SRINAGAR: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Saturday took salute at the main R-Day function in the summer capital here and greeted the people of the state.
During his address, the Advisor stated that the Republic Day was the occasion to recall the contribution of the framers of the constitution which promises a democratic, socialist and secular republic for the people of the country which is a great blessing.
He said India was now amongst the frontrunner countries in the world and had already become an economic superpower. This, he said was due to the hard work and resilience of countrymen particularly the workers, farmers and the soldiers.
Ganai said that Jammu & Kashmir had come a long way during the last 72 years and had now made substantial progress in the fields of education, health and infrastructure development.
Emphasizing on the motto of education and health for all, the Advisor said Jammu & Kashmir had still a distance to traverse and achieve full development for all its citizens and areas, particularly in the fields of education and health.
Flagging the issue of environment and ecological conservation, Ganai said it was the duty of all citizens to make their individual contribution for environment protection and also for the protection of natural beauty which all the three regions of the State have been blessed with in abundance by nature.
Asking the youth to come forward in playing their role in the State’s overall development, Ganai described them as the most valuable asset of any society and asked them to excel in the economic development, science and technology.
“Now is the time to popularize the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth so that they become job providers rather than job seekers,” he said, adding that there was great scope in the state in the fields of horticulture, cash crops, floriculture, food processing, animal and sheep husbandry, handicrafts, tourism and IT.
The Advisor called for a change of mindset amongst the youth from Government jobs to innovation and entrepreneurship so that they make a mark not only in the State and country but also at the global level.
Ganai enumerated the achievements of the Governor’s Administration during the last seven months, particularly in the sectors of education, social welfare and development of STs, SCs and other backward classes. He said that New Delhi was also providing liberal financial assistance to the State which needs to be spent well for the benefit of the people.
The Advisor also referred to the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP) for the State amounting to Rs.80,000 crore under which many projects were being implemented by the State and Central agencies.