R-Day functions: Officials hold the fort in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: In connection with celebrations of 68th Republic-Day, official functions were held across the Kashmir valley on Thursday.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan unfurled the tricolour at the main function held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JK Police, JKAP, ITBP, BSF, CRPF,  Ladies Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Forest Protection Force, NCC cadets and students.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir, SJM Gillani, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, IGP IRP, Sunil Kumar, senior officers of civil administration, police and paramilitary forces besides large gathering of people attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, the Khan highlighted various developmental works undertaken in Kashmir division. He said divisional administration was making all out efforts to provide better civic facilities to the people, besides ensuring efficient public delivery system across the valley. He said various initiatives have been taken to make administration accountable, transparent and time bound so that people do not face any difficulty.
Khan also highlighted various welfare schemes launched by the government including Laadli Beti, Hunar, CM’s Scooty Scheme and appealed people to take maximum benefit from such schemes He said government launched Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme which has covered all consumers under food security.
On the occasion, different cultural programmes jointly organized by Departments of Information, Education, Youth Services and Sports and Academy of Cultural, Art and Languages were presented.
Commending the participants Khan announced that an amount of Rs 10,000 shall be given to each of the participating schools.
At Pulwama,  Deputy Commissioner, Muneer ul-Islam unfurled national flag and took salute at the march past. Contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, Fire and Emergency and School children participated in the march past.
Speaking on the occasion, the deputy commissioner highlighted the importance of Republic Day and threw light on the various developmental activities undergoing in the district and the role played by civil administration and police. He also appealed people of the district to extend their cooperation in making the district a Model district.
The students of various government schools who passed class 12th examination with outstanding merit were also felicitated on the occasion.
Republic Day celebrations were also held at Sub-Divisions and Tehsil headquarters where concerned SDM and Tehsildar hoisted the national flag, and took salute at the March-Past.
At Shopian,  Deputy Commissioner, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri hoisted the tricolour at Fruit Mandi Shopian and took salute at the march past  presented by the different contingents.
Addressing the function, Qadri said that Republic day is the most significant day in the history of India as on this day in 1950 the country adopted the world largest written constitution. He further added that after attaining freedom and adoption of the constitution, the country made strides in various sectors particularly education, science, agriculture, health, power and other fields.
Later, school students amused the audience with cultural items portraying the cultural diversity of the district.
Among others, ADC, SSP, senior officers of civil administration and police Department, besides senior citizens attended the function.
At Budgam, District Development Commissioner, Mir Altaf Ahmed hoisted the national flag and took salute at the march past presented by contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Home Guards, NCC and students.
At Ganderbal, Deputy Commissioner, Tariq Hussain Ganai unfurled the National flag at Mader-e-Meharban Stadium, and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, SPOs, Police Training School Manigam, and School children participated in the march past.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that Constitution of the country ensures for maintaining peace, amity and brotherhood in the State. He reiterated that efforts have been made to improve the socio-economic status of the people by implementing various welfare and developmental schemes.
At Baramulla,  Deputy Commissioner, Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash  hoisted the tricolour at District Police Headquarters Baramulla, and took salute at march past presented by different contingents.
Dr Naqash threw light on the various aspects of the developmental initiatives and stressed for promoting national integration, communal harmony and peace,
On the occasion, a special bangda was organized by army contingents besides other cultural programmes by the school students.
At Kupwara District Development Commissioner, Ghulam Mohammad Dar hoisted the Tricolour at District Police Lines Kupwara and took salute at march past presented by different contingents.
Similarly, R-Day functions were also held at Handwara and Karnah wherein the Tehsil Heads Additional Deputy Commissioner, Handwara and Sub Divisional Magistrate Karnah hoisted the tricolour and took salute at the march past.
At Bandipora,  Deputy Commissioner, Sajad Hussain inspected the parade and took salute on the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, NCC and the school children.
At Anantnag,  Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah hoisted the national flag and took salute at the parade presented by the contingents of JKP, IRP, CRPF, Ladies Police, Auxiliary Police, District Police Band, Fire & Emergency Services, NCC  and school children.
On the occasion, colourful cultural programmes were presented by Information Department and Education Department. In addition, a martial art performance was also presented on the occasion.
At Kulgam,  Deputy Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat unfurled the national flag and took salute at the parade at District Police Lines Kulgam.
Among others present on the occasion were SSP Kulgam, ADC, ACR and other district officers.

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