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Welfare assistance distributed; freedom fighters honoured

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Assistance worth Rs. 47 lakh distributed to 140 beneficiaries

Honour:Collector U. Sagayam inspecting the guard of honour during the Republic Day celebration at Armed Reserve Parade Ground inMadurai on Thursday.— Photo: S. James
Honour:Collector U. Sagayam inspecting the guard of honour during the Republic Day celebration at Armed Reserve Parade Ground inMadurai on Thursday.— Photo: S. James

The 63{+r}{+d}Republic Day celebrated in the city marked the distribution of government's welfare assistance to the tune of Rs 47 lakh and honouring freedom fighters at a colourful function.

Collector U. Sagayam, who hoisted the national flag from the Armed Reserve Grounds here on Thursday and took the salute, inspected a march past presented by the Armed Reserve police, NCC, Home Guards, fire and rescue service personnel and horse mounted police.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madurai city) R. Thirunavukkarasu accompanied the Collector during the guard of honour.

Later, Mr. Sagayam presented shawls and sweets to freedom fighters. About 40 freedom fighters were given free house site pattas. Police personnel totalling 85, from Madurai City and District were presented with Chief Minister's medal for their meritorious services. Welfare assistance worth Rs 47 lakh was distributed to 140 beneficiaries from the Social Welfare, Differently-Abled Welfare, Agriculture, Backward Classes Welfare and Adi-Dravida Welfare departments respectively. School students who had won national awards in various indoor games like carom and in events like swimming held recently were recognised with cash prizes.

Based on representation from the transgender association, house site pattas were given.

The district administration presented awards to best officials as a token of encouragement.

Inspectors General of Police (south zone) Rajesh Dass, P. Kannappan (Madurai City Commissioner), DIG of Police (Madurai Range) Bala Naga Devi, Superintendent of Police Asra Garg, District Revenue Officer B. Murugesh and senior officials from various government departments participated.

A total of 1,380 children from various schools in the city presented a cultural entertainment, which drew applause from the audience.

Gram sabha

Marking the Republic Day celebrations, gram sabha meet was held in the district. According to an official spokesman, meetings were held in all the panchayats, in which villagers and the local body representatives participated.

The need for keeping the villages clean and green and laying of roads and among other infrastructural needs were discussed during the meeting, the officials said. The accounts were submitted for public scrutiny, they added.

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