Tiruchirapalli

I-Day celebrated with pomp and pride in Tiruchy

140 freedom fighters honoured; medals and certificates presented to officials for meritorious service

The 73rd Independence Day was observed with patriotic fervour as Collector S. Sivarasu hoisted the national flag at the Armed Reserve Ground here on Thursday.

Mr. Sivarasu, accompanied by Ziaul Haque, Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi, inspected the guard of honour presented by the Armed Reserve police personnel, Home Guards, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme volunteers.

As a token of appreciation for their services, Mr. Sivarasu honoured 140 freedom fighters and their relatives with shawls, while medals and certificates were presented to officials of various departments for meritorious service. Beneficiaries of various government schemes also received welfare assistance to the tune of ₹30.5 lakh. Commissioner of Police, Tiruchi, A. Amalraj, was present.

A large crowd, mostly parents and children, gathered to witness the celebrations including a cultural programme featuring 670 students belonging to 11 schools in the city.

Earlier, Mr. Sivarasu placed a wreath at the war memorial near Gandhi Market before arriving at the Armed Reserve Ground. Following the event, he also took part in a community feast organised at Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.

Citizens honoured

Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran hoisted the national flag on the Corporation premises.

He presented certificates to officers and employees, including personnel of Fire and Rescue Service who helped douse the blaze in Ariyamangalam in July in recognition of their services to the city.

Mr. Ravichandran felicitated R. Shyam, who through ‘Puthu Vazhvu Arakattalai Amaippu,’ an NGO that he founded, buried unclaimed cattle, especially those which died on the roads.

V. Rayar, who donated his land to the Corporation for betterment of public facilities, was also felicitated.

The Commissioner also presented commendation certificates to institutions and individuals who extended their cooperation for effective implementation of civic initiatives.

Students from various corporation schools from across the city took part in singing, dancing and other performances.

S. Amuthavalli, Chief Engineer, and P. Sivapatham, Executive Engineer, Tiruchi Corporation, took part.

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