KERALA

P.V. Sami award presented to P.N.C. Menon

An honour: M.K. Raghavan, MP, presenting a citation to industrialist P.N.C. Menon at a function to present the P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial and Socio-Cultural Award in the city on Tuesday.

An honour: M.K. Raghavan, MP, presenting a citation to industrialist P.N.C. Menon at a function to present the P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial and Socio-Cultural Award in the city on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: People from all walks of life gathered at Tagore Centenary Hall here on Tuesday to remember the life and times of the late P.V. Sami, Congressman and founder of Kerala Transport Company (KTC). The occasion was the 19th death anniversary of the industrialist.

P.N.C. Menon, Chairman, Shobha Developers, and philanthropist was presented the P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial and Socio-Cultural Award at the function by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran.

Felicitating the award-winner, speakers at the function said P.N.C. Menon had emerged as a role model by spending a portion of his wealth for the welfare of the downtrodden.

“Menon has demonstrated how the affluent can help their less fortunate fellow beings. He is spending crores of rupees in Vadakkancherry and Kizhakkancherry in Palakkad district on human welfare projects,” M.K. Raghavan, MP, said.

He presented a citation to Mr. Menon.

Reminiscing about his close association with Sami, Mr. Ramachandran said he had always thought of him as an ardent Congressman who took time off his responsibilities as a business man to attend conventions of the party in places as distant as Kolkata.

The Minister also pointed out that though untutored in new management theories Sami had innate business skills that helped him manage his business well despite occasional threats to its very survival.

M.P. Veerendrakumar, who presided, remarked the social standing that Sami’s family enjoyed was eloquent testimony to his business acumen and the reputation he built up through sheer hard work and honesty.

M.I. Shanawaz, MP, P.K. Kunhalikutty, IUML State general secretary, Sreeraman, president, DYFI, V. Muraleedharan, BJP leader, P.V. Chandran, Managing Editor, Mathrubhumi, P.V. Gangadharan and Nidheesh, directors, Mathrubhumi, also participated.

A seminar on “ASEAN agreement and its implications” was held as part of the commemoration.

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