Decision taken to respect public sentiments, Maharaja’s contribution: LG Sinha on Hari Singh birthday

Before it, on LG’s directions, a four-member committee was constituted by the J&K administration earlier this year to examine the public demand regarding the holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.
Yuva Rajput Sabha supporters garland the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh on the occasion of his birth anniversary in Jammu on Thursday.
Yuva Rajput Sabha supporters garland the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh on the occasion of his birth anniversary in Jammu on Thursday.File/ GKANI

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday stated that the decision to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday as a public holiday was taken to honour his (Maharaja’s) contribution (to J&K) and respect the sentiments of people here.

He was responding to a media query in a brief interaction after inaugurating the free artificial limbs and calipers distribution camp at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-J) to mark the birth centenary celebrations of late Dr Uttam Chand Shastri here.

“To honour the monumental contribution of Maharaja Hari Singh towards J&K and respect the sentiments of the people here, this decision has been taken. I expect that a notification in this connection will be issued in a day or two,” he said.

The LG on Thursday announced the decision to declare Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday as a public holiday following his meeting with a delegation comprising prominent political leaders, members of the Yuva Rajput Sabha, civil society members including the head of J&K Transport Union at the Raj Bhavan.

“The government has decided to declare Maharaja Hari Singhji’s birthday as a public holiday. Maharaja Hari Singh was a great educationist, progressive thinker, social reformer, and a towering man of ideas and ideals. The public holiday will be a fitting tribute to Maharaja Hari Singhji's rich legacy,” he said.

Before it, on LG’s directions, a four-member committee was constituted by the J&K administration earlier this year to examine the public demand regarding the holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh.

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