NGOs have a greater role in service during the pandemic: Governor

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Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday exhorted the Non-Governmental Organizations to intensify their efforts to help the needy in these pandemic times.

She said the NGOs and other service organizations like Rotary Club have been offering valuable services in different sectors and were supplementing the governments’ efforts. She was participating as the chief guest at the virtual Rotary Sabha, a cultural conclave of the Rotary District 3232, Chennai, from the Raj Bhavan here on Sunday evening.

She said that the Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above Self’ is driving millions of Rotarians all over the globe to offer their noble services. The Governor pointed out that the Rotary’s efforts in ensuring Polio eradication in the country and its services towards making avoidable blindness-free India were commendable.

Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan stated that the inclusion of ethics and values should begin from basic education so as to inculcate the spirit of selfless service among the children.

Referring to the cultural activities taken up as part of the cultural conclave of the Rotary Sabha, the Governor said that there was every need to protect and promote our rich Indian heritage and culture and its art forms.

As the Rotary District 3232 is celebrating this month as a tribute to the legendary Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathi, known as Mahakavi Bharathi, the Governor paid rich tributes to him by remembering his contribution in the fields of social reform, freedom movement, poetry and literature. “We all need to remember his contribution and emulate his works in the service of the nation”, she said.

Rotary District 3232 governor Muthu Palaniappan, City Union Bank CEO and MD Kama Kodi, Padmashree awardee Kalaimamani Narthaki Nataraj, Rotary International Director elect A S Venkatesh, Girija Raghavan, Neelakandan and others were present.

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