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Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri districts top Flag Day collection

Staff Reporter

Collectors distribute various assistance to ex-servicemen and widows



For a noble cause:Collector V. Arun Roy (second left) giving away the certificate of merit to N. Palanivelu, Regional Transport Officer, Krishnagiri for achieving the target in Flag Day collection on Tuesday. P. Prabhakar (left) District Revenue Officer are also in the picture. (Right) Dharmapuri Collector R. Ananthakumar inaugurating the collection.


KRISHNAGIRI/DHARMAPURI: The Armed Forces Flag Day was inaugurated in the two districts by the Collectors concerned at their headquarters on Tuesday.

The Dharmapuri Collector, R. Ananthakumar, inaugurated the Flag Day collection by contributing to the fund.Speaking at the function organised on this occasion, the Collector said the Flag Day target fixed for the district for 2009 was Rs. 18.67 lakh, but so far the collection has surpassed and touched Rs. 23,15,344. The target collection fixed for this year is Rs. 19.87 lakh.

Mr. Ananthakumar said the Flag Day is considered as ‘Sacred' Day.

He said as many as 1,486 ex-servicemen and 456 widows of servicemen and one war widow are living in the district. An amount of Rs. 7,95,129 was distributed to 103 beneficiaries through various schemes, he said.

Twenty-one officers who have collected maximum fund for the Flag Day were honoured by the Collector. Maheshwari Ravikumar, District Revenue Officer, and other district-level officials participated. M. Muthuram, Assistant Director, Ex-Servicemen Welfare, welcomed the gathering.

In Krishnagiri district, the collection surpassed Rs. 27 lakh. The Flag Day was inaugurated by the Collector, V. Arun Roy, with his contribution at the collectorate in Krishnagiri.

Inaugurating the Flag Day, Mr. Roy appealed to the officials not to treat the collection as part of their job but for the service to the nation.

As many as 5,573 ex-servicemen, 3121 widows of ex-servicemen and 26 war widows and 7 ex-servicemen who were handicapped in the war are living in the district.

An amount of Rs. 54,37,944 was disbursed to 685 beneficiaries under various welfare schemes through the Office of the Assistant Director, Ex-servicemen Welfare. Forty-one officials were honoured for their contribution in collecting maximum fund for the Flag Day. As many as 18 beneficiaries were given Rs. 48,500 welfare assistance by the Collector.

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