COLOURFUL FUNCTIONS ACROSS KASHMIR MARK 71ST I-DAY

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 15 2017 11:51PM | Updated Date: Aug 15 2017 11:51PM
COLOURFUL FUNCTIONS ACROSS KASHMIR MARK 71ST I-DAYPhoto: Habib Naqash/GK

The 71st Independence Day was celebrated with fervor across Kashmir today with colourful functions held at the 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.

The function was attended by MLA Pahalgam, Altaf Ahmad Wani, MLA Shangus, Mr Gulzar Ahmad Wani, MLC Sofi Yousuf, Vice Chairman, Gujjar and Bakerwal Board, Zafar Chowdary, DIG (SKR), S.P Pani, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, SSP Altaf Ahmad Khan, COs of CRPF & Army; IRP, ADDC, ADC, other officers of civil, police and security administration, leaders of political parties and a large gathering of people and school children.

In his speech, the Minister recorded the sacrifices of freedom fighters in attaining the freedom and pledged to uphold the spirit behind these sacrifices. He said mere political emancipation does not entail freedom; it is the economic self-sufficiency that completes the concept of freedom.

Later colourful cultural programmes were presented by school children, other artists and CRPF.

The function concluded with the presentation of awards and mementos by the chief guest to the best performing officers, cultural troupes and march past contingents.

 

BARAMULLA:

Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari unfurled the tricolor at a grand function held at District Police Headquarters to mark the day. He inspected the parade, took salute on the march past presented by contingents of JKP, IRP, CRPF, Fire & Emergency and NCC.

Legislators, Javaid Hassan Beigh and G N Monga, besides DIG Baramulla, DDC Baramulla, SSP, SEs of PHE, PDD, R&B, district and sectoral officers and civil citizens and a large gathering attended the function.

 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. Bukhari also highlighted the fact that Baramulla has shown tremendous growth in education, health and rural development sectors and various schemes like PMGSY, SBM and NHM have been successfully implemented in the district.

Meanwhile, functions in connection with the Independence Day were also held across the district at Sub-Divisional and Tehsil levels where the concerned SDMs and Tehsildars hoisted the tricolor and took salute at the march past.

 

PULWAMA: 

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.

 The Minister expressed satisfaction over the way the present government is implementing its developmental agenda which he said will usher a new and refreshing era of prosperity in the State.

 He said : “While around Rs 200 crore are being spent on upgradation of road connectivity in the district, a sub-district hospital has been established at Rajpora while major infrastructure upgradation has been made at District Hospital Pulwama and other hospitals of the district.”

 

KUPWARA:

Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq hoisted the National Flag 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 present government to provide basic amenities to the people of all the regions and sections of the society.   

The Minister said that under Rural Developmental sector, Rs 300 crore are being spent to improve road connectivity, under which 34 bridges worth Rs 133 core are under construction.

Similar function was also organized at Mini Secretariat Tangdhar where SDM Karnah unfurled the tricolor and took salute at the march past. 

 

BUDGAM:

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.

 District Development Commissioner Budgam, SSP Budgam, Commanding Officer 53RR, Vice Chairperson SIDCO, political leaders, and officers/officials from civil administration, police, CRPF were also present on the occasion.

In his address, the Minister extended warm greetings to the people and offered tributes to those who laid down their lives to secure the freedom for the country. The Minister paid rich tributes to former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and underscored his vision for the State. He said that it is the endeavor of the present dispensation to ensure all round development of the State.


AT BANDIPORA:

Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli unfurled the National Flag, 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 Independence Day greetings to the people and highlighted the historical background of freedom movement and paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and martyrs.     

Saying that peace is imperative and prerequisite for development, the Minister urged people, especially youth to cooperate with the Government and avail benefits from various development and welfare schemes launched by Central and State Governments.

 

KULGAM:

A colourful function was held at District Police Lines to commemorate the 71st Independence 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, Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, CO 18 BN CRPF, ADDC, ADC, other officers of civil, police and security administration, leaders of political parties and a large gathering of people and school children were present on the occasion.

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.

 

GANDERBAL:

Minister of State for Health, Medical Education, Asiea Naqash hoisted the national flag 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.

The Minister said that the present dispensation is determined to protect, safeguard life and property of all communities living in the state. She said maintaining peace brotherhood and strengthening of mutual bounds is must for the development and progress of the State.

Legislator Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, SSP Ganderbal, Army Officers, District Officers and a large number of citizens participated in the function.

 

SHOPIAN:

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.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that Independence Day is a moment to remember the freedom fighters who gave supreme sacrifices to free the country. He said this occasion is a day to make commitment to serve our motherland and contribute our part for the development and progress of the nation.

 

KARGIL:

Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Kargil, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan unfurled the national tricolor at Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium and took salute at an impressive march past comprising of the contingents of JKP, NCC, Civil and Army band parties besides a number of contingents of Government and private educational institutions.   

Kacho Ahmad Ali while congratulating the people on the 71st Independence Day recalled the contributions and supreme sacrifices of the national heroes who laid down their lives for the freedom.