Jammu: Independence Day was celebrated with fervor, zeal and national spirit across the districts of Jammu division by following all Covid protection protocols.
AT UDHAMPUR: The 74th Independence Day functions were held at District, Tehsil, Block and Niabat headquarters by hoisting Tricolor and paying tributes to the frontline leaders and heroes of freedom struggle.
The main function was held in the premises of PG Degree College (Boys), Udhampur where the District Development Commissioner, Dr. Piyush Singla-the chief guest, hoisted the National Flag.
Director Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur Dr. S. D Singh; DIG Udhampur Reasi Range, Sujit Kumar; Senior Superintendent of Police, Sargun Shukla; Additional District Development Commissioner, Ashok Kumar and senior officers of District Administration, Police, Air Force, CRPF, ITBP, BSF and Army besides elected representatives and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.
After extending heartiest greetings to the people and highlighting the sacrifices of national heroes during the freedom struggle, the DDC listed the development projects being executed in the district like Devika Project, National Highway (NH-44, NH-244) project, Digital Land Management Programme, Yoga International Convention Centre Mantalai, Medical College and Degree Colleges at Udhampur, Jal Jeevan Mission, Udhampur, Solid Waste Management Project at Mand Udhampur, besides many major projects are completed and dedicated to public. He said the district has received National award for Jeevika project and e-Governance gold award for IT based relief distribution App – Sakoon-e-Awam.
He said all these projects are aimed at improving the living condition of the people in urban, sub urban and rural areas.
The Independence Day function was also held Ramnagar, whereat Block Development Chairman, unfurled the National Flag.
AT KATHUA: The main function was held at Sports Stadium, where Deputy Commissioner, Om Parkash Bhagat, hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past comprising 10 contingents drawn from CRPF, District Police, Police Training School, Women Police Station and Police Band participated in the parade.
In his address, the Deputy Commissioner greeted the people and recalled the sacrifices made by freedom fighters to secure independence for the country.
The Deputy Commissioner gave a detailed account of developmental initiatives taken up in the district, adding that projects like Ujh Multipurpose and Shahpur Kandi will have great impact on the socio-economic conditions of the people of the district besides strengthening power scenario and availability of irrigation water in the district.
He said the work on the much awaited Bio Technology Park, Ghatti and seed processing unit are at the final stage which will give ample employment opportunities to locals. He said the technological advanced Drug Testing Lab is also coming up in the district headquarter.
While listing initiatives under the Education sector, the DC said GMC Kathua is going to run classes for AIIMS Jammu from current session, whereas work on three new degree colleges viz Ramkote, Marheen and Sallan is in full swing. The district will soon have two new Kendriya Vidayalaya in remote tehsils Bani & Ramkote which will give fillip to the education sector. He said a 100 bedded girl hostel at Basohli is near completion which will help girls of the area to pursue studies in a safe and secure atmosphere.
Listing steps taken to uplift the socio-economic condition of the weaker section, the DC said the district has set the target of providing houses to 11,151 Families under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. He informed that 256 PMGSY roads have been taken up in the district which will provide road connectivity to 487 habitations.
At Billawar, BDC Chairman, Ashok Kumar Spolia unfurled the national flag at Govt. Higher Secondary School Billawar.
The BDC Chairperson Sushma Jamwal unfurled the tricolor in Basohli at a function organized at Jawahar Navodya Vidayala, Basohli. Similarly, BDC Chairperson Babu Khan hoisted the National flag in Bani at Government Higher Secondary School Bani and BDC Chairperson, Ram Lal Kalia unfurled the National Flag in Hiranagar at tehsil office.
AT SAMBA: The national function was celebrated amid strict adherence to guidelines regarding Covid -19 spread.
District development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria, unfurled the national tri-colour at the impressively decorated Rani Suchait Singh stadium.
Senior Superintended of Police, Shakti Pathak, Additional District Development Commissioner, Rachana Sharma, SSP traffic, ML Kaith, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Jitender Mishra and other officers of line departments, besides civil society members attended the function.
The Deputy Commissioner paid rich tributes to the Freedom fighters and said that the nation indebted to their sacrifices which won the country freedom from the foreign rulers.
The Deputy Commissioner, while reiterating the commitment of the government towards well being of the people, said the Samba district has seen an exponential growth in various sectors, including PMGSY, PMUY, Ayushman Bharat, SBM (G). He said the district has recorded 100% achievement in pension schemes, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, MGNREGA, IWMP, ICDS, Back to Village programme I & II, besides other schemes. He also congratulated the people for commissioning of two new filtration plants in district.
