Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Friday have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to issue commemorative coin and special postal stamp on the birth centenary of former chief minister MG Ramachandran.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) founder's birthday is on 17 January.
"To the people of Tamil Nadu and to Tamils across the world, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR continues to be an inspirational figure who is always remembered for his qualities of magnanimity, generosity, commanding leadership and determination to fight for the legitimate rights of the states," Panneerselvam said in a letter to Prime Minister Modi.
Panneerselvam said MGR was one of the most illustrious, charismatic and popular CMs of the state.
"He is remembered nationally and internationally for having launched several innovative welfare programmes which have become model schemes for the country. The life story of MGR would continue to inspire millions to strive for the greater public good through dedicated service," he added.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said the issue of a commemorative coin and a special postal stamp would be welcomed and greatly appreciated by all sections of people in the state.
"The chief secretary has been directed to immediately send the required details as per the Centre's guidelines for issue of coin and stamp," he added.
The Union Government has honoured the former chief minister with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna award for his unparalleled public service.