Republic Day celebrated across the Kashmir Valley

Srinagar,January 26 (Scoop News)– 64th Republic Day was celebrated today with great gaiety and fervour at all district and Tehsil headquarters in Kashmir Valley like other parts of the State.

            Main function was held in Summer Capital at Bakshi Stadium, Minister for Rural Development Panchayats,  Ali Mohammad Sagar was the chief guest on the occasion.

            The Minister unfurled the National flag and inspected the parade. Later various contingents of J&K Police, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, BSF, ITBP, Women Police, State Disaster Response Force, Fire and Emergency Services, Forest Protection Force and children of various educational institutions took part in the march past.

            Addressing the function, the Minister said that the State Government has succeeded in bringing peace, progress and prosperity in all the three regions of the State with the concerned efforts under the dynamic leadership of  Omar Abdullah, adding that people are source of power for the welfare and empowerment of whom Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah worked throughout his life.        

            Reiterating Government’s resolve to provide employment to educated unemployed youth through SSRB and overseas Development Corporation, the Minister said 80,000 posts are vacant in various departments out of which around 10,000 posts have been sent to SSRB for filling up on fast track basis. He said Government has set up skill development institutions for imparting training to unskilled educated personnel so as to make them job oriented and provide employability to them.

            Giving resume of various achievements of present Government,  Sagar said that during last 4 years several Hydel projects were set up in the State to exploit the water resources making the State self sufficient in power generation.

            Similarly, various Tourism Development Authorities were set up to boost tourism for economic growth of the State. Millions of tourists visited during last couple of years, resulting in improving the socio-economic status of the people particularly those related to tourism sector.

            Speaking about the upgradation of Srinagar Airport by earnest support of Central Government, the Minister expressed satisfaction over the functioning of Srinagar International Airport where 22 flights are arranged daily for ferrying passengers from different parts of the world.

            Referring to the expansion programme of higher education in every nook and corner of the State,  Sagar said that as many as 23 new colleges were set up in various areas of the State to provide higher education at the doorstep of the students. Similarly a network of schools was established to extend primary and secondary education to the students of remote areas of the State.

            A number of scintillating and mesmerizing cultural were presented by the Artists of State Information Department, Cultural Academy and Youth Services & Sports besides the school children.

            KUPWARA: The main function was held at District Police Lines Kupwara where Minister for CA&PD, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan unfurled the National flag and took salute. The contingents of CRPF, IRP, JKAP, JKP, Forest Protection Force and School children participated in March past.

            In his address, the Minister stressed on the importance of Republic Day adding that the Constitution of the country was framed to envisage equality to all its citizens. He said that today the country is witnessing development in all spheres and the State of Jammu and Kashmir is also marching towards peace and development.

            The Minister said that the State is endowed with immense water resources and need is to make judicious use of these resources for the prosperity of the State.

            On the occasion, cultural items were presented by students of various schools.

            Similar functions were held at Handwara and Karnah Tehsil also.

GANDERBAL: Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad unfurled the National Flag at Ganderbal and took salute at the march past. The contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, Forest Protection Force and School children participated at the march past.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Government headed by Chief Minister,  Omar Abdullah has envisioned a prosperous Jammu and Kashmir. He made a clarion call to everyone, especially separatists to come forward and participate in the process of nation building. He said dialogue process to resolve Kashmir issue is progressing and State government is making every effort to make it a success.

Mian Altaf congratulated people for maintaining peace during last summer adding that peace is the pre-requisite for development.

            PULWAMA: The Republic Day was celebrated in Pulwama district and main function was held at District Police Lines, the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah unfurled the national flag and took salute on the march past.

            Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that our leaders and elders have made immense sacrifices to let every citizen of this country to enjoy freedom of life and expression.

            BARAMULLA: The Republic Day was celebrated in District Police Lines, Baramulla where Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports,  Taj Mohi-ud-Din was the chief guest who unfurled national flag and took salute at the march past.

            Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that coalition government has strengthened democracy in the State by conducting Panchayat elections and empowering the basic democratic institutions in the State after three long decades. He said the present coalition Government has embarked on a massive developmental plan for which he sought support from the people.

            A colourful cultural programme was presented by students of several schools on the occasion which was liked by the audience.

            BANDIPORA: Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic zeal at Boys Higher Secondary School Bandipora, the Minister for Higher Education,  Mohammad Akbar Lone was chief guest on the occasion and hoisted the national flag and took salute at the march past.

            The Minister in his address said that the present coalition government has made Public Services Guarantee Act and Right to Information a reality and has strengthened the basic democratic institutions in the State by successfully conducting Panchayat elections and fully empowering them.

            ANANTNAG: After hoisting tricolour at Degree College Anantnag, the Minister for Public Enterprises, Hajj, Auqaf and Floriculture, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed was chief guest on the occasion and hoisted the national flag and took salute at the march past.

            The Minister said that under the Constitution of India, every section of the society, irrespective of cast, creed and colour have been given equal rights.

            KULGAM: Republic Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety in Kulgam district, the Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo unfurled the National flag and took salute at the march past.

            Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that this day is celebrated for the freedom we have been granted to live a dignified life without any discrimination of caste, creed and colour by the Constitution.

            KARNAH: Republic Day was also celebrated with gaiety and fervour at the Tehsil headquarter Karnah where Sub Divisional Magistrate,  Zahoor Ahmad Mir unfurled the National flag and took salute at the march past.

            Meanwhile, the Republic Day was also celebrated at other Tehsil Headquarters where National flag by the concerned Tehsildars.

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