AT REASI: The Independence Day function was held at General Zorawar Singh Sports Stadium, where the chief guest, Deputy Commissioner, Indu Kanwal Chib unfurled the National Flag.
In her address, the Deputy Commissioner congratulated the people of the district on the Independence Day and appreciated the communal harmony and unity in diversity displayed by them.
Deputy Commissioner mentioned different achievements of the country since the Independence, including Mission Mars. She further spoke about the developmental works done in the District, various programme and schemes, free basic education, and delegation of powers to Panchayats. The DC also spoke on the importance of road connectivity under PMGSY.
The DC informed that traditional sources of water like bowlis, ponds and wells are being renovated under convergence of IWMP and MGNREGA, two different schemes of the union government.
AT KISHTWAR: Enthusiasm, fervor and national spirit marked the Independence Day celebration in Kishtwar where the main function was held in the premises of the DC office complex.
District Development Commissioner, Rajinder Singh Tara- the chief guest unfurled the tricolor and inspected the parade.
Brigadier 9 Sector RR, Vikram Bhan; Additional District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Hanief Malik; Senior Superintendent of Police, Dr Harmeet Singh Mehta; Additional Deputy Commissioner; Pawan Parihar, Chairman Block Development Council Kishtwar, Suresh Kumar; President Municipal Council Kishtwar, Riyaz Ahmed Zargar, besides senior officers of civil and police administration, army, CISF, prominent persons of the society, social workers and political leaders among others were present on the occasion.
The Deputy Commissioner congratulated the people on the National festival which marks the Dawn of new freedom in India.
The DC paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and urged the people to strive for its preservation.
He also listed various initiatives undertaken by the District Administration for welfare of the people of the district in general and the Youth in Particular.
He said Kishtwar district has gained prominence for being the hub of the Hydro electric Power Projects (HEPP) as various projects like Pakal Dul, Keru etc are under construction and many more are in pipeline.”These power projects will not only make Kishtwar district as power surplus but also provide employment to hundreds of youths,” he said.
He highlighted that at present the administration has provided 180 Kanal of land for setting up small scale industrial estate at Palmar. He also listed the achievements made in the field of education, agriculture& allied sectors, road connectivity and other core sectors.
AT RAMBAN: District Development Commissioner, Nazim Zai Khan, unfurled the national flag at District Police Lines, Ramban where the main function of the 74th Independence Day was held with patriotic fervour and traditional zeal.
The DDC also inspected the parade comprising of JK Police, CRPF, IRP contingents and Military Band.
SSP, Haseeb-ur-Rehman, ADC, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Senior officers of armed forces, prominent citizens and District officers of various departments attended the function.
The DDC paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and all other freedom fighters for their sacrifices and contribution in the independence struggle.
He prominently appreciated the public of Ramban for maintaining peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the district in every situation and sought their full cooperation in future as well.
After greeting the people, the DDC gave a brief account of the main developmental activities in the district during the previous, which are to be completed in near future.
He informed that government has sanctioned a project of Rs. 2000cr for realignment of ongoing NH-44 four laning project between Ramban to Banihal it would help to complete prestigious project speedily.
He lauded the efforts of various departments for tirelessly providing the health and other essential services to the public of the district during COVID-19 Pandemic.
The DDC said that the BDC elections were conducted in all eleven blocks of the district to ensure public participation in decision making besides strengthening grassroots democracy. He appealed to the Panchs, Sarpanchs and members of local bodies to work in coordination with administration for ensuring development of every nook and corner of the district.
All the BDC Chairpersons also hoisted Tricolor in their respective block headquarters. The day was also celebrated with patriotic fervour in Gool, Banihal and Ramsoo Sub divisions besides tehsil headquarters of district.
AT RAJOURI: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated across the district with great fervor and national spirit amid adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
The celebrations were held at district Headquarter, all additional districts, sub-divisions and tehsil headquarters. The main function was organized at District Police Line grounds, where Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Nazir Sheikh- the chief guest, unfurled the National Flag and took the salute at the march past comprising contingents of JKAP, JK Executive Police, JK police band, CRPF, JK FPF. DySP Zaheer Abbas commanded the parade.
Prominent among those present were District Principal Sessions Judge, Jaffer Hussain; DIG, Rajouri- Poonch Vivek Gupta; SSP Chandan Kholi; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sher Singh; Additional SP Liaqat Choudhary, Ex MP Choudhary Talib Hussain, Ex-Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for Development of Pahari speaking People Kuldeep Raj Gupta, retired officers, social activists, Educationist, Officers from Army and CRPF, District heads of different departments and public in a large number.
