Governor inaugurates ‘Jhiri Mela’

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JAMMU: To commemorate the martyrdom of Baba Jitto, a farmer who gave up his life in protest against the oppressive demands of a land lord about 500 years ago, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik on Friday inaugurated a week-long ‘Jhiri Mela’ which is an annual event organised at village Jhiri in Jammu district.
The governor welcomed the devotees who thronged the shrine of Baba Jitto and his daughter Bua Kodi to pay their obeisance. Paying rich tributes to Baba Jitto governor said “the supreme sacrifice made by Baba Jitto is exemplary for each of us to emulate in our fight against injustice”, an official handout read.
Malik said the government is proactive in supporting farm sector in which majority population is engaged and Government of India has launched various initiatives to double farmer’s income by 2020.
Governor announced construction of a Sarai at village Jhiri for the devotees of the Baba Jitto, it read further.
A cultural programme comprising folk songs and a Dogri dance was presented by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages on the occasion.