On the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day, the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said that the state was performing well in social and economic sectors.“In order to honor the freedom fighters who had dedicated their lives for the cause of the country’s freedom, their pension will be increased from ₹ 13,000 to ₹ 15,000,” said Palaniswami.
He once again remembered the great contributions of Veerapandia Kattabomman, Maruthu brothers, poet Mahakavi Bharathi, C Rajagopalachari, K Kamaraj and E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ in the independence struggle.
He also said that there will be two percent reservation in specific government positions for sportspersons from the state who win medals at national level games.
Later Palaniswami distributed various awards which include the Kalpana Chawla Award for bravery to I Muthumari, a laborer from Valparai in Coimbatore district. She was honored with the award for “single-handedly” self-protecting and chasing away a leopard in May this year after the animal entered her house and attacked her daughter who was 11 years old.
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Award for the year 2018 was given to Dhaksha (UAV) Team, Centre for Aerospace Research, Anna University. The group of four were honored for developing three Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems to be used by various government departments.