District Collector V. Palanikumar presenting the Chief Minister’s Constabulary Medal to police personnel at the Republic Day celebrations at VOC Park Grounds in the city on Monday. District Collector V. Palanikumar distributed welfare assistance worth Rs. 39.32 lakh to as many as 154 beneficiaries after unfurling the Tri-colour at VOC Park Grounds and took the salute from the police personnel as part of the Republic Day celebrations on Monday.
The Collector also honoured freedom fighters. Inspector-General of Police, West Zone, Pramod Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore City, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Coimbatore range, P. Sivanandi, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra, District Revenue Officer S. Prabhakaran, Deputy Commissioners of Police S. Rajendran (Law and Order), K. Shanmugavel (Crime and Traffic), P. Nagarajan (Headquarters), and Kesavan (Armed Reserve) and Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore, G. Karthikeyan attended the function.
The Collector distributed free house site pattas to eight persons, distress relief scheme assistance to 48 people, financial assistance to 14 widows, free sewing machines and iron boxes to 18 people, financial assistance to those injured in war, marriage assistance for daughters of widows and for widow re-marriage, financial assistance for the capital to start small units, agricultural inputs, wheel chairs and financial assistance to physically and visually challenged. He also gave away the Chief Minister’s police medal to 64 police personnel. A special award was presented to one person for successful implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
An Assistant Engineer, four Sanitary Inspectors, six conservancy workers, two Office Assistants and an Assistant were given certificates for meritorious service at the Republic Day celebrations organised by the civic body. The VOC Park grounds where the parade took place was cordoned off and unprecedented security blanket was in place with access control measures and the visitors were subjected to frisking using Door Frame Metal Detectors and Hand Held Metal Detectors. Aerial surveillance by binocular wielding police personnel also formed part of the security arrangements.
Cultural performance by nearly 700 students of Presentation Convent, SBOA Matriculation School, Bishop Upaharam Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore Cloth Merchants Association Corporation Higher Secondary School, St. Mary’s Girls Higher Secondary School, Nachiar Girls Higher Secondary School – Pollachi, Kongu Nadu Arts and Science College students and CSI Girls Higher Secondary school for nearly 45 minutes entertained the audience. Republic Day was celebrated across Tirupur city with pomp and gaiety. Revenue Divisional Officer P. Murugesh and Mayor K. Selvaraj took the salute at the functions organised by the Revenue Department and the Corporation respectively.