A 2008 batch IPS officer, Ponni intercepted 26 sand laden lorries and took on the culprits single-handedly, with the assistance of her lone driver.
After receiving the award from the chief minister during the Independence Day celebrations here, Ponni said, "I am happy that my work has been recognized. Great efforts went into to curb sand mafia in Chengalpet, booking 200 cases on a single day."
While she was the ASP in Tirupattur (Vellore), Ponni promptly responded to an alert about the movement of a stolen vehicle and intercepted it, nabbing an accused. This eventually led to the detection of a number of cases as well as recovering 70 sovereigns of jewellery.
As SP, Erode, she meticulously planned and detained an activist under the National Security Act, thus curbing the extremist influence in the forest areas.
Incidentally, Ponni is currently facing contempt charges in the Madras high court in connection with the arrest of a judicial magistrate of Coonoor for cheating a woman police.
Jayalalithaa also presented individual awards for exemplary service for the welfare of the differently abled.
Prof Amar Agarwal received the best doctor award. The best social worker award went to Sr Virgit Johnsi of Mercy Home, Tirunelveli. Srishti Special School, Mogappair, got the best institution award.
Sakthi Masala Private Limited of Erode received the award for the best private employer who provided maximum number of employment opportunities to the differently-abled persons.
Best district central cooperative bank award went to Salem District Central Cooperative Bank, while SHARE Trust for the Development of Women and Children, Gummidipoondi, received the best institution for serving women award.
The best social worker for outstanding work done for women went to K Saroja of Omalur Block Women Welfare Uplift Organisation.
The chief minister also gave away the best corporation award to Trichy, the best municipality awards to Kumbakonam, Komarapalayam and the Periyakulam and the best town panchayats award to Thalanayar, Alanganallur and Melachokkanathapuram.
Information technology department section officer S Rajendran received the best practices award for his meritorious service in training officers on right to information.
The best organization award went to health and family welfare and rural development departments for executing a comprehensive health insurance scheme and developing a module for water management.
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