SRINAGAR: Amid shutdown and restrictions on movement of people, official functions marked the I-Day celebrations across the valley at district and tehsil headquarters.
At Anantnag, Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, Home Guard, CRPF and school children at Government Degree College (Boys), Anantnag.
In his speech, the Minister said the State Government is making every effort to uplift the economic standards of the people by focusing on employment generation, poverty mitigation and development of tangible assets for the benefit of the people.
The Minister highlighted the achievements recorded in district Anantnag during the past two years. In particular, he made a mention of Government Medical College, District Hospital, Circular road and tourism sector.
Similar functions were also organized at sub-divisional and Tehsil headquarters of the district where the concerned SDMs and Tehsildars unfurled the tricolor and took salute at the march past.
Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari unfurled the tricolor at a grand function held at District Police Headquarters to mark the day. Heinspected the parade, took salute on the march past presented by contingents of JKP, IRP, CRPF, Fire & Emergency and NCC.
Addressing the function, the Minister for Education stressed the need for promoting communal harmony, peace and prosperity. He said these are the prime values and basic blocks needed for making the nation strong.
He said the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ laid-out by the present government will be implemented in letter and spirit.
He said connectivity and upgradation of power infrastructure has been ensured in all the habitations of the district. He said four-lane road from Narbal to Uri will be completed soon and Greater Baramulla will be priority in developmental agenda of the Government.
Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu hoisted the national flag at District Police Lines, Pulwama inspected parade and took salute of the march past presented by the contingents of J&K Police, CRPF, Forest Protection Force and Fire and Emergency Services.
He said during the past 2 years, the Government’s focus has been on upgrading infrastructure in road communication, health and drinking water sectors.
Drabu prayed for the peace and harmony of the State and said that it is our collective duty and responsibility to carry forward the development and progress of the nation and live a dignified life where the future of the state’s youth is secure.
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq hoisted the tricolor at District Police Lines, inspected the parade and took salute at combined march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Home Guards and FPF.
On the occasion, the Minister referring to the development scenario of the State reiterated the commitment of government to provide basic amenities to the people of all the regions and sections of the society.
He said the developmental scenario in the district is at par with other districts and in this connection the developmental progress like streamlining of road connectivity, healthcare, Drinking Water and Power supply, transportation, Irrigation facilities saw a lot of transformation.
Similar function was also organized at Mini Secretariat Tangdhar where SDM Karnah unfurled the tricolor and took salute at the march past.
Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took salute at the march past presented by JKP, JKAP, Home Guard , CRPF and contingents of school children at Sports Stadium Budgam.
The Minister said that in order to execute the various developmental initiatives of the Government, peace has to prevail. He urged the citizens especially the youth and parents to counsel their wards and not to resort to violence as it doesn’t solve any issue and dialogue is the only way forward. The function closed with prize distribution ceremony.
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli unfurled the Tricolour, inspected the parade and took salute on the March Past presented by the contingents of JKP, IRP, CRPF, Fire & Emergency Services, Home guard, NCC cadets and school children at Sher-e-Kashmir Sports Stadium, Bandipora.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister extended I-Day greetings to the people.
He mentioned about various schemes which include Prime Minister’s Package for over all development of the state, MMSFES, Laadli Beti and Marriage Assistance Scheme for poor girls.
A colourful function was held at District Police Lines to commemorate the 71st I-Day during which Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi unfurled the tricolour and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of J&K Police, CRPF and other wings of paramilitary forces participated in the parade.
Member of Parliament, Nazir Ahmad Laway was also present on the occasion.
The Minister said the Government is committed to fulfil all the promises made in the Agenda of Alliance. He said no stone will be left unturned to uplift the economic standards of the people and making the State economically vibrant and self-resilient.
He made a specific mention of construction of Mughal Road, Sinthan Tunnel and 4-laning of the National Way which would in long-term benefit the people of the State by improving connectivity with rest of the country.
Minister of State for Health, Medical Education, Asiea Naqash hoisted the tricolor at Madre-Meharban Stadium and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of J&K Police, IRP, CRPF, J&K Fire and Emergency Services.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said the occasion provides an opportunity to boost development scenario launched by the coalition Government and to introspect for better tomorrow.
She said that work is apace on Gagangeer to Sonamarg 6.5 km long tunnel at an estimated cost of Rs 2700 crore. On completion, the tunnel will provide road connectivity to Sonamarg health resort throughout the year. Besides construction of Zojila tunnel restoring all weather road connectivity to frontier Ladakh province would be undertaken shortly, Asiea added.
Minister of State for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative & Fisheries, Zahoor Ahmad Mir unfurled the national flag and took salute on the march past comprising contingents of CRPF, various wings of J&K Police, Fire & Emergency Services and students from various institutions at Police Lines Shopian.