To laud acts of bravery by government servants and public, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, on Tuesday presented Anna Medal for Gallantry, to three government servants and a cab driver, under the general public category. The gallantry award carries a cheque of Rs 1 lakh, a medal worth Rs 9,000 and a certificate.
Dr A Prakash, Forest Veterinary Assistant Surgeon in Dharmapuri Forest Division received the award for tranquilising a wild elephant with sedatives using just his hands as it charged at the public. On November 11, 2020, a sub-adult Makhna elephant accidentally plunged into a 60 ft deep narrow concrete ring. When it was rescued after 18 hours, the elephant started charging at the public. Realising the danger, Prakash ran behind the elephant and gave it anesthetics.
The third to receive the gallantry award was J Suresh, a loco pilot from Madurai district who, while operating the Vaigai Express on November 18, noticed obstruction on the track by boulders and managed to stop the train by applying emergency brake saving the lives of 1500 passengers.
R Pugazhendiran, a cab driver in The Nilgris district received the award for rushing an injured police constable during heavy rains last year after a tree fell on the cop. The Chief Minister also handed over the Kottai Ammer Communal Harmony Award for KA Abdul Jabbar from Coimbatore district, Thiru C Narayanasamy Naidu Award for Highest Productivity in Rice by Department of Agriculture to the farmer who obtained the highest yield in the state, G Selvakumar from Virudhunagar district. The best performing farm producer company was handed over to Erode Precision Farm Producer Company Ltd, Vellangiri Uzhavan Producer Company Ltd, Tamil Nadu Banana Producer Company Ltd and Viruthai Millets Farmers Producer Company Ltd.