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Governor hails Rajasthanis' contribution to economy

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI SEP. 28. Commending the signal contribution made by the Rajasthani community to the sociocultural life in Tamil Nadu, the Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, today underscored the role the community played in the economic reconstruction of Independent India.

Speaking at a function organised by the Rajasthan Association, Tamil Nadu, at Kalaivanar Arangam here, where he gave away 2003 Rajasthan Ratna and Rajasthan Shree Awards to five persons, the Governor traced the glorious pages of history to highlight the role played by the community before and after the Independence.

Mr.Rao said also hailed the community for extending a helping hand to the needy in the field of education, trade and commerce besides healthcare services, especially the cancer-afflicted.

The Governor presented the Rajasthan Ratna, comprising of a plaque, a citation to Bhawarlal Gothi, Motilal H Ranka, and Rajasthan Shree to Dulichand Jain, Gulabchand Kotadia, and Vishwanath Kedia for their service to society.

C. Indarchand Metha, chairman, Award Committee, said Rajasthan Ratna was awarded to an outstanding person who served the society for over 25 years. and Rajasthan Shree was presented to a person for his service for more than 10 years. S. Vijai Kumar Bafna, general secretary, said the Association in Tamil Nadu welcomed the State Government's recent ban on sacrificing animals and birds in temples.

Kantilal H Sanghvi, outgoing president, and Kailash Mull Dugar, incoming president, said the organisation, apart from making regular contributions during natural calamities, constructed a dharmasala at a cost of Rs.1 crore at the Cancer Institute here and provided scholarships to college students every year.

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