R-Day passes off peacefully – The Kashmir Observe

Srinagar, Jan 26:
In connection with the celebration of 71ST Republic-Day, functions were held
across Kashmir Division with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor today.

The main function
was held at SK Cricket Stadium Sonwar in Srinagar where Advisor to Lieutenant
Governor, Farooq Khan unfurled national flag and took salute at the march past
presented by contingents of JK Police, JKAP, ITBP, BSF, CRPF, Fire &
Emergency Services, Forest Protection Force, NCC cadets and students.

Among others,
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of
Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal
Chowdhary, other civil and police officers and a large gathering of people
attended the function.


Addressing the
gathering, Advisor Khan paid rich tributes to Dr B R Ambedkar who gave this
country a constitution which guarantees rights to every citizen without
discrimination of caste, colour, region or religion and the martyrs who sacrificed
their lives for country’s sovereignty.

He said
introduction of Back to Village program, a unique mechanism to register and
address public grievances at people’s door step, witnessed a huge public
participation and the officers of the civil administration reached out to every
corner of the UT. Under the programme, he said, a number of developmental
projects have been taken up, some have been completed while others are nearing

To strengthen the
democracy at the grassroot level and to involve people in decision making for
developmental process, he said, Panchayat election were conducted across Jammu
and Kashmir but the highlight of 2019 was holding of the first ever Block level
Development Committee Elections.

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Hailing Prime
Minister, Narendra Modi, for exhibiting keenness in the development and
progress of Jammu and Kashmir, the Advisor said the central government has
taken a slew of measures in this regard.

He said under
Social Welfare sector, various initiatives have been taken including grant of
old-age pension to 1,34,000 beneficiaries while 1,70,000 more beneficiaries are
also being covered. While under Marriage assistance scheme, 3,200 girls were
provided financial support for their marriage and the money was directly
deposited in their bank accounts.

The Advisor said
that to augment health services, five new medical colleges have been
established in Kashmir division, taking the intake capacity to 900 seats, which
was earlier 450. The step would go a long way in resolving the issue of dearth
of doctors in health institutions in the Kashmir division, he added.

Advisor Khan said
that government is keen to develop sports infrastructure to provide platform to
youth so that they can showcase their talent at national and international
level. For this purpose stadia and playfields are being developed across Jammu
and Kashmir at Panchayat and district level.

In this regard,
MA Stadium, Jammu has been developed of international level and Bakshi stadium,
Srinagar is also being developed as world class football stadium.

He said
Agriculture and Horticulture sectors, being the backbone of our economy are
being developed by way of introducing various schemes including High Density
Plantation and Market Intervention Scheme and the divisional administration is
making every effort to address the grievances of the growers and farmers.

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He said that the
divisional administration reached out to the fruit growers whose orchards were
damaged in the November 7 heavy snowfall. 
The damage assessment has been completed and the government will soon
compensate the growers for their loss.

With regard to
the Education sector, he said, various measures are afoot to take Jammu and
Kashmir’s educational setup to such a level that no students will feel need to
go outside for higher studies.

On the occasion,
Advisor Khan lauded the efforts of concerned authorities for timely clearance
of snow and restoration of traffic on Jammu-Srinagar national highway, thus
avoiding shortage of essential commodities in the Valley. He praised the
efforts of Power Development Department for quick restoration of electricity
post November 7 snowfall.

He hailed the
police department for maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir and lauded the
efforts of the people who are working for peace and prosperity of the UT.

The Advisor
hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his keenness in ushering Jammu and
Kashmir into a new era of progress and prosperity. He said the visit of 36
Union Minister to Jammu and Kashmir was a first step in this regard. He said
that these ministers besides inaugurating and laying foundation stone of
various developmental projects, reached out to people and assured them of peace
and prosperity.

The highlight of
the even was an enthralling cultural programme organized by the Department of
Information and Public Relations in collaboration with JK Academy of Art,
Culture and Languages, Education & Youth Services Departments.

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Later, Advisor
Khan awarded Basketball player, Ishrat Akhter who represented the country in
Thailand recently. Awards were also given to the best cultural performance and
best march past.

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