Tourism department awards two skiers for ‘exceptional work’

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SRINAGAR: In the inaugural function of Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour 2018, organised by Tourism Department, two skiers of Gulmarg were awarded by Tourism Department on Thursday at SKICC, here for their exceptional works.
Javaid Ahmad Reshi was awarded for rescuing foreign skiers in an avalanche that occurred on Mount Apharwat last winter, while other skier, Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh, was awarded for returning a lost bag, containing Rs 50,000 cash and other valuables, to a tourist that he found while skiing at Gulmarg.
Their honesty and camaraderie was highly appreciated by hundreds of people present in the meet, who had come here to attend the inaugural function of Tourism FAM Tour.
The awards were presented to the skiers by Adviser to Governor Khursheed Ahmad Ganai in presence of Secretary Tourism, Director Tourism, DDC Srinagar, former Director General Tourism M Ashraf, chief executive officers of Tourism Development Authorities, delegates, travel writers and tourism fraternity of the state.
In his telephonic message, the President WGAJK/MLA Gulmarg, Mohammad Abbas Wani expressed his joy and happiness for this gallantry work by the skiers of his constituency.
Similarly, the General Secretary WGAJK, Muhammad Yusuf expressed his gratitude to the Tourism Department for instituting such awards which would go a long way in encouraging a spirit of honesty among people involved in tourism industry.
He wished that such awards be presented to travel writers, highest foreign exchange earners, best tourism performers and promoters etc. as well in future.
Meanwhile, a joint condolence meeting was held among Winter Games Association of J&K, ATOAK and JKSMA, which was presided over Muhammad Yusuf, General Secretary, WGAJK in connection with passing away of a former Ski Instructor of Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg BR Sharma, popularly known Bhaveshi, who breather his last on Thursday after suffering a heart attack. Sharma died at his native village Arki in Himachal Pradesh.
Rauf Tramboo, President, ATOAK informed that Sharma has spend his full youth in Gulmarg, teaching skiing to thousands of youth here.
Abass Wani, in his telephonic message informed that Sharma was a humble and dedicated ski teacher, who was loved by every local denizen.
Nuhammad Yusuf said that entire skiing community of Kashmir is shocked over Sharma’s demise.