Chennai, Aug 15 : The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday awarded the Dr A P J Abdul Kalam award to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Dr K Sivan, under whose leadership, India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 mission, was launched on July 22. Since he could not be present at the Independence Day celebrations at the Fort St. George, he was expected to collect the award from Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at a later date.
A native of Kanyakumari district, Dr Sivan was popularly known as the ‘Rocket Man’, the citation said. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister presented the State government’s Kalpana Chawla award for Courage and Daring Enterprise to Ms P.Ramyalakshmi, Assistant Director of Fisheries (Marine) posted in Cuddalore. The award was in recognition of her brave action against the usage of destructive banned purse seine nets in the area.
Greater Chennai City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan received the Chief Minister’s Best Practices award for installation of ‘Third Eye’ (CCTV Cameras) and using Face Tag app for crime detection. The Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj got the Best Practices award for Naganathi River Rejuvenation Project in Vellore district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
For developing a mobile app and establishing a 24x7 help desk to provide assistance for migration to GST system, the Department of Commercial Taxes got the award and Greater Chennai Corporation got a certificate of appreciation for infinity park at Santhome as a pilot project for creating sensory parks for differently-abled children under Smart City Project.
The Chief Minister also presented an award to Opportunity School for Intellectually Disabled for Exemplary Service for the welfare of the Differently-abled. Dr S Vetrivel Chezian of Government Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and Dr V Ramadevi of Government Kilpauk Medical College received Best Doctor Awards.
Everest Stabilizers Private Limited got the Best Private Employer Award and Ms Chandra Prasad of Pathway received the Best Social Worker Award. Salem District Central Cooperative Bank Limited got the best cooperative bank award and M Soosai Marian received the award for services rendered towards the welfare of women. Under best institution for serving of women, Bothimaram in Salem district got the award.
Salem was adjudged the Best Corporation, while Dharmapuri, Vedaranyam and Aranthangi got the top three best award for municipalities respectively. The Chief Minister's State Youth Award was presented to P Naveenkumar of Namakkal district, M Anandakumar of Dindigul district and R Kalaivani of Madurai district.UNI