Staff Reporter

Corporation holds eye camp to mark Karunanidhi's birthday

CHENNAI: Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin distributed free spectacles to students diagnosed with eye problems at a camp organised by Chennai Corporation on Saturday.

In a release, the civic agency said Mr. Stalin participated in the function organised at Corporation Girls High School in Nungambakkam to mark Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's 83rd birthday. Residents with cataract problems were referred to the Government Ophthalmic Hospital for surgery.

Deputy Mayor R. Thiagarajan, Corporation Commissioner M.P. Vijayakumar, DMK floor leader C.V. Malayan and other councillors participated.

Sweets distributed

Elsewhere Mr. Karunanidhi's daughter Ms. Selvi Selvam served lunch and sweets for senior citizens residing in Vishranthi Home for the Aged and children of Seva Samaj, based in Adyar.

The programme was arranged by the former Minister, R. Indirakumari.

Agarwal Eye Hospital conducted a free eye camp at Sathya Sai Vidyalaya Matriculation School, Tiruvottriyur, to commemorate the occasion.

About 250 people were screened for eyesight defects. Free cataract surgery would be offered to suffering patients.

Saplings planted

As part of day's celebrations Forest department officials planted 83 saplings at Children's Park, Guindy.

Forests Minister N. Selvaraj inaugurated the programme.

Mahizham, Mahagony, Naaval, Poovarasu, Neem and Pungan are some of the saplings that were planted.

C.K. Sreedharan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamil Nadu, Sukhdev, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, and A.S. Balanathan, Kashmir Singh Dehal, Gautam Dey and S.Ramanathan, Additional Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, were among those participated in the programme besides Conservators of Forests and Deputy Conservators of Forests.

Releases books

The Minister released two publications Wild Biodiversity of Tamil Nadu and revised edition of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 (in Tamil).

In Tambaram, saplings were planted in five forests in and around Tambaram area to mark the celebrations.

Officials planted 83 saplings in each of the Reserve Forest areas in Nanmangalam, Karanai Puduchery, Keelkottaiyur, Puduper and Amarambedu.

S.R. Raja, Tambaram MLA and A. Janakiraman, chairman (in charge), Tambaram Municipality, planted saplings in Nanmangalam in the presence of M.S. Ramadhas, Forest Officer, Tambaram Range.