On 74th I-Day, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor K.K Sharma unfurled the tricolor at the divisional level function, held here at Mini Stadium, Parade on Saturday.
The function was organised following all Covid protection protocols.
The Advisor inspected the parade and took the salute at the March Past comprising contingents of BSF, District Police, CRPF, JKAP, UTDRF, Forest Protection Force and IRP.
In his address, the Advisor greeted the people of UT and highlighted the prolonged struggle and sacrifices made by the freedom fighters to oust the foreign rulers from the country.
He said that the day reminds us the countless sacrifices made by the freedom fighters for the dignity and freedom of our motherland.
He said that the day offers us an opportunity to pay them rich tributes. He called upon all to set personal goals towards nation building.
Seeking the cooperation of the people in taking Jammu and Kashmir to the new heights of development, the Advisor recounted numerous developmental projects and works undertaken in the UT by the government.
Asserting that the centre and UT government are determined to reach out to the last person in the queue, he said thrust is being laid on ameliorating the living standard of the poorest of the poor.
“With this vision in mind, the government provided LPG cylinders to 12 lakh families under Ujjwala Yojna and LED bulbs to 16 lakh families under Ujala scheme, while over 20 lakh families were covered under Ayushman Bharat.
Terming the extension of many progressive laws of the Indian constitution to J&K as historical, Sharma said these will open new avenues of development for people in J&K.
He added that government has taken many steps to institutionalize the Panchayati Raj System by devolution of powers PRIs. He said now funds are directly transferred to the accounts of PRI for the development of their respected areas.
The Advisor appreciated the services rendered by the officers of the different department including Medical, PWD, Information, Revenue, Police, JMC, Education and Rural Development in the fight against this pandemic.
On the occasion, the Advisor felicitated 43 Corona warriors including Dr Shashi Sudan, HOD Microbiology GMC; Dr Shahid Hussain, Nodal Officer CMO Office; Jasmeet Singh, AC Nazool and Satish Sharma, Nodal Officer, Sub Registrar Udhampur.
Member of Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma; Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Manhas; Mayor JMC, Chander Mohan Gupta; Principal Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, HODs and senior officers of the various departments were present on the occasion.