JAMMU: Colourful functions and festivity marked the 72nd Independence Day celebrations across Jammu province on Wednesday.
The main Independence Day function was held at District Sports Stadium where District Development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria hoisted the National flag and took salute at the parade comprising 46 contingents of CRPF, District Police, Police Training School, N.C.C boys and Girls, Forest Protection Force and tiny platoons of Government and Private schools.
The District Development Commissioner greeted the people and highlighted the sacrifices of the heroes of Indian freedom movement.
He while listing developmental initiatives in Kathua, said that several mega development projects have been initiated in the District. He said the district has bagged North India`s first Bio-Technology park and Seed processing, while Medical and Engineering colleges besides University campus has made an education hub.
Referring to road connectivity projects, he said Juthana and Keerian-Gandyal bridge, when completed will connect a vast area lacking road. He said Ujh multipurpose project is bound to benefit the farmers in rainfed areas and mitigate the shortage of potable water in water-stressed areas.
He also listed the measures like construction of Border Bhawan and bunkers to mitigate the hardships of border dwellers.
A Colorful cultural programme and mass Drill by the students left the audience spellbound.
Functions to celebrate Independence Day were also held at tehsil headquarters Basohli, Billawar and Hiranagar.
The People of this mountainous district joined the nation in Independence Day celebrations as a series of functions were held across its length and breadth.
The main function was held at Sports stadium where Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh unfurled the Tricolour and inspected guard of honour.
He took salute at March past comprising contingents of J&K police, IRP 5th Battalion, CRPF 76 Bn, Forest protection force, Home guards and school children drawn from all schools from across the district.
He greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day while paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters.
He listed upcoming developmental projects in the district and informed that works on 47 PMGSY projects, District Hospital Doda, Sub district Hospital Bhaderwah, Outdoor stadium Doda, Ganpat Bridge, Shiva Dal bridge have been completed and put to public use.
He said that work is in full swing on Govt Medical College Ghat Doda, Polytechnic College at Beoli, SDH Gandoh and Sports stadium Doda.
A variety programme featuring diverse folk and culture of the state was presented by the school students which enthralled the audience. Consolation prize and commendation certificates were also given to the participants.
Similar celebrations were held in other parts of the district including Bhaderwah and Thathri. At Bhaderwah, ADDC Pawan Kumar Parihar hoisted the national flag and took salute of march past contingents. SDM Mohammad Anwar Banday hoisted the tri-colour at Thathri.
The Independence Day celebrations were also held in Kishtwar with great enthusiasm and National spirit.
The main function was held at parade ground Kishtwar where Deputy Commissioner, Angrez Singh Rana unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at the march past comprising contingents of JKP, CRPF, CISF JKAP, FPF, NCC and students drawn from various schools of the district.
The DC greeted the people and highlighted the importance of the day.
Highlighting the developmental initiatives in the district, the DDC said numerous power projects like Pakal Dul, Kiru, Kwar, Kirthai has been started to tap huge potential of River Chenab.
“These projects are bound to change the socio –economic scenario of the district by creating massive employment opportunities for the local youth,” he said.
He also listed upcoming and completed projects under key sectors like (R&B), PMGSY Health Education, power and RDD.
A Cultural programmes depicting folk dance and music was presented by the school children.
A large number of people including women and children turned up at the venues to participate in the national event despite showers.
Later consolation prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes were distributed among the participants and officers by the DDC.
Similar functions were held at Sub Divisions and Tehsil headquarters where Magistrates un-furled the Tricolour and took the salute at the march past.
Deputy Commissioner, Prasanna Ramaswamy G unfurled the national flag amidst a large cheering crowd in Reasi
In his address, he gave a detailed account of achievements recorded in key sectors. He also called for eradicating drug abuse, sectarianism, superstition and corruption so as to build a truly independent India.
Post guard of honour, march-past was presented by the Jammu Kashmir Police, the Jammu Kashmir Armed Police and the Jammu Kashmir Home Guards. Contingents of NCC cadets and students from various schools and colleges also formed the part of March Past.
Another highlight of the programme was arrival of 91 KM cycling expedition at the venue. The expedition team included army and civilians led by Captain Praveen.
Two tableaus- exhibiting mobile food testing lab of the Drugs and Food Control Organization and Mine Detecting Vehicle also attracted the attention of audience. A colourful variety cultural show was presented by students of local schools and colleges.
An outstanding part of the event was presentation of a miniature earth-mover made by one Darshan Singh of village Kenthi for which he was presented Rs 2000 as a token of appreciation by the DC.
The programme ended with prize distribution ceremony in which the participants and the winners were felicitated.
Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Yadav unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the March Past at Poonch.
An impressive march past was presented by 28 contingents comprising JKAP, JKP, CRPF, Home Guards, Forest Protection Force, Fire & Emergency NCC Cadets and students of government and private institutions, under the overall command of Dy SP Bisham Dubey.
Legislators, Dr Shanaz Ganai, Pradeep Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, senior civil, police Army, CRPF officers district heads and a large number of people attended the function.
The Deputy Commissioner paid tributes to the leaders of freedom struggle and listed the milestones achieved by the country and Jammu and Kashmir in post-Independence era.
Referring to developmental activities in the district, he said numerous vital projects have been completed and many new are under execution in key sectors including PWD, PHE, PDD, PMGSY, Health, Education, Tourism, Rural Development and others which will push the district further on path of development. He informed that 169 road projects are targeted for completion under PMGSY which will provide connectivity to 101 habitations benefitting thousands of souls.
He further said building of Degree College Surankote has been completed while work on Indoor Stadium, Satellite Campus of Jammu University and Auditorium building in Degree College is in full swing. He also listed achievements and new projects taken up under other key sectors.
The DC said that the district has achieved ODF status with construction of 72,974 IHHU under SBM while village wise campaign has been undertaken to educate and sensitise the public about ill effects of open defecation.