CM hoists National Flag in Chennai, announces trifurcation of Vellore district

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced during the Independence Day celebrations in Chennai that Vellore district would be trifurcated.

Speaking after he hoisted the National Flag, he announced trifurcation of Vellore district and creating two new districts – Ranipet and Tirupattur.

Besides Vellore’s trifurcation, he also announced an increase in the family pension of the freedom fighters to Rs 8,000 from Rs 7,500.

He said that a decision has been taken to purchase 2,000 more new buses in addition to the purchase of 5,000 new buses decided earlier.

The creation of two more districts takes the total tally of districts in Tamil Nadu to 37. Vellore is one of the largest districts in Tamil Nadu by area. It has 13 Assembly constituencies and the district is divided between three Lok Sabha constituencies – Vellore, Arakkonam and Tiruvannamalai.

In his I-Day message, the CM said, “On this happy occasion, let the people of Tamil Nadu take a pledge to work for making India a superpower and Tamil Nadu the numero uno State in the country, by shunning differences on caste, creed and religious lines.”

Governor Banwarilal Purohit said, “May the spirit of freedom fill the air, and care and concern for fellow Indians dominate our hearts and minds. We owe all this in substantial measure to the freedom fighters of yesteryears, who silently underwent enormous sacrifice, sufferings and hardship.”

He added: “Let us resolve unto ourselves, to contribute all our might for the sake of the nation with true dedication and a spirit of service.”