Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday dedicated this month’s episode of the ‘Awaam Ki Awaaz’ programme to the martyrs of 1971 War.
“I pay homage to the brave hearts of Armed Forces whose tales of valour etched the saga of December 16 as a glorious chapter in the rich legacy of our nation”, said the Lt Governor.
During the radio programme, the Lt Governor voiced valuable insights received from the various corners for drafting development policies as per the needs of the people and passed directions to the concerned departments in this regard, thus making the governance process more inclusive, participatory and people-centric.
Addressing the people, the Lt Governor also shared a slew of measures recently taken by the UT Government for the growth and prosperity of J&K. He called upon the people to discharge their social and moral responsibilities and complement the government’s efforts in taking J&K to new heights of development.
“Following the ideals of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, we are moving ahead to bring about meaningful and lasting change in the life of the people by connecting every citizen with the mainstream of development,”Lt Governor said.
“In the last two years, under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, we have tried to create a system that serves everyone with equal opportunities,” the Lt Governor said.
It is our endeavour to mobilize all the resources to improve the standard of living in the areas which have been deprived of progress for decades, he added.
With innovations like the Walnut Cracking Machine, Thresher for Maize Extraction and Gas Cylinder Lifting Machine under his belt, people like Mushtaq Ahmad Dar of Dooru Anantnag are emerging as shining examples of innate ingenuity, dedication and doggedness, said the Lt Governor,
The Lt Governor mentioned the young innovator Harmanjot Singh of Jammu and the first female hockey coach of the valley, Reebu Hassan who defied odds and emerged victoriously.
Tangmarg-based skier Arif Khan will represent the country in the Beijing Winter Olympics to be held in February. The whole nation is proud of him, the Lt Governor said.
Responding to the suggestion received from Bandipore’s Aadil Naseer pertaining to a detailed roadmap for the development of Gurez, the Lt Governor said that the administration is fully committed to the cause of Gurez and has taken some path-breaking decisions in the last one year to promote its geographic and demographic potential. While mentioning a suggestion of Risheesh Khajuria of Jammu that discusses the need for the establishment of a Centralized Control Room in the capital municipalities, the Lt Governor observed that the administration has been instructed to work on replicating the Ahmedabad model of Integrated Command & Control Centre for our two capital cities.
Responding to the insight received from Chandra Bhushan, a resident of Udhampur, pertaining to maximising the use of tools of the knowledge-technology era to bridge the gap between towns and villages and promoting the concept of Cillage, the Lt Governor said that the government has set the goal of empowering rural areas by making a science & technology-based and environment-friendly action plan for sustainable techno-economic development of the villages of J&K.
Referring to Amir Basher Wani’s letter on the state of horticulture graduates, the Lt Governor asserted that regardless of the legacy of the logjams that the present dispensation has inherited, “we are committed to the overall development of the sector and fast and transparent recruitment drives.” On Mahreen Altaf’s suggestion on the need to introduce an e-office module in the field and district offices, the Lt Governor said that the valuable suggestion bodes well with the government’s commitment to the practices of good governance.
While responding to a suggestion, the Lt Governor highlighted various measures being undertaken by the government for improving the standard of living of common citizens in Jammu city. As many as 39 important projects have been completed under Smart City at a cost of Rs. 673 crore and work on 45 other projects are going on at a fast pace, he informed.
The Lt Governor extended his heartfelt tributes to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and all the officers and jawans who lost their lives in a tragic Chopper crash. He also paid homage to the brave hearts of the Police Force who were martyred in the cowardly terrorist attack on J&K Police bus in Srinagar. I want to assure the fellow countrymen that the sacrifice of our brave police personnel will not go in vain, added the Lt Governor.