CHENNAI: Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan has been selected for the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, to be presented on the Independence Day, along with S N Seshasai, Additional Commissioner, and C Raja, Additional SP, Core Cell, Security Branch, CID Chennai.
Viswanathan of the 1990 IPS batch received his first posting as Additional Superintendent of Police (ADSP), Dharmapuri, in 1992. He went on to serve as Deputy Commissioner, Madurai, Deputy Inspector General, CBI before taking charge as Commissioner of Coimbatore in 2012. Viswanathan, a native of Tirupur, received the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2007.
Additional Commissioner of Police Seshasai felt honoured for being chosen for the medal. “I look at this award as a recognition of my 30 years of service, and would serve as an encouragement to do more,” he said.
Posted first as Deputy Superintendent of Police in Ramnad in 1987, Seshasai went on to serve as Superintendent of Police in Ramnad and Virudhunagar before taking charge as the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Anna Nagar and then as DC, Flower Bazaar. He also served as Deputy Inspector General, Crime branch.
Another awardee, C Raja, Additional Superintendent of Police, hails from Salem. Raja started his career as a Sub Inspector in 1987 and has also received the medal for meritorious services in 2007 after receiving the Chief Minister’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 2002.
From 1992-1996, he worked at the core security cell, looking after the security arrangements of the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Besides, 23 officers, including Deepak M Damor, DIG, Armed Reserve Forces in Tiruchy; Anisa Husain, currently on deputation in the Central government; V Vanitha, DIG, Coastal Security Group, Chennai and G Karthikeyan, DIG, Dindigul will get the President’s medal for meritorious services.
Two SPs, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, four of the Deputy Superintendent of Police rank, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, an Assistant Commandant, five inspectors, four Special Sub-Inspectors and a Joint Commissioner will also receive the award on Tuesday.
Palaniswami to hoist Tricolour for the first time today
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will hoist the Tricolour for the first time, on the ramparts of Fort St George on Tuesday. He is expected to roll out many welfare measures in his Independence day address to the public. On the occasion, the chief minister would present a slew of awards, including the Kalpana Chawla award, A P J Abdul Kalam award and best social worker award. To promote social unity among various sections of the society, the State government has arranged for public feast at 454 temples under the HR and CE Department across Tamil Nadu on Independence day.
Chief Minister’s Award for Myilvaganan
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madurai city, A Myilvaganan, who shot to fame during the jallikattu protests after a video of him speaking for the cause went viral on social media, will receive the Chief Minister’s Award for Public Service on Independence Day. Fifteen other police personnel will be presented with excellence awards by the Chief Minister on the 70th Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday. While 10 of them will be awarded for their excellence in criminal investigation, five will be awarded for public service. The awardees will be presented an 8 gm gold medal and a sum of `25,000 by the Chief Minister.