Let me thank God Almighty and all the good hearts who have given me the opportunity to address you as the President of this most honourable organisation the Indian medical association of Tamil Nadu. It’s a real great honour bestowed upon me.
At the outset let me congratulate the outgoing state President Dr. C.N. Raja and the sitting secretary Dr. A.K. Ravi Kumar along with the treasurer Dr. N.R.T.R. Thiagarajan for the excellent way they have steered the state during most difficult days. The team has been honoured rightfully for their hard work by the national IMA and I congratulate them for the same. I am happy that the same experienced team shall continue to help me in the conduct of the state’s affairs. I look forward to a year of performance.
I had a fruitful tenure as FSC Chairman last year and I am happy all the office bearers of various wings and schemes cooperated with me in keeping a close watch on the financial side of our organisation. The schemes will go for elections in January. I thank the current office bearers of the schemes for the excellent performance and look forward to a better performance from the new office bearers. Whoever is interested in taking up the mantle should be ready for some dedicated team work and work for the betterment of the schemes.
I am very grateful to Her Excellency Dr. Tamizhisai Soundarrajan the governor of Telangana, Dr. C. Vijayabaskar the honourable health minister of Tamil Nadu and Dr. J. Radha Krishnan the health secretary for gracing the occasion of my installation as the state President of IMA Tamil Nadu. I am also thankful to the leaders and members of IMA TNSB who attended the grand event.
I took the opportunity to thank the state government for the way it has handled the Covid pandemic and the aftermath. I also thanked them for allocating 7.5% of the seats for students from the government schools. I also mentioned our appreciation for the state government stand against Mixopathy.
The state council on 12.12.2020 had some very purposeful discussion. In this regard I thank the various branches of Chennai IMA for coming together to organise the event the most successful manner especially under very difficult circumstances.
My immediate focus will be on membership drive and I request the membership committee to take up their work seriously and work to improve the membership since in democracy number is strength. I will take it up with our state medical council to explore ways and means to make young new comers to simultaneously join IMA as they register in the council. I am also considering the possibility of offering the new members with the option of joining FSS and PPLSSS at a concession.
I have already met the state health minister and submitted our request for allocation of land for our integrated headquarters in Chennai and he has agreed to look at the issue most favorably. Let me make it clear that we are strongly against Mixopathy and will stand by the national IMA in its fight for preserving the purity of science.
I request the cooperation of each and every member in carrying the organisation forward to better times beyond the pandemic and continue the good work done by the preceding office bearers.