MADURAI: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, on Wednesday, inaugurated a tele-medicine facility, mobile dialysis unit, and a reverse osmosis plant for a school at Thonugal near Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district.
The facilities had been provided under the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) scheme by Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre in association with Mahasemam Trust, Smile Limited and I-Grandee.
Addressing the public, Dr. Kalam stressed that the development of the nation was through providing all urban amenities in rural areas. The project was aimed at providing physical, electronic and knowledge connectivity for economic development of rural people.
Dr. Kalam appreciated the efforts of his senior advisor, V. Ponraj, who gave part of his house at Thonugal for the tele-medicine centre. “It is only here that I see a tele-medicine centre involving various agencies,” he said.
The former President urged the youth to make most of the available time to improve their standard of life and the benefit of the society at large. Dr. Kalam gave 10 commandments to the students — make literate at least five unlettered people during their vacation; plant at least five saplings and take efforts to see them grow into trees; do not show any discrimination in the name of caste, religion and language and to rehabilitate at least five alcoholics, among others.
Among those who addressed the meeting were Mr. Ponraj, Virudhunagar Collector Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, vice-chairman of Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre S. Gurushankar, Governor of Lions Club International District 323 B3 T. Veluchamy and actor Vivek.