The BDC chairperson Rajouri, Darbaar Choudhary, President MC Rajouri, Mohammad Arif, Vice President Bharat Bushan and other panchayat Raj and urban local body members attended the event.
In his Independence Day speech, the Deputy Commissioner, while extending warm greetings to the Public and paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters whose supreme sacrifices won the freedom to India. He also paid homage to all the martyrs of Rajouri who laid their lives from time to time for safeguarding territorial integrity of state and nation.
The DDC also listed the achievements of the district administration in providing better road infrastructure, healthcare facilities, quality education; road connectivity, electricity and water supply to left out villages besides ensuring social security to aged, physically challenged and widows; and self employment avenues to unemployed youth in the district. He also highlighted that the Government has sanctioned ?355 crore for 208 languishing projects under different departments. He said that work on 109 languishing projects have been completed, while rest are at different phases of execution.
He said the 201 Km road has been blacktopped and 322 KM roads have been made fair weather in the District thus connecting 18 villages and 22 Habitations.
Under Power Sector, he said the District has achieved hundred percent target under SAUBHAGYA scheme, besides 316 sub stations and two 50 MVA grid stations (Sioux and Bhattian) have been completed.
Under Education sector, he said besides conducting online classes, 74952 students have been provided with free books, ST/ Pahari scholarships have been provided to 50000 students of first to 5th class. And 150000 students were provided free uniform in the District.
AT DODA: The Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, fervour and national spirit across the district. The main function was held at Sports Stadium whereat Deputy Commissioner, Dr Sagar D Doifode- the Chief Guest, unfurled the tricolor and inspected the parade comprising the contingents of JKP, CRPF, SSB, FPF, and IRP 5th Bn of the district.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mumtaz Ahmed, ADC, Kishori Lal Sharma, SP Operations, ASP, President MC Doda, Ved Prakash Gupta, besides other senior officers from civil and police department, elected members of MC Doda, prominent citizens, social workers, political activists and number of men, women and children were present on the occasion.
The Deputy Commissioner highlighted the importance of Independence Day and stated that it is the most significant day in the history of India as on this day the sun of independence dawned on the horizon of our motherland and the National government came into power after prolong struggle and we became a Independent and sovereign nation.
He urged the people of the district to work with togetherness for promoting national integration, communal harmony and peace in the district.
During his speech, he listed numerous developmental projects and works undertaken in the district, besides congratulated the people of Doda for their extraordinary cooperation in successful conduct of BDC Chairman elections.
He said that 27 schemes of roads and bridges have been completed till date and 81 more such schemes are expected to be completed by March 2021, while 729.94 KM road length has also been completed by the PWD.
He said that meeting the long pending demand of the people of Doda, the widening of Pul Doda-Beoli road is on and is expected to be completed soon. He also informed that the work on Goha Sudhmadev-Khaleni tunnel project is also going to start very soon under 2 phases which includes tunnel and 25km road. He said the new connectivity will reduce the journey between Doda and Jammu by 2 hours. The DC said that out of 176 PMGSY sanctioned schemes, work on 169 have been taken up and 67 stand completed which has added about 675.89 KM fair weather road length in the district providing connectivity to 225 habitations.
AT POONCH: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated across the district with patriotic fervor and zeal amid observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The celebrations were held at district Headquarter, sub-divisions and tehsil headquarters. The main function was organized here at the Sports Stadium, where Deputy Commissioner, Rahul Yadav- chief guest, unfurled the National Flag and took the salute at the march past comprising contingents of JKAP, JKP, CRPF, JKPQRT and JK Police band.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were District Principal Session Judge, Madan Lal; Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Angral; Additional District Development Commissioner, Mohd Rashid; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sheraz ul Haq; Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Assistant Commissioner Development, Tehsildar Haveli, retired officers, educationists, district heads of different departments and public in a large number.
In his Independence Day speech, the Deputy Commissioner paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters whose supreme sacrifices won India freedom.
Regarding the development, the Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration is working hard to provide better and adequate drinking water, power, health, education and other facilities of daily life to the people of the district.
The Deputy Commissioner also highlighted the successful implementation of centrally sponsored schemes of the health department like Aysushman Bharat, PM-SYM, PM-KISAN etc. He said the district administration is venturing hard to achieve inclusive development of all regions of district involving all sections of society. He said special attention is being given to ensure participation of women in the development process.
He also said that a transparent, accountable, responsive and efficient administration is ensured in the district and persistent efforts are being made to reach out to the public at their door steps for delivery of services and listening to their grievances.
Jammu: Independence Day was celebrated with fervor, zeal and national spirit across the districts of Jammu division by following all Covid protection protocols.