Gallantry award winner gets govt job after 12 yrs

Puducherry: Twelve years after receiving the National gallantry award for rescuing three children from drowning,the persistent efforts of a 23-year-old man to secure a governnment job have paid off with Chief Minister N Rangasamy himself issuing an appointment order to him.

S Kuppuraman had rescued three students of a government school at nearby Sellipet in 1998 from drowning in a river during flash floods that year brought about by heavy rains.His courageous act won him the national gallantry award in 2000.

However he dropped out of school and started working in a brick kiln at Sellipet to supplement the family income. His school teacher Sri Ram who found out about it, urged him to give representations to the government for a job.

After years of submitting many representations,his efforts finally bore fruit when Chief Minister N Rangasamy, taken aback at his plight, issued him an appointment order on Friday at a function at Villianoor, posting him as a multipurpose worker at the Indira Gandhi Sports complex at nearby Uppalam.

The teacher said this was a good beginning and Kuppuraman would definitely zoom ahead in his new career.

Kuppuraman also thanked the Chief Minister for rescuing him from poverty.