Saying that Jammu has again re-established its secular credentials with a sense of renewed commitment, National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Saturday lauded peoples' unflinching faith in time-tested legacy of inclusiveness and spirit of harmonious co-existence.
"It is the essence and strength of Jammu's pluralistic ethos that makes it shinning symbol of India's secular fabric for centuries", Rana said while interacting with people of Bajalta during his extensive visit to Bajalta, Malhori Jagir, Pargalta and Tutan Di Khui in Nagrota Constituency.
He felt elated while referring to the spirit of togetherness demonstrated by people of Jammu, irrespective of caste, creed and colour, in the wake of recent terror strike on Amarnath pilgrims in Srinagar and said the high degree of resilience makes them distinct in the country. "The nation must acknowledge and emulate this spirit", he said.
In this context, Rana made a mention of the unity exhibited by Jammu by rising above party politics and religious affiliations in maintaining the environment of tranquility amid human tragedy in Srinagar. "This is gratifying", he said and gave credit to all the political, social and religious organizations which kept Jammu's promise with its destiny during most crucial times.
Rana said that unity in diversity being practiced by Jammu is needed to be acknowledged by the nation in terms of its holistic development, especially the temple city being the base camp for Kashmir and Ladakh bound tourists. besides lakhs of pilgrims thronging for paying obeisance at the revered shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi 24X7X365. "Jammu deserves its rightful place on the map of country's tourism landscape, as a matter of right", he said and added that this calls for a special dispensation to transform Jammu's destiny.
During his interaction, the MLA Nagrota responded to the various issues raised by the people and said these are vigorously being pursued with concerned agencies. He said the people at grass roots level have been empowered to fix priorities for their areas, which has gone well in undertaking the most needed schemes in each Panchayat Halqa.
Earlier, Rana flagged various developmental initiatives like macademisation of roads in the area.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Haji Mohammad Hussain,ex-MLC, Ch. Rehmat Ali Sarpanch Bajalta, Allah Rakha, Mohan Lal, Ch. Sain, Isher Dass, Hari Ram, Yashpaul, Darshan Kumar, Shamas, Subash, Sabar Hussain, Kali Dass, Jagdish, Guddu and others.