), Assistant Commissioners, Superintendent of Police E.S. Uma, District Revenue Officer K. Karpagam, Collector (Training) Ranjana, Revenue Divisional Officer S. Santhakumar and officials from government departments participated.
S.M. Velusamy, Mayor, Coimbatore Corporation, hoisted the Tricolour on the premises in Town Hall.
Navita Singh, Chief Workshop Manager, Signal and Telecommunication, Podanur, hoisted the National Flag on the Railway Ground in Podanur.
C. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University, unfurled the flag on the university premises.
M.S. Ravichandrababu, Manager, Government of India Press, hoisted the flag on its premises in Press Colony. R.K. Jayakanthan, Deputy Director – West Zone, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department, hoisted the flag on its premises on State Bank of India Road.
Our Staff Reporter from Tirupur adds:
The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in the traditional grandeur by the district administration here on Thursday.
Collector M. Mathivanan hoisted the National Flag and inspected the guard of honour given by the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan, on Chikkanna Government Arts College grounds.
Inspector V.P.Balasubramaian, who was awarded President's police medal for meritorious service on the eve of the Republic Day, commanded the ceremonial parade.
Mr. Mathivanan honoured freedom fighters and their kin before distributing welfare assistance worth Rs. 1.61 crore to 229 beneficiaries under various government-sponsored schemes.
Farm implements such as paddy harvester and de-weeder, among others, were also given away at the function.
The celebrations ended with cultural programmes performed by students of various schools.
Mayor A. Visalakshi unfurled the National Flag to commence the Republic Day celebrations held on Corporation office premises.
She then disbursed revolving fund assistance worth Rs. 4 lakh to 17 women Self-Help Groups and certificates to 15 sanitary workers in recognition for their stupendous service.
Deputy Mayor S. Gunasekaran and councillors were present.