Azad, Karan Singh unveil statue of Maharaja Hari Singh



Jammu, April 01(Scoop News) -    Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare  Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Member Parliament and Chairman ICCR Dr. Karan Singh today unveiled statue of Maharaja Hari Singh and dedicated JDA Park on the banks of river Tawi to the memory of Maharaja ji.




While addressing the mammoth gathering,  Ghulam Nabi Azad remembered the contributions of Maharaja Hari Singh and threw light on pro people policies initiated by the Maharaja.

He said three main points that separate the Maharaja from his other counterparts ruling princely states included compulsory primary education, ban on child marriage and opening places of worship for all irrespective of the caste.


The Union Minister said during his tenure as Chief Minister on the grievance of the local residents for lack of green space in the area, the park was envisaged by him and later on it was decided to dedicate the same to the memory of the Maharaja. The park would provide much needed lung space to the overcrowded vicinity and on the banks of Tawi the same would be an attraction for the visiting tourists, he added.

He said the park and a museum in Srinagar have been constructed by the money received as fees under the Roshni Act of the State, adding that twenty five lack kanals of the state land has been transferred free under the Act and fees was charged from lease holders to give ownership rights.

On the occasion,  Azad recalled the contributions of stalwart leaders of the country like, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and  Rajiv Gandhi in strengthening democracy. He said presently Chairperson UPA Madam Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh are leaving no stone unturned to address development aspirations of all sections of society.

“In order to promote education at primary level, the UPA is striving to open primary school in every village of the country and special attention is being paid to check child marriage,” he added.

Among others, Deputy Chief Minister  Tara Chand, Member of Parliament  Lal Singh, Minister for Public Enterprises  Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Tourism  Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Health  Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Medical Education  R. S. Chib, Minister for PHE  Taj Mohi-ud- Din, Minister for Revenue  Raman Bhalla,  Minister of State for Cooperative Dr. Manohar Lal, Minister of State for PDD  Shabir Ahmed Khan, Minister of State for Rural Development  Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Vice-Chairman Advisory Board for Development of Kissans,    Rashpal Singh, Chairperson, Social Welfare Advisory Board Mrs. Khem Lata Wakhloo,  MLAs  G. M. Saroori,  G. A. Mir,  Mohammad Sharief Niaz,  Ashok Khajuria,  Ashok Kumar,  A.M. Wani,  Vikar Rasool, MLCs  Ajatshatru Singh,  Jugal Kishore,  B . R. Kundal, Former Deputy Chief Minister  Mangat Ram Sharma, Former Ministers  G. S. Charak, Mrs. Suman Lata Bhagat and Choudhary Garu Ram, President Chamber of Commerce and Industries  Y. V. Sharma, President Rajput Sabha  Narayan Singh, President Ravi Dass Sabha  Peeran Ditta, other senior leaders, prominent citizens and a large number of respectable people also graced the occasion.



 Azad said in the State the Coalition government headed by Chief Minister  Omar Abdullah is working for all round development of the State and major development initiatives have been taken for over all progress and prosperity of the State, adding that coalition works are inclusive development of all the three regions and sub regions of the state.

He said development is a collective effort and everybody should join hands to take the State ahead on the path of peace and progress. Focused attention has to be paid to address the development aspirations of those living in rural, far flung and hilly belts of the State, he added.

The Union Minister greeted people on the occasion of Ram Navami and called for massive public support to the government in the forthcoming financial year so as to write a new chapter in development history of the State.


Deputy Chief Minister in his address said that it was the endeavour of the government to provide all basic facilities to the people on priority basis, adding that a well conceived programme has been devised to address all issues in a phased manner.

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