Chief Minister Edapadi K.Palaniswami today inaugurated the mega Jallikattu event in Viralimalai here which is set to enter the Guinness World Records with the participation of 2000 bulls, 550 bull tamers and lakhs of visitors .
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Palanisamy hailed Tamilians as the heroes of Jallikattu competition. The Tamil sport ‘Jallikattu’, which is held during the harvest festival ‘Pongal’, was banned by the Supreme Court order in May 2014. However, Tamil Nadu enacted a law in 2017 to bypass the top court’s verdict, owing to massive protests challenging the ban of the event. During that year, in the third week of January and the first week of February, Jallikattu was held in certain places.
The final winners of the Jallikattu competition will receive awards such as car, bike, bicycles, TV and gold. For the first time, the government has introduced the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana insurance scheme for the bull-tamers at the event with a death cover of Rs two lakh each at a premium of Rs 12 each.
Visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and various other countries have come to witness the competition. Galleries have been arranged for them by nearly 30,000 people, it is learnt. To ensure the smooth functioning of the event, over 2,000 police have been deployed in the area.
Guinness Records Group Executive Committee members and three foreign judges have been invited to determine the winners of the game. The competition is being held as per the guidelines announced by the Supreme Court.
Ministers R.B. Udaykumar, Kadambur Raju, Vellamandi Natarajan, Kamaraj, Valarmathi, MPs, MLAs, Pudukottai district Collector S. Ganesh were also present on the occasion.