Rs. 3.55 lakh aid given to 152 people, officials honoured for meritorius service

Colours of gaiety, peace and hope were splashed across the VOC Park grounds in Erode where the district celebrated the country's 63rd Republic Day on Thursday.

While striking cultural programmes staged by school students were the highlight, flag hoisting and distribution of welfare assistance were the other events that marked the celebrations.

District Collector V.K. Shanmugam unfurled the tricolour at the VOC Park grounds, and accepted the guard of honour from the police, the NCC Cadets, Home Guards and Scouts and Guides volunteers, who took out a march past.

The Collector then presented Chief Minister's medal to 44 police personnel for exemplary duty and 22 personnel were given certificates for their meritorious service.

Mr. Shanmugam also gave away certificates of appreciation to officials from various departments for their meritorious service. Financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.55 lakh to 152 beneficiaries, selected through various departments, were then distributed.

Over 1,200 students from various schools staged skits and dances, with music played in the background evoking patriotic fervour and national spirit. The cultural programmes were on the importance of peaceful coexistence and achievements of the country. District Revenue Officer S.P. Karthika, Superintendent of Police S. Paner Selvam, Deputy Mayor K.C. Palanisamy and senior officials were present.

At Erode Corporation, Mayor Mallika Paramasivam hoisted the National Flag in the presence of senior officials. Principal District Judge K. Jayasankaran hoisted the Tricolour in the presence of judicial officers and lawyers at the district court premises here.

Republic Day celebrations were also held in various government offices, schools and colleges in the district. A number of programmes were organised to mark the day.