Honouring freedom fighters and their family members, distribution of commendation certificates to 183 government servants and welfare assistance worth Rs. 10.56 lakh to weaker sections marked the Independence Day celebrations at the Mahatma Gandhi Stadium here on Tuesday.
District Collector V. Sampath hoisted the National Flag and inspected the guard of honour presented by police personnel.
Mr. Sampath, and P. Rajan, Superintendent of Police, released white pigeons. Later they honoured the freedom fighters.
The Collector distributed welfare assistance provided by Different abled welfare department, backward class welfare, revenue, rural development and other departments to the people belonging to weaker sections.
G. Subbulakshmi and Ramakrishnan, both Deputy Commissioners of Police, R. Sukumar, DRO, R. Vaithinathan, Assistant Collector (training) and other officials, were present. Students from various schools presented cultural programmes at the end.
R. Sadheesh, Commissioner, hoisted the National Flag on the Corporation premises and paid floral tributes to the portrait of Gandhiji.
He gave away commendation certificates to the staff who had completed 25 years of service and also special awards to the SSLC and Plus Two toppers.
K. Pandi, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) hoisted the National Flag at the head office. He gave away special award and commendation certificates to 11 drivers for accident-free driving, 36 conductors for maximum ticket collection.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pandi said there was a marked increase in the revenue of the Corporation compared to previous years. The corporation was also able to save much in the diesel front, thanks to the cooperation extended by the bus crew.
At the Noorul Islam Madrasa at Suramangalam in the city, M. A. Haroon Rasheed, Muthavalli, hoisted the National Flag. Moulvi A. K. Kamaluddin Baqavi, chief Imam, Azad Nagar Mosque, and Moulvi J. A. Nainar Mohammad Baqavi, vice-principal of the Madrasa spoke. Qari Abrar Ahmed Qasimi, principal, hoisted the National Flag at the Markazhul Uloom Al-Islamiya Arabic College at Hasthampatti in the city.
In Namakkal, District Collector M. Asia Mariam hoisted the National Flag, at a colourful function held at the district sports stadium.She inspected guard of honour presented by police personnel.
Ms. Mariam released pigeons and honoured freedom fighters and their family members. She distributed commendation certificates to 31 police personnel and 108 government staff and also welfare assistance worth Rs. 57.73 lakh provided under the different government schemes to 136 beneficiaries.
School students presented cultural programmes.